Huck topples Garay in 10
Marco Huck of Germany knocked out Hugo Hernan Garay of Argentina in the 10th round to retain his WBO cruiserweight title on Saturday in Frankfurt. Huck knocked down Garay in the first round, but then had to fight hard against the relentless Garay. The end came 1 minute, 10 seconds into the 10th when Huck caught Garay with a right to the chin, another right to the side of the head and then landed a huge left to the chin that sent Garay sprawling to the floor. The Argentine could not beat the count. Huck improved to 33-1, with 24 KOs. Garay dropped to 34-6.
Burns dismisses Cook in first
Ricky Burns of Scotland stopped former champion Nicky Cook of England in the first round to successfully retain his WBO super featherweight title at Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday. Burns floored Cook in the opening seconds, including a hard right to the back that made Cook uncomfortable. A glancing blow put Cook down again and though he got to his feet, Cook was struggling. More fierce rights to the body dropped Cook and his corner threw in the towel to end the scheduled 12-rounder after only 1 minute, 33 seconds. Cook was taken out of the ring in a stretcher and to hospital for a suspected spinal injury, promoter Frank Warren said. Burns (32-2, 9 KO) was making his third defense of the title, while it was the second fight for Cook (30-3, 16 KO) since losing the same title in 2009.
Doping scandal hits N Korea
North Korean officials blamed traditional medicine using musk deer glands for five of their players testing positive for steroids at the women’s World Cup in soccer’s biggest doping scandal for almost two decades. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Saturday that after two players were caught during the tournament this month, FIFA tested the rest of the North Korea squad and found three more positive results. FIFA has already met with a North Korean delegation and heard arguments that the steroids were accidentally taken with traditional Chinese medicines based on musk deer glands to treat players who had been struck by lightning on June 8 during a training camp in North Korea. FIFA investigators, who discovered evidence of doping in the North Korean samples, found themselves in uncharted territory as such steroids had not been encountered before. Experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency were called in to confirm the breach of doping rules.
Japan promoted in Fed Cup
Japan earned promotion to World Group II in the Fed Cup after ace Ayumi Morita coasted to victory for an insurmountable lead over Argentina in a playoff matchup yesterday. After the hosts took a 2-0 lead on Saturday, the 23-year-old Morita whipped Aranza Salut, who replaced the out-of-form Maria Irigoyen, 6-2, 6-1 in the best-of-five contest. The fourth singles match was canceled because of a government initiative to conserve energy in Japan, while Rika Fujiwara and Kurumi Nara defeated Mailen Auroux and Maria Irigoyen 6-1, 6-3 to complete a 4-0 scoreline.
‘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