Davis Cup venue chosen
Spain's choice of a Madrid bullring as the venue for its Davis Cup semifinal series against the US was officially announced on Monday by the International Tennis Federation. Spain's national tennis federation decided on Friday to host the defending champion Americans on outdoor clay at the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas despite pressure from the players to use a different venue. In the other best-of-five semi-final series, Argentina will host Russia on outdoor clay at the Estadio Parque Roca in Buenos Aires. The semi-finals will be played from Sept. 19-21.
Documentary looks at Tyson
Mike Tyson's phenomenal rise to glory and his epic fall from the pinnacle will be examined in a new documentary on the former undisputed world heavyweight champion to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Tyson, directed by James Toback, will combine more than 30 hours of interviews with highlights of Tyson's boxing career. Tyson plans to fly from his suburban Las Vegas home to France this week to attend the film's debut. "I look at it now and I'm embarrassed I did it," Tyson told the New York Times. "There's a lot of information people didn't need to know." Tyson, who turns 42 next month, says he has been off drugs and alcohol for the past 15 months after abusing both for years.
Woods' recovery going well
World No. 1 Tiger Woods said on Monday that his recovery from left knee surgery is going well and that he hopes to play in the Memorial tournament in two weeks as well as the US Open. Speaking from his Florida home to reporters gathered here at the site of a US PGA Tour playoff event in September, Woods said he has not progressed beyond chipping and putting but plans to do so soon. "The rehab is going well. I've been training hard," Woods said. "I'm getting sick and tired of riding the bike, though. That gets old fast."
Agency to seek court costs
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Monday it may seek US$1.3 million in court costs from disgraced Tour de France winner Floyd Landis if the cyclist fails to win his appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The new chairman of WADA John Fahey discussed the possibility of recovering court costs after chairing his first major meetings at the doping agency's Montreal headquarters last weekend. Fahey's predecessor Dick Pound has been critical of the International Cycling Union's unwillingness to contribute financially to the court costs that Fahey said stood at around US$1.3 million.
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Sharks fire Ron Wilson
The San Jose Sharks fired coach Ron Wilson on Monday after the NHL team's latest disappointing early ouster from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Wilson, hired by the club in December 2002, is the Sharks' leader in wins and winning percentage, but San Jose only advanced past the second round of the postseason once with him behind the bench. The Sharks were the No. 2 seed in this year's Western Conference playoffs, but were eliminated in six games in the second round by the Dallas Stars after falling behind 3-0. San Jose earned two Pacific Division titles, including this season, under Wilson and reached the Western Conference finals in 2004 before falling to upstart Calgary.