Former enforcer dead at 45
Former enforcer Bob Probert collapsed and died on Monday during a family boating trip in Windsor, Ontario, the NHL reported on its Web site. He was 45. Known as one of the most feared fighters in the NHL, the Canadian enjoyed a 17-year playing career with the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch released the following statement: “Bob was one of the toughest men to ever play in the NHL. He also was one of the kindest, most colorful, and beloved players Detroit has ever known.” Probert was drafted by Detroit in 1983 and went on to be voted to the Campbell Conference All-Star team in 1988, his only such honor. However, Probert’s unpredictable nature led to many problems off the ice and he was suspended for several months by the NHL in 1989 after he was arrested for cocaine possession. Probert left the Red Wings to sign with the Blackhawks in 1994, where he played out the rest of his career before officially retiring in 2002.
Knicks land Stoudemire
The New York Knicks have landed one of the NBA’s big-name free agents, Amare Stoudemire, the All-Star forward said on Monday. “The Knicks are back,” Stoudemire told reporters in New York in a video posted on the NBA’s Web site. “It feels great to be a part of a beautiful organization. I’m looking forward to building something special here.” The five-year deal, which remains in-principle until tomorrow, would be worth US$99.7 million, the New York Times said. The 27-year-old five-time All-Star averaged 23.1 points and 8.9 rebounds last season to lead the Phoenix Suns into the Western Conference Finals. The Knicks are among a raft of teams bidding in one of the richest free-agent pools in the history of the NBA and are seen to have the financial clout to sign another headlining player. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and scores of other top players hit the open market on Thursday, setting off a frenzy of speculation and bidding wars.
Govou goes Greek
France winger Sidney Govou has joined Greek champions Panathinaikos on a three-year deal. Panathinaikos say Govou, who was a free agent after his contract at French side Lyon expired this summer, completed his move on Monday but has not disclosed financial terms of the deal. Govou, who turns 31 this month, had spent his whole career at Lyon. He was part of the France squad that suffered a disappointing first-round exit at the World Cup in South Africa. Govou will link up at Panathinaikos with compatriot Djibril Cisse, whose international career was revived after finishing as the Greek league’s top scorer last season with 23 goals.
Chygrynskiy joins Shakhtar
Ukraine defender Dmytro Chygrynskiy has agreed to return to former club Shakhtar Donetsk after spending just one season in Spain with Barcelona, the Ukrainian champions said yesterday. The center back has signed a five-year deal with last year’s UEFA Cup winners, who will pay 15 million euros (US$18.87 million) for the player, it said in a statement. Chygrynskiy was the first Ukrainian to play for Barcelona after the Catalans paid 25 million euros for him last August. He has played 24 times for Ukraine.
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
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
HOTSHOT: Luis Suarez scored his 194th goal for Barca, tying him with Ladislao Kubala as the club’s third-highest scorer, behind Cesar Rodriguez and Lionel Messi With another decisive penalty from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid on Sunday extended their perfect run after the COVID-19 suspension and moved closer to their first Spanish title in three years. Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to maintain a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat fifth-placed Villarreal 4-1. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were among the scorers for Barcelona after assists from Lionel Messi. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty to give Madrid their seventh straight victory and they remain the only team with a perfect record since La Liga resumed. “These three points are very