Rivera’s career in doubt
Mariano Rivera’s career is in serious jeopardy after the New York Yankees closing pitcher tore a ligament in his right knee on Thursday. Rivera, whose 608 saves are the most in Major League history, was hurt chasing a fly ball during batting practice before the Yankees’ 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals. By the time the game was over, he had been for an MRI scan at a hospital and said he had been diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn meniscus. “I don’t know,” the 42-year-old hurler said when asked if he would be able to pitch again. “It all depends how the rehab is going to happen. From there we’ll see.” Rivera has five saves in five opportunities and is 1-1 with a 2.16 earned run average in nine games this season.
Pros to compete in Rio: Wu
More than 50 professional boxers will compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, International Boxing Association president Wu Ching-kuo said. “They will definitely be in Rio,” Wu said in London, where he was watching the final of the World Series of Boxing season between Dynamo Moscow and Milano Thunder. “Look at the Olympic program of other sports, like basketball, volleyball and handball, they have professionals and we are the only organization that doesn’t.” Launched last year, Wu’s brainchild would mean that boxers coming through the amateur ranks would not have to turn their backs on the Olympics in their prime by going down the established professional route.
Rooney wins best goal vote
Wayne Rooney’s stunning overhead-kick in the Manchester derby in February last year has been voted as the greatest goal in the 20 seasons of the English Premier League in a ballot of more than 300,000 fans. England striker Rooney acrobatically volleyed home Nani’s 77th-minute cross to take United eight points clear of City en route to a record 19th league title. Supporters from around the world voted in the ballot, with Rooney’s effort gaining 26 percent of the total votes cast. Dennis Bergkamp’s magnificent turn and finish against Newcastle United for Arsenal in March 2002 was the second most popular with 19 percent. Thierry Henry’s volley for Arsenal against Manchester United in 2000 was third on 15 percent.
Bento extends his contract
Portugal coach Paulo Bento has extended his deal until 2014, the Portuguese Football Federation announced on Thursday. Bento, who as a club coach guided Sporting to two Portuguese Cups, took over from Carlos Queiroz as coach of the Seleccao in September 2010. The former Sporting and Benfica midfielder, who won 35 caps for Portugal, is to name his 23-man squad for the Euro 2012 tournament on May 14.
Mourinho content with titles
Jose Mourinho has declared that he has no ambition to coach in any new countries after Real Madrid’s La Liga success gave him a haul of league titles from four different countries. Madrid secured the title with a 3-0 win at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday, adding to the league titles that Mourinho previously won with Porto (Portugal), Chelsea (England) and Inter (Italy). “I’ve now won the titles important to me — the one in my country and the three biggest ones in Europe,” Mourinho told Portuguese television. “I don’t have any ambition to win in another country. There’s no other country that interests me.”