Jumper has explaining to do
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will ask Russian high jumper Ivan Ukhov to explain his apparently drunk appearance at the Athletissima Grand Prix. The 22-year-old Ukhov failed with each attempt to clear the bar, before being asked to stop competing on Tuesday at the Swiss meet. Rival high jumpers later reported the Russian had been drinking vodka and Red Bull during the competition. Meet organizers refused to pay Ukhov’s expenses and have been asked to supply video evidence to the IAAF. “We will for sure ask for an explanation from the athlete about his behavior and ask that it is not repeated in the future,” IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said in a statement.
Four jailed for beating death
Four men have been sentenced to between 90 and 349 days in jail for their roles in the beating death of professional surfer Emery Kauanui last year. The four received varying amounts of credit for time served and were also placed on probation on Friday. All pleaded to lesser charges than the original murder case against them. Remaining defendant Seth Cravens, the alleged leader of the group, has pleaded not guilty to murder and his trial is scheduled for Oct. 14. A bar argument last year ended with a showdown that left Kauanui bleeding outside his mother’s home in upscale La Jolla, California.
Akhtar sent back at airport
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was sent back home from Heathrow airport on Thursday morning because he did not have all the documents allowing him to enter England and play for Surrey. “I had got a work permit, but apparently you also need to have a work visa for that,” he said. “I had a multiple visit visa so I had to come back. Now the documents are complete and I will hopefully fly out on Friday.” Akhtar, 33, has been given special permission by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play for Surrey for the remainder of the season. The PCB has served a legal notice on Akhtar to pay a fine of 7 million rupees (US$92,000) after a five-year ban was cut to 18 months.
Gusmao banned for life
The International Swimming Federation on Friday banned Brazilian star Rebeca Gusmao for life for failing two drug tests. Lawyers for Gusmao said she would appeal the decision. In July, Gusmao received a second two-year doping suspension after a positive test for testosterone at a 2006 competition — a decision delayed by problems with the tests. Gusmao also tested positive for the substance before last year’s Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Barton banned for assault
Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton was banned on Friday for 12 matches — with six suspended — for his training ground assault on former teammate Ousmane Dabo. The Football Association said the 26-year-old Barton will only serve the additional six-match ban if he is found guilty of a similar offense or is sent off for violent conduct before the end of next season. Barton, who was also fined £25,000 (US$44,000) has 14 days to appeal the punishment. Barton has already been sentenced to four months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, over last year’s assault on Dabo. The sentence was imposed in July while Barton was serving a 74-day jail term for an alcohol-fueled attack on two men last December.