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.