Brazil to scrap drinks ban
Brazil has moved closer to overturning a ban on alcoholic drinks at sports venues, drafting a bill that would allow for their sale at 2014 World Cup matches out of deference to world soccer’s governing body FIFA. The “2014 World Cup Law,” detailing the proposed change, was presented by a commission of lawmakers on Tuesday, Agencia Camara reported. The legislation, which still needs approval at three separate stages, is a pointed concession to FIFA, which wants to protect the commercial interests of its sponsors. However, it also allows for 300,000 tickets to be sold at half-price to pensioners, students and the handicapped, among others, in a return concession by FIFA to Brazil. If the law were to be passed, selling drinks would become legal at grounds throughout the country, not just those staging World Cup matches, though only in the stadiums’ licensed bars and restaurants.
Redskins players get bans
The National Football League has slapped Washington Redskins players Fred Davis and Trent Williams with four-game bans each for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The league’s disciplinary committee announced on Tuesday that both were suspended without pay and not eligible to rejoin the Redskins until Jan. 2, the day after the final regular season game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Tight end Davis snagged 59 passes for 796 yards and three touchdowns in a dozen contests this season, while offensive tackle Williams started 10 games for the Redskins.
Radcliffe gets fifth Olympics
Paula Radcliffe became only the third British track and field athlete to be selected for five Olympics, after her place in Team GB for London 2012 was confirmed on Tuesday. Radcliffe, 37, has been selected for the marathon, along with Scott Overall and Mara Yamauchi. The trio are the first individuals to be selected from the sport of athletics — 11 sailors and five boxers have also been named. Radcliffe said: “To represent your country at a home Olympics is something special and I’m over the moon to be selected for Team GB. I was pleased to get the qualifying time in Berlin earlier this year and my sole focus is getting in the right shape for London.” Last month, Radcliffe received a boost when she was reinstated as the holder of the women’s world marathon record at 2 hours, 15 minutes, 25 seconds, overturning a controversial decision by the IAAF not to recognize the time as such. She had originally set the time in winning the 2003 London Marathon.
Nashville Predators forward Jordin Tootoo has been suspended for two games for charging into Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, the National Hockey League (NHL) said on Tuesday. Tootoo carried the puck into the Sabres zone last Saturday and drove hard to the net where he collided with Miller. The hit sparked a pileup of players during which Miller, who was playing in his first game since suffering a concussion after being hit by Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic on Nov. 12, threw several punches at Tootoo. While a Sabres defenseman made contact with Tootoo prior to the hit, the NHL did not feel it was significant enough to alter the Nashville player’s path into Miller. The NHL also said it took into account that Tootoo had not been fined or banned by the league in the past four seasons.