Juventus’ trip canceled
Serie A leaders Juventus’ trip to Parma on Tuesday night was called off less than an hour before kickoff because of heavy snow making areas in and around the stadium too dangerous. The decision was taken after consultation between the two side’s captains, the referee, the local prefect and security officials. Parma chief executive Pietro Leonardi said he agreed with the decision. “At 8pm, I accepted the decision. It wasn’t possible to play,” he told SkySport.
President resigns from TFT
Mehmet Ali Aydinlar, president of the Turkish Football Federation (TFF), and his two deputies announced their resignation in Istanbul on Tuesday in light of a match-fixing scandal that has embroiled the sport in the country. “In a context where non-ethical behavior from certain people and institutions is considered authorized, and where trust does not exist, I don’t have the means to resist anymore,” Aydinlar said in a statement posted on the TFF Web site. Aydinlar refused to disclose the reasons for his resignation. However, the move comes five days after a special meeting of the General Assembly of the TFF, during which no agreement could be reached as to what sanctions should be imposed on clubs involved in match-fixing.
Remy hit by paternity suit
Olympique de Marseille’s France international striker Loic Remy is the subject of a paternity suit, the lawyer of the mother of the child he is accused of fathering told reporters on Tuesday. The complainant has asked for Remy to submit to a blood or DNA test to ascertain whether he is the father of the boy, who was born on Nov. 4 last year, according to the lawyer, Laurie Delclos. Remy, 25, is Marseille’s top scorer with nine goals in Ligue 1 this season.
Olympic hopes dealt blow
Qatar’s hopes of winning a spot in this year’s Olympic soccer competition have been dealt a blow after FIFA overturned a draw in Oman for fielding an ineligible player, awarding the home side a 3-0 victory. The London Olympics qualifier on Nov. 27 last year ended in a 1-1 stalemate, but Qatar’s Abdelaziz Hatim should not have been on the pitch in Muscat. The midfielder had been booked in the second round of qualifiers against India and picked up a second yellow card in the round three game with South Korea. The Qatar Football Association has been fined US$7,600, while the team have now slipped to third place in Group A with two points, the Asian Football Confederation said on its Web site yesterday.
North refuses to play South
A North Korean youth soccer team refused to play a South Korean side in a tournament held in China, citing cross-border tension after the death of leader Kim Jong-il, an official said on Tuesday. The two countries were preparing to play each other on Monday in Kunming, China, as part of an annual regional event between young soccer players from the two Koreas, Japan and China. However, the North’s players were ordered to leave the field before kickoff “due to a government policy not to deal with the South,” according to an official from the South Korean city of Incheon that helped arrange the event. “The players [from the two sides] were taking photos together and warming up for the game, but only 30 minutes later, the North’s players were ordered to leave.”
Tomic faces traffic charges
Teenage Australian star Bernard Tomic will go to court later this month after being charged with two traffic offenses following a recent standoff with police outside his home. The 19-year-old was fined twice in the space of an hour driving his BMW M3 on the Gold Coast just days after being knocked out of the Australian Open by Roger Federer last month. However, in a statement late on Tuesday, police alleged he refused to stop when asked to pull over a third time. A police car followed him home with siren blaring and officers had to wait outside his house, barred by security gates, for several hours for Tomic to come out in an incident. Tomic was charged with failing to stop his car. He is also accused of not keeping to the left of double dividing lines on the road. Tomic, who has repeatedly alleged he is being persecuted by police, has hired the Gold Coast’s foremost civil lawyer Chris Nyst. Tomic is due to face court on Feb. 14.
Venus ready to play: Serena
Serena Williams said her sister Venus would be ready for this weekend’s Fed Cup matches against Belarus. Serena said Venus has been training every day and is “coming along awesome.” The sisters are teammates on the US team that will face Belarus and new No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, the Australian Open champion. It will be Venus’ first competitive appearance since last year’s US Open, when she revealed she had Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that can cause fatigue and joint pain.
Runners get doping bans
South Korean sprinter Lim Hee-nam and Portugal’s European 5,000m bronze medalist Sara Moreira received six-month bans from the International Association of Athletics Federations on Tuesday for doping. Both athletes tested positive for the stimulant methylhexanamine at last year’s world championships in Daegu, South Korea. Lim’s suspension runs until April 10, while Moreira’s will expire on March 7.
D’Backs avoid arbitration
The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with two players by agreeing to one-year contracts with All-Star catcher Miguel Montero and infielder Ryan Roberts, the team said on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed, but reports on MLB’s Web site said Montero would earn US$5.9 million this year and Roberts would make US$2 million. Montero’s agreement came moments before the Venezuelan was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing. “I was sitting in the [hearing] room,” Montero told MLB.com by telephone from Tampa, Florida. “I was getting a bottle of water right before it was supposed to start and they told me to step outside to talk.”
Suspected fraudster arrested
London police arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of fraud after he allegedly duped a 69-year-old US woman into handing over tens of thousands of dollars for an investment related to the upcoming Summer Games. Police issued a statement on Tuesday saying the online scam involved a contract to supply buses for police officers for the Games. The man allegedly contacted the woman on an online dating Web site. Police said that once he befriended her, he tricked her into handing over ￡140,000 (US$220,000) as an “initial” investment into the business. Police say they were worried about the suspect using the prestige of London’s Metropolitan Police department to secure the victim’s trust.
A businessman who received millions of dollars for his work on Tokyo’s successful campaign to host the 2020 Olympic Games has said that he played a key role in securing the support of a former Olympics powerbroker suspected by French prosecutors of taking bribes to help Japan’s bid. Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive at the advertising agency Dentsu, was paid US$8.2 million by the committee that spearheaded Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Games, financial records showed. Takahashi said the work included lobbying International Olympic Committee (IOC) members such as Lamine Diack, the ex-Olympics powerbroker, and that he gave Diack gifts, including digital
DECREASED TENSION: The US players’ lawyers said that the soccer federation no longer disputes that the jobs of the women’s and men’s national teams require equal skill Women players suing the US Soccer Federation (USSF) said in in court documents filed on Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged that the jobs of male and female soccer players require equal skill. The language seemed to signal a decrease in tension between the parties after language in documents filed by the federation’s lawyers earlier last month provoked widespread outrage in saying that playing on the men’s national team required a higher level of skill based on speed and strength and carried greater responsibility. The fierce backlash — not only from the women players, but also from sponsors such as Coca-Cola —
If British industry succeeds in saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, it would in part be thanks to the pioneering role played by Formula One (F1) racing teams in the country. Seven of F1’s 10 teams have joined forces with leading aerospace and engineering firms to ramp up production of ventilators, while Mercedes has also worked with medics and academics to produce an alternative breathing aid. Normally obsessed with improving the performance of cars that race at more than 320kph, the teams are stripping back lifesaving devices and using computer simulation to test whether more simplified models can be mass produced. The seven
BITING THE BULLET: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi said that top players would make contributions so that the club’s employees can collect 100 percent of their salary Three-quarters of Rugby Australia’s staff were temporarily laid off yesterday amid huge financial losses from the sport’s coronavirus-enforced shutdown, while Lionel Messi confirmed on Monday that Barcelona’s players would take a 70 percent pay cut to ensure that the club’s other employees are paid. The cuts to rugby staff were “the toughest decision in the game’s history,” governing body CEO Raelene Castle said. “Although extremely painful, they are necessary to ensure ... we are able to come out the other side of this global crisis, fully operational and ready to throw everything into the rebuild.” The sport has been hit hard by