Massa practices in public
Driver Felipe Massa got behind the wheels of a kart on Tuesday, practicing for the first time in public since sustaining multiple skull fractures in a crash in July. Television images showed Massa racing with his Ferrari uniform on a red kart at the Granja Viana track in Sao Paulo, and the Brazilian driver reportedly told friends he felt fine after the practice. Some local media said he had raced for a few laps on Monday in a secret session. Massa was hospitalized for nine days and underwent surgery following his life-threatening, high-speed crash in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 25. Massa had said he wants to race at the Brazilian GP next month, but Ferrari hinted he won’t be back until next year.
Rockets train without Yao
Chinese superstar center Yao Ming and forward Tracy McGrady were among those not in uniform on Tuesday as the Houston Rockets began their NBA pre-season training camp. Seven-time NBA All-Star Yao is recovering from surgery to repair a broken left foot and is expected to miss the entire 2009-2010 season, while McGrady underwent microfracture surgery upon his left knee in February. “Far ahead of schedule” is how McGrady described his rehabilitation status after seven months, but he added: “It’s not time to really rush it back. Confidence-wise — running, cutting, jumping — I have that right now.”
Taurasi named WNBA MVP
Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi was named the WNBA’s most valuable player on Tuesday. Taurasi was presented the award at a news conference before the team’s WNBA Finals opener against the Indiana Fever. Taurasi, a four-time WNBA all-star, led the league in scoring for the second straight year at 23.8 points per game. She and fellow first-team all-star Cappie Pondexter led the high-scoring Mercury to a 23-11 regular season record, best in the WNBA. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Taurasi is in her sixth WNBA season after being drafted No. 1 by the Mercury out of the University of Connecticut in 2004.
Valero denies beating family
WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero denied reports he was arrested on domestic violence charges. Valero told reporters on Tuesday the allegations were merely an effort to “provoke” him. “I’ve never hit my little sister and much less my mother,” Valero said in comments published by Venezuelan television station RCTV on its Web site. Venezuela daily El Universal reported Valero was arrested last week after a neighbor called emergency services and told authorities the boxer had struck his mother and a sister during a family dispute. The boxer’s mother, Eloisa Vivas, backed up Valero’s statement on Tuesday. “There wasn’t any sort of aggression, we weren’t mistreated or anything,” she said.
Jodie Henry retires
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jodie Henry has quit competitive swimming. The 25-year-old Australian, who at one stage was the reigning Olympic and world champion in the 100m freestyle, handed her retirement forms to Swimming Australia yesterday. It came less than a month after fellow Australian sprinter Libby Trickett, a multiple Olympic and world championship gold medalist, announced she was taking a break from international competition with a view to retirement. At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Henry won the 100 freestyle, breaking the world record in the semi-finals.
‘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
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen
Max Verstappen informed his Red Bull team that he would not be driving “like a grandma” in Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday — and he was as good as his word. The Dutch 22-year-old seized his opportunity at Silverstone, ending dominant Mercedes’ run of four successive wins this season and moving up to second place overall, 30 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen’s confidence shone through early on, after slotting into third place behind the two Mercedes, when he was told by race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase to take care of his tires. “Mate, this is the only chance of being