Lawson signs with Zalgiris
Lithuanian club Zalgiris Kaunas said they have signed Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson to play this season. General director Paulius Motiejunas confirmed the deal on Monday night. The deal would allow Lawson to return to the NBA if the lockout ends. Lawson will team up with Sonny Weems, a former Nuggets guard who signed with the Lithuanian squad last month. The Denver Post first reported the story. Lawson told the paper: “It’s the best situation for me to go out there.”
Michael Obi’s car found
The family of Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel said they’ve recovered the car of the player’s missing father, days after he was abducted. Mikel’s brother Tony Obi said yesterday that the car was found in Jos in central Nigeria, but declined to offer any details about how they knew where to find it. Mikel’s father, Michael Obi, went missing on Friday and the player announced in a television interview on Monday he’d been kidnapped. Meanwhile, Plateau State police commissioner Emmanuel Dipo Ayeni said officers were “working hard to ensure that he is found alive, hale and hardy.’’ Kidnappings occur regularly in Nigeria, though typically not in the region where Mikel’s father was taken.
Wenger risks UEFA wrath
Arsene Wenger could be in trouble with UEFA after repeatedly communicating with the Arsenal bench during his side’s 1-0 win over Udinese in their Champions League playoff first leg. Wenger was forced to watch the match from the Emirates Stadium stands as the Gunners boss served a touchline ban for abusing Swiss referee Massimo Busacca in the aftermath of last season’s stormy Champions League defeat at Barcelona. After Arsenal officials consulted UEFA on Monday, Wenger believed he was still free to communicate with assistant Pat Rice by passing messages to first-team coach Boro Primorac, who was seated next to the Frenchman and then phoned the information down to the bench. The trio did exactly that throughout the first half, but television pictures showed the rather blatant nature of the plan and UEFA, keen not to be embarrassed, warned Wenger at the break that he was contravening the rules and he withdrew from communication.
Aussies to trial night games
Cricket Australia will experiment with twilight matches in the upcoming Sheffield Shield domestic competition. Up to eight matches will become twilight fixtures, with the new timeslot to be trailed in games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Hobart’s Bellerive Oval, the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Adelaide Oval. The International Cricket Council sees night Test matches as a means of rejuvenating the long form of the game.
Bekele to defend world title
Ethiopian Olympic and world champion Kenenisa Bekele will defend his 10,000m world title later this month despite not having raced since early last year, his manager said on Tuesday. “He is going to Daegu and [will] run. He is training well,” Jos Hermens said in a telephone interview. Bekele, 29, has never lost a 10,000m race on the track. His 12 victories at the distance since 2003 include two Olympic and four world titles along with two world records. If Bekele wins in Daegu, he would become the first runner at any distance to win five consecutive outdoor world titles.