Young sorry for incident
Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young apologized on Friday for an incident that led to a hate crime charge against him for allegedly yelling anti-Semitic remarks during a scuffle with tourists in New York. Police say Young, 26, scuffled with four tourists from Illinois outside a hotel near Times Square early on Friday after the group gave money to a panhandler wearing a yarmulke. The baseball player is accused of yelling anti-Semitic remarks during the incident, but it was unclear at whom the remarks were directed, police said. Young has been charged with aggravated harassment, which is considered a hate crime, authorities said. “I sincerely regret what happened last night,” Young said in a written statement. He also apologized to everyone he “affected,” which included the Detroit Tigers, the family of team owner Mike Ilitch and the team’s fans. “I take this matter very seriously and assure everyone that I will do everything I can to improve myself as a person and player,” he said. The team said in a statement it was aware of the allegation against Young, but had no comment.
Bertens beats Simona Halep
Qualifier Kiki Bertens beat two-time runner-up Simona Halep 6-3, 6-4 on Friday to set up a Grand Prix SAR final in Fez, Morocco, against Laura Pous-Tio, where both players will try to win their first WTA title. The 20-year-old Dutch player saved all six break points she faced in the first set and broke Halep three times overall to stop the Romanian from reaching her third consecutive final in Fez. Earlier, Laura Pous-Tio beat Mathilde Johansson of France 6-1, 2-6, 7-5. In a topsy-turvy match, the 27-year-old Spaniard dropped her own serve five times, but broke Johansson seven times to reach her first final of the season.
Landis probed over fund
Bicyclist Floyd Landis, stripped of his 2006 Tour de France win after testing positive for testosterone, is the subject of a federal investigation into a US$450,000 defense fund he created and later abandoned, a legal source said on Friday. A letter sent to Landis, 36, informing him of a grand jury probe indicated he was being investigated for mail and wire fraud linked to the Floyd Fairness Fund, said the source, who has seen the letter. The fund, created in 2007, raised money to defend Landis from the allegations of using performance-enhancing drugs after the International Cycling Association stripped him of his title. After a three-year battle, Landis did an about-face and admitted to doping, implicating teammates, including bicycling legend Lance Armstrong, charges that Armstrong denies. In 2010, he promised to refund the approximately US$450,000 the Floyd Fairness Fund collected from individuals and supporters, but no refunds have been made, the source said.
Petkovic drops French Open
World No. 12 Andrea Petkovic will miss next month’s French Open and the Wimbledon championships in June after tearing ligaments in her ankle, the German said on Friday. Petkovic, who only returned to the tour at this week’s Stuttgart Grand Prix following more than three months out with a stress fracture of her back, is also doubtful for the London Olympics in July. The 24-year-old turned her ankle while attempting a forehand in her second-round defeat by No. 1 Victoria Azarenka on Thursday.