Burke in critical condition
World class Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke was in critical condition and sedated at a Utah hospital on Wednesday after being badly injured during a training run, doctors said. Burke, 29, was taken by air ambulance to the University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake City on Tuesday after she was hurt during a halfpipe training run at Park City Mountain Resort. Burke, described by the head of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association as the top female halfpipe athlete in the world, has reached the podium at every career World Cup start.
May 5 out: Pacquiao camp
Manny Pacquiao’s camp says there is no economic sense in setting up a bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr on May 5. Pacquiao’s financial adviser, Michael Koncz, said yesterday that a 45,000-seat boxing arena being built in Las Vegas would not be finished before the end of May and staging the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in a smaller venue is “foolish.” The MGM Grand seats only about 17,000, which could fetch about US$20 million in sales, but the larger arena could raise an additional US$30 million, Koncz said. In a separate interview with GMA, Pacquiao said that if Mayweather agrees to a “50-50 sharing, there will be no problem.”
Ameen to attend Khan appeal
The man accused of interfering with judges during Amir Khan’s loss to Lamont Peterson in a controversial light-welterweight title fight will explain his actions at an IBF hearing next week. The governing body says Mustafa Ameen has links with the IBF because he does voluntary work with their program for retired fighters, but had no business being at ringside for the Dec. 10 fight in Washington. Khan launched an appeal into his defeat on a split decision, raising concerns about Ameen’s role during the fight after footage showed him distracting judges and leaning over WBA supervisor Michael Welsh. Lamont Peterson’s manager has accused Amir Khan of being unprofessional and a bad loser in the wake of the British boxer’s loss to the American in a light--welterweight title fight.
Court undeterred by protest
Australia’s greatest women’s tennis player, Margaret Court, said she would not be deterred by gay activists planning to target the Australian Open over her views on homosexuality. Court, who is now a pastor at a church in Perth, is staunchly opposed to gay marriage and a peaceful protest is planned at the first Grand Slam of the season next week at Melbourne Park, where a court is named after her. The Facebook group Rainbow Flags Over Margaret Court Arena began in response to Court’s anti-gay marriage stance and they are urging people to display gay pride colors at the tournament. Court vowed the protest would not stop her from attending.
Guangzhou fine Latino stars
Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande have fined their Latin American stars a total of 1.25 million yuan (US$200,000) for arriving late to training and other violations, reports said yesterday. Brazilian star Muriqui, the Super League’s player of the year and top scorer last year, received the stiffest fine of 500,000 yuan for leaving the club without permission last season and arriving late this month. The players were required to arrive in Guangzhou on Jan. 3 to prepare for the upcoming season beginning in March. Muriqui, who arrived in Guangzhou on Wednesday, was the latest arrival, reports said.