Ronaldinho dealt: Galliani
AC Milan and Flamengo reached an agreement on Saturday for Ronaldinho’s transfer to Brazil’s 2009 champions, the Italian club’s vice-president Adriano Galliani said. “I believe Ronaldinho’s chances of playing for Flamengo are at 99.9 percent,” Galliani told reporters in Rio following a meeting with Flamengo president Patricia Amorim. Ronaldinho was given permission by Milan to seek a move to a club back home after struggling to win a first team place with the Serie A leaders as he looks to enhance his hopes of a place in Brazil’s 2014 World Cup team.
Flatland sprints to first win
Norway’s Ann Kristin Flatland scored a maiden World Cup biathlon win on Saturday in the sprint at Oberhof, Germany. Flatland, 28, recorded a time of 23 minutes, 29.5 seconds over the 7.5km course, including one penalty loop, as she saw off German double Olympic champion Magdalena Neuner, who finished 5.7 seconds adrift with her two penalty loops.
Norwegian ‘Rock’ dies
Thorbjorn Svenssen, Norway’s most-capped footballer, has died at the age of 86. Arne Dokken, sporting director of the Sandefjord Fotball club where Svenssen spent his entire career, said the former center back died in hospital on Saturday morning. “He had been ill for many years,” Dokken said. Svenssen, nicknamed “The Rock,” won 104 caps and captained Norway 93 times.
Koch soars to victory
Austrian ski jumper Martin Koch won his first World Cup event in Harrachov, Czech Republic, on Saturday beating compatriot and Four Hills champion Thomas Morgenstern. Koch, 28 and a member of the Olympic gold medal winning team, jumped 211m and 213m for a total of 425.2 points to edge out Morgenstern (who jumped 196.5m and 190.5m for 421.9 points). Morgenstern — who has finished on the podium on every occasion bar two this campaign — maintained his huge lead at the top of the overall standings with more than a 350 points advantage over compatriot Andreas Kofler. Ammann lies third almost 400 points adrift.
Singapore mulls firing team
Singapore is considering disbanding its under-performing national soccer team in a development that has shocked the players, local media reported yesterday. The national team had a poor run last year, the final straw their failure to reach the semi-finals of the AFF Cup last month, prompting Football Association of Singapore (FAS) chief Zainudin Nordin to announce a radical overhaul. “It’s scary. I expected to hear calls to drop players after we went out of the [AFF] Suzuki Cup, but I never expected the whole team to be dropped,” forward Khairul Amri told the New Paper.
TV station stops coverage
Spain’s leading broadcaster said on Saturday it will no longer show the country’s centuries-old tradition of bullfighting in order to protect children from viewing violence. Spain’s state network, RTVE, lists its new ban on transmitting bullfighting programs under a chapter called “Violence with animals” in its latest stylebook and says it “will not broadcast bullfighting.” One of the reasons given by RTVE is that bullfights “generally coincide with hours protected or specially protected for young viewers.”
‘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
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
‘COMPLICATED’: The 34-year-old from Spain called sitting out the tournament ‘a decision I never wanted to take,’ but added that he would ‘rather not travel’ Defending champion Rafael Nadal has said that he would skip the US Open because of the COVID-19 pandemic, putting on hold his bid to equal Roger Federer’s men’s record for Grand Slam titles. On Tuesday, Nadal explained his decision in a series of tweets sent in Spanish and English. “The situation is very complicated worldwide. Coronavirus cases are increasing. It looks like we still don’t have control of it,” Nadal wrote. The 34-year-old from Spain called sitting out the tournament scheduled to begin on Aug. 31 in New York “a decision I never wanted to take,” but added that he would “rather not
The Braves were dealt a double blow as the Mets’ Jacob deGrom struck out 10 in six innings to help New York snap a five-game skid with a 7-2 victory on Monday, and as Atlanta top pitcher Mike Soroka went down with a torn Achilles tendon in the third inning. “There’s no sugarcoating this night,” Atlanta slugger Freddie Freeman said. “It stinks. It really does.” Soroka crumpled to the ground on a seemingly routine play, breaking toward first to cover the bag on a grounder to Freeman’s right. “When you lose, in my mind, one of the top pitching arms in this entire