De Villota crashes, loses eye
Test driver Maria de Villota lost her right eye in a crash during a testing session, and remains hospitalized in Britain, with her teammates describing her condition as critical, but stable. The 32-year-old Spaniard suffered serious injuries to her head and face after colliding with a team vehicle at the end of one of her straight-line test runs at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire, north of London. She underwent a lengthy procedure by neurological and plastic surgery teams, her team said, adding that de Villota was in the operating theater from Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday morning. De Villota was testing the team’s racing car for the first time on Tuesday after joining Marussia in March. She is the sport’s first full-time female driver since Italy’s Giovanna Amati raced in 1992.
Wang Chien-ming injured
Asian star pitchers Wang Chien-ming and Daisuke Matsuzaka and have been put on Major League Baseball’s injured reserve list by their clubs. The Washington Nationals dropped Wang, 32, onto the injured list with a right hip strain. Wang is 2-3 with a 7.61 earned-run average over seven appearances, four of them starts, for the Nationals. He missed 42 games at the start of the season after suffering a left hamstring injury in pre-season workouts. The Nationals, 47-32, have the best record in the National League while the Red Sox, 42-39, stand fourth in the American League East Division but only three games out of a wild-card playoff position at mid-season. Boston Red Sox standout Matsuzaka of Japan is out with a right upper arm muscle strain. He has struggled to an 0-3 record with a 6.65 earned-run average in five starts this season. Matsuzaka, 31, threw only 28 pitches in his most recent appearing on Monday, the shortest outing of his career, lasting just over one inning. He surrendered five runs on four hits and two walks.
Tseng eyes Grand Slam
World No. 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan will try to complete a women’s golf career Grand Slam this week by capturing the US Women’s Open, which started yesterday at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin. The 23-year-old LPGA star could literally do one better than golf legend Tiger Woods, who did not complete a career Slam until age 24. Tseng owns five major titles, the most recent won at age 22 at last year’s Women’s British Open. “It’s hard to not think about, because everybody is talking about it,” Tseng said. Australian star Karrie Webb is the youngest woman to complete the career Grand Slam, having done so at age 26 by capturing the 2001 LPGA Championship.
LBF acts against British body
The Luxembourg Boxing Federation (LBF) says it has started legal action to prevent the British boxing authority “intimidating” its members over involvement in the David Haye versus Dereck Chisora heavyweight fight. The Luxembourg body issued legal proceedings on Wednesday after the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) threatened to rescind the licenses of members involved in the bout, which is scheduled for July 14 in east London. The LBF said it was left with “no option.” Haye and Chisora infamously traded blows at a press conference following Chisora’s loss to Vitali Klitschko in Munich in February, leading to the BBBC stripping Chisora of his license. Haye was unlicensed because he had retired. The Luxembourg body sanctioned the fight after the BBBC refused to do so and said 28,000 tickets have been sold.
STANDINGS: The Uni-President Lions’ victory pushed the CTBC Brothers to first place after they won their third straight game, beating the Fubon Guardians 6-3 The big bats of the Uni-President Lions were on fire in the CPBL yesterday as they crushed the Rakuten Monkeys 21-5 in Taoyuan, with outfielder Lin An-ko driving in seven runs on five hits and two homers. The result enabled the CTBC Brothers to take the No. 1 spot after they beat the Fubon Guardians 6-3. It was a highlight reel for the Taiwanese-Argentinian star Lin, who drilled two homers amid a heated home-run race between himself, now on 16 for the season, and Lions teammate Su Chih-chieh, who is on 18. Lin performed outstandingly, collecting five hits at six at-bats to drive
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
Alexis Lafreniere was supposed to walk on stage on Friday night in Montreal as the top pick in the NHL draft. After the COVID-19 pandemic paused the hockey season and postponed that possibility, Lafreniere was supposed to find out Friday night where he would be going when the league held its draft lottery. Instead, he must wait a little bit longer. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing among the eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs — if play resumes. “We all knew