Sampras trophies stolen
Pete Sampras has had most of his trophies and other memorabilia stolen from a storage facility, he said. The Los Angeles Times reported that the thieves made off with most of his trophies from his 64 tour wins, two Davis Cups, an Olympic ring and six trophies for his world No. 1 rankings from 1993 to 1998. However, Sampras still has all but one of his Grand Slam trophies. “I have 13 of my 14 Grand Slam trophies. My first Australian Open trophy  is gone, and so is everything else,” the now-retired Sampras told the newspaper. Sampras, 39, said his trophies were stored in a warehouse in Los Angeles. “Losing this stuff is like having the history of my tennis life taken away,” he said.
Klitschko pulls out of bout
Vladimir Klitschko has pulled out of his heavyweight world title defense against British challenger Dereck Chisora citing an injury. The Ukrainian, 39, holder of three world heavyweight crowns, announced on his Web site yesterday that he had injured a stomach muscle in training the day before and would be unable to box in Mannheim, Germany, tomorrow. It was the first time Klitschko, who holds the WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles, had been forced to miss a title bout through injury. Chisora, 26, has won all his 14 bouts and was hoping to become Britain’s second world titleholder after David Haye, who holds the WBA belt.
Windies tour cut short
West Indies have decided to cut short their current tour of Sri Lanka because of adverse weather conditions prevailing in the country. The first one-day international of a five-match series was scheduled to start yesterday at Sri Lanka’s new international venue Hambantota but bad weather prevented both teams from having a single net session. Both cricket boards have agreed to postpone the one-day series and reschedule it for late next month with three matches instead of the present five. A Sri Lanka Cricket release stated that “the decision was taken with the mutual understanding of both cricket boards and our television partners.” Bad weather affected the three-match Test series which ended at Pallakele, Kandy on Sunday with the series shared 0-0. The third Test saw only 103.3 overs bowled in the entire match. More rains are forecast for the next two weeks in the island nation.
Chicago clubs sign sluggers
Major League Baseball’s Chicago clubs agreed to deals with top sluggers on Wednesday, the White Sox keeping Paul Konerko in a three-year deal while the Cubs landed free agent first baseman Carlos Pena. The deals came during meetings in Florida among club executives and produced a one-year Cubs deal worth US$10 million for Pena while Konerko will make US$37.5 million in a deal to stay with the White Sox through 2013. Konerko, 34, was fifth in voting for the American League Most Valuable Player award this season after batting .312 with 39 home runs and driving in 111 runs. Konerko, a first baseman, helped the White Sox win the 2005 World Series after arriving from Cincinnati eight years earlier and has career totals with the White Sox of 358 homers and 1,127 runs batted in. Pena, who played the past four years with Tampa Bay, helped the Rays reach their first World Series in 2008. Pena, 32, will be able to become a free agent again next year. This year, Pena hit only .196 with 28 homers and batted in 84 runs after better numbers each of his prior seasons.
STANDINGS: The Uni-President Lions’ victory pushed the CTBC Brothers to first place after they won their third straight game, beating the Fubon Guardians 6-3 The big bats of the Uni-President Lions were on fire in the CPBL yesterday as they crushed the Rakuten Monkeys 21-5 in Taoyuan, with outfielder Lin An-ko driving in seven runs on five hits and two homers. The result enabled the CTBC Brothers to take the No. 1 spot after they beat the Fubon Guardians 6-3. It was a highlight reel for the Taiwanese-Argentinian star Lin, who drilled two homers amid a heated home-run race between himself, now on 16 for the season, and Lions teammate Su Chih-chieh, who is on 18. Lin performed outstandingly, collecting five hits at six at-bats to drive
GERMAN LEADER: Liverpool’s 19th English title, one behind Manchester United’s record of 20, owes much to the transformational impact of coach Juergen Klopp Liverpool on Thursday ended a 30-year wait for the English title as they were crowned Premier League champions, triggering jubilant scenes as fans ignored social distancing measures to celebrate uproariously. Juergen Klopp’s men sealed a 19th league title with a record seven games remaining after Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat of second-placed Manchester City left the defending champions an unbridgeable 23 points adrift. Liverpool’s first English title since 1989-1990 — delayed by the COVID-19 suspension — earns them their maiden trophy in the Premier League, which was introduced in 1992-1993 and has been won 13 times by their archrivals Manchester United. Klopp was in tears
WOLFSBURG BEATEN: Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski scored from a penalty, his 34th league goal this season, finishing as the top Bundesliga scorer for the fifth time Werder Bremen gave themselves hope of avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga by thrashing Cologne 6-1 to grab a playoff place on the last day of the season, while champions Bayern Munich routed VfL Wolfsburg before lifting the trophy on Saturday. Japan striker Yuya Osako scored twice as Bremen stole the lifeline of the relegation/promotion playoff place from Fortuna Duesseldorf, who lost 3-0 against Union Berlin and were relegated with SC Paderborn, finishing one point behind Bremen. “We put in a great performance under pressure, but we are aware that we haven’t achieved anything — in the relegation playoff, the emotions will be
Alexis Lafreniere was supposed to walk on stage on Friday night in Montreal as the top pick in the NHL draft. After the COVID-19 pandemic paused the hockey season and postponed that possibility, Lafreniere was supposed to find out Friday night where he would be going when the league held its draft lottery. Instead, he must wait a little bit longer. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing among the eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs — if play resumes. “We all knew