Howard takes extension
Slugger Ryan Howard and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a five-year contract extension worth at least US$125 million, a report on MLB.com said on Monday. The deal includes a club option for a sixth year and will pay the first baseman US$20 million for the 2012 and 2013 seasons and US$25 million for each season from 2014-2016. The richest deal ever handed out by the Phillies makes the 30-year-old Howard the second highest-paid player in the Major Leagues behind New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez.
Steeler accepts suspension
Disgraced Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he won’t appeal his six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s conduct policy. Roethlisberger, who continually stressed he committed no crime, apologized to his teammates and Steeler fans for his behavior last month in a bar, where a 20-year-old college student accused him of sexual assault. The all-star quarterback also said he would not put himself in a situation like that again.
Patriots release Thomas
The New England Patriots released former Pro Bowl linebacker Adalius Thomas after three mostly disappointing seasons, the NFL team said on its Web site on Monday. Thomas, who spent seven seasons with the Baltimore Ravens before signing with New England in 2007, failed to produce his Pro Bowl form with the Patriots. Set to earn US$4.9 million this year, Thomas had only three sacks last season when he was a healthy scratch for two games and sent home after showing up late for a team meeting.
Tomic left out of team
Talented teenager Bernard Tomic has been omitted from Australia’s Davis Cup team for next month’s Asia-Oceania second round tie against Japan in Brisbane. The 17-year-old, widely touted in Australia as the heir apparent to former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, became the country’s youngest Davis Cup player when he debuted with two singles victories against Taiwan last month. Team captain John Fitzgerald instead opted for world No. 72 Peter Luczak, 115th-ranked Carsten Ball and doubles specialist Paul Hanley.
Medalist receives ban
Olympic medalist Randal Jones has been given a two-year ban for refusing an out-of-competition doping test. Jones, who won silver with the US’ four-man team at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games and another at the 2003 world championships, refused a US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) test on Jan. 26 citing his retirement from competition. However, the 40-year-old had failed to file proper paperwork to inform USADA of his retirement decision.
Murphy ends Ding’s hopes
Chinese No. 1 Ding Junhui crashed out of the World Championship on Monday as 2005 champion Shaun Murphy moved into the quarters with a 13-10 victory. Murphy now faces Ali Carter, who beat Joe Perry 13-11 in an all-English duel. Earlier, Ronnie O’Sullivan racked up three century breaks in the space of seven frames as the three-time champion powered past Mark Williams. The sport’s biggest star suddenly rediscovered his best form to clinch a 13-10 victory that set up a quarter-final meeting with Mark Selby, who completed a 13-5 win over seven-times champion Stephen Hendry.
‘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