Richards signs with Rangers
Center Brad Richards, the biggest prize in this year’s National Hockey League free agent sweepstakes, signed with the New York Rangers, NHL.com reported on Saturday. Richards, a proven and reliable scorer backed up with a championship pedigree, had been hotly pursued by several teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames, but in the end decided on the Rangers and a nine-year deal worth a reported US$58.5 million, according to media reports.
Samoa defeat Japan 34-15
Wing back Alesana Tuilagi scored two tries to lead Samoa to a 34-15 victory over Japan in the four-team Pacific Nations Cup in Tokyo on Saturday. Tuilagi opened the scoring in the second minute with full back James Sooialo, making it 7-0. Sooialo added a penalty in the 12th minute before Tuilagi scored another try three minutes later which was successfully converted. Ryukoliniashi Holani pulled one back in the 20th minute to trail 5-17, but Samoa added two more tries to fend off the Japanese challenge.
Teen rejects parents for love
A rising New Zealand teen swimming star has divorced himself from his parents so he can continue a relationship with a US gold medalist seven years his senior, it was reported yesterday. Justin Wright, 17, took legal action against his parents after they tried to block him from representing New Zealand because they disapproved of his relationship with Rhi Jeffrey, 24, the Sunday Star-Times said. Jeffrey, a member of the gold-medal-winning US 4x200m freestyle relay team at the 2004 Athens Olympics, retired in 2007, but has since moved to New Zealand to revive her career in an attempt to qualify for the 2012 Games in London. When Wright and Jeffrey struck up a relationship, his parents withdrew consent for him to compete in national swimming events and bombarded swimming club members with e-mails about the relationship. One e-mail claimed Jeffrey had “stolen [Justin] from the cradle,” the report said. In what is believed to be a legal first in New Zealand, Wright has now won court permission to be a member of Swimming New Zealand against his parents’ wishes. The 17-year-old schoolboy said he was not sure if he could mend his relationship with his parents, but he was now living with Jeffrey and would not give her up.
Serious dissent costs Broad
England’s Stuart Broad has been fined 50 percent of his match fee for showing “serious dissent” at an umpire’s decision during the second one-day international against Sri Lanka, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said yesterday. The paceman, England’s Twenty20 captain, made “some unacceptable and offensive remarks” to umpire Billy Bowden as he left the field at the end of the Sri Lankan innings, the statement said. A Broad appeal for an LBW was turned down in the last over of the innings and the remarks were made regarding the decision.
‘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