Hoyas, Bayi bury hatchet
Georgetown University coach John Thompson III said he has buried the hatchet with the coach of the Chinese team whose players traded punches with their US college opponents in a bench-clearing melee on Thursday. Speaking to reporters in Shanghai yesterday, Thompson said he met with the Bayi Rockets coach on Friday and they shook hands and chatted about basketball and other matters. The Hoyas coach said he did not think the brawl in Beijing had any political connotations.
Weir has elbow surgery
Former Masters champion Mike Weir had season-ending elbow surgery and will be sidelined for three-to-six months, the Canadian golfer said in a statement on Friday. Weir, who had the surgery on Thursday in Florida, has not played since he withdrew from last month’s Canadian Open when the elbow problems that have plagued him the past two seasons flared up during the second round. “My elbow has caused me problems over the past year and during the RBC Canadian Open it essentially became unplayable,” Weir’s statement said. “It’s my hope with patience, and diligent post-surgery rehab, I will be able to put my elbow problems behind me and look forward.” Once a fixture among the world top 10, Weir’s career has nose-dived this season, losing his PGA Tour privileges in May and watching his ranking plunge to 539. He is without a PGA Tour win since 2007 and this season has missed the cut in 13 of 15 events, while adding a paltry US$23,312 to his career earnings.
Nakarawa quits Fiji military
Lock Leone Nakarawa has resigned from the Fijian military to join the country’s 30-man World Cup squad, the Fiji Rugby Union said yesterday. The Sep. 9 to Oct. 23 tournament is being held in New Zealand, who have banned those with ties to Fiji’s military or government from entering their country following a 2006 military coup in the Pacific nation.
Cubs GM Hendry axed
Jim Hendry, the only general manager to lead the Chicago Cubs to consecutive post-season berths, was fired, the struggling MLB team said on Friday. Hendry had been the third-longest-tenured general manager in the NL, but the Cubs, who own the second-worst record in the league despite one of the highest payrolls, said it was time to begin a fresh approach. “My family and I appreciate Jim’s dedication during our time with the Cubs and thank him for his overall 17 years of service to the Cubs organization,” Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said on the team’s Web site. He was named general manager in 2002 and leaves as the only Cubs general manager to oversee three postseason teams — 2003, 2007 and 2008.
Van Koeverden wins K1
Canada’s Adam Van Koeverden won the men’s 1,000m single kayak (K1) event on Friday at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged, Hungary. The three-time world runner-up finished in three minutes, 36.194 seconds, more than three seconds ahead of Anders Gustafsson of Sweden. Eirik Veraas Larsen of Norway was third. Max Hoff of Germany, who had been going for his third world title in a row, finished fourth. Another upset came in the men’s 1,000m single canoe, where defending champion Uzbek Vadim Menkov finished only third behind Olympic champion Attila Vajda of Hungary and David Cal of Spain.
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