David Beckham to visit
David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy are expected to bring a tourism boost to New South Wales after agreeing to a friendly against Australian side the Newcastle Jets next month. Former England captain Beckham and US international Landon Donovan will headline the one-off friendly match at the Newcastle International Sports Centre on Nov. 27, the third time the Galaxy have traveled to Australia in four years. “This is fantastic news for football fans and for tourism in the Hunter,” Jodi McKay, minister for the Hunter region in New South Wales, said on the team’s Web site. “The phenomenal global interest in David Beckham ... Landon Donovan and the LA Galaxy team means Newcastle and the Jets will be in the spotlight for sports enthusiasts from around the world.”
Omiya Ardija head to quit
Omiya Ardija president Seigo Watanabe has said he will quit the Japanese club following an embarrassing scandal over fabricated attendance figures. The 55-year-old fell on his sword after the “Squirrels” were discovered to have inflated their J-League attendances by more than 110,000 over four years, Japanese media reported yesterday. “I’m angry,” J-League chairman Kazumi Ohigashi told the Nikkan Sports newspaper. “It damages the credibility of the whole J-League. I can’t believe they would do this.” Watanabe said the pressure of trying to meet the club’s target of 300,000 fans in a season by last year had led him to fabricate the numbers. “No one else was involved,” he said in a tearful news conference. “It was poor management, but I wasn’t aware of the J-League’s standards for defining attendance.” The J-League could further punish the club following a special disciplinary hearing and is expected to examine the records of all clubs.
Iker’s love reveals secret
The girlfriend of Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas, Sara Carbonero, revealed on Tuesday that she is a lifelong supporter of the Spanish giants’ cross-town rivals, Atletico Madrid. “I have been an Atletico supporter all my life. It is the team we watched at home since I was little although I also like the Spanish national team,” Carbonero, a sports journalist, told popular daytime chat show Ana Rosa on Telecinco, the private television station she works for. Carabonero, 25, shot to international fame during the World Cup when her reports on the Spain squad for Telecinco on live television from behind the net sparked accusations that she was distracting Casillas. The controversy abated with Spain’s first ever World Cup triumph. Casillas, 29, kissed Carbonero on the mouth when she interviewed him for Telecinco just minutes after the victory in a broadcast watched by millions in Spain.
Tigana mulls retirement
Bordeaux coach Jean Tigana revealed on Tuesday that his current employers would probably be his final club. “I think this could be my last club because I might take my footballing retirement early,” Tigana, 55, said in an interview with regional daily Sud-Ouest. “As things stand, I’ll go until the end of my contract [which runs until June 2012]. We’ll talk about it with [Bordeaux president] Jean-Louis [Triaud] at the end of the contract.” Tigana, a member of the heralded “Magic Square” midfield that was the heartbeat of France’s 1984 European Championship-winning side, has previously coached Lyon, Monaco, English side Fulham and Turkish outfit Besiktas.
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen
Max Verstappen informed his Red Bull team that he would not be driving “like a grandma” in Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday — and he was as good as his word. The Dutch 22-year-old seized his opportunity at Silverstone, ending dominant Mercedes’ run of four successive wins this season and moving up to second place overall, 30 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen’s confidence shone through early on, after slotting into third place behind the two Mercedes, when he was told by race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase to take care of his tires. “Mate, this is the only chance of being
FULL GAME: Henry Sosa pitched nine innings for the Guardians, allowing only six hits all night, while the Monkeys’ offense were also shut out of their game Outfielder Lin An-ko carried a big bat this week — before his Uni-President Lions ran into the Fubon Guardians last night — blasting four home runs, including a grand slam as his side won four games in a row and moved into second on the CPBL table. However, the Lions could not sustain their super-charged offense for the whole week, as they were shut out 4-0 by the Guardians in New Taipei City. Fubon’s rookie catcher, Jhang Jin-de, took a page from Lin’s playbook. With two men on, Jhang smacked a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Henry Sosa of the Dominican Republic