Cardinals release Leinart
The Arizona Cardinals on Saturday released quarterback Matt Leinart, ending his sometimes prickly tenure with the team that drafted him 10th overall in 2006. Leinart, winner of the 2004 Heisman Trophy as the country’s outstanding college player, played in 29 games with 17 starts for the Cardinals, and threw for 3,893 yards with 14 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. The onetime University of Southern California star had been looking to use the upcoming NFL season to finally prove himself in the professional ranks and show he was ready to shoulder the responsibilities of a starting quarterback, but after two lackluster pre-season starts he took a backseat to Derek Anderson, who started in the next two pre-season contests.
Ecuador spoil Flores’ debut
Christian Benitez scored after only 40 seconds to set up Ecuador’s 2-1 win over Mexico in a friendly on Saturday. It was Ecuador’s first victory over Mexico in 14 years, spoiling the debut of Mexico’s interim coach Efrain Flores. Benitez’s opener was canceled out by an own-goal by Luis Checa in the 40th minute. Jaime Ayovi struck the winner in the 58th minute. Mexico had a chance to tie the game in the 59th minute, but Ecuador goalkeeper Maximo Banguera deflected Carlos Salcido’s long drive off his finger tips — and then off the crossbar. The victory marked a successful debut for new Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda. Rueda took Honduras to this year’s World Cup, but resigned afterward to take over Ecuador.
Honduras win shootout
Goalkeeper Noel Valladares made two shootout saves as Honduras beat El Salvador on penalties in a 2-2 draw in a friendly on Saturday. Rodolfo Zelaya put El Salvador ahead in the 42nd minute, before Oscar Garcia equalized for Honduras with a long-range curling strike in the 58th minute. Young striker Roger Rojas looked to have given Honduras victory when he scored with a diagonal shot in the 86th minute, but Zelaya pulled El Salvador level with a stoppage-time penalty. However, Zelaya missed his spot-kick in the shootout, as Valladares saved his shot, and the Honduras goalkeeper also went to his right to block Rudis Corrales’ attempt.
Dawson out with injury
England defender Michael Dawson has been ruled out for up to eight weeks because of injury and will miss tomorrow’s European Championship qualifier in Switzerland. Dawson was carried off during the second half of Friday’s 4-0 win over Bulgaria with what his club Tottenham Hotspur said on Saturday was damage to his left medial knee ligament and his left ankle. Spurs said he will be sidelined for six to eight weeks. Gary Cahill of Bolton Wanderers came on as a substitute for Dawson at Wembley and could replace him in the starting lineup.
Burns rallies to win belt
Scotland’s Ricky Burns recovered from a first-round knockdown on Saturday to win the WBO super-featherweight belt from the previously unbeaten Roman Martinez. Burns was put on the canvas by a firm right hand from the Puerto Rican and labored through the first three rounds, before rallying strongly with a string of powerful shots to win unanimously on points after 12 rounds. The judges scored the bout 115-112, 115-112 and 115-113 in favor of the 27-year-old Burns. Martinez had gone into the fight with 15 knockouts from 25 fights. Burns now has 29 wins in 31 bouts.
DECREASED TENSION: The US players’ lawyers said that the soccer federation no longer disputes that the jobs of the women’s and men’s national teams require equal skill Women players suing the US Soccer Federation (USSF) said in in court documents filed on Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged that the jobs of male and female soccer players require equal skill. The language seemed to signal a decrease in tension between the parties after language in documents filed by the federation’s lawyers earlier last month provoked widespread outrage in saying that playing on the men’s national team required a higher level of skill based on speed and strength and carried greater responsibility. The fierce backlash — not only from the women players, but also from sponsors such as Coca-Cola —
A businessman who received millions of dollars for his work on Tokyo’s successful campaign to host the 2020 Olympic Games has said that he played a key role in securing the support of a former Olympics powerbroker suspected by French prosecutors of taking bribes to help Japan’s bid. Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive at the advertising agency Dentsu, was paid US$8.2 million by the committee that spearheaded Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Games, financial records showed. Takahashi said the work included lobbying International Olympic Committee (IOC) members such as Lamine Diack, the ex-Olympics powerbroker, and that he gave Diack gifts, including digital
If British industry succeeds in saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, it would in part be thanks to the pioneering role played by Formula One (F1) racing teams in the country. Seven of F1’s 10 teams have joined forces with leading aerospace and engineering firms to ramp up production of ventilators, while Mercedes has also worked with medics and academics to produce an alternative breathing aid. Normally obsessed with improving the performance of cars that race at more than 320kph, the teams are stripping back lifesaving devices and using computer simulation to test whether more simplified models can be mass produced. The seven
BITING THE BULLET: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi said that top players would make contributions so that the club’s employees can collect 100 percent of their salary Three-quarters of Rugby Australia’s staff were temporarily laid off yesterday amid huge financial losses from the sport’s coronavirus-enforced shutdown, while Lionel Messi confirmed on Monday that Barcelona’s players would take a 70 percent pay cut to ensure that the club’s other employees are paid. The cuts to rugby staff were “the toughest decision in the game’s history,” governing body CEO Raelene Castle said. “Although extremely painful, they are necessary to ensure ... we are able to come out the other side of this global crisis, fully operational and ready to throw everything into the rebuild.” The sport has been hit hard by