Fox out in Carolina
John Fox will not return as coach of the Carolina Panthers next season, the NFL’s biggest losers announced on Friday, parting ways with Fox after nine years. Entering his final game today against the Atlanta Falcons, Fox had compiled a 78-73 overall record in nine campaigns, including a run to the 2004 Super Bowl where the Panthers lost 32-29 to New England. However, Fox was not given a contract extension beyond today’s season-ending game and the misery of the current 2-13 campaign, assured of being the NFL’s worst mark this season, was too much for Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. “I appreciate everything he has done for us over the last nine years, but as happens in this business, it is time for both sides to move in different directions,” Richardson said. Fox’s staff of assistant coaches also will not have their contracts renewed, the club announced. “I have many great memories,” Fox said. “I particularly want to thank the players for their efforts throughout the years.”
Player quits over taunts
The team director of Egyptian club Zamalek says the side’s top goalscorer, Mahmoud Abdel Razek, is quitting international soccer because of racist taunts from rival fans during a recent league match. Ibrahim Hassan says Abdel Razak, an attacking midfielder better known as Shikabala, informed the Egyptian Football Association of his resignation from the national team on Friday, according to Egypt’s official MENA news agency. Shikabala, an Egyptian of Nubian origin, was jeered by fans from rival club Ahly as he walked off the pitch during the second half of a goaless draw in the Cairo derby on Thursday. Zamalek has filed a complaint with the Egyptian Football Association about what it perceived as “racist” taunts. Hassan urged the association to intervene to end the dispute.
Russians win Spengler
Maxim Sushinsky scored twice on Friday to help SKA St Petersburg beat a Canadian team coached by former NHL great Mark Messier 4-3 in the final of the Spengler Cup. Alexei Yashin and Maxim Afinogenov scored in the second period to give the Russian club a 3-1 win, before a frantic finish with three goals in the last 90 seconds. Brett McLean made it 3-2 with a power-play goal at 18 minutes, 38 seconds, into the third, but Sushinskiy scored his second of the game into an empty net just 19 seconds later. Josh Holden then deflected in a shot with 2 seconds left on the clock. Messier’s team consisted mainly of Canadian players based in Europe. The Spengler Cup was first held in 1923, and is the world’s oldest pro hockey tournament.
Orioles sign Derrek Lee
Derrek Lee, a 35-year-old first baseman for the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves last season, has agreed to terms on a one-year MLB contract with the Baltimore Orioles. Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail confirmed the verbal free agent agreement on Friday, adding a power hitter to the Orioles lineup after Baltimore lost free agent slugger Ty Willingham to Colorado. Lee, who had 19 home runs and hit .260, while batting in 80 runs over 148 games last season, joins an Orioles team that has not had a winning season since 1997 and not reached a World Series since winning in 1983. The deal is incomplete pending Lee passing a physical exam. Lee, set for his American League debut after 14 seasons with National League clubs, has 312 career homers and a .282 lifetime batting average.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
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
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The Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens, with the fewest wins of any NHL playoff teams, ignited the rink returning from a COVID-19 hiatus with upset triumphs in Saturday openers. NHL Rookie of the Year candidate Dominik Kubalik inspired the Blackhawks to a 6-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in game one of their best-of-five qualifying series at Edmonton, Alberta, scoring two goals and assisting on three others. “We were ready to go, and I think the game was pretty good,” Kubalik said. “I felt pretty good and everything went my way, so it’s nice, but it’s just the first game,