Armstrong cut from event
A global business forum has dropped disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong from the list of speakers for its Mexico City event next month, organizers said on Thursday. The US rider was cut from the World Business Forum in light of the “strong accusations and numerous evidence” of doping against him, World of Business Ideas events marketing director Nicolas Heller told reporters. Armstrong’s image still appears on street posters promoting the Nov. 14 and 15 event in the Mexican capital, whose speakers include former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe. However, the forum decided to drop Armstrong last week and replaced him with former American football star Joe Montana, the quarterback who led the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl wins.
All Whites to play China
New Zealand will play China in a friendly in Shanghai on Nov. 14 as the New Zealanders seek to bridge a gap in their World Cup qualifying campaign in Oceania. The match at the Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium falls during the FIFA window for internationals, allowing New Zealand to call on its overseas-based players. New Zealand is unbeaten after four matches in the third stage of Oceania qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. It played Tahiti earlier this month and will not resume the four-team qualifying series until March. Football New Zealand said the Nov. 14 match will also be part of celebrations of 40 years of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and China. China and New Zealand drew 1-1 when they last met in March last year.
Guirado called up for Tests
Hooker Guilhem Guirado has been called up by France for the November Tests after Christopher Tolofua was banned for six weeks by European Rugby on Thursday, the French rugby federation said in a statement. Tolofua, 18, was sent off while playing for Toulouse in their Heineken Cup match against Italian side Treviso last Saturday for a dangerous tackle on Fabio Semenzato. Toulouse said they will appeal against the decision which rules the hooker out until Dec. 3. “Guilhem has had a good league start and has joined us to replace Christopher,” France coach Philippe Saint-Andre said. Guirado has won 15 caps and was part of the France squad at the World Cup finals last year, playing in one group stage game against Canada. France play Australia at Stade de France on Nov. 10, then Argentina a week later in Lille. Samoa are last up back in Paris on Nov. 24.
Curl surrenders to police
Richard Curl, banned for life last month by USA Swimming, surrendered to police on Thursday after being charged with child abuse over allegations of a four-year sexual relationship with a teen swimmer. Curl, 63, was released on US$50,000 bond and faces a Nov. 16 preliminary hearing in Rockville, a Maryland suburb of Washington. The felony charge would bring Curl up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted. Curl co-founded the Curl-Burke Swim Club, which has since changed its name to the Nation’s Capital Swim Club. Among his most famous pupils was Tom Dolan, a gold-medal swimmer at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and 2000 Sydney Olympics. Former Curl-Burke swimmer Kelley Davies Currin claims Curl began touching her inappropriately at age 13 in 1983 and his actions became more extensive over the next few years until her parents learned of the relationship.
Stern to step down in 2014
National Basketball Association (NBA) commissioner David Stern will stand down from his role in February 2014, after 30 years at the helm, the league said on Thursday. Glen Taylor, chairman of the NBA’s board of governors, told a news conference the board had authorized negotiations with NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver to succeed Stern, who is the league’s longest-serving commissioner. Stern, 70, has presided over a period of expansion and growth for the NBA, both domestically and internationally, and last year concluded a new collective bargaining agreement with players after a five-month lockout. “I feel great, I am enjoying my job, but I am looking forward to doing other things. I’m standing down, not retiring. I told them that it’s been a great run, it will continue for another 15 months, that the league is in terrific condition,” Stern said during a news conference in New York. Stern’s departure date will mark the 30th anniversary of his takeover as commissioner from Larry O’Brien.
Farah eyes different double
Britain’s double Olympic champion Mo Farah could attempt a 10,000m-marathon double at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, his coach Alberto Salazar said. Farah thrilled a home crowd at the London Games in August when he became only the seventh man to complete the 5,000m-10,000m Olympic double. Salazar told BCC Sport that Farah, who will be 33 in four years’ time, could have lost a “little speed” over the 5,000m by then. “My guess is he will do a 10-marathon double. At Rio, that would be a good shot. We will have a look at the schedule, but if the 10 is first, he would go 10,000 and marathon,” Salazar said. Farah is to attempt to replicate his Olympic double at next year’s world championships in Moscow and could then make his marathon debut in the 2014 London race. However, Salazar added that there was no guarantee that Farah would move up to the marathon.
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
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there