Portsmouth sold to Chainrai
Portsmouth have come out of administration after being sold to a company controlled by their former owner Balram Chainrai, the English Championship (second division) club’s administrator said yesterday. “The sale has been completed to a new company principally owned by [Hong Kong businessman] Balram Chainrai and [his business partner] Levi Kushnir,” said administrator Andrew Andronikou, a partner in the firm of UHY Hacker Young. Key creditor Sacha Gaydamak, who is owed ￡2.2 million (US$3.45 million) by the club, helped pave the way for the sale having earlier issued a statement saying he planned to sign a deal that would ensure Portsmouth did not go out of business.
FIFA official caught on tape
A former FIFA general--secretary identified officials he said could take money in return for votes in the race to host the World Cup, a British newspaper reported yesterday, citing secret footage. Michel Zen-Ruffinen ran through a list of the names — bleeped out on the footage and not revealed by the Sunday Times — with undercover reporters who were posing as lobbyists. “X is nice, he’s a nice guy, but X is money,” he is shown saying of one man, adding of another: “X, it’s money, we can go to [a city] and talk with him on a terrace no problem.” Of a third unnamed figure, he added: “He’s the guy you can have with ladies and not with money.”
Kangaroos rout Papuans
Willie Tonga scored a pair of tries as Australia beat Papua New Guinea 42-0 in a Four Nations match yesterday at Parramatta Stadium in New South Wales, Australia. Captain Darren Lockyer, Cooper Cronk, Brett Morris, Billy Slater, Cameron Smith and Brent Tate added other tries for Australia as the Kangaroos moved into first place in the tournament. Slater’s opening try came after Lockyer’s kick rebounded off the posts directly towards the Australian fullback. A knock-on from a scrum win allowed Tate to celebrate his Test return with a try, but his afternoon ended early after he was taken from the field after a neck injury. Morris scored his ninth try in just his sixth Test for Australia and Smith scored from dummy-half on 55 minutes.
US marathon swimmer dies
US open water swimmer Francis ‘Fran’ Crippen, a world championship bronze medalist, died during a Marathon Swimming World Cup 10km event in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, world governing body FINA said. Crippen, 26, won a 10km bronze medal at last year’s world championships in Rome and a 5km bronze at the world open water championships in Canada this year. Crippen, who won two US titles in the pool in the 800m freestyle before switching to open water in 2006, died during the last leg of the World Cup event in Fujairah, FINA said.
Loeb extends Catalunya lead
Sebastian Loeb closed in on his sixth straight Catalunya Rally title after the Frenchman stretched his lead to a comfortable 44.4 seconds on Saturday. Loeb, who just clinched a record seventh world championship in his Citroen, saw a slim lead grow into a big one when closest rival Sebastien Ogier lost 15 minutes after an incident in his Citroen during the eighth stage. Petter Solberg of Norway moved into second place in his Citroen in the mixed surface event, while Dani Sordo of Spain was 1 minute, 1.3 seconds behind in third.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there