Lazio face racism probe
Italian side SS Lazio will face disciplinary proceedings after their fans were accused of racist behavior during the Europa League clash at Tottenham, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) said on Friday. Monkey chants were aimed at three of Tottenham’s black players, Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend, during the game at White Hart Lane, which ended in a 0-0 draw. Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas had said after the match that UEFA should take action if there was a case to answer.
Bolt fighting advertising rule
Jamaican Olympic champion Usain Bolt is among those joining a group of US track and field athletes fighting a rule that bars Olympians from using their names or likenesses for advertising during the Games. The Track and Field Athletes Association, which includes high-profile US runners, such as Sanya Richards-Ross and Bernard Lagat, announced on Friday it had added international athletes. The athletes are opposed to Rule 40, an International Olympic Committee rule that prohibits Olympic athletes from advertising in the days leading up to and during the Games.
Loss piles pressure on Kean
Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean endured more calls for his dismissal after the Championship leaders crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Middlesbrough on Friday. Tony Mowbray’s Middlesbrough were without a point on their travels in three attempts this season, but they took a seventh-minute lead when Lukas Jutkiewicz converted a Marvin Emnes pass. Rovers hardly fashioned an opportunity of note in the first half and things got worse for Kean in the 61st minute, when Mustapha Carayol, who had a shot cleared off the line early in the second period, crossed for Jutkiewicz to head in Middlesbrough’s second goal. That brought renewed chants of “Kean Out” and an 89th-minute goal from substitute Grant Hanley could not prevent further jeers for Kean at the final whistle.
Raptors sign McNeal, Wright
The Toronto Raptors have signed guard Jerel McNeal and forward Chris Wright. McNeal played last season in Italy with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. He averaged 10.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 32 games. He appeared in 47 NBA D-League contests with Rio Grande Valley. Wright appeared in 24 games with Golden State last season, averaging 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds. He posted season highs of 25 points and eight rebounds in the Warriors’ season finale against San Antonio. Wright also appeared in 13 NBA D-League games with Maine and Dakota.
Henry banned for headbutt
French striker Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls was suspended by Major League Soccer for one match on Friday for a headbutting incident in the 93rd minute of a match two days earlier. The 35-year-old missed New York’s game at New England yesterday and could be fined an undisclosed sum for violent conduct after striking Sporting Kansas City forward Kei Kamara in a 2-0 Red Bulls home loss on Wednesday. During a late-match substitution, Henry ran at Kamara and slammed his head into that of Kamara, sending both men falling to the field and clutching their heads in pain. In a New York loss at Kansas City last year, Henry received a red card after slamming into Roger Espinoza away from the ball.