Maynard dies on tracks
Surrey’s Tom Maynard, one of England’s most promising batsmen, has died at the age of 23, the county said on Monday. Maynard, the son of former Glamorgan and England batsman Matthew Maynard, was killed after being struck by a London Underground train in the early hours of Monday morning. British Transport Police confirmed a 23-year-old man, named locally as Maynard, had died near Wimbledon Park station in southwest London. Mystery surrounded the end of Maynard’s life after London’s Metropolitan Police said he had run away when stopped while driving “erratically” on Arthur Road, near Wimbledon Park station, before being hit by the tube train. “At approximately 4:15am on Monday, 18 June, officers stopped a vehicle after it was seen being driven erratically in Arthur Road, SW19,” Scotland Yard said. “The male driver of the vehicle — a black Mercedes C250 — made off on foot. Officers were unable to locate the man. At approximately 5:10am the body of a man fitting the same description was found on tracks near Wimbledon Park station.” Tom Maynard also played for the England Lions, the national A team.
Baghdatis beats Andujar
Marcos Baghdatis beat eighth-seeded Pablo Andujar of Spain 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the Aegon International in Eastbourne, England, on Monday. The Cypriot led 3-0 and lost only four points in the final three games of the opening set in the grass-court Wimbledon warmup. He won the first four games of the second set and did not face a break point all match. Ryan Harrison of the US edged out Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil 3-6, 7-6, 7-6. In the women’s event, eighth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia downed Britain’s Anne Keothavong 6-2, 6-3, and Canada’s Alexandra Wozniak outlasted Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan 6-3, 4-6, 7-6. Tamira Paszek of Austria beat New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic 7-5, 6-1, and Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa defeated Germany’s Mona Barthel 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.
Flipkens beats Stosur
US Open champion Sam Stosur lost in the opening round of the UNICEF Open in Den Bosch, Netherlands, on Monday, falling 7-6, 6-3 to Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium. Flipkens served nine aces, while the top-seeded Stosur double-faulted seven times at the grass-court warmup for Wimbledon. On the men’s side, third-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria was set to play Igor Kunitsyn of Russia later on Monday. On Sunday, Kim Clijsters returned from a three-month hip injury to beat fifth-seeded Romina Oprandi of Switzerland 6-7, 6-2, 6-3.
Drogba set for Shanghai
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is set to sign for Shanghai Shenhua, joining Nicolas Anelka at the Chinese club, its chief investor said. The Ivory Coast international, 34, was set to announce the move on his personal Web site, Zhu Jun told Xinhua news agency, in a deal that will reportedly put Drogba on ￡200,000 (US$312,831) a week. French forward Anelka joined Shenhua in January, also from Chelsea. Zhu denied a report in Shanghai’s Xinmin Evening News that Drogba, who left Chelsea after helping the English Premier League club to their first Champions League triumph last month, would earn an annual salary of 12 million euros (US$15.12 million). Another Shanghai newspaper, the Oriental Morning Post, said on Monday that Shenhua have offered Drogba ￡200,000 a week.