Canucks president quits
Vancouver Canucks president and CEO Chris Zimmerman is stepping down for family reasons, the team said on Tuesday. “I have made the very difficult decision to resign my position with Canucks Sports & Entertainment and relocate my family back to the eastern United States,” Zimmerman, who has been in Vancouver for three years, said in a statement on the team Web site. General manager Mike Gillis will replace him as the team president.
Roenick expected to retire
Jeremy Roenick, an American center for the San Jose Sharks who has spent the past 20 years in the National Hockey League, is expected to announce his retirement today. The Sharks have scheduled a news conference and multiple reports say Roenick, 39, will hang up his skates after the worst season of his career. Roenick, a two-time Olympian, scored only four goals in 42 games during the 2008-2009 NHL season and missed more than two months of the campaign following shoulder surgery in December.
Opener to feature Cavs
NBA fans curious to see how Shaquille O’Neal fares with LeBron James as a teammate will get an early look when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Boston Celtics to open the league’s 2009-2010 season on Oct. 27. The Cavaliers acquired the 37-year-old O’Neal during the off-season hoping the 15 times All-Star center and future Hall of Famer will help capture their first title. The finale of a four-game opening day schedule sees the Los Angeles Lakers start the defense of their title by hosting the LA Clippers, who selected dynamic power forward Blake Griffin with the top pick in the 2009 Draft. On Christmas Day, Los Angeles will host Cleveland, a highly anticipated match-up featuring 2007-2008 league MVP Kobe Bryant of the Lakers and reigning MVP James. The Lakers will face the Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic twice, the NBA said on Tuesday when it released the schedule.
Brazilians fail doping tests
Five Brazilian athletes training in Germany for this month’s world championships have failed out-of-competition doping tests and will return home, the Brazilian Athletics Confederation (CBAt) said. A CBAt statement said that heptathlete Lucimara Silvestre and sprinters Bruno Lins Tenorio, Jorge Celio Sena, Josiane Tito and Luciana Franca and had tested positive for the banned substance Recombinant EPO. The CBAt said the five had asked for the B sample to be tested and would return home to await the outcome.
Massa recovering well
Felipe Massa was allowed to leave a local hospital on Tuesday after making “a remarkable recovery” from life-threatening head injuries sustained in a crash during qualifying for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix on July 25. The Ferrari driver Massa went home after extensive examinations at the Albert Einstein clinic in Sao Paulo where he arrived on Monday from Hungary. Massa, 28, underwent surgery on a multiple skull fractures in a Budapest clinic. He sustained the injuries when he was hit on the helmet by a spring from Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn GP car and crashed
into a tire wall. He spent nine days in the AEK military hospital in the Hungarian capital. “Felipe has had a remarkable recovery,” his personal doctor Dino Altmann said in a statement on Massa’s Web site.
Pensions anger veterans
Members of India’s 1956 Olympics soccer squad have accused the national federation of treating them like “beggars” and have decided to return checks received from the governing body, Indian media reported on Wednesday. Nine surviving members of the team that reached the semi-finals in Melbourne had suggested the federation started a pension scheme for former internationals. However, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) last month sent them checks for 25,000 rupees (US$525). “We are not beggars that the national federation would be doling out a pitiful grant 53 years after our achievement,” an angry Samar Banerjee, captain of the team, told reporters.
Argentine kickoff on hold
The kickoff to the Argentine soccer season was put on hold indefinitely on Tuesday while the game’s national governing body sought a solution to clubs’ massive debts. “The executive committee of the AFA [Argentina Football Association] resolved unanimously tonight [Tuesday] that the championships in all categories should not start on the scheduled dates,” said a statement posted on the AFA Web site, www.afa.org.ar. It said the AFA needed to search for a proper and well-founded solution to the problem of clubs’ debts.
Muslims fret over anthem
Bundesliga club Schalke has asked a scholar of Islam to look into complaints sent to the club by Muslims angered by what they see as the lampooning of the Prophet Mohammed in a verse in the club’s decades-old anthem. The verse — which also caused short-lived protests in 1997 — refers to the Prophet Mohammed, who it says knew nothing about soccer but picked the colors blue and white, the Schalke colors. The club has received hundreds of e-mails and letters of complaint and has contacted police and state security, club spokesman Thomas Spiegel told German media.
Mealamu ruptures muscle
The All Blacks suffered a further setback yesterday when hooker Keven Mealamu was ruled out for the rest of the year with a ruptured chest muscle. The 71-Test veteran was injured after he came on as a replacement in the Tri-Nations Test against the Springboks in Durban last weekend. In a disappointing week for the All Blacks in South Africa they lost both Tests, failed to win even a bonus point, and were toppled from their world No. 1 ranking. They have now suffered three losses from six outings this year and are only halfway through the season. The loss of Mealamu will put further pressure on the already depleted front row ranks with the Chiefs rake Aled de Malmanche likely to deputise for first-string hooker Andrew Hore. All Blacks doctor Deb Robinson said Mealamu had undergone a chest scan after returning from South Africa and it confirmed he had ruptured his pectoralis major tendon on the left side of his chest.
Brawn accused of speeding
The head of Formula One’s Brawn GP team could be banned from driving after being accused of breaking the speed limit on a public road. Police accuse Ross Brawn of driving his Mercedes on May 30 at 161kph on a road in southwest England where the limit is 70mph (113kph). The 54-year-old Brawn was due to appear in court on Tuesday, but the case was rescheduled for Sept. 4 because he is overseas ahead of his team’s races in Spain and Belgium.
‘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
The Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens, with the fewest wins of any NHL playoff teams, ignited the rink returning from a COVID-19 hiatus with upset triumphs in Saturday openers. NHL Rookie of the Year candidate Dominik Kubalik inspired the Blackhawks to a 6-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in game one of their best-of-five qualifying series at Edmonton, Alberta, scoring two goals and assisting on three others. “We were ready to go, and I think the game was pretty good,” Kubalik said. “I felt pretty good and everything went my way, so it’s nice, but it’s just the first game,