Missing chips cost runners
Two Indian orphans lost out on a much-needed payday as they could not afford the US$4 for timing chips in their shoes, media reported yesterday. The 18-year-olds, Sunita Kanna and Savita Kamble, members of a local sports trust for orphans, came fourth and fifth in the Mumbai women’s half-marathon, the Hindustan Times said. Kanna would have won US$500 and Kamble US$400 if they had the chips embedded in their shoes. “In hindsight, we can think that we lost some money,” Kamble told the paper. “But that doesn’t matter. We enjoy running and next time we will have another shot at getting the prizemoney.” Their coach, Bhagwan Nagargoje, said the trust would have had to borrow money to buy the chips. “We came here to test waters and never expected anything. So we thought ‘why add to our expenses?’” he said. “It is my fault.” Race manager Homiyar Mistry confirmed the pair were recorded in the official finish list, but would not get the prize money.
Fan shot in chest
A man was shot following a pre-season match between Penarol and Nacional in another bout of soccer violence in Uruguay, police said on Sunday. He was taken to hospital after being shot in the chest as rival fans clashed outside the Centenario stadium following Saturday’s game, police said. Media reports said the man, who has not been named, was in intensive care and that his condition was serious. Police added that 93 people were arrested before, during and after the match. The Uruguayan championship was suspended for two weeks in November after supporters fought on the pitch following a match between Danubio and Nacional. The tournament was again suspended last month after police declared Danubio’s stadium unsuitable to host Penarol.
CFA names new head
Nan Yong was named to replace Xie Yalong as head of the struggling Chinese Football Association (CFA) yesterday. Xie has faced criticism for the poor performance of China’s men’s team, and the promotion of his deputy had been rumored for months. The CFA gave few details in announcing the change, although the Titan sports newspaper quoted a top-ranking official acknowledging the challenges. “Although right now Chinese football is not in good shape, I hope the new leaders can improve it,” Cui Dalin, deputy sports minister, told the Titan.
Pranger wins in Wengen
Austrian Manfred Pranger won the men’s World Cup slalom in Wengen, Switzerland, on Sunday to record his third career victory four years after his last win. The 30-year-old timed 1min 40.36sec over the two legs with his fellow Austrian Reinfried Herbst and Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic in second and third, 34 and 39 hundredths behind respectively. Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Grange could only finish sixth but still stays atop of the slalom standings.
City receives cash boost
Canadian lawmakers gave Vancouver, host of next year’s games, the power on Sunday to borrow nearly C$500 million (US$400 million) to finish its Olympic Athlete’s Village. With just 13 months left before the games, the global financial crisis has threatened construction of the facility. The project’s New York lenders, Fortress Investment Group, cut off funding last fall to the private developer of the village, leaving Vancouver on the hook to guarantee the project.
Cubs give Orioles Pie
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired outfielder Felix Pie from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for pitcher Garrett Olson and a minor leaguer, the clubs said on Sunday. Pie, 23, batted .287 in 85 games with Class AAA Iowa and .241 in 43 games with the Cubs last season. A native of the Dominican Republic, Pie has appeared in 130 major league games over the last two years. Olson, 25, went 9-10 with a 6.65 ERA in 26 starts last year.
Wood says farewell
Kerry Wood, who spent 10 years as a Chicago Cubs pitcher before signing with the Cleveland Indians last month, took out a full-page newspaper advertisement on Sunday to say goodbye to loyal supporters. Wood, a fan favorite in five years as a starter for the Cubs, signed a two-year deal worth US$10 million with Cleveland last month. “Thank you Cubs fans, the greatest fans in all of baseball, for believing in me and supporting me over the years,” Wood said in the advertisement. “I will always be proud to have been a Chicago Cub. Although I’m a member of a new ‘Tribe,’ I will forever be a Chicagoan.”
Keflezighi wins Half
Meb Keflezighi, the 2004 Olympic marathon runner-up, surged to an early lead and captured the US Half Marathon Championship men’s title in Houston, Texas, on Sunday. Keflezighi, an American who was born in Eritrea, won in 1 hours, 1 minute, 25 seconds for his first national crown at the distance with 2008 Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein the runner-up, 10 seconds off the pace. Magdalena Lewy-Boulet, a Beijing Olympic marathoner, won the women’s title in 1:11:47.
Bjoerndalen is back
Norwegian biathlon star Ole Einar Bjoerndalen appears to be back to his best after collecting his second straight World Cup victory, winning Sunday’s 12.5km men’s pursuit race. Bjoerndalen, who has battled an illness during the season, had a 33-second lead going into Sunday’s race in Ruhpolding, Germany, and missed just one of 20 targets in finishing the course in 36 minutes, 17.4 seconds. Finishing second was Bjoerndalen’s former Norwegian protegee Emil Hegle Svendsen, who trailed by 34.4 seconds after one penalty lap. Third place went to Dominik Landertinger, who was 46.5 seconds behind after two misses. The 20-year-old Austrian took second place in Saturday’s sprint. Bjoerndalen’s victory brings him closer to the overall World Cup leader Svendsen, who improved to 460 points. The women’s 10k pursuit was won by Germany’s Magdalena Neuner, who also was victorious in Saturday’s sprint.
Hakuho maintains record
Grand champion Hakuho threw down sekiwake Baruto yesterday to maintain his perfect record and share the lead with Asashoryu at the New Year Sumo tournament. In the day’s final bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Hakuho, who saw his rival yokozuna win in a match just before him, unlocked Baruto’s persistent clinching, ending a minutes-long deadlock at the ring center and smashed him down with a powerful overarm throw. The Estonian slipped to 7-2. Hakuho improved to 9-0 and is tied with Asashoryu, who beat newly promoted ozeki Harumafuji, who fell to 6-3 and is still short of a winning record to maintain his ozeki status. In other major bouts, Bulgarian ozeki Kotooshu bulldozed out No.4 maegashira Wakanosato to stay on the heels of the two leaders at 8-1.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
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Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is already in Florida with the rest of his Toronto teammates, and he knows the time to take a stand and counter the NBA plan to restart the season has passed, but his opinion on the matter has not changed. “It sucks,” VanVleet said on Monday in a videoconference of his choice to return to the court during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter campaign. “It’s terrible timing, but that’s been 2020 for us. We all know the right thing to do is to not play, to take a stand. Morally, yes, that makes sense, but