Wada signs with Orioles
Japanese pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada has signed a two-year, US$8.1 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles, the Major League Baseball team reported on Wednesday. The 30-year-old left-hander signed a deal that includes an option for 2014. Wada becomes the second Japanese native to play for Baltimore, following Koji Uehara. Wada comes to the Orioles from the Fukuoka Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League. In 210 games with the Hawks, Wada had 107 wins, 61 losses and 1,329 strikeouts. Meanwhile, bidding closed on Wednesday for Major League Baseball (MLB) teams trying to land Japanese pitching ace Yu Darvish. MLB officials declined to release details of the bid process, including the name of the team that made the highest offer. Darvish’s current team, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, have until Tuesday to accept the bid.
Sprinters top nominees list
Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake head the list of athletes nominated for Jamaica’s Sportsman of the Year award. Blake, the 100m champion at the World Athletic Championships in Daegu, South Korea, was recently named the winner of the Jamaica Track and Field Association’s top athlete award. Bolt won the 200m at the same Worlds. Others in contention for the award include West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels, Pan American 100m champion Lerone Clarke, IAAF Diamond League winner Asafa Powell and boxer Nicholas Walters. Among the women, Veronica Campbell-Brown, the world championships 200m gold medallist and 100m silver medallist, is considered a frontrunner in a group that also includes ICC cricketer of the year Stafanie Taylor. The winners will be announced on Jan. 22.
Ex-wife’s assault ends in ban
Sweden will not select forward Alexander Gerndt until further notice after being convicted of assaulting his ex-wife, the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) said on Wednesday. Gerndt, who has played six times for his country, scoring two goals, was fined 80,000 Swedish kronor (US$11,700) and put on probation for two years on Tuesday. “After a very deep discussion, we decided that domestic violence is something we find very difficult to accept. Therefore, Alexander Gerndt is not available for selection, with immediate effect,” chairman Lars-Ake Lagrell said after a meeting of the SvFF. How long the 25-year-old FC Utrecht player will remain suspended is unclear. Helsinborg district court found Gerndt guilty of two counts of assault, for grabbing his wife by the throat and for kicking a football at her so hard that it bruised her leg.
Davis Cup captain leaves
Argentina’s Davis Cup captain, Modesto Vazquez, says he is to leave after three years in the role. Vazquez admits that during his time in charge he had a “difficult” relationship with David Nalbandian, one of the country’s top players, who he described as “not a positive leader” in an interview with TyC Sports TV channel on Wednesday. Vazquez says the Argentine tennis association decided not to renew his contract following the loss to Spain in the Davis Cup final earlier this month. He says the association had “every right” to make the change. Argentina, which has never won the Davis Cup but was a finalist in 1981, 2006, 2008 and this year, starts next year’s campaign in Germany from Feb. 10 to 12.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7