New tournament unveiled
A lucrative new tournament, the iSixes World Series, was unveiled yesterday featuring teams from all nine Test playing nations, with US$1 million going to the winners. Singapore will host the first leg of the six-a-side extravaganza in July with further stops expected in Shanghai, Dubai and one other yet-to-be announced country. As well as the Test nations — Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies — the host country will field a team, there will be an All Star selection and a wildcard.
Steegmans wins sprint finish
Belgium's Gert Steegmans of the Quick Step team won a sprint finish in the second stage of the Four Days of Dunkirk cycling race in Cateau-Cambresis, France, on Wednesday. France’s Stephane Auge of the Cofidis team retained the leader’s pink jersey after the 192km stretch from Henin-Beaumont. Steegmans, who averaged an impressive 40.2kph, crossed the line just ahead of Australia’s Marc Renshaw and Jean-Patrick Nazon of France. As in the first stage, it was France’s Anthony Roux who attacked early on and he was soon joined by Britain’s Ian Stannard and Florian Vachon, also of France.
Nets forward charged
New Jersey Nets forward Richard Jefferson was charged with assault on Wednesday over a January incident in which he allegedly grabbed another man by the throat. The charge stems from an episode on Jan. 27 in a club at the Graves Hotel. The Nets were in Minneapolis to play the Minnesota Timberwolves in a National Basketball Association game. According to court documents , Jefferson entered an area where the victim was having a private birthday party and became angry when he was asked to leave. Jefferson is accused of grabbing the victim, shoving him to a bench and choking him with both hands.
Bronze medalist banned
Olympic boxing bronze medalist Suriya Prasathinpimai has been banned for a year after testing positive to prohibited substances, a report said yesterday. The middleweight, one of Thailand’s most successful amateur boxers, failed a drugs test at last December’s Southeast Asian Games. He was earlier stripped of the gold medal he won there and has now been banned by the Amateur Boxing Association of Thailand (ABAT), the Bangkok Post said. It cited ABAT president Taweep Jantararoj as saying Suriya, who claimed he was innocent, could face further action by the International Amateur Boxing Association.
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Maple Leafs coach fired
Paul Maurice was fired as coach of the Maple Leafs on Wednesday after Toronto failed to make the National Hockey League playoffs during his two years. The dismissal was the first big move in what is expected to be an active offseason for the team. “This is a start of a new era for the Maple Leafs,” interim general manager Cliff Fletcher said at a news conference at Air Canada Centre. “This is all part and parcel of that.” The Maple Leafs finished 12th in the Eastern Conference and missed a playoff berth by 11 points. They are looking for a full-time general manager after firing John Ferguson in January. In other moves Wednesday, assistant coach Randy Ladouceur was dismissed while assistant Dallas Eakins was offered a position elsewhere in the organization.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker found himself in need of an assist to help the state fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He called on the New England Patriots. One of the team’s private airplanes on Thursday evening landed in Boston after returning from China carrying more than 1 million masks critical to healthcare providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard met the airplane and offloaded the containers of masks onto waiting trucks for transport to warehouses for distribution. Baker secured the N95 masks from Chinese manufacturers, but had no way of getting them to the US. He
WAIT AND SEE: The estimated cost of postponement started at US$2 billion and has kept rising, but the IOC has yet to say whether it would help pay for the extra expenses Postponing the Tokyo Olympics to next year would make the event more costly for all parties, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) acknowledged on Thursday, although it offered few details on what the final bill might be. Four directors of the Olympic body held a conference call three days after Tokyo’s new dates were finalized, with the Games pushed back to July 23 to Aug. 8 next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the new dates cleared up any uncertainty about the event’s future, there are still plenty of question marks as the committee begins to work with Tokyo organizers and the
MEDIA RUMORS? With no pay agreement secured and players’ representatives calling for more financial information ahead of talks, the sport had another week of bad press Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle could be sacked in a matter of days, media reported yesterday, as the embattled governing body struggles to deal with a financial crisis compounded by a shutdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Castle this week took a 50 percent pay cut and laid off 75 percent of Rugby Australia (RA) staff members, saying that the body would face losses of up to A$120 million (US$71.95 million) if no more rugby was played this year. With no pay agreement secured with the players and their representatives calling on RA to provide more financial information ahead of negotiations, the
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are planning to play a charity golf match next month with Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, CNBC reported on Wednesday. CNBC, which cited an unnamed person familiar with the negotiations, said that the charity match would be held at an undisclosed location without fans and is being organized by the PGA Tour and AT&T’s WarnerMedia. The negotiations are still being finalized, but the match pitting 15-time major champion Woods and Manning against five-time major winner Mickelson and Brady could be aired on live TV and is unlikely to be featured on pay-per-view, CNBC said. “Discussions