Players in prostitution probe
Investigators have questioned two French national team players as part of an inquiry into prostitution involving a minor, a judicial source said. One of the players has admitted having a relationship with a prostitute but denied knowing that she was a minor, the source said on condition of anonymity. The players, who were not identified, were questioned by investigators working for Paris examining magistrate Yves Dando, the source said confirming a report by the M6 television station. The investigation concerns a Paris night club, frequented by certain French internationals, which is suspected of employing prostitutes, the source said. L’Equipe newspaper reported yesterday that a third French international player could be questioned in coming weeks as part of the same investigation. “There is no reaction to give on a matter like this,” the president of the French Football Federation Jean-Pierre Escalettes said. “An investigation is underway and I have no information on that. At the moment it is not possible to make a comment.”
Livorno on brink of drop
Serie A bottom side Livorno are on the brink of relegation after losing 2-0 at Chievo Verona on Saturday. Sergio Pellissier drilled a diagonal strike inside the near post to put the hosts ahead in the 28th minute shortly after being denied a strong penalty claim for a push in the back as he was about to shoot. Elvis Abbruscato touched the ball home from close range to wrap up the victory two minutes from time. Livorno have 26 points with four games left to play, nine points less than Bologna in the safety zone before the fourth-bottom side’s visit to Udinese yesterday. Chievo, in contrast, look to have top-flight survival in the bag after a win that puts them 12th, 10 points above the drop zone.
Braga cut Benfica lead
Braga beat Leixoes 3-1 on Saturday to cut Benfica’s lead at the top of the league to three points. Alan scored twice and Moises once for Braga, while Christian Pouga reduced the deficit for Leixoes. Braga are on 64 points and it was the team’s first win against relegation-threatened Leixoes since the 1988-1989 season. Benfica, on 67 points, could increase their lead to six points again yesterday, when they visited Academica. With three games left after this weekend, Benfica are seeking to clinch their first title in five years. Defending champions Porto are third with 56 points and played Guimaraes yesterday.
Angel delights Red Bulls
Juan Pablo Angel scored his first two goals of the season, including a last-minute penalty, to lead the New York Red Bulls to a 2-1 comeback win over FC Dallas on Saturday night. The Red Bulls remained unbeaten in their new US$200 million home, including two MLS matches and a friendly against Santos of Brazil last month. Dallas scored in the 10th minute when Dax McCarty met a cross from Heath Pearce and sent a header past Red Bull goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul to take the lead. Angel equalized in the 56th and converted the penalty to secure the win. At Carson, California, Edson Buddle scored two goals as the Los Angeles Galaxy ended a six-game winless streak against Real Salt Lake and continued their best start to an MLS season since 1998. Buddle opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a header from Landon Donovan’s corner kick and then, after Kyle Beckerman had equalized for Real in the 41st, Buddle scored the winner in the 76th minute.
‘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