Lippi not at Evergrande
Big-spending Guangzhou Evergrande denied that Marcello Lippi has signed a multibillion-dollar contract to manage the Chinese club, weeks after the former Italy coach dismissed such reports. Numerous Chinese media outlets, citing Italian reports, have said Lippi was poised to take the helm on a huge contract. “The reports about him are sheer rumor,” Evergrande’s owner Xu Jiayin told Xinhua news agency on Wednesday. The China Daily said yesterday that Lippi had signed a US$13 million contract and had already bought a home in the southern city. Evergrande president Liu Yongzhuo expressed confidence in current coach Lee Jang-Soo, a South Korean who led Evergrande to their first Super League championship last season, but did not totally rule out a move for Lippi. Lippi, who has managed Juventus, Inter and other top Italian clubs, was quoted earlier this month on goal.com as saying: “There is no chance of that [Guangzhou] at all. There is no truth in this story whatsoever. Zero percent of it is true.”
Indians’ Gomez suspended
Cleveland Indians pitcher Jeanmar Gomez has been suspended for five games for intentionally throwing at Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas, Major League Baseball said on Wednesday. The incident occurred in the bottom of the third inning of the Indians 11-9 win on Saturday, when Gomez intentionally hit Royals third baseman Moustakas in retaliation for Royals pitcher Jonathan Sanchez hitting Choo Shin-soo in the Indians’ half of the inning. Gomez was ejected from the contest. Unless appealed, Gomez is scheduled to begin serving his suspension during Cleveland’s game on Wednesday next week against the Seattle Mariners.
Rudisha to race in US
Kenya’s David Rudisha will become the first men’s 800m world record-holder to race in the US since 1984 when he takes part in the Diamond League meet at New York in June, organizers said on Wednesday. Not since Britain’s Sebastian Coe won two medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics has a reigning 800m world record-holder competed on US soil. “I have run in many great cities and countries, and to finally come to New York is exciting for me,” Rudisha said. Rudisha, whose only loss since 2009 came last season in Milan, broke the 13-year-old 800m world record of Wilson Kipketer in 2010 with a run of 1 minute, 41.09 seconds and lowered the mark to 1:41.01 a week later. He has recorded four of the six fastest times in the event’s history.
Pat Summit steps down
The most successful coach in women’s college basketball is stepping down. Pat Summitt is leaving her job as Tennessee’s coach and taking the title of “head coach emeritus,” with longtime assistant Holly Warlick being promoted to replace her. Tennessee released a statement on Wednesday announcing the move. Summitt will report to the athletic director and help the women’s program she guided to eight national titles. The 59-year-old Summitt said in a statement she loved being head coach, but recognizes the time has come to step into a new role. The move comes less than a year after her diagnosis with early onset dementia. Warlick has been Summitt’s assistant for 27 seasons and was a three-time All-American with the Lady Vols.