Wiggins in crash with van
Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion Bradley Wiggins was to spend the night in hospital yesterday with minor rib injuries after a collision with a van near his home in Lancashire, England. Police were alerted to the incident in Wrightington at 6pm after reports of a road traffic accident. Wiggins, 32, often rides the roads near his home where he lives with his wife and two children. “His family are aware,” said police, adding they had spoken with the van’s driver. Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour de France in July with Team Sky. “He is being kept in hospital overnight for observation, but the injuries he has sustained are not thought to be serious, and he is expected to make a full and speedy recovery,” Team Sky said in a statement.
Finn, Broad get rest
Bowlers Steven Finn and Stuart Broad were left out of England’s final warm-up match yesterday as the pace duo race against time to be fit for the first Test against India starting on Thursday next week. Finn has a thigh injury which makes him doubtful for the Test in Ahmedabad, while Broad is nursing a bruised heel. England also rested pace spearhead James Anderson and went into the four-day match against Haryana without their four frontline bowlers. Off-spinner Graeme Swann has returned home to spend time with his sick daughter, but is expected to be back in time for the Ahmedabad Test.
Grandal gets 50-game ban
Major League Baseball on Wednesday suspended San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal for 50 games for a positive test for testosterone. Grandal’s suspension is to take effect at the start of next season, Major League Baseball said. Grandal, a 23-year-old from Cuba, played 60 games this year, his rookie season, hitting .297 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs. “I was disappointed to learn of my positive test and under the joint drug program I am responsible for what I put into my body. I must accept responsibility for my actions and serve my suspension,” he said.
Winter Games add sports
Russia’s 2014 Olympics will be the biggest and the most expansionist Winter Games with 12 new sports, organizers said yesterday. Sports director Irina Gladkikh outlined the new sports, ranging from women’s ski jumping to a figure skating team championship at a media briefing. Sochi will boast a total of 98 medal events in 15 sports — 69 in the mountains and 29 at the coastal cluster. The Games are scheduled to run from Feb. 7 to Feb. 23.