Euro goals in China go 3D
Fans in China will be able to see 3D computer recreations of all goals scored in Euro 2012 on their mobile phones, Chinese mobile and TV service provider WASU and Agence France-Presse (AFP) announced yesterday. “We are making this AFP service available to China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom subscribers,” WASU chief executive Li Yiqing said. “This will be another way for them to enjoy this hugely popular sport in China,” she said. Under terms of the agreement signed by WASU New Media Network and AFP, AFP’s German-based partner Impire AG will reproduce and supply high-definition computer graphics of all goals scored from three angles. Once the tournament begins tomorrow, the service will be available to subscribers on the three mobile networks within two hours of the end of each match. “The idea is to have soccer fans enjoy and appreciate the intricacies of each goal scored,” AFP Asia-Pacific regional director Eric Wishart said. “We are delighted to be working with WASU in bringing this very special news product to soccer fans in China,” he said.
Man United to sign Kagawa
Japan international Shinji Kagawa is set to become Manchester United’s first summer signing after the English Premier League club confirmed on Tuesday they have “reached agreement” with his club, Borussia Dortmund. “Manchester United is delighted to announce that it has agreed terms with both Borussia Dortmund and Shinji Kagawa for his transfer to the club,” a United statement said. “The deal is subject only to the player medical and obtaining a UK work permit. These conditions are anticipated to be completed by the end of June.” The deal is expected to cost about ￡12 million (US$18.4 million). Kagawa has scored 21 goals in 49 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund, helping them win back-to-back league titles.
Lasorda suffers heart attack
Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda was hospitalized in New York after suffering a heart attack on Monday, the MLB team announced on Tuesday. Lasorda, 84, is a Baseball Hall of Famer who represented the Dodgers at the MLB Draft when he became ill. The team said in a posting on their Web site that Lasorda is resting comfortably. Lasorda went 1,599-1,439 in a 20-year career as manager of the Dodgers before retiring midway into the 1996 season after suffering a heart attack. He now serves the Dodgers as a special adviser to the owner. He guided the Dodgers to World Series titles in 1981 and 1988 and managed the team on two losing trips to the World Series as NL champions in 1977 and 1978.
Habs rehire Michel Therrien
Michel Therrien, who coached the Montreal Canadiens over parts of three seasons from 2000 to 2003, was named the NHL club’s new coach on Tuesday by general manager Marc Bergevin. The Canadiens, whose 24 Stanley Cup titles include one before the NHL was formed, missed the playoffs this season for the first time in five years, going 31-35 with 16 regulation draws for 78 points, last in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens fired Jacques Martin as coach after 32 games and replaced him for the remainder of the season with Randy Cunneyworth. Now Therrien reclaims the task of bringing an NHL crown to Montreal for the first time since 1993. He went 77-77-36 with the Canadiens from November 2000 to January 2003, helping Montreal end a three-year playoff drought.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
WOLFSBURG BEATEN: Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski scored from a penalty, his 34th league goal this season, finishing as the top Bundesliga scorer for the fifth time Werder Bremen gave themselves hope of avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga by thrashing Cologne 6-1 to grab a playoff place on the last day of the season, while champions Bayern Munich routed VfL Wolfsburg before lifting the trophy on Saturday. Japan striker Yuya Osako scored twice as Bremen stole the lifeline of the relegation/promotion playoff place from Fortuna Duesseldorf, who lost 3-0 against Union Berlin and were relegated with SC Paderborn, finishing one point behind Bremen. “We put in a great performance under pressure, but we are aware that we haven’t achieved anything — in the relegation playoff, the emotions will be
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is already in Florida with the rest of his Toronto teammates, and he knows the time to take a stand and counter the NBA plan to restart the season has passed, but his opinion on the matter has not changed. “It sucks,” VanVleet said on Monday in a videoconference of his choice to return to the court during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter campaign. “It’s terrible timing, but that’s been 2020 for us. We all know the right thing to do is to not play, to take a stand. Morally, yes, that makes sense, but