Rio golf course faces dispute
Organizers for the 2016 Rio Games are facing an unexpected challenge to deliver the first golf tournament in more than 100 years because of a legal dispute about the land where the course is supposed to be built. The dispute could force city officials to find a new location for the course, meaning the project would have to start from scratch and organizers could have problems ensuring it is ready in time for test events in 2015 as initially planned.
US$1.2m wins Wagner card
A man paid US$1.2 million for a rare 1909 Honus Wagner card in an online auction that brought interest from many potential buyers who had never owned a card before, the sale organizer said. The buyer hasn’t decided whether to come forward publicly, and the seller, a Houston businessman, wants to remain anonymous, said Bill Goodwin, the suburban St Louis collectibles dealer who ran the auction that ended on Friday. The buyer’s bid was the highest of 14 made since the auction began last month. Wagner was a member of the first class of Hall of Fame inductees. The shortstop spent most of his 21-year career (1897 to 1917) with the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning eight batting titles and hitting a career .327. The card was released in cigarette packs sold by the American Tobacco Co from 1909 to 1911. The card was pulled from circulation after about 200 were issued. Historians believe only about 60 of the Wagner cards still exist, though many are in poor condition.
Lin Dan into Asian semis
China’s Lin Dan cruised into the semi-finals of the Asian Championships in Qingdao, China, on Friday with an impressive win over Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana 21-15, 21-10. The top seed, took just 39 minutes to breeze past the Thai and looked in good form as he continues his quest to win a second Olympic title at the upcoming London Games. The 28-year-old four-time world champion, five-time All England winner and reigning Asian champion was to meet compatriot and third seed Chen Jin in yesterday’s semi-final after he beat Hong Kong’s Hu Yun 21-10, 21-14. The other semi-final, between fifth seed Du Pengyu and second seed Chen Long, is also an all-Chinese affair, meaning China are guaranteed the men’s title. The women’s semi-finals will also feature only Chinese shuttlers.
Coach Holger Schmezer dies
Holger Schmezer, Germany’s two-time Olympic champion dressage coach, died, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) said on Friday. He was 65. Schmezer was found dead in his hotel room in ’s-Hertogenbosch, where three Germany riders are competing at the World Cup finals, the FEI said. “The loss of Holger Schmezer is a terrible blow to the German Dressage team, and to lose such an inspirational coach in an Olympic year is tragic,” FEI president Princess Haya of Jordan said in a statement. German riders Isabell Werth, Helen Langehanenberg and Nadine Capellmann wore black armbands in his honor Friday, the FEI said.
Windies coach fined
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson was fined 20 percent of his match fee after hitting out at the DRS review technology system during the drawn second Test against Australia. The incident took place on Tuesday when, during the post-third day’s play media briefing, Gibson challenged the DRS and its implementation by the match officials. He was subsequently charged with breaching the ICC Code of Conduct.