Wife threatens to tell all
The wife of the doctor at the center of Spain’s biggest doping investigation says Spanish sport would be ruined if she revealed all she knows about drug use among athletes. Former runner Cristina Perez said Spain’s record medal performance at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics was in part thanks to her husband, Eufemianio Fuentes, the doctor at the center of cycling’s Operation Puerto case. Perez competed on Spain’s 1,600m relay team in Barcelona. “I know what happened at Barcelona ‘92 and I’m a Pandora’s box that, if opened one day, could bring down sport,” Perez was quoted as saying by La Provincia newspaper. “But out of respect for my companions, the people who sacrificed so much, I’m staying quiet. Although I could speak out and ruin all those caught up in this little world.” Fuentes was one of five people arrested in May 2006 after Spanish police raided apartments in Madrid and Zaragoza and uncovered a blood doping ring that would implicate more than 50 cyclists. Perez, who said all “all elite athletes and regular athletes were implicated” in doping networks across the world, added that the government made Fuentes a doping scapegoat after he helped many Spanish athletes win Olympic medals.
‘Pacman’ Jones reinstated
The NFL lifted Adam “Pacman” Jones’ suspension on Wednesday, just more than five weeks after the Dallas Cowboys cornerback was banned for another violation of its personal conduct policy. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Adam Jones was reinstated by league commissioner Roger Goodell, but would miss the next two games and likely return on Dec. 7 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jerry Jones said the player could return to practice on Monday. The owner said Adam Jones would have “limited participation” this week, but would not be part of full-squad practices or conditioning.
Mourinho’s medal sold
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s Premier League winners’ medal sold for £21,600 (US$32,240) at an auction in London on Wednesday. Mourinho threw the medal into the stands at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea beat Manchester United 3-0 to win the 2005-2006 title. It was caught by a fan and sold to an unnamed telephone bidder at a sporting memorabilia sale at Bonhams Auctioneers in Chester. At the same auction, a winners’ medal from the 1930 World Cup was sold for £28,800. The gold medal was awarded to Uruguay captain Jose Nasazzi after his side defeated Argentina 4-2 to become the first World champions.
Ama upsets grand champion
Mongolian Ama upset compatriot Hakuho on Thursday to move into a two-way tie for the lead with the grand champion at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka, Japan. Sekiwake Ama forced Hakuho back at the faceoff and threw the yokozuna down with an arm throw. Ama, who is bidding for his first Emperor’s Cup and promotion to the rank of ozeki, is tied with Hakuho at 10-2 heading into the final three days of the tournament. Hakuho, bidding for his ninth title, desperately tried to escape Ama’s hold but touched the dirt surface for just his second loss since an opening-day loss to Aminishiki. In other major bouts, ozeki Chiyotaikai (7-5) prevented Miyabiyama making it a three-way tie for the tournament lead, forcing the No. 7 maegashira out. Fifth-ranked maegashira Dejima shoved out Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu to give both wrestlers a record of 6-6.
DRIVING AMBITION: ‘I was excited by playing at the Olympics ... Who knows what’s going to happen? Hopefully, I could have a chance to win a medal,’ Tiffany Chan said After just three tournaments this year, a chance of Olympic glory postponed and two weeks alone in quarantine, golfer Tiffany Chan could be forgiven for feeling sorry for herself. Instead, Hong Kong’s first LPGA Tour player is sporting a broad grin and taking the positives from the game’s COVID-19 shutdown, determined to establish herself in the fiercely competitive world of women’s golf. The talented 26-year-old kept herself fit physically and mentally during the lockdown, and is happy to be back on the fairways since the easing of coronavirus restrictions last month. “When I came back to Hong Kong [in March], I actually did
Eleven-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown, who is hoping to become Britain’s youngest Olympian next year, fractured her skull and broke bones in her left hand after falling from a ramp during a training session in California. Brown posted a video of the accident on Instagram, but reassured supporters that she was fine. “I don’t usually post my falls or talk about them ... but this was my worst fall. I just want everyone to know that it’s OK — don’t worry, I’m OK,” she said. “I’m going to push boundaries for girls with my skating and surfing. I’m going for gold in 2021
Zhu Ting stands tall in China — and not just because she is 1.98m tall. The 25-year-old farmer’s daughter has emerged from a poor village life to become a totem of the country’s sporting ambitions. As captain and figurehead of China’s women’s volleyball team, the reigning Olympic champions, Zhu is one of the country’s biggest stars. State television once feted her as “an invincible and dominant superhero.” A nurse fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in March posted a photograph of herself wearing a white protective suit with a picture of the volleyball star drawn on it — also scribbled were the words: “Proud that
A feel-good campaign allowing fans to have cardboard cutouts of themselves at Australian rugby league games has been hijacked by pranksters, with a notorious serial killer among those making an appearance — while one TV show edited an image of Adolf Hitler into the crowd. The NRL launched “Fan In The Stand” to coincide with the sport’s return at the weekend after its season was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporters are barred from stadiums under strict health protocols, but can pay A$22 (US$15) to have their photograph printed on a life-size cutout and placed in the stands of