Phillies player in fight
The World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies confirmed one of their players was involved in a confrontation with a fan following Thursday’s game at the Tampa Bay Rays. The Phillies did not identify the player on Saturday in their statement. The Rays also confirmed the incident but did not release details. The St Petersburg Times reported on its Web site on Saturday that Phillies reliever J.C. Romero grabbed and shoved 25-year-old fan Robert Eaton after he made two comments about steroids. Romero was suspended for the first 50 games of the season after testing positive for androstenedione, a substance that Mark McGwire used in the 1990s that was later banned by Major League Baseball.
Flames acquire defense
The Calgary Flames have acquired smooth-skating defenseman Jay Bouwmeester just four days before he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. The Flames sent defenseman Jordan Leopold and a third-round pick in Saturday’s NHL entry draft to the Florida Panthers to complete the deal. The trade gives Calgary a window of exclusivity in negotiating a new contract with Bouwmeester and his agent, Bryon Baltimore. Bouwmeester can become a free agent on Wednesday. The 25-year-old Bouwmeester has spent his entire career with Florida, which drafted him third overall in 2002. Bouwmeester had 15 goals and 27 assists last season.
Bolt bolts down 100m win
Beijing Olympic double sprint champion Usain Bolt won the 100m at the Jamaican Athletics Championships on Saturday in 9.86 seconds, the fastest wind-legal time in the world this year. Bolt, running into a 0.2m/sec headwind and racing in lane four next to rival Asafa Powell, eased down with a finger across his lips at the finish as he booked a berth in the World Championships in August at Berlin. In the women’s 100m, Shelly-Ann Fraser showed she has recovered from her appendix surgery in April by posting 10.88, the fastest wind-legal time in the world this year, into a 1.5m/sec headwind.
Record eludes Chambers
British sprinter Dwain Chambers failed to beat Leroy Burrell’s 16-year Dutch record, but still won the men’s 100m at the Mondo Keien meet on Saturday. Chambers won in 10.22 seconds, failing to beat Burrell’s time of 10.08 seconds, set in 1993. Kim Collins was second in 10.42 seconds. Chambers, who completed a sprint double at the European Team Championships in Portugal last week, also won the 200m with a season-best time of 20.50 seconds. The 31-year-old Chambers tested positive for the steroid THG in 2003 and served a two-year suspension.
Abraham defends title
Undefeated Arthur Abraham successfully defended his IBF middleweight boxing title with a technical knockout of fellow German Mahir Oral in the 10th round in Berlin on Saturday. Abraham improved his record to 30-0 with his 10th consecutive defense, though none have been against top-level challengers since he won the title in December 2005. US-born Abraham knocked down Oral in the fourth, sixth and 10th rounds, the last forcing the referee to call the fight. The defeat was Oral’s first in 19 bouts since his only previous loss to Malik Dziarra in 2004.
Palmeiras sack Luxemburgo
Former Brazil and Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo has been sacked by Palmeiras in a row over striker Keirrison’s future. “After a board meeting on Friday night, Vanderlei Luxemburgo is no longer trainer of the professional team,” the Sao Paulo-based club said on their Web site. Palmeiras said on Friday they had received a big money offer from Barcelona for Keirrison, who has only been at Palmeiras for six months, and that the 20-year-old would not play for the team while negotiations were ongoing. Luxemburgo was angered by this decision and told Palmeiras that under his charge, he would not pick Keirrison again even if the striker’s transfer did not go through. “Keirrison showed a lack of professionalism and respect toward me and the squad so, while I’m coach, he will no longer play for Palmeiras,” Luxemburgo had said on his blog. The sacking had nothing to do with results on the pitch, the club said.