Brazil boss takes leave
Brazilian Football Confederation president Ricardo Teixeira, who has been dogged by allegations of corruption, has temporarily stepped down, citing health reasons, a Brazilian soccer official said on Thursday. Teixeira has been president since 1989 and is also in charge of the organization of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He will be replaced by his vice president, 79-year-old Jose Maria Marin, a former governor of Sao Paulo State. Teixeira, 64, has faced accusations that he embezzled millions of dollars worth of bribes in the 1990s from the ISL Swiss company that later went bankrupt, and also that he diverted public funds from a friendly match played by Brazil in 2008.
Dravid retires to IPL
India batting great and former skipper Rahul Dravid announced his retirement from international cricket yesterday, saying it was the right time to “move on” and make way for the next generation of players. The 39-year-old second-highest run scorer in Test history announced his decision at a news conference in Bangalore. Dravid has scored 13,288 runs in 164 Tests, including 36 hundreds, and became the first of India’s senior batsmen to retire from the longer format after the team slumped to eight consecutive Test defeats away from home. Dravid will continue to play in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament, where he will lead the Rajasthan Royals, replacing the retired Shane Warne as captain of the franchise.
Johnson drunk at practice
Wolves captain Roger Johnson was barred from first-team training after turning up drunk for a practice session, it was reported on Thursday. The Daily Telegraph said the 28-year-old defender was ordered to train with the club’s development squad after Wolves manager Terry Connor was made aware that he was under the influence of alcohol. Johnson, who was fined two weeks’ wages following the incident, issued a short statement apologizing for his behavior. The incident occurred on Monday, with several of Johnson’s teammates remonstrating with him over his condition. Interim manager Connor said Thursday he had no plans to strip Johnson of the club captaincy.
Lyle’s leukemia recurs
Jarrod Lyle has had a recurrence of leukemia at home in Australia, just as the 30-year-old is preparing to become a father for the first time. Robert Allenby supports a cancer program in Australia where Lyle once was a patient. Allenby said he received word on Thursday morning that Lyle had a recurrence and was to start chemotherapy as soon as possible. Allenby said Lyle’s wife was due to deliver their first child in a few weeks, but she was being induced immediately. This is Lyle’s fifth year on the PGA Tour. Three weeks ago, he tied for fifth at Riviera to match his best finish on the PGA Tour.
Conte banned for one game
Juventus coach Antonio Conte received a one-game ban on Thursday following his sending off during Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw at Bologna. Conte was sent to the stands for complaining during the second half of the game, when he felt his team should have been awarded a penalty after Paolo De Ceglie went down in the box. Center-back Leonardo Bonucci, who was dismissed late on for picking up two yellow cards, has also been hit with a one-game suspension.
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