Grugger breathes on his own
Austrian Hans Grugger, in an induced coma since he suffered a crash during training in Kitzbuehel, Austria, two weeks ago, was breathing on his own and increasingly opening his eyes, doctors said on Monday. Grugger’s breathing improved significantly so that he was taken off the ventilator, Alexandra Kofler, neurosurgeon and medical director at Innsbruck hospital, said. “The patient is now breathing on his own, but he is still very exhausted and sleepy. He is increasingly awake and already shows partial reactions. He keeps opening his eyes and can squeeze one’s hand if encouraged to.” Grugger, 29, suffered a crash during training on Jan. 20.
US cancel friendly in Egypt
US soccer authorities said on Monday that the US’ friendly match scheduled in Cairo for Tuesday has been canceled because of political unrest in Egypt. The match between the US and the reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions Egypt had been announced on Dec. 13 last year, and would have been the first ever in Egypt for a US side. “Due to the current situation, all parties agreed it was best to cancel the match,” US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said on Monday. The next game for the US, who are preparing this year for the North American continental championship the Gold Cup in June, will be against Argentina on March 27.
Union, league agree to talks
In a bid to “intensify” labor talks, the NFL and the union representing its players have agreed to a series of talks starting on Saturday in the Dallas area. NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith and league commissioner Roger Goodell met in New York on Monday to discuss a range of issues related to a new collective bargaining agreement. “As part of a process to intensify negotiations, they agreed to hold a formal bargaining session with both negotiating teams on Saturday,” a joint statement said. NFL owners and players are trying to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement to replace the one that expires March 4 in an attempt to avert a potential lock-out of players.
Liu returns to Europe
Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang will compete in Europe for the first time in three years at next week’s indoor meeting in Duesseldorf, Germany, organizers said on Monday. The 2004 Athens Olympic champion, who has set his sights on reclaiming his title in London next year after limping out injured in front of his home fans in Beijing three years ago, will use the meet in an effort to find his top form. “Liu Xiang’s participation in Duesseldorf proves the world-wide importance of the Duesseldorf PSD Bank Meeting,” Duesseldorf’s Lord Mayor Dirk Elbers said.
Malaysia exits Fed Cup
Malaysia has pulled out of this week’s Fed Cup women’s team tennis event after failing to find any players good enough to compete, an official of the Southeast Asian nation’s tennis body said yesterday. The Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM) said they had reviewed some players, but found none suitable to don the national colors. “We had a look at a few players, including two Swedish-based Malaysian-born talents, but they were not good enough,” LTAM executive secretary Ibrahim Abu Bakar told Malaysia’s New Straits Times. “We withdrew from the tournament mainly because we could not get the best players to represent the country.”
‘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