Talent drain unstoppable
The commissioner of Japanese baseball said there was little his office could do about the talent drain to the US major leagues. “There is no way to stop this,” Ryozo Kato said at a news conference on Wednesday. “It’s only natural for talented, young Japanese players to want to play in the major leagues. Look at the ballparks in the United States, they are much better than those in Japan.” Eighteen Japanese players played in Major League Baseball last season. Several more like Hisanori Takahashi and Ryota Igarashi of the New York Mets left Japan in the offseason.
All-Star caught drug driving
Former Major League Baseball player Dwight Gooden has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs after a car accident early on Tuesday, police said. Police in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey said on Wednesday it was too early to tell what the controlled substance was. Gooden was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, who was in the car, and driving while under the influence with a child passenger. Police declined to identify the child. Other charges included leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and reckless driving. Gooden, a four-time All-Star pitcher with a career record of 194-112, was released on his own recognizance, police said.
Russia aims for World Cup
Russia has “a good chance” of organizing the 2018 World Cup, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. Addressing the requirements for prospective host countries set out by world football governing body FIFA, Putin said that a number of “taxation problems” would be sorted out. FIFA demands that host countries provide specific taxation and customs facilities as well as easing entry requirements to the country for players, officials and supporters, Putin said. Russia’s rivals for the organisation of the 2018 tournament are the US, Australia, England, Japan, the Netherlands/Belgium, Mexico and Spain/Portugal.
Margarito to make return
Disgraced former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito of Mexico will make his return to the ring after more than a year’s layoff on May 8 in his homeland, promoters announced on Wednesday. Margarito, 37-6 with 27 knockouts, will fight compatriot Roberto Garcia in a 10-round junior middleweight bout at Aguascalientes. Garcia is on a five-year, 14-fight win streak. Margarito had his boxing license suspended for at least a year by California authorities after a plaster-like substance was discovered in his handwraps before a bout in January of last year in which he lost to Shane Mosley.
Man U freezes ticket prices
Manchester United announced on Wednesday that ticket prices at Old Trafford would be frozen next season. United’s owners, the Glazer family, have been criticised for the size of ticket price rises since their takeover in 2005 and fans reacted angrily when it was claimed further increases were on the cards for next season. United have moved to calm the situation by saying prices will be kept on this season’s level for next season. The move means admission on matchdays to watch Sir Alex Ferguson’s team will continue to cost between £27£ (US$40) and £49, with season tickets ranging from £513 to £931.
As professional soccer returned to Denmark, fans used Zoom to be part of the action. Thousands of Danish soccer fans on Thursday logged on to the conferencing software and were transported to Ceres Park for a league match between AGF and Randers that heralded the resumption of the nation’s pandemic-affected soccer season. While the stadium itself was without fans, the faces of thousands of supporters who joined the Zoom call were shown on giant screens that ran along one side of the pitch. Families wearing club shirts and scarves cheered inside their living rooms. Some were seen clenching their fists in joy after
DRIVING AMBITION: ‘I was excited by playing at the Olympics ... Who knows what’s going to happen? Hopefully, I could have a chance to win a medal,’ Tiffany Chan said After just three tournaments this year, a chance of Olympic glory postponed and two weeks alone in quarantine, golfer Tiffany Chan could be forgiven for feeling sorry for herself. Instead, Hong Kong’s first LPGA Tour player is sporting a broad grin and taking the positives from the game’s COVID-19 shutdown, determined to establish herself in the fiercely competitive world of women’s golf. The talented 26-year-old kept herself fit physically and mentally during the lockdown, and is happy to be back on the fairways since the easing of coronavirus restrictions last month. “When I came back to Hong Kong [in March], I actually did
Eleven-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown, who is hoping to become Britain’s youngest Olympian next year, fractured her skull and broke bones in her left hand after falling from a ramp during a training session in California. Brown posted a video of the accident on Instagram, but reassured supporters that she was fine. “I don’t usually post my falls or talk about them ... but this was my worst fall. I just want everyone to know that it’s OK — don’t worry, I’m OK,” she said. “I’m going to push boundaries for girls with my skating and surfing. I’m going for gold in 2021
It is the land of the world champions, but is it really a soccer country? That is the question that some in France have been asking this week while its European neighbors work to bring the sport back after the COVID-19 shutdown. Debate has raged ever since Ligue 1 decided in late April to bring a premature end to the season with 10 rounds of matches unplayed. By contrast, two weeks have passed since the Bundesliga restarted, while Italian Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora on Thursday confirmed that Serie A would return on June 20, and La Liga and the English Premier