Zenyatta wins annual award
Prolific mare Zenyatta has won Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards, besting the only horse ever to beat her on the track. The award win on Monday caps a remarkable career for the popular Zenyatta, one of the sport’s greatest mares. She won 19 races without loss before losing her final race to Blame in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November last year. Zenyatta’s three-year body of work and charismatic personality swayed voters. She cost owners Jerry and Ann Moss only US$60,000 when they purchased her as a yearling in 2005 and she went on to win 13 Grade 1 stakes, including five last year.
Babel fined for tweets
Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has been fined ￡10,000 (US$16,000) by England’s Football Association over a series of Twitter postings that criticized a Premier League referee. Having already accepted a charge of improper conduct, Babel was also warned about his future conduct. The Netherlands international posted a digitally altered picture of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United shirt after being angered by the decisions in Liverpool’s 1-0 loss at Old Trafford in the FA Cup last weekend. Roger Burden, the chairman of the FA’s regulatory commission, says that “social network sites, like Twitter, must be regarded as being in the public domain.”
Love, Olazabal set to captain
Davis Love III is set to be named the next captain of the US Ryder Cup team. Two officials involved in the selection process confirmed that Love will be the captain in 2012. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the official announcement is not due until on Thursday. Jose Maria Olazabal was appointed Europe’s captain for the 2012 competition yesterday. Love played on six US teams and he faced Olazabal in his first Ryder Cup match in 1993 at The Belfry. Love and Tom Kite defeated Olazabal and Seve Ballesteros in that opening session, although Olazabal’s team won the other four times they played.
Team Aqua starts strong
US sailor Don Wilson skippered Team Aqua to two first-place wins in the RC 44 class on Monday, during the initial day of racing at the five-day Key West, Florida, sailing regatta. Reigning America’s Cup skipper Russell Coutts of New Zealand, in Oracle Racing, is tied for second with Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino. Coutts is competing against Onorato, whose Italian syndicate is serving as challenger of record for the 34th America’s Cup in 2013. In Mini Maxi class, 1992 America’s Cup champion Bill Koch steered Titan to second and first-place wins to take a two-point lead ahead of Bella Mente, skippered by Hap Fauth. Jim Richardson has Barking Mad at the top of the Farr 30 leaderboard.
Favre files for retirement
Brett Favre is following through on his vow to finally end his career after 20 seasons, filing his retirement papers with the NFL. League spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed on Monday that the Minnesota quarterback had filed his retirement papers. The 41-year-old Favre has filed retirement papers previously, of course, and could request reinstatement at any time. He said he was done in 2008 with the Packers and 2009 with the Jets, only to join the Vikings and play two more years. After an age-defying performance last season, Favre slumped badly the season.
Japanese couple Rikiya and Ayumi Kataoka had their honeymoon wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic, but their resourcefulness in enforced exile in Cape Verde has won them appointments as ambassadors for its Olympic team. The Kataokas had completed a third of their round-the-world trip when a suspension in long-haul flights stranded them for five months in the archipelago of 10 tiny islands off the coast of West Africa. Unable to resume their journey to Europe and then home to Japan, and unwilling to head to the African mainland, where virus cases are spiking, they had to trade their skills with domestic businesses to
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen
Max Verstappen informed his Red Bull team that he would not be driving “like a grandma” in Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday — and he was as good as his word. The Dutch 22-year-old seized his opportunity at Silverstone, ending dominant Mercedes’ run of four successive wins this season and moving up to second place overall, 30 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen’s confidence shone through early on, after slotting into third place behind the two Mercedes, when he was told by race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase to take care of his tires. “Mate, this is the only chance of being