Player rips scrotum
Chris Whelpdale, a winger with English fourth-tier side Gillingham, suffered a painful and unusual injury in the 2-1 Boxing Day win at Crawley when a tackle split open his scrotum. “It’s an horrific injury,” Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler told the BBC. “He’s going to be very sore, and I’m sure his wife won’t be too happy either.” The 22-year-old Whelpdale, who joined the club from Peterborough in July, has scored four goals in 22 games.
Olympian charged with rape
Japan’s retired double Olympic judo gold medalist Masato Uchishiba was indicted Tuesday on charges of raping a teenage girl at a Tokyo hotel. Uchishiba, 33, who won the 66kg title at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and retired from competition last year, was arrested three weeks ago. He has acknowledged that he had sex with the unnamed girl, but has insisted it was consensual, police have said. The Tokyo public prosecutors office said in a statement that Uchishiba had sexual intercourse with the girl in a hotel room on Sept. 20 when she was “unable to resist as she was in a profound sleep due to intoxication.” Uchishiba was hailed as a hero at home when he became the first Japanese to win a gold medal in any sport at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when Japan won just two medals in men’s judo, an all-time low. He was sacked nearly a month ago by a provincial university where he had been coaching its women’s judo team since April last year. He became a visiting professor at the school last January.
Italy’s scandal deepens
Italy’s new soccer match-fixing scandal gained momentum on Tuesday when legal testimony showed former Atalanta captain and Italy midfielder Cristiano Doni admitting his role in illicit betting. Reports also said another accused player, former Piacenza defender Carlo Gervasoni, had told prosecutors that many more Italian matches than previously suspected involved illegal betting and match-fixing, including games in Serie A. Promoted top-flight side Atalanta had six points deducted and Doni was banned for three-and-a-half years in August after a soccer federation probe into betting in Serie B last term, but Doni had never previously admitted his guilt. On Tuesday, the ANSA news agency published his testimony in front of criminal prosecutors where he said he engaged in illegal betting “only because of the passion which linked me to my team and the hope of being able to help them to the objective [of promotion] that season.” Atalanta, thriving in 11th in Serie A despite the deduction, issued a statement last week saying they had reacted with “surprise and great bitterness” after hearing rumors Doni had admitted involvement following his arrest this month.
Corretja to captain Spain
Alex Corretja will be Spain’s new Davis Cup team captain for the next two years, the country’s tennis federation said in a statement on Tuesday. The former world No. 2 and twice French Open finalist replaces Albert Costa, who stepped up into a director’s role at the federation after leading Spain to Davis Cup final victories over Czech Republic in 2009 and Argentina this year. “I am absolutely convinced that today we have reached a great agreement for Spanish tennis,” federation president Jose Luis Escanuela said. The 37-year-old Corretja added: “It’s a privilege to be able to captain the best team of players in the world.”