Baby Blacks down England
New Zealand won a fourth successive junior world rugby championship after beating England 33-22 in a thrilling final on Sunday. The Baby Blacks have won 20 consecutive matches and never lost in the under-20 tournament’s short history. Both sides scored three tries, but flyhalf Gareth Anscombe converted all of New Zealand’s and kicked four penalties in a perfect goal-kicking effort to lead his side past England for the third time in the final. England, the Six Nations Grand Slam winner, dominated the first quarter and scored the first try, but New Zealand rallied to lead 23-10 soon after halftime. England closed to within 23-22 near the hour, but New Zealand’s defense tightened and fullback Beauden Barrett’s 74th-minute try secured the title.
Blues’ Boric to miss semis
Auckland lock Anthony Boric will miss the Blues’ Super Rugby semi-final against the Queensland Reds on Saturday and may be sidelined until August with a foot injury. Boric suffered a foot strain during the Blues’ elimination final against New South Wales on Friday and Auckland team doctor Steve Kara said he was likely to be in a cast for two weeks and sidelined for six weeks. Kara said wingers Lachie Munro and Joe Rokocoko, who suffered minor injuries last weekend, were likely to be fit for the match at Brisbane.
Olympians allowed to tweet
Athletes at next year’s London Olympic Games can blog and post comments on Twitter as long as it is not done for commercial purposes, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said. However, any found posting X-rated content could be booted from the Games, it said. In guidelines released by the Australian Olympic Committee yesterday, the IOC “actively encourages and supports athletes ... to take part in ‘social media’ and to post, blog and tweet their experiences.” However, bloggers and tweeters must restrict themselves to “first-person, diary-type formats,” must not report on events in the manner of journalists and must ensure their posts do not contain “vulgar or obscene words or images.”
Inglorious gallops to victory
Inglorious staged a stirring charge down the home stretch to capture the 152nd running of the Queen’s Plate and the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown on Sunday. The flying filly, under urging from jockey Luis Contreras, corralled 60-1 long shot Hippolytus over the final stretch of the 1.25 mile test then ran away from the 17-horse field to win North America’s oldest continually run stakes race by a comfortable two lengths. It was Ladies Day at Woodbine racetrack as Inglorious became just the fifth filly since 1956 to capture Canada’s most prestigious thoroughbred race and gave trainer Josie Carroll her second Plate win.
Queen thwarted at derby
Treasure Beach won the Irish Derby by three-quarters of a length on Sunday, adding more racing disappointment for Queen Elizabeth II. The 5-4 favorite Carlton House, owned by the British monarch, finished fourth in the 1.25 mile race at the Curragh. English Derby runner-up Treasure Beach, ridden by Colm O’Donoghue and sent off at odds of 7-2, gave trainer Aidan O’Brien his ninth Irish Derby win. Treasure Beach and 5-1 Seville fought out the finish, with O’Brien taking the first three places in the eight-horse race after 10-1 Memphis Tennessee came third.
A professional soccer team in South Korea apologized after “mannequins” used as substitute fans during a match on Sunday turned out to be sex dolls. K League 1 club Seoul said that the dolls, which had been dotted around stands off-limits to supporters due to the COVID-19 pandemic, had been ordered inadvertently after a “misunderstanding” with the supplier. Earlier this month, the K League became the first major soccer league to hold matches since the start of the pandemic, with the season’s opening game watched by a worldwide audience of fans, but Seoul’s attempt to bring a touch of realism to Sunday’s
It is known as the “May 19 Incident” and by some estimations it still haunts China’s national soccer team 35 years on. On May 19, 1985, China were stunned 2-1 at home by neighbors Hong Kong, then still under British rule, on one of the most infamous nights in Chinese soccer history. It is notorious not just because China’s hopes of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup for the first time ended in calamity. After the match, fans in Beijing rioted, smashing up vehicles, attacking buses, and threatening foreign journalists and diplomatic staff. It began an intense rivalry between the two teams which
APPROPRIATE RESPONSE: The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan expressed ‘sincere regret’ for publishing the image on its in-house magazine and Web site A satirical mock-up depicting the Tokyo Games logo as the novel coronavirus has been pulled from online after Olympic organizers branded it “insensitive” and said that it infringed copyright. The design combines the distinctive, spiky image of the coronavirus cell with the blue-and-white Tokyo Games logo. It appeared on the cover of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan’s magazine. The Tokyo Games have been postponed until next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left hundreds of thousands of people dead and halted sport worldwide. Club president Khaldon Azhari yesterday said that the club had decided to withdraw the image and remove
The COVID-19 pandemic has stalled young Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas’ burgeoning career, but he remains philosophical about the tennis shutdown. The world No. 6 would have been preparing for the French Open that was originally scheduled to start this weekend, but was postponed to September. While he is missing life on the ATP Tour, Tsitsipas believes that the lockdown has given the planet a breather. “I actually think they should put us in lockdown once a year — it’s good for nature, it’s good for our planet,” Tsitsipas said in an Instagram Live conversation for At Home With Babsi on Eurosport’s Instagram page. “I