Olympian to open brothel
A New Zealand athlete has turned to prostitution to fund his London Olympics bid, it was reported yesterday. Logan Campbell, who finished in the top 16 in the taekwondo featherweight division at the Beijing Olympics, has set up a “high-class gentleman’s club” in Auckland, the Sunday Star Times said. Campbell’s Beijing campaign had cost about NZ$150,000 (US$93,000), most of which came from his parents, and he said he was sick of relying on them for help so had set up the brothel. Licensed prostitution is legal in New Zealand. Taekwondo New Zealand (TNZ) was unenthusiastic about the move, saying it would be taken into account when considering him for international selection. “Selection takes into account not just performance but also the athlete’s ability to serve as an example to the youth of the country,” TNZ funding manager John Scholfield told the newspaper. Campbell said he would launch his London bid in 2011, by which time he hoped to have earned NZ$300,000 from the brothel. With a hefty amount of funding behind him, Campbell believes he will be a serious medal contender in London after being beaten in Beijing by eventual bronze medalist Sung Yu-chi of Taiwan.
Gretzky fights tax info request
Lawyers for Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky are trying to keep his personal finances out of the NHL team’s bankruptcy case. Responding to a motion by the City of Glendale to review Gretzky’s income tax returns, Gretzky’s attorneys argue that he is a California resident and is entitled to that state’s privacy protections. They also say his personal finances aren’t relevant to the complicated legal battle over the team’s sale. Glendale “has not demonstrated and cannot demonstrate that its need for disclosure of Mr Gretzky’s personal financial information outweighs any privacy claim by Mr Gretzky in such information,” a filing by Gretzky’s lawyers said. “Mr Gretzky has a clear interest in maintaining the privacy of his financial records, and his privacy interest is one that outweighs [Glendale’s] need for disclosure of Mr Gretzky’s personal tax records,” the filing said.
Argentina beat Aussies
Josefina Sruoga scored on the stroke of half-time yesterday to give defending champions Argentina a 1-0 victory over Australia for a second straight win at the Champions Trophy women’s tournament. Earlier, Germany beat England 3-1 to even their record at 1-1. In the other match yesterday, the Netherlands beat China 1-0. Australia coach Frank Murray said his side lost concentration late in the first half. “They got a soft goal right at half-time ... so it’s something that we’ve got to learn from,” Murray said. “The thing they need to understand is how to play the next minute of the game and there wasn’t enough experience there to stand them in good stead at that point.”
Canada clinch Cup berth
Canada routed the US 41-18 to clinch a berth in the 2011 Rugby World Cup on Saturday. Canada outscored the US 47-30 in the two-game series. Canada will join tournament host New Zealand, France, Tonga and an Asian qualifier in Pool A. Canada lost 12-6 last week in Charleston, South Carolina and had to win by seven points on Saturday. The US face a two-game series against Uruguay to determine the Americas second qualifier for Pool C, although the loser will still have another chance to qualify in cross-continent playoffs next year.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017
TAIWANESE TO PLAY: Jason Jung faces Frederico Coria in the men’s singles first round today, while in the women’s singles, Hsieh Su-wei is to take on Barbara Haas Novak Djokovic is to renew his love-hate relationship with Roland Garros in the knowledge that it is himself rather than seemingly unsettled 12-time champion Rafael Nadal who could pose the greatest threat to winning a second Paris title and 18th Grand Slam crown. The only man to beat Djokovic this year is Djokovic after the Serb’s hair-trigger temper prompted a sensational disqualification from the US Open. The 33-year-old arrives in the French capital with a 31-1 record this year after his New York brain-fade was followed by a record 36th Masters title in Rome. Djokovic’s 2016 triumph at Roland Garros allowed him to