The goalkeeper of Brazil’s most popular soccer team on Wednesday surrendered to police probing the disappearance and possible murder of his former girlfriend, in a case that has transfixed the soccer-crazed country. \nFlamengo goalkeeper Bruno Souza and a friend were ordered arrested while public prosecutors investigate the disappearance of 25-year-old model Eliza Samudio last month. \nPolice cars arrived at Bruno’s plush house near a Rio beach on Wednesday, but they did not find the goalkeeper or his friend, Luiz Henrique Ferrera Romao, known as “Spaghetti.” \nThe two later went voluntarily to a police station. Neither was charged. \nSamudio, 25, filed a police complaint against Bruno in October last year, saying that she had been kidnapped, beaten up and forced to take medicine that would induce an abortion. She later gave birth to a baby she said was Bruno’s. \nThe public prosecution service for Rio de Janeiro State said on its Web site it had applied kidnapping and assault charges relating to October’s alleged events to be brought against Bruno and Ramao. \nBruno, who like many Brazilian soccer players is known by one name, has denied involvement in Samudio’s disappearance in comments to media. \nBruno’s wife was arrested in the player’s home city of Belo Horizonte, about 440km north of Rio. \nRio de Janeiro’s Flamengo are the league champions and by far Brazil’s most popular club. \nA police source said that Bruno’s arrest was ordered after a 17-year-old cousin of the goalkeeper testified that he and Romao had kidnapped Samudio and driven her to Bruno’s house in Belo Horizonte.
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
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
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
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