Dodgers to visit Taiwan
The Los Angeles Dodgers, a US Major League Baseball team, are scheduled to visit Taiwan in March for two exhibition games, a Taipei-based report said yesterday. The Dodgers will play the matches against a local professional team on March 13 and March 14, the United Daily News reported, citing Jim Small, vice president of MLB Asia. The paper quoted Small as saying that he hoped the Dodgers’ visit would give a morale boost to fans of Taiwan’s favorite sport, which has been hit by a string of game-fixing scandals. Taiwanese authorities last year launched an investigation into the latest allegations which led to the arrest of six bookies and former players.
NFL going to London, again
The Denver Broncos will meet San Francisco in a National Football League game at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 31 and the league might play another game this year in the UK, the NFL announced on Friday. The Broncos-49ers clash will mark the fourth year in a row that a regular-season US football game will be staged in London, the first three having drawn sell-out crowds of more than 80,000 spectators. “We have seen the extraordinary passion that exists for NFL football in the UK,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said.
Court fines Yankees
A court in the Dominican Republic ordered the New York Yankees to pay more than US$750,000 to Carlos Rios, their former director of Latin American scouting, for what it ruled was his unlawful firing. In court papers examined on Friday by The Associated Press, Judge Alexis Gomez Geraldino found in favor of Rios, who was fired in August 2008 for allegedly skimming US$100,000 in bonus money from Yankees prospect Kelvin De Leon. The judge said the accusations against Rios were based on rumor and ordered the Yankees to pay Rios US$762,878 in damages.
Hockey alleges sex abuse
Police are investigating a sexual assault criminal complaint by former National Hockey League star Theo Fleury against his former junior hockey coach, Graham James. Fleury, whose NHL comeback bid with Calgary at age 41 failed last year, wrote in his autobiography last year that he was repeatedly abused while playing youth hockey in the 1980s. On his Web site, the former Calgary Flames star said on Thursday that he would file a complaint against James. Police said their probe would include working with US authorities and across Canada. Fleury, whose career was dogged by drugs and alcohol, played in the NHL from 1987 through 2003. In 1994 he briefly played for Tampere of Finland when the NHL missed nearly half a season in a labor dispute. He also played for the Belfast Giants of Britain’s Elite League in the 2005-2006 season.
Aussies to play Taiwan
Australia will play Taiwan in their Asia Oceania Zone Group One Davis Cup tie at Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open, Tennis Australia (TA) said yesterday. TA said it would be using the outdoor Margaret Court Arena for the first time to host the Davis Cup tie from March 5 to March 7. Australia won their only Davis Cup tie last year, but remain in Asia Oceania Zone Group One after withdrawing from the May tie in India because of security concerns. One-time power Australia have won the Davis Cup 28 times, second only to the US, with 32.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there