Shamrocks subdue Ronaldo
The world’s most expensive player, Cristiano Ronaldo, was kept at bay by semi-professional defenders in Dublin on Monday on his debut for Real Madrid as they eked out a 1-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers. In one of the more unlikely settings for the debut of the world’s most pricey player, Ronaldo — who cost Real around 94 million euros (US$134 million) from Manchester United early last month — was closely attended to and taken off at half-time having failed to sparkle against some muscular defending. Indeed it was one of Real’s other newboys, French international striker Karim Benzema who sealed the narrow victory with an 87th minute goal.
Galaxy regret exchange
Los Angeles Galaxy coach and general manager Bruce Arena says the team regrets the exchange between David Beckham and a fan at halftime of its friendly against AC Milan, a day after Beckham was the target of booing and derisive banners held up by one of the team’s support groups during Beckham’s first home game since returning from a five-month loan to AC Milan. At halftime in Sunday’s 2-2 draw, Beckham walked toward the LA Riot Squad supporters seating section and motioned to a fan to come closer. A man jumped down from the seats and was arrested by police for trespassing. Arena said in a statement issued by the team that it is important for fans to be able to voice their opinions, but they must do so in an appropriate manner.
Wife stabs Man U fan
Police have detained a Malaysian woman who allegedly stabbed her husband in the chest for coming home late after watching a soccer match between Manchester United and Malaysia, an official said on Tuesday. The man had promised to come back immediately after the match in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday evening, but his wife was “very angry” when he returned after midnight, district police chief Abdul Jalil Hassan said. The woman stabbed him twice in the chest with a kitchen knife and then took him to a hospital. “He was with friends after the match, so that’s why he came home late,” Abdul Jalil said. The man was recovering in the hospital, he said. Police have not decided whether to charge the woman with any offense. The English Premier League champions defeated Malaysia 3-2 on Saturday in their opening match on a preseason Asian tour.
Vick completes sentence
Former National Football League star Michael Vick completed a federal prison sentence on Monday for his role in a dogfight conspiracy, opening the door for him to seek an NFL return. Vick has been under home confinement in Hampton, Virginia, for the past two months in completing the sentence he received in 2007. He is on three years of probation and has a three-year suspended sentence on state dogfighting charges.
US win World Cup final
Lauren Lappin homered to start a three-run rally in the third inning as the US beat Australia 3-1 on Monday in the World Cup of Softball final in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Alissa Haber and Andrea Duran added RBI singles to push the lead to 3-0, and Monica Abbott and Cat Osterman combined to make it stand up for the Americans’ third straight World Cup title. The unbeaten US team outscored opponents 51-4, reasserting its dominance after losing the gold medal game at last year’s Olympics.
Kamaru Usman put on a Fight Island masterclass yesterday to retain his UFC welterweight world title by grinding down a brave Jorge Masvidal in Abu Dhabi. “I’m at the top of the mountain and everyone’s looking at me,” said the 33-year-old Usman after scoring a unanimous points decision 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46 on the three judges’ cards. The Nigerian-American Usman (17-1) looked the fresher fighter, with Masvidal (35-14) having taken the UFC251 headline bout at just six days’ notice when Brazil’s Gilbert Burns (19-3) tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to travel. The Las Vegas-based UFC pulled off a power-packed schedule with
Thailand international Pitsamai Sornsai, a new arrival for Inter Taoyuan, is to lead her team against Taipei Bravo tomorrow in the 10th round of the Taiwan Mulan Football League. Sornsai, who is nicknamed Pui, has attracted interest from media and fans as the first foreigner signed to play in Taiwan’s women’s league. Inter are among six teams battling for the title this year. The addition of Sornsai is a boost for the international profile of women’s soccer in Taiwan and elevates the competition. The 31-year-old brings a wealth of experience, including from the Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Championship, the Southeast Asian Games and
MONKEYS ALSO WIN: The Rakuten Monkeys kept the Brothers from the first-half title as they dominated the Uni-President Lions, scoring four in the fourth The CTBC Brothers still need another win to clinch the first-half CPBL title, despite thrashing the hapless Fubon Guardians 17-0 yesterday, after the Rakuten Monkeys beat the Uni-President Lions 9-2. Fans of CTBC Brothers were hoping to celebrate the first-half title, with a crowd of more than 10,000 packed into the Taichung Intercontinental Stadium for their home game against the Guardians. The figure was an attendance record for this year, when baseball and most other major sports events worldwide have been played in empty venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Entering the game, CTBC had pushed their magic number down to 2, meaning
Preparing to complete a ninth Serie A campaign without winning the scudetto, AC Milan decided that returning to the pinnacle of club soccer required a new approach. Roc Nation, the entertainment agency of US rapper Jay-Z is at the center of it, linking up with Milan to scour the world for sponsors, and use concerts and other high-profile events to attract new fans. And who better to ask about how to end a title drought than the team who just won their league for the first time in 30 years? “We have been talking to Liverpool, because they’ve been through the same path