Venezuela shock Brazil
Venezuela claimed their first ever victory over Brazil on Friday when they shocked the South American soccer power 2-0 in a friendly international match in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Giancarlo Maldonado, who plays for Atlante of Mexico, opened the scoring in the sixth minute, and Ronald Vargas made it 2-0 for Venezuela in the 44th. Venezuela had never beaten Brazil in 17 previous encounters at international level. This duel, played before a crowd of 54,045 fans at Gilette Stadium, was part of both teams’ preparation for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Mayweather to retire
Floyd Mayweather Jr announced his retirement on Friday. “I have decided to permanently retire from boxing,” Mayweather said in a statement. “This decision was not an easy one for me to make as boxing is all I have done since I was a child. However, these past few years have been extremely difficult for me to find the desire and joy to continue in the sport.” Mayweather’s sudden announcement — not the first time he has voiced an intention to retire — appears to scotch an expected rematch with Oscar De La Hoya in September. Mayweather, 31, won a split decision over De La Hoya in May last year in a bout that earned the highest pay-per-view television revenues in history. In his last appearance in the ring, Mayweather knocked out Briton Ricky Hatton in December.
Bonds trial set for March
Barry Bonds is headed to trial next March on federal charges of lying to a grand jury about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. The trial date was set on Friday in San Francisco after Major League Baseball’s home run king pleaded not guilty when he was re-arraigned on 15 felony counts of lying under oath and obstruction of justice. Lead Bonds attorney Allen Ruby pleaded not guilty to the charges on the slugger’s behalf, while Bonds stood silently in front of the judge. Ninety minutes later, Ruby agreed to a March 2 trial date before a second judge.
Jorge Lorenzo injured his right hand and had temporary memory loss after a fall during the second free practice session for the Catalunya Grand Prix in Barcelona on Friday and was taken by helicopter to the hospital. Lorenzo, who is third in this season’s MotoGP standings behind Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedroza, lost control of his Yamaha 14 minutes into the session and appeared to briefly lose consciousness following the fall. He also had severe ankle pain, the Circuit de Catalunya said on its Web site. Lorenzo, who fractured bones in his ankles a month ago in Shanghai, was flown to the Dexeus hospital in Barcelona, the circuit said in a statement.
‘I will be back,’ Gatlin says
Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin said on Friday his running career was not over, even though he has lost his appeal against a four-year doping ban. “I will definitely be back on the track,” Gatlin, 26, said in a telephone interview from his home in Pensacola, Florida. “I have plans for the next two years but I will be back running.” A Court of Arbitration for Sport panel upheld Gatlin’s doping ban for a 2006 positive test earlier on Friday. The decision means he will not be eligible to compete until July 2010 unless he finds other legal recourse. The 2005 world champion said he wanted his legal team to continue to seek ways for him to return to the track before 2010.
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017