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.
DECREASED TENSION: The US players’ lawyers said that the soccer federation no longer disputes that the jobs of the women’s and men’s national teams require equal skill Women players suing the US Soccer Federation (USSF) said in in court documents filed on Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged that the jobs of male and female soccer players require equal skill. The language seemed to signal a decrease in tension between the parties after language in documents filed by the federation’s lawyers earlier last month provoked widespread outrage in saying that playing on the men’s national team required a higher level of skill based on speed and strength and carried greater responsibility. The fierce backlash — not only from the women players, but also from sponsors such as Coca-Cola —
A businessman who received millions of dollars for his work on Tokyo’s successful campaign to host the 2020 Olympic Games has said that he played a key role in securing the support of a former Olympics powerbroker suspected by French prosecutors of taking bribes to help Japan’s bid. Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive at the advertising agency Dentsu, was paid US$8.2 million by the committee that spearheaded Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Games, financial records showed. Takahashi said the work included lobbying International Olympic Committee (IOC) members such as Lamine Diack, the ex-Olympics powerbroker, and that he gave Diack gifts, including digital
If British industry succeeds in saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, it would in part be thanks to the pioneering role played by Formula One (F1) racing teams in the country. Seven of F1’s 10 teams have joined forces with leading aerospace and engineering firms to ramp up production of ventilators, while Mercedes has also worked with medics and academics to produce an alternative breathing aid. Normally obsessed with improving the performance of cars that race at more than 320kph, the teams are stripping back lifesaving devices and using computer simulation to test whether more simplified models can be mass produced. The seven
BITING THE BULLET: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi said that top players would make contributions so that the club’s employees can collect 100 percent of their salary Three-quarters of Rugby Australia’s staff were temporarily laid off yesterday amid huge financial losses from the sport’s coronavirus-enforced shutdown, while Lionel Messi confirmed on Monday that Barcelona’s players would take a 70 percent pay cut to ensure that the club’s other employees are paid. The cuts to rugby staff were “the toughest decision in the game’s history,” governing body CEO Raelene Castle said. “Although extremely painful, they are necessary to ensure ... we are able to come out the other side of this global crisis, fully operational and ready to throw everything into the rebuild.” The sport has been hit hard by