Parish visits Taiwan
Robert Parish, one of the 50 greatest players in the history of the NBA, arrived in Taiwan late on Thursday. Parish, nicknamed “The Chief,” was scheduled to visit National Taiwan University (NTU) yesterday afternoon for a basketball event and to meet fans. He is scheduled to attend the 2011 NBA Youth Madness city championship, as a guest of honor, at the NTU Sports Center tomorrow. The retired basketballer played 21 seasons in the NBA, 14 of which were with the Boston Celtics. He won three titles for the team and was selected nine times to play in the NBA All-Star Games. In his last season, he played with the Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, and won his fourth NBA Championship Ring. Another NBA star, Derrick Rose, who was named the most valuable player last season, is scheduled to visit Taiwan on Aug. 27 and 28.
Minor leaguer tests positive
Colorado Rockies minor leaguer Mike Jacobs became the first North American professional athlete to be suspended for testing positive for human growth hormone (HGH), Major League Baseball said on Thursday. The 30-year-old first baseman, who has played six seasons in the major leagues, received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for HGH — the first such case since MLB instituted blood tests for doping in the minor leagues. Jacobs, who had played for the New York Mets, Florida Marlins and Kansas City Royals, was leading the Rockies’ Triple-A club in Colorado Springs in home runs (23), doubles (30) and runs batted in (97). The Rockies announced they were releasing him. Jacobs, who compiled a .253 batting average with 100 home runs and 310 runs batted in during 556 major league games, said he took HGH to try and recover from injuries and hopes to resume his career following his ban.
Tonga avenges Fiji defeat
Flyhalf Kurt Morath kicked 17 points as Tonga beat Fiji 32-20 yesterday in the teams’ final warm-up match before next month’s Rugby World Cup. Morath kicked a conversion and five penalties as Tonga avenged a 27-12 defeat by Fiji last weekend. Vungakoto Lilo, Fetu’u Vainikolo and Alipate Fatafehi scored tries for Tonga who led 11-10 at halftime, then built a 32-13 second-half lead, before conceding a try in injury time. Fiji’s tries were scored by locks Rupeni Nasiga and Leone Nakarawa. Tonga will play New Zealand in the opening World Cup match in Auckland on Sept. 9.
Players allege violence
Former quarterback Jim McMahon and six other players accused the NFL of ignoring the consequences of head injuries to promote on-field violence for the fans. The NFL has known that players who suffered repeated concussions were likely to experience symptoms of post-traumatic brain injury including headaches, dizziness and memory loss, the group said in a complaint filed on Wednesday in a Philadelphia federal court. The league failed to develop appropriate ways to identify players who were at risk, said the players, who are demanding medical monitoring. Since the 1970s, the league has “turned a blind eye” to players being coached to tackle, butt and injure opposing players because of an “interest in keeping its fan base excited and interested in the violence of this sport,” according to the complaint. “We have not seen the complaint, but would vigorously contest any claims of this kind,” Greg Aiello, a spokesman for the New York-based NFL, said yesterday in an e-mail.