Derrick Rose inks extension
Reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Chicago Bulls worth approximately US$94 million, a person familiar with the situation said on Tuesday. The extension will start in the 2012-2013 season, when Rose is eligible to make about US$16 million. The Chicago Tribune, citing sources, first reported the deal. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized. The local product went from Rookie of the Year to All-Star to MVP in his first three seasons, becoming the youngest player to win that award. He also joined Michael Jordan as the only Bulls players to win the MVP.
Kolobnev not extended
Russia’s 2008 road race Olympic bronze medalist Alexander Kolobnev was not offered a new contract by the Katusha team on Tuesday following his disqualification from this year’s Tour de France for a positive dope test. The team decided not to extend his contract for another year despite him receiving a light punishment from his national federation in October of a fine of US$1,700 and no suspension, contenting itself with a formal warning. Kolobnev, 30, tested positive on July 6 for a masking agent called hydrochlorothiazide that hides the presence of performance-enhancing drugs in the system. The Russian-sponsored Katusha pulled the two-time world road race silver medalist out of the race and later suspended him from the team.
Olympic champ misses cut
Reigning Olympic men’s windsurfing champion Tom Ashley missed selection in the New Zealand team for next year’s London Games. Ashley lost New Zealand’s sole spot in the RS:X class to rival J.P. Tobin, who finished one spot ahead of him in fifth at last week’s world sailing championships in Australia. Tobin has beaten Ashley three times in head-to-head contests this season and the selectors attached most weight to the world championship placings. Ashley continued New Zealand’s strong history in Olympic windsurfing when he won in Beijing, following brother and sister Bruce and Barbara Kendall, who are both former Olympic gold medalists.
Phil Rogers’ medals stolen
Three-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games champion swimmer Phil Rogers of Australia had many of his medals stolen from his home during a daylight break-in. The 40-year-old Rogers, a former breaststroker, said yesterday that thieves made off with an Olympic medley relay bronze medal from Atlanta in 1996, two Commonwealth Games gold medals, two world championship gold medals, two Pan Pacific golds and Rogers’ Order of Australia medal. He said the medals had no monetary value, but “they’re of tremendous value to me because it’s 20 years of hard work.” Police in Adelaide cautioned secondhand dealers to look out for anyone trying to sell the medals, half of which are engraved with Rogers’ name.
Rays re-sign Joel Peralta
The Tampa Bay Rays re-signed key reliever Joel Peralta to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration, the MLB team said on Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but a report on MLB’s Web site said the right-hander would receive US$2.2 million. Peralta, 35, held opposing batters to a .188 average, posted a 3-4 record with a 2.93 earned run average last season and tied for second among American League relievers with 71 appearances.
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Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen
Max Verstappen informed his Red Bull team that he would not be driving “like a grandma” in Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday — and he was as good as his word. The Dutch 22-year-old seized his opportunity at Silverstone, ending dominant Mercedes’ run of four successive wins this season and moving up to second place overall, 30 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen’s confidence shone through early on, after slotting into third place behind the two Mercedes, when he was told by race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase to take care of his tires. “Mate, this is the only chance of being