Frazier new Vikings coach
The Minnesota Vikings have reached an agreement with Leslie Frazier to be their next coach. The Vikings announced on Monday they’re removing the interim tag from Frazier’s title. Frazier took over on Nov. 22 when Brad Childress was fired and the Vikings went 3-3 under him. The defensive coordinator under Childress and a former cornerback for the Chicago Bears, Frazier had a clear command of the locker room as he guided the Vikings through the end of a disappointing, dramatic season. Players have pushed for him to get the job on a permanent basis. Frazier is the eighth coach in the franchise’s 50-year history. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf touted Frazier’s “vast knowledge of the game” and the “great respect” the organization has for the 51-year-old.
Heikkinen wins fourth stage
Matti Heikkinen of Finland won the fourth stage of the Tour de Ski in Oberstdorf, Germany, while Anna Haag of Sweden took victory in the women’s race, but the overall event standings did not change. Heikkinen claimed the best time on the second portion of the 20km mixed classic and free pursuit to win in a total time of 49 minutes, 20.1 seconds on Monday. Overall Tour de Ski leader Dario Cologna of Switzerland finished second, a second back from Heikkinen, to extend his advantage to 1 hour, 37 minutes, 51.0 seconds. In the women’s standings, Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland finished fifth to remain in front overall with a time of 1 hour, 1 minute, 52.3 seconds.
Pakistan draw warm-up
Pakistan’s pre-Test warm-up match against a New Zealand XI at Whangarei’s Cobham Oval ended in a tame draw with both sides agreeing to a truce midway through the third and final day yesterday. The New Zealand XI, in reality a shadow Test team, were 111 for four when stumps were pulled, an overall lead of 208. After the hosts posted 384 in their first innings, Pakistan recovered from a woeful start, when they were 39 for four, to be all out for 287. Skipper Misbah ul-Haq, who did not play in the recent Twenty20 series, earned valuable time in the middle with an unbeaten 126 in nearly six hours at the crease. The next best score for Pakistan was 35 by wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal. Seam bowler Umar Gul, who took three wickets in the first innings, continued his good form in the second with the dismissals of Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson in the space of three balls, to end with two for 19. The first Test in the two-Test series between New Zealand and Pakistan starts in Hamilton tomorrow.
Simon surrenders to police
Baltimore Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon has surrendered to Dominican police for questioning about a fatal shooting on New Year’s Eve. The Dominican pitcher arrived at national police headquarters on Monday. He was accompanied by his mother and lawyer, who gave detectives Simon’s gun as part of the investigation into the killing of a 25-year-old man. Police spokesman Maximo Baez says the 29-year-old player told detectives he fired twice into the air during a celebration in the northeast coastal town of Luperon. Simon is the main suspect in the fatal shooting. The dead man’s teenage brother was shot in the right arm and is hospitalized in the city of Santiago.
‘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
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given