Hoy mistaken for Foy
Olympic cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy said on Monday he had been on the receiving end of some unwanted Twitter messages from Tottenham fans who confused him with referee Chris Foy. It was Foy who had angered many Spurs supporters during their high-flying side’s 2-1 Premier League defeat by Stoke on Sunday when the visitors had an Emmanuel Adebayor goal wrongly disallowed for offside, two penalty appeals for handball turned down and Younes Kaboul harshly red-carded. JohnnyJ-Smyth tweeted: “Robbed! Chris hoy calls himself a premier league referee! Mug.” However, Scottish cyclist Hoy, who won three gold medals in Beijing in 2008, responded: “Just for the record 1) I don’t need glasses and 2) I do not lead a double life as an English premiere league ref. That’s Chris Foy.” He later added: “Still getting some rather amusing grief from Spurs fans!”
Clippers claim Chauncey
The Los Angeles Clippers have claimed Chauncey Billups off waivers and re-signed restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan, the NBA team announced on Monday. The Clippers’ pursuit of a point guard had led to reports of them being interested in New Orleans’ Chris Paul, but the deal failed to materialize. Billups, a five-time All Star and former NBA Finals MVP, was released from the New York Knicks in a cost-cutting move last week. The 35-year-old had said he was only interesting in playing for a title contender. The Clippers will pay a little more than US$12 million for the guard this season, according to local reports. The Clippers retained Jordan by matching his offer from the Golden State Warriors for a reported US$43.2 million over four years.
Probe rebuts graft claims
A special investigation committee appointed by the International Boxing Association has dismissed allegations Azerbaijan were promised two boxing gold medals at next year’s London Olympics in exchange for a US$10 million loan to amateur boxing’s world governing body. The allegations, broadcast by the BBC’s Newsnight program on Sept. 23, were found to be “groundless and unsupported by any credible evidence.” However, the BBC stood by their story and said they’d cooperate with an independent investigation by the International Olympic Committee’s Ethics Commission. The special investigation committee’s statement on Monday added: “We have conducted an exhaustive investigation over the past two months and we have concluded that the allegations … were completely without merit.” The committee accepted an investment was made by Hamid Hamidov, an Azeri businessman, but said it was purely for “commercial purposes” and “the subject of medals had never come up in any discussions or agreements.”
Celtic fined over chants
UEFA has fined Scottish club Celtic 15,000 euros (US$19,800) after its supporters sang Irish political songs during a Nov. 3 Europa League match against Stade Rennais. UEFA’s control and disciplinary panel fined the Glasgow club after the body’s match delegate was informed of what it called “illicit chanting” by a Scottish police official. Celtic was fined over pro-Irish Republican Army songs. Celtic traditionally draws support from Catholics and those in favor of Irish independence. The club escaped punishment from the Scottish Premier League following an investigation into the singing of the same songs by a section of the club’s fans in October.