Russian breaks shot record
The Kontinental Hockey League says Russian defenseman Denis Kulyash has smashed the sports’ hardest shot record. Kulyash hit a 177.5kph shot at the KHL All-Star skills competition on Saturday, topping the record 170.42kph shot Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins registered last weekend during NHL All-Star festivities. Kulyash plays for Avangard Omsk in the Russian-based league.
Sanders makes Hall of Fame
Former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders and ex-St Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk were among seven nominees elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Defensive end Richard Dent, who played the bulk of his career with the Chicago Bears, tight end Shannon Sharpe, formerly with the Denver Broncos and NFL Films founder Ed Sabol were also voted in, along with former Washington Redskin Chris Hanburger and the late Les Richter. Two-times Super Bowl winner Sanders played as a kick and punt returner, cornerback and wide receiver. He also played for the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins and, after returning from a three-year retirement, the Baltimore Ravens. Faulk, who began his career with the Indianapolis Colts, was a two-time NFL MVP and a Super Bowl winner with the Rams at the end of the 1999 season.
Cologne floor Bayern
Bayern Munich’s title defense suffered a blow on Saturday when Milivoje Novakovic struck twice to inspire Cologne to a 3-2 comeback win. Bayern, who had not lost since the winter break, dropped from third place to fifth on 36 points, 15 behind leaders Borussia Dortmund who drew 0-0 with Schalke 04 on Friday. Second-placed Bayer Leverkusen also lost ground, slumping to a 1-0 defeat at Nuremberg but stayed three points ahead of the Bavarians. The champions had only themselves to blame after Mario Gomez and Hamit Altintop had put them in the driving seat. The hosts battled back after the break and cut the deficit through Christian Clemens 10 minutes after the restart. Novakovic headed the equalizer seven minutes later and raced clear to beat goalkeeper Thomas Kraft with a low shot in the 73rd minute. Claudio Pizarro threw Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf a lifeline when he scored a stoppage-time equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Mainz, thus avoiding their third straight defeat. Hanover 96 enjoyed a 1-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg while VfB Stuttgart snatched a 3-2 victory at Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Matri sinks Cagliari
Juventus striker Alessandro Matri scored twice to give them a 3-1 win at Cagliari in Serie A on Saturday only five days after joining the Turin side on loan from their Sardinian opponents. Luca Toni headed a third goal to lift Juve out of their rut after the club failed to win their previous four games in all competitions. Victory lifted Juventus to seventh. Matri, despite being jeered by the home fans from the outset, needed only 20 minutes to score, wrong-footing goalkeeper Michael Agazzi after being picked out by Milo Krasic’s pass. Cagliari leveled six minutes after the restart when Robert Acquafresca side-footed home a cross at the far post. The hosts put Juve on the rack and looked more likely winners until Matri struck again in the 75th minute, volleying in a cross. Toni completed the win with a looping header from 15m. Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale had earlier scored his 100th Serie A goal for the club in a 2-0 win over Sampdoria.
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
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
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
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