Fan shoots and kills player
An Iraqi fan shot dead a player of the opposing team as he tried to score an equalizing goal in the final minutes of a match, police said on Monday. The shooting on Saturday in Hilla, 100km south of Baghdad, during a match between local teams underscored the country’s propensity to lawlessness even as violence by militant groups falls to lows not seen since mid-2003. “As soon as Haider Kadhim [the player] was alone in front of the goalkeeper and close to equalizing, a fan in the crowd fired a pistol at him,” said a senior police officer in Hilla, who declined to be named. “We arrested this fan immediately, but unfortunately the player died,” he said. Iraqis love soccer and have often expressed hope the game would help reconcile warring ethnic groups and sects.
Jackson sets world record
Jo Jackson set a world record in the women’s 400m freestyle at the British swimming championships on Monday. The 22-year-old Olympic bronze medalist finished in 4 minutes, 0.66 seconds, lowering Federica Pellegrini’s mark by almost a second. Pellegrini swam 4 minutes, 1.53 seconds at an Italian meet earlier this month. Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington finished second, also under the old mark, touching in 4 minutes, 0.89 seconds. “To get a world record has just blown me away and for Becky to go under the world record as well, I’m so happy,” Jackson said. “I knew it was going to be so tough coming here because Becky is swimming amazing. She really pushed me there, I wanted it so much. I’ve never had the British record in the 400, so it’s my first British record in the 400 and the world record. It’s not a bad one.”
Scarponi takes the lead
Michele Scarponi took the overall lead in the Tirreno-Adriatico from Andreas Kloeden of Germany after winning the longest and the penultimate stage of the race on Monday. The Italian rider with the Diquigiovanni-Androni team out-sprinted Stefano Garzelli and Ivan Basso in an uphill finish after the three broke away on a major climb with 40km to go. Scarponi finished in 6 hours, 36 minutes, 12 seconds in the 235km leg from Civitanova Marche to Camerino. Scarponi now holds a 25-second lead over Garzelli in the overall standings, with Kloeden — who won Sunday’s time trial — 1 minute, 7 seconds behind in third.
England bid for 2018, 2022
The Football Association (FA) will bid to stage the World Cup in England in either 2018 or 2022, it was announced on Monday. Countries were asked by world soccer’s governing body FIFA to bid for one of the two tournaments or submit proposals to stage both events. The FA handed in their plans at FIFA’s Zurich headquarters on Monday. Afterwards, England bid and FA chairman Lord David Triesman issued a statement, saying: “Today marks another step forward on our journey to bring the FIFA World Cup to England and our team are focused on delivering the best bid possible to FIFA.”
Cano scan reveals bursitis
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano had an MRI on Monday that found bursitis in his right shoulder and he could play the field on Friday. Cano will pinch hit or be a designated hitter until then. He had a pinch-single during the sixth inning of New York’s 12-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. “It feels better,” Cano said. “I’ll be ready in a few days.”
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given