Semenya eyes next month
The coach of champion, but trouble-plagued, South African runner Caster Semenya said she hopes to resume racing next year. Semenya has not competed since a back injury forced her to drop out of the Commonwealth Games in October. Michael Seme told reporters yesterday that Semenya was still being treated for the injury, but had resumed light training. He said he believes Semenya would start competing next month and that her first return races would be in South Africa.
US gets Worlds earlier
The bobsled and skeleton world championships are returning to Mount Van Hoevenberg one year sooner than expected. The Olympic Sports Complex track outside Lake Placid was awarded the 2013 worlds last year. However, after a meeting in Calgary, Lake Placid switched dates with St Moritz, Switzerland, which was scheduled to host the 2012 event. Jim Goff of the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority said the change was primarily made because of team travel to Sochi, Russia, for Olympic training in 2013. Goff says the FIBT and its member nations felt it would be easier for teams to travel from St Moritz to Olympic host Sochi. Races for the 2012 worlds at Lake Placid are expected to be held in mid-February.
The Washington Redskins have suspended defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth without pay for the last four games of the NFL regular season. The team says in a press release Tuesday that Haynesworth was punished for “conduct detrimental to the club.” Coach Mike Shanahan said Haynesworth “repeatedly refused to cooperate with our coaching staff in a variety of ways over an extended period of time.” The move caps a long feud between Haynesworth, a two-time All-Pro with a US$100 million contract, and first-year Washington coach Shanahan. Haynesworth was inactive for Washington’s 31-7 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, which dropped the Redskins to 5-7.
Del Potro to return in Sydney
Argentina’s US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro looks set return to tennis at the Sydney International next month after ending this season early due to injury, officials said. Del Potro, who beat Roger Federer to win last year’s US Open but had this year been unable to shake off a troublesome wrist injury, has been granted a wild card entry for the Sydney tournament. Del Potro ended his season early in late October after missing all but three events of this year because of the wrist complaint. Tournament organizers said seven of the world’s top 10 women — including world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki — will compete at the Jan. 9-to-Jan. 15 event in Sydney, which serves as a warm-up to the Australian Open.
Holland wins season-opener
Nate Holland of the US won the season-opening World Cup snowboardcross on Tuesday for his fourth career victory. The 32-year-old Holland beat Tom Velisek of Canada and Mario Fuchs of Austria in the final run. Holland and Andreas Promegger of Austria, who competes on the parallel slalom circuit, share the lead in the overall World Cup standings with 1,000 points each. In the women’s race, Dominique Maltais led a Canadian 1-2 by defeating Olympic champion Maelle Ricker to win her fourth career title. Yuka Fujimori of Japan took third.
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
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
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
After the University of Michigan lost to Ohio State University in the semi-finals of the women’s NCAA Big Ten Tournament, Michigan Wolverines coach Kim Barnes Arico and her staff hit the road, where they intended to take advantage of a full week off before the NCAA Tournament by visiting as many potential recruits as possible. “That was our window. You get to go to someone’s home. That helps you build relationships. Helps build so many things,” Barnes Arico said. “We had all these things scheduled until we went to see high-school championships.” Of course, the championships were canceled, as was the NCAA