Fowler heads Down Under
Former England striker Robbie Fowler has signed a two-year deal with Australia’s newest A-League club, North Queensland Fury. The club announced yesterday they had reached an agreement with Fowler after the 33-year-old visited the club’s headquarters in Townsville last month. North Queensland are one of two new clubs that will join the expanded A-League for the 2009-2010 season and chairman Don Matheson said Fowler’s signing was a major coup for the fledgling franchise. “It’s taken a lot of work to make this happen but it was worth it,” said. “I really believe having him playing for North Queensland Fury will change the way people think about the A-League.”
Resino takes over at Atletico
Abel Resino was unveiled as Atletico Madrid coach on Tuesday, a day after his predecessor Javier Aguirre left the struggling Spanish club. Resino, a former Atletico player, called it a “dream” job while promising to try and change the club’s fortunes quickly. “We need to turn things around so that the players believe again,” Resino said. “In this moment the team is not in good shape. We need to analyze the situation then see what we can do.” Atletico is reported to have paid up to 500,000 euros (US$648,000) to second division club Castellon to bring Resino back to the Vicente Calderon, 14 years after he last played in goal there. The club said Aguirre left on Monday by mutual agreement, a day after the club’s winless streak was stretched to seven matches, with five losses.
Fall leaves Rossi in stitches
MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has had stitches in his hand and foot after a domestic accident but is still scheduled to take part in this week’s official testing in Malaysia. “The Italian received stitches to his left hand and foot before flying out to Sepang for the official MotoGP test, a result of his falling on to a glass table when closing the curtains at home,” a statement said on the MotoGP official Web site on Tuesday.
Dold, Walsham win again
Thomas Dold of Germany and Suzy Walsham of Singapore won the men’s and women’s Empire State Building Run-Ups on Tuesday. In his fourth consecutive victory, 24-year-old Dold raced up the 86 flights in 10 minutes, seven seconds, beating his previous best by one second. The record time is nine minutes, 33 seconds, set by Paul Crake in 2003. Walsham earned her third consecutive win. She climbed the 1,576 steps in 13 minutes, 27 seconds, despite a fall before entering the stairwell. The event is one of the world’s premier tower races, beginning with a mad dash in the lobby and finishing on the observation deck.
Court drops Boonen case
Tom Boonen took the overall lead in the Tour of Qatar on Tuesday, winning the third stage just hours after a Belgian court dropped a criminal case against the former world cycling champion for alleged cocaine use. The court in the city of Turnhout said the Belgian rider had “been punished enough” following the positive dope test last year. He was barred from last year’s Tour de France as a result of the test. The court decision was followed by a victory on the road as the 28-year-old sprinter won the 137.5km stage from Al Zubarah to Doha Golf Club. After being told of the court’s decision, Boonen said: “That’s good news. My real season starts today. I am relieved.” The Quick Step rider covered the stage in two hours, 34 minutes, 53 seconds.