Nats sign GM for five years
The Washington Nationals have signed general manager Mike Rizzo to a five-year contract extension that includes naming him executive vice president of baseball operations, the team said on Tuesday. “Mike Rizzo is unquestionably one of the best baseball minds in the game,” managing principal owner Ted Lerner said in a statement on the team’s Web site (washington.nationals.mlb.com). “He has a unique ability to see player talent for what it is, what it can be and how it fits into building a team.” The Nationals increased their win total to 69 this season, 10 more than last year. Pitcher Stephen Strasburg and outfielder Bryce Harper, both No. 1 draft picks, and pitchers Drew Storen and Jordan Zimmermann and infielder Danny Espinosa were all signed during Rizzo’s tenure as general manager.
Serena out for season
Serena Williams is done for the season, just like her sister. In a statement e-mailed to reporters by her agent, the younger Williams said on Tuesday that she “re-tore the tendon” in her right foot, which she originally injured by cutting it on glass at a restaurant shortly after winning Wimbledon in July. Williams says she had “another procedure to repair” the tendon on Monday. Her announcement came less than two weeks after her sister Venus said she wouldn’t play for the rest of the year.
No healthcare in lockout
The NFL has told the players’ union that it will stop providing healthcare for players and their families in March if the two sides do not reach a new collective bargaining agreement. NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith says he was working to figure out a plan to ensure medical coverage for players and their families should they be locked out. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said it’s one more reason to reach an agreement. He also pointed to the US COBRA law that allows employees to continue their existing coverage without interruption at their own expense or the expense of their union. During the National Hockey League lockout in 2004-2005, the NHL players’ union paid for substitute coverage.
Suspended players barred
The Pakistan Cricket Board has barred three players under international suspension from practicing at the National Cricket Academy. Board spokesman Nadeem Sarwar yesterday said Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir have been informed that they cannot utilize practice facilities at the academy. Butt had been practicing at the academy in Lahore since he returned from the tour of England last month. The three players have been suspended by the International Cricket Council pending investigations into accusations of spot fixing first raised by a British tabloid. All three have denied the allegations and have filed appeals against their suspensions. The council will hold a hearing in Doha on Saturday and Sunday next week.
London Games’ budget cut
The British government is planning cuts in the security budget for the London 2012 Olympics as it looks to clear the country’s crippling debts. In a defense and security review, the government says it has identified “some efficiency savings” to ensure that security at the Olympics “as cost-effective as possible.” A separate security report highlighted fears that cyber warfare could hit the London Games, after the 2008 Beijing Olympics experienced 12 million such attacks every day.
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