‘Les Verts’ end Rennes run
AS Saint-Etienne beat Rennes 2-0 in Ligue 1 on Friday to end their opponent’s run of three successive league victories. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring in the 22nd minute before Renaud Cohade doubled Saint-Etienne’s lead four minutes into the second half. Rennes striker Mevlut Erding was sent off in stoppage time for a foul on Jean-Pascal Mignot. Rennes were without midfielder Yann M’Vila and center-half Chris Mavinga, who have both been suspended until further notice after going to a nightclub while on international duty with the France under-21 squad earlier this month. ‘Les Verts’ move level on points with fifth-placed Valenciennes, while Rennes slipped to 10th.
Appendix sidelines Roos
Michael Roos’ run of 119 consecutive starts for the Tennessee Titans will end today after the offensive tackle was ruled out of the game against the Indianapolis Colts. Roos had an emergency appendectomy on Monday and the team was wary of bringing him back too soon. “We’re not going to take any risks or chances with that even though he’s feeling pretty good,” Titans coach Mike Munchak told reporters on Friday. “He probably needs a good week to rest, and then he’ll be good next week.” Munchak expressed sympathy that the 30-year-old had been ruled out for a non-football reason. “You take that for granted when you have a guy like that, that you count on every week and has always been there,” Munchak said. “I don’t think that guy missed a practice, very few practices in all that time too. That’s the hard part. The bottom line is he wants to play and help us win. The side story is it is too bad it has to end a great streak he has going.”
Hamburg win at Augsburg
Hamburg SV forward Son Heung-min scored an early goal to set them on the way to a 2-0 win at lowly Augsburg on Friday. Artjoms Rudnevs added a second just past the hour to give Hamburg a third win in their last four outings. Visiting goalkeeper Rene Adler was barely troubled as his side climbed to fourth place with 13 points from nine games. Hamburg went ahead in the 13th minute after an interception by Rudnevs who found Son. The South Korean then cut inside his marker and curled a shot into the bottom left-hand corner. Son was also involved in Hamburg’s second goal in the 63rd minute as he fed Rafael van der Vaart on the edge of the area. The Dutchman slipped a pass between two defenders and Rudnevs stole in to score.
President blasts failure
Outspoken Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko hit out at Belarus sports bosses on Friday for the country’s “complete failure” at the 2012 London Olympics. “Belarus people will no longer tolerate such a disastrous showing,” Lukashenko, who also serves as president of the Belarus Olympic Committee (BOC), told delegates at the annual BOC convention. “The performance of our Olympic team in Britain this summer was a complete failure,” he said, referring to a total of 12 medals, two of them gold. “Our team should be in the top three [medal-winning nations] instead of finishing in 30th or 26th place,” he said. Last week, Lukashenko blasted his national soccer team following a 4-0 home thrashing by Spain in a World Cup qualifier. “I’ve never seen such a disgrace for our nation,” he said. “Our team, excuse my language, just shit themselves. They came out on the pitch with their legs and arms shaking.”
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017
TAIWANESE TO PLAY: Jason Jung faces Frederico Coria in the men’s singles first round today, while in the women’s singles, Hsieh Su-wei is to take on Barbara Haas Novak Djokovic is to renew his love-hate relationship with Roland Garros in the knowledge that it is himself rather than seemingly unsettled 12-time champion Rafael Nadal who could pose the greatest threat to winning a second Paris title and 18th Grand Slam crown. The only man to beat Djokovic this year is Djokovic after the Serb’s hair-trigger temper prompted a sensational disqualification from the US Open. The 33-year-old arrives in the French capital with a 31-1 record this year after his New York brain-fade was followed by a record 36th Masters title in Rome. Djokovic’s 2016 triumph at Roland Garros allowed him to