Ivanovic on conduct charge
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association (FA) for an incident in the game against Wigan Athletic at the weekend, the FA said in a statement on Tuesday. Television replays showed the Serbian international lashing out at Wigan’s Shaun Maloney in an off-the-ball incident unseen by the match officials during Chelsea’s 2-1 victory in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Ivanovic faces a suspension if he is found guilty by the FA. Chelsea have a hectic schedule of fixtures coming up in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup and losing Ivanovic would represent a major blow.
Olazabal fined for speeding
Spanish golfer Jose Maria Olazabal, heading from Augusta after the Masters to his next tournament in South Carolina, was clocked speeding and fined US$621, authorities said. The incident occurred on Monday, when Olazabal, the European Ryder Cup captain, agreed to follow a deputy to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office and pay the ticket in cash, sheriff’s spokesman David Ehsanipoor said. Ehsanipoor said on Tuesday that Olazabal, who exceeded the posted 65mph (105kph) speed limit on the four-lane Georgia highway where he was stopped, apologized and was cooperative. USA Today reported Olazabal was clocked at 156kph. Ehsanipoor said Olazabal was not put in jail, but the sheriff’s department did photograph him as it does for anyone brought in on a citation.
Attendance record eyed
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, the world’s top two players, will try to set a record attendance for a tennis match when they face off at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium in July, the club said on Tuesday. “The objective of this exhibition match is to set a spectator record for a game of tennis, exceeding 80,000,” the nine-times European champions said on their Web site. The charity event, to be played on July 14, is being organized by the Realmadrid Foundation and the Rafa Nadal Foundation, with the proceeds going to projects developed by both around the world.
Wimbledon hires new chief
The All England Club has hired a former British Davis Cup player as the chief executive of Wimbledon. Richard Lewis, who is the English rugby league chairman, will replace Ian Ritchie, who left Wimbledon this year to run English rugby union’s governing body. Lewis played for Britain in the Davis Cup from 1977 to 1983, and reached No. 68 in the world rankings. Lewis says “as a former tennis professional, the prospect of helping shape the future of the club and the premier tennis tournament in the world is one to be relished.” Lewis will leave his role as chairman of the Rugby Football League at the end of the month.
Barred for respecting Castro
The Miami Marlins baseball team suspended manager Ozzie Guillen for five games after he praised former Cuban president Fidel Castro in a magazine interview, the team said on Tuesday. Guillen, who is in his first season as manager of the Marlins, has come under attack after saying he had “respect” for Cuba’s ailing former leader. “I love Fidel Castro,” the Venezuelan-born Guillen told Time magazine’s online edition. “You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that motherfucker is still here.”