Arrows to fly at Lord’s
Cricket will make way for archery at the historic Lord’s ground in two years’ time after London 2012 organizers got the go-ahead for their plans on Monday. Lord’s, the spiritual home of world cricket, will be temporarily transformed into an Olympic archery venue with 5,000 seats installed on the lush green outfield. The archery is provisionally scheduled to run from July 27 to Aug. 3, in the middle of the English cricket season, but Lord’s executives believe disruption to the calendar will be minimal. Archers will fire their arrows from in front of the Lord’s pavilion toward the space-age media center that is one of London’s most recognizable structures.
Pavin faces tough decision
US captain Corey Pavin has four picks and one tough decision to fill out his Ryder Cup team. Pavin already has eight players who earned their way onto the team after the PGA Championship, then had the next three weeks to see who distinguished themselves as an obvious pick. Tiger Woods? That should be an easy one. Asked about it, Woods said, “I think he has my number.” Most indications are that Zach Johnson, who won at Colonial this year and has been playing well since the PGA Championship, will get another pick. Stewart Cink, last year’s British Open champion who has played on the last four teams, also is expected to get chosen.
Kuyt to miss Euro qualifier
Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt is injured and will miss Holland’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Finland on Tuesday, Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk reported. “I think he could be out for several weeks,” van Marwijk told UEFA’s official site after the player suffered a shoulder problem in training Monday. The injury is also bad news for Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson as he prepares his team for Sunday’s Premier League visit to Anfield by Manchester United. Holland, the beaten World Cup finalists who could also be without Stuttgart defender Khalid Boulahrouz for the fixture in Rotterdam, began their campaign to qualify for Euro 2012 in stirring fashion with a 5-0 drubbing of San Marino last Friday.
Revis ends holdout
All-star cornerback Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets agreed to a new contract on Monday paving the way for him to end his 36-day holdout. US newspapers reported the deal to be a four-year, US$46 million contract. Revis agreed to a new contract late on Sunday night and took an early morning flight on Monday from his home in Florida so he could practice with the team ahead of their season opener next Monday against Baltimore. Revis began his holdout on Aug. 1. The club slapped him with almost US$600,000 in fines for holding out and his agent said the money would go to charity.
It’s relatively safe to curl
At least 10 percent of athletes at this year’s Winter Olympics sustained an injury and another seven percent fell ill, researchers reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine yesterday. The most dangerous sports were bobsleigh, ice hockey, short track, alpine freestyle and snowboard cross, which notched up injury rates of between 15 and 35 percent depending on the discipline. The risk was lowest for Nordic skiing, luge, curling, speed skating and freestyle moguls, where fewer than five percent of participants got hurt. The luge event, however, was marked by the death of Georgian Nodar Kumaritashvili.