Arenas begins sentence
Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas, sentenced to 30 days in a halfway house for bringing guns to the team locker room, began serving his sentence in Rockville, Maryland, on Friday. Arthur Wallenstein, director of Montgomery County Corrections, said Arenas arrived on Friday evening at the Montgomery County jail, where he will spend two days for medical screening and classification. He will then be transferred to the county’s Pre-Release Center, a halfway house. Corrections officials in Montgomery County, adjacent to Washington DC, agreed to let him serve his sentence there as part of an agreement with the US Bureau of Prisons. Arenas pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge in January, and has been suspended until the end of the season by the NBA.
Brazil faces problems
Brazil’s planning for the 2014 World Cup faces “serious problems” if crucial work is not started before May 3, the deadline fixed by FIFA, Brazilian soccer federation (CBF) president Ricardo Teixeira said in Rio de Janeiro on Friday. “If the work does not start before the start of May, we will have serious problems,” Teixeira said. FIFA set May 3 as a deadline for work on a new and refurbished stadium to start, but organizers have faced problems with no sites being able to attract financial credits from banks. According to FIFA planning, all major work must be finished by December 2012.
Bolt to run first 200m
Triple Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt will run his first 200m of the season in the Jamaica International Invitational on May 1, organizers in Kingston said on Friday. Bolt, the world record holder at 100m and 200m, will face a field that includes American world bronze medalist Wallace Spearmon. The meeting has also attracted Jamaica’s Olympic 200m winner Veronica Campbell Brown and US world 400m champion Sanya Richards. They are scheduled to run in the women’s 200m. Jamaica’s Asafa Powell, the former 100m world record holder, will not compete, organizers said.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Alexei Ponikarovsky has been suspended for two games for hitting an opposing player from behind, knocking him into the boards, the National Hockey League said on Friday. The suspension will keep Ponikarovsky out of the team’s final two regular season games. The incident occurred early in the final period of Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders when Ponikarovsky hit center Josh Bailey from behind. New York’s Bailey was injured on the play and Ponikarovsky was given a boarding penalty and game misconduct.
Spurs keep Ginobili
The San Antonio Spurs signed guard Manu Ginobili to a multi-year contract extension, keeping the Argentine player from testing the free agent market at the end of the season, the team said on Friday. Ginobili, who has spent his eight-year career with San Antonio and won three NBA championships, had a mediocre start this term and could have become an unrestricted free agent when the campaign finishes, but the Spurs said the 32-year-old Ginobili, who won the NBA’s sixth man of the year award in 2008 as the most valuable player coming off the bench as a substitute, is an important part of its program and wanted to keep him.
‘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
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given