Greinke joins Brewers
The Kansas City Royals have traded former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke to the Milwaukee Brewers in a six-player trade, the teams said on Sunday. In exchange for their prized right-hander, the Royals will receive shortstop Alcides Escobar, center fielder Lorenzo Cain and top pitching prospects Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress. Kansas City also sent shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and cash to the Brewers, who finished in third place in the NL Central Division last season. Over his seven-year big-league career, all with the lowly Royals, the 27-year-old Greinke has a 60-67 record with a 3.82 ERA.
Landis wore wire for probe
Disgraced US cyclist Floyd Landis used a hidden wire and secret camera to gather audio and video evidence for a US federal probe into doping in cycling, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday. Citing unnamed sources, the News said Landis used the equipment for a meeting earlier this year with Michael Ball, owner of the Rock Racing team that featured Tyler Hamilton and other former Lance Armstrong teammates. Accusations of doping by Landis against Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France winner, and many of his former teammates have prompted the investigation. Landis was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title for doping and after testing positive fought his punishment for years before eventually admitting that he took performance-enhancing drugs. Federal authorities obtained a search warrant for the apartment of Ball, a fashion designer, in part on evidence collected by Landis in a plan organized by agent Jeff Novitzky, who gathered evidence in the BALCO steroid scandal. The News said a tiny camera caught images of what appeared to be human growth hormone and other doping products in the refrigerator of Ball’s apartment.
Kiwis name Wright as coach
New Zealand have responded to the recent poor showing on the tour to India and Bangladesh by naming John Wright as head coach in place of Mark Greatbatch, New Zealand Cricket said yesterday. Greatbatch will stay on as the side’s batting coach and has also been appointed as chairman of the Black Caps’ selection panel. An under-strength India side thrashed the Kiwis 5-0 in a one-day series earlier this month, extending the tourists’ losing streak in one-day matches to 11. Former Test captain Wright, 56, who had a successful coaching stint with the India from 2000 to 2005, is to take charge immediately with the Dec. 26 Twenty20 match against Pakistan as his first assignment.
Russia win Channel One Cup
Russia routed Finland 6-2 on Sunday to win the Channel One Cup, the second event of the four-leg Euro Hockey Tour. The Czech Republic came from behind to beat Sweden 4-1 to finish second, Sweden were third, followed by winless Finland. Russia won all three of their games. Alexander Radulov opened the scoring for Russia with a solo effort at 10:49 of the first period, but Mika Pyorala equalized from close range eight minutes later. Alexei Kaigorodov restored Russia’s lead two minutes into the second. Finland then had a two-man advantage for one minute, 25 seconds but failed to score and Russia pulled away. Gennadi Churilov made it 3-1 at 12:22 of the second and Sergei Mozyakin added one more goal a minute later. Alexei Morozov and Churilov added power-play goals later in the period. Markus Nordlund pulled one back for Finland in the third.
As professional soccer returned to Denmark, fans used Zoom to be part of the action. Thousands of Danish soccer fans on Thursday logged on to the conferencing software and were transported to Ceres Park for a league match between AGF and Randers that heralded the resumption of the nation’s pandemic-affected soccer season. While the stadium itself was without fans, the faces of thousands of supporters who joined the Zoom call were shown on giant screens that ran along one side of the pitch. Families wearing club shirts and scarves cheered inside their living rooms. Some were seen clenching their fists in joy after
DRIVING AMBITION: ‘I was excited by playing at the Olympics ... Who knows what’s going to happen? Hopefully, I could have a chance to win a medal,’ Tiffany Chan said After just three tournaments this year, a chance of Olympic glory postponed and two weeks alone in quarantine, golfer Tiffany Chan could be forgiven for feeling sorry for herself. Instead, Hong Kong’s first LPGA Tour player is sporting a broad grin and taking the positives from the game’s COVID-19 shutdown, determined to establish herself in the fiercely competitive world of women’s golf. The talented 26-year-old kept herself fit physically and mentally during the lockdown, and is happy to be back on the fairways since the easing of coronavirus restrictions last month. “When I came back to Hong Kong [in March], I actually did
Eleven-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown, who is hoping to become Britain’s youngest Olympian next year, fractured her skull and broke bones in her left hand after falling from a ramp during a training session in California. Brown posted a video of the accident on Instagram, but reassured supporters that she was fine. “I don’t usually post my falls or talk about them ... but this was my worst fall. I just want everyone to know that it’s OK — don’t worry, I’m OK,” she said. “I’m going to push boundaries for girls with my skating and surfing. I’m going for gold in 2021
It is the land of the world champions, but is it really a soccer country? That is the question that some in France have been asking this week while its European neighbors work to bring the sport back after the COVID-19 shutdown. Debate has raged ever since Ligue 1 decided in late April to bring a premature end to the season with 10 rounds of matches unplayed. By contrast, two weeks have passed since the Bundesliga restarted, while Italian Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora on Thursday confirmed that Serie A would return on June 20, and La Liga and the English Premier