MLB bid for Korean: report
South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin has landed a US$25 million bid from an undisclosed Major League Baseball (MLB) club, according to media reports yesterday. The MLB team have 30 days to negotiate a contract with the Hanwha Eagles player, the Yonhap news agency reported. Media reports suggest the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Texas Rangers were interested in signing the 25-year-old left-hander. “I’d like to thank the Eagles and my manager Kim Eung-yong for their faith and support,” Ryu was quoted as saying by the report.
Fake injury proves costly
The Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders have been fined a total of US$50,000 for a faked injury by Sanders in the Oct. 21 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the National Football League (NFL) said on Friday. Sanders was fined US$15,000 and the Steelers US$35,000, the league said. The league had told clubs in September it intended to crack down on faked injuries used to stop the clock or give a team a chance to get better organized. Sanders grabbed his leg and fell to the ground complaining of cramp during the fourth quarter of the Steelers’ 24-17 win. NFL executive vice president of Football Operations Ray Anderson said in a letter to Sanders and the Steelers, “neither the video sequence of the pertinent plays nor the observations of the on-field official support Sanders’ contention that he was in severe pain.” After sitting out one play, Sanders returned to the field to help in coverage of a fourth-down punt and sprinted down the field ahead of all the other Pittsburgh players. Anderson said there was no suggestion the Steelers had taught or condoned the faking of injuries. “If I believed that to be the case, the discipline would be substantially more,” he said.
Test suffers wash out
Rain washed out the second day of the first Test between Australia and South Africa at the Gabba yesterday. A torrential downpour about 45 minutes before the scheduled start was followed by drizzle which persisted throughout the day. It was the first time a whole day’s play had been lost to rain at the ground since 1983, when Australia’s Test against Pakistan was similarly disrupted. South Africa were set to resume on 255 for two in their first innings. The tourists have been reduced to 10 batsmen after J.P. Duminy was ruled out for the series after rupturing his Achilles tendon in a warm-down after play on Friday. The team confirmed that Duminy would be replaced in the touring party, but exactly who would join the squad would not be announced before the end of the match.
Owen told to sit up straight
Stoke City striker Michael Owen has been handed a simple piece of advice to try to stop his chronic hamstring problems — he has been ordered to sit up straight. The 32-year-old former England forward, who has only played 54 minutes for the Premier League side since joining at the start of the season, left Manchester United at the end of last term after injury had again threatened to wreck his career. “Michael is so nervous about it being a long-term injury,” Stoke boss Tony Pulis told the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper. “It’s more to do with his posture than anything else. That affects the hamstring. It’s all about the alignment of his back and spine, making sure everything’s in place,” he said. Owen, the 2001 European Player of the Year has often missed large chunks of seasons because of injury.