Murray not keen on books
World No. 3 Andy Murray says he is not much of a reader despite hours to kill on the grueling tennis tour, revealing he gave up less than halfway through his last book ... Harry Potter. The Scot, whose US Open win last month gave Britain its first Grand Slam men’s champion since the 1930s, was speaking after Novak Djokovic professed a hankering for the delights of university life, saying he was a keen reader. “I don’t read books. I mean, I go on the Internet a lot and read stuff online, but I don’t read books. I haven’t read a book since I was about 14, 15,” said the 25-year-old Murray, defending champion at the Shanghai Masters. “I got halfway through the third Harry Potter book. It was the first one that was really, really big. It was like 600 pages. I stopped around 200. I haven’t read a book since then.” Multilingual world No. 2 Djokovic, also 25, said earlier this week he had missed out on a normal education, adding that despite all the travel, chances to soak up new experiences were limited.
Cole to face FA punishment
Ashley Cole faces punishment from the Football Association (FA) after the Chelsea defender admitted a charge following his foul-mouthed outburst on Twitter. Cole described the FA as a “bunch of twats” in an angry tweet last week after the English game’s governing body cast doubt on his evidence in an investigation into allegations his Chelsea team-mate John Terry racially abused QPR’s Anton Ferdinand. Although the England left-back deleted the post and issued an immediate apology, the FA still charged Cole and on Thursday he requested a non-personal hearing which will determine his punishment. A statement on the FA’s Web site read: “Ashley Cole has admitted an FA charge in relation to a Twitter comment which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.”
Donaire to fight Nishioka
Filipino champion Nonito Donaire, who has 10 knockouts in his past 13 fights, will put his WBO and IBF titles on the line when he faces Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka today at the Home Depot Center outdoor stadium. The 29-year-old Donaire (29-1, 18 KOs) enters the super bantamweight fight riding an 11-year, 28-bout winning streak which includes an impressive knockout victory last year over Fernando Montiel. In February, Donaire captured the vacant WBO 122-pound (55kg) title, winning a gritty split-decision battle over former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez. Five months later, he added the IBF title with a unanimous decision over Jeffrey Mathebula. Donaire has won his past three fights by decision and would like nothing more than a knockout against Nishioka. Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KOs) is on a winning streak of his own, having won 16 consecutive fights, dating back eight years.
AIG to sponsor All Blacks
For the first time in the 107-year history of the world’s most successful rugby team, the New Zealand All Blacks jersey will feature the logos of two sponsors. The All Blacks rugby jersey will bear the logo of AIG after the New Zealand Rugby Union signed a five-and-a-half-year sponsorship deal yesterday with the American insurance giant. The logo of German sportswear manufacturer Adidas has been displayed on the jersey, beside the traditional silver fern symbol of New Zealand, since 1999. The Adidas logo will remain on the right side of the jersey while the larger AIG logo, in white lettering, will now dominate the front of the jersey.