School aims for certification
Fu Jen Catholic University is aiming to establish the first internationally certified doping control center in Taiwan so local athletes would not need to have tests done overseas when taking part abroad, the university’s president said on Monday. The university in Xinzhuang, New Taipei City, would be a convenient location for a doping control facility since it is on one of the major lines of the Taipei MRT, said Chiang Han-sun, the head of the school. He said the university has already begun purchasing equipment. Taiwanese athletes currently have to send samples to testing institutions in other countries, such as Japan, since Taiwan lacks a center certified by the World Anti-Doping Agency. With its physical education department, medical school and an affiliated hospital, the university also plans to set up a sports science center, Chiang said. However, “there’s still a long way to go,” as the university has only just begun the project and the certification process is strict, he said.
Bryant suffers broken nose
Kobe Bryant moved past Michael Jordan to become the leading NBA All-Star game scorer, but the milestone proved costly as the Los Angeles Lakers superstar suffered a broken nose on Sunday. The 33-year-old Bryant fractured his nose in the third quarter after being hit in the face by Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade. Wade was assessed a foul for reaching in and slapping Bryant on the face and shoulder with just under nine minutes to go in the quarter. Bryant finished with 27 points and he had 271 career All-Star points by the end of the game. “An initial CT scan revealed a nasal fracture and he will be re-evaluated on Tuesday,” Lakers spokesman John Black said on Monday. The Lakers said they would not know until doctors examined the nose yesterday whether the Bryant would be able to play against Minnesota today.
Miller out for the season
Olympic champion and multiple world gold medalist Bode Miller will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, the US ski team said on Monday. “After further evaluation of an injured left knee, Olympic champion Bode Miller will miss the remainder of the Alpine World Cup season,” the team said. The 33-year-old Miller, who had knee surgery following the Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 races in Bansko, Bulgaria, had returned to Europe with the intention of competing in Crans Montana, Switzerland, and finishing the season. “The plan was to come back and race in Crans Montana, but I couldn’t get the range of motion that I needed out of my knee to be competitive. We thought if I rested a few more days things would come around, but it didn’t happen,” Miller said on the US team’s Web site.
Mexes gets three-match ban
AC Milan defender Philippe Mexes on Monday picked up a three-match ban for punching Juventus’ Marco Borriello in Saturday’s ill-tempered 1-1 draw. The suspension was confirmed by the Italian Football Federation, which acted after reviewing video footage of the match. French centerback Mexes hit former AS Roma colleague Borriello in the side early in the second half. The Milan defender was deemed to have acted intentionally and violently by the federation. In contrast two other players escaped censure. Milan’s Sulley Muntari was let off for violently shoving Stephan Lichtsteiner, while no action was taken against Juve’s Andrea Pirlo, who had been accused of elbowing Mark van Bommel.