Braun tested positive: ESPN
The NL’s Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and could face a 50-game ban if the finding is confirmed, ESPN reported on Saturday. The sports network cited two sources familiar with the case, but MLB has not announced any positive test for Braun, who is said to be disputing the result. A spokesman for Braun issued a statement on Saturday saying the player expected to be “exonerated.” “There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan’s complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program,” the statement said. Braun, 28, provided the urine sample for the test during the playoffs and was notified of the positive result in late October, ESPN reported.
Cama’s try give NZ win
Tomasi Cama scored a last-second try to give New Zealand a thrilling 31-26 final triumph over South Africa Saturday in the third leg of the IRB Sevens World Series in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Roared on by a near-30,000 crowd at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, the hosts were clinging to a two-point advantage when a loose ball was booted into their half. There was nobody at home for the “BlitzBoks,” leaving Toby Arnold to gather the ball and stroll to the tryline before passing it for veteran Cama to dot down as the clock struck full-time. New Zealand led three times during a high-tempo first half in an electric atmosphere and turned 17-14 ahead only to concede a couple of early second-half tries. Steven Hunt and reigning IRB Sevens Player of the Year Cecil Afrika dotted down and South Africa were in front 26-17 midway through the second half of the 20-minute climax to the two-day tournament. However, the men in black were desperate for success after a poor start to the nine-leg season and finished stronger with Frank Hali and Cama breaching the home defense for converted tries.
Australia take Champions
Australia defeated Spain 1-0 yesterday to win a record fourth straight field hockey Champions Trophy and their 12th title overall. A disputed second-half goal to Eddie Ockenden was enough to maintain the Kookaburras’ stranglehold on the trophy, the last major men’s field hockey tournament before the London Olympics. Spain argued the goal came from a dangerous Liam De Young pass and should have been disallowed, but umpire Kim Hong-lae waved aside the protest to give Australia the lead. The score remained 0-0 at halftime, both teams probing for weakness, but unwilling to commit men forward with the trophy on the line. Australia finally broke the deadlock late in the second half, with Ockenden emerging from a goalmouth scramble to latch onto De Young’s high pass.
Bradley, Steele take lead
US PGA champion Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele shot a 10-under 62 in better-ball play to take a one-stroke lead over Mark Calcavecchia and Nick Price in the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Florida, on Saturday. Bradley and Steele had a 19-under 125 total at Tiburon Golf Club. “Our goal was to have two people in on every hole and not make stupid, aggressive plays, and just play the way we normally play, and we did,” Bradley said. Calcavecchia and Price, trying to become the first Champions Tour duo to win the 12-team event, had a 63.
Kamaru Usman put on a Fight Island masterclass yesterday to retain his UFC welterweight world title by grinding down a brave Jorge Masvidal in Abu Dhabi. “I’m at the top of the mountain and everyone’s looking at me,” said the 33-year-old Usman after scoring a unanimous points decision 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46 on the three judges’ cards. The Nigerian-American Usman (17-1) looked the fresher fighter, with Masvidal (35-14) having taken the UFC251 headline bout at just six days’ notice when Brazil’s Gilbert Burns (19-3) tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to travel. The Las Vegas-based UFC pulled off a power-packed schedule with
Thailand international Pitsamai Sornsai, a new arrival for Inter Taoyuan, is to lead her team against Taipei Bravo tomorrow in the 10th round of the Taiwan Mulan Football League. Sornsai, who is nicknamed Pui, has attracted interest from media and fans as the first foreigner signed to play in Taiwan’s women’s league. Inter are among six teams battling for the title this year. The addition of Sornsai is a boost for the international profile of women’s soccer in Taiwan and elevates the competition. The 31-year-old brings a wealth of experience, including from the Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Championship, the Southeast Asian Games and
MONKEYS ALSO WIN: The Rakuten Monkeys kept the Brothers from the first-half title as they dominated the Uni-President Lions, scoring four in the fourth The CTBC Brothers still need another win to clinch the first-half CPBL title, despite thrashing the hapless Fubon Guardians 17-0 yesterday, after the Rakuten Monkeys beat the Uni-President Lions 9-2. Fans of CTBC Brothers were hoping to celebrate the first-half title, with a crowd of more than 10,000 packed into the Taichung Intercontinental Stadium for their home game against the Guardians. The figure was an attendance record for this year, when baseball and most other major sports events worldwide have been played in empty venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Entering the game, CTBC had pushed their magic number down to 2, meaning
Preparing to complete a ninth Serie A campaign without winning the scudetto, AC Milan decided that returning to the pinnacle of club soccer required a new approach. Roc Nation, the entertainment agency of US rapper Jay-Z is at the center of it, linking up with Milan to scour the world for sponsors, and use concerts and other high-profile events to attract new fans. And who better to ask about how to end a title drought than the team who just won their league for the first time in 30 years? “We have been talking to Liverpool, because they’ve been through the same path