God tells Pacquiao to retire
Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao said yesterday that he had been told by God in a dream to retire soon, potentially raising doubt over hopes of a fight with Floyd Mayweather. Pacquiao, regarded by some as the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, told radio station DZMM in an interview also broadcast over the channel’s Teleradyo TV show, that he had decided to give up all his vices after the dream. “I will not stay long in boxing because he said: ‘You have done enough. You have made yourself famous, but this is harmful,’” said a serious-looking Pacquiao, who has won eight titles in as many weight divisions. Pacquiao, 33, said he had the dream earlier this year, but declined to reveal how many more fights he would contest before stepping down. However, when asked if his new-found religious fervor would hurt his boxing, Pacquiao replied: “I will do my work inside the ring.”
Seahawks land Matt Flynn
The Seattle Seahawks landed prized free agent Matt Flynn on a three-year deal on Sunday in a bid to end their problems at quarterback. Financial terms were not disclosed by the Seahawks, who announced the deal on their Web site, but local media reported the contract could be worth US$26 million. Despite his previous status as Green Bay’s backup quarterback, the 26-year-old Flynn was one of the most coveted free agent quaterbacks in the league after showing glimpses of his ability in his two starts for the Packers. Flynn set franchise records with 480 yards passing and six touchdowns in the Packers’ regular season finale to boost his career figures of 62 percent pass completion with nine touchdowns and five interceptions. Seattle signed quarterback Tavaris Jackson last off-season, but he had an inconsistent campaign with 14 passing touchdowns and 13 interceptions, and the Seahawks missed the playoffs.
Clashes halt Greek game
The Greek league game between leaders Olympiakos and Panathinaikos was abandoned with eight minutes to go because of escalating clashes between fans and police. Olympiakos, four points ahead of Panathinaikos ahead of the game, were leading 1-0 from Djamel Abdoun’s 51st-minute goal. No Olympiakos fans attended the game at the Olympic Stadium in Athens in accordance with a league policy not to allow visiting fans because of fears of violence. Clashes between police and fans started before the game, when hundreds of youths without tickets tried to enter the stadium. The clashes continued throughout, forcing the second half to start 35 minutes late. Stadium seats and the scoreboard were set on fire.
Gregan named to ARU board
Former Wallabies captain George Gregan will represent the Rugby Union Players’ Association on the nine-man Australian Rugby Union (ARU) board, replacing Mark Connors. Connors served on the board from 2007 and will step down at the annual general meeting in Sydney on April 27, making way for Gregan, the most capped international rugby player. “I would also like to congratulate George on his imminent appointment to the board. He is one of the most decorated players in the history of our game,” board chairman Peter McGrath said in a statement yesterday. Former scrumhalf Gregan, who represented Australia in 139 matches from 1994 to 2007, will join three other former Wallabies — John Eales, Michael Hawker and Brett Robinson — on the board.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen