NHL loses two more weeks
The National Hockey League canceled another two weeks of the regular season on Friday and scrapped next year’s All-Star weekend in Columbus because of a lockout that threatens the entire season. The decision wipes out games through Dec. 14 and brings the total number of lost regular season games to 422, or 34.3 percent of the 2012-2013 season. The regular season was originally scheduled to begin on Oct. 11, but the NHL locked out players in mid-September when the previous labor agreement expired with the two sides at odds over how to split US$3.3 billion in revenue.
Thomson’s ban doubles
All Blacks forward Adam Thomson has had his one-week ban for trampling on the head of Scotland’s Alasdair Strokosch doubled to two weeks following an appeal by the International Rugby Board. A copy of the decision, released yesterday by the New Zealand Rugby Union, said Thomson’s suspension had been extended to today. When Thomson was initially cited for standing on Strokosch’s head in the All Blacks’ Test against Scotland on Nov. 11, he was given a two-week ban, reduced to one week because of his blemish-free record. However, the IRB lodged an appeal after reviewing the original punishment, believing it was “unduly lenient.” Thomson has already effectively served the ban, after not being considered for last week’s Test against Italy and this weekend’s clash with Wales, and will be available for selection to play England in London next week.
Top coach gets jail for rape
A French court on Friday convicted a top French tennis coach of raping two under-aged girls he was training more than 20 years ago and sentenced him to eight years in prison. Regis de Camaret ran a tennis training camp at the plush Mediterranean resort of Saint Tropez in the 1980s and early 1990s, and counted former Wimbledon runner-up Nathalie Tauziat and former French national champion Isabelle Demongeot among his pupils. The court also banned Camaret, 70, from any professional activity connected with tennis. Demongeot was among those who filed complaints against Camaret. She told the court she had been raped for nine years between 1980 and 1989, when she was in her middle to late teens.
Fortuna claim first win
Promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf claimed their first win at home in the Bundesliga this season with a scrappy 2-0 victory over Hamburg SV on Friday. “We didn’t count the years, but to win in front of such a crowd is worth its weight in gold,” Fortuna defender Jens Langeneke said. It was Duesseldorf’s first win in eight games and the club’s first win at home in the top flight since a 2-0 victory over St Pauli on April 4, 1997. Australia forward Robbie Kruse opened the scoring on a counterattack in first-half injury-time when his shot was deflected inside the left post by the retreating Michael Mancienne. Stefan Reisinger made it 2-0 in 64th, six minutes after coming on as a substitute, when he easily beat three Hamburg defenders in turn before rifling a shot to the top corner. Hamburg was dealt a blow in the 32nd, when Rafael van der Vaart was forced off with a suspected hamstring tear. The visitors had two goals ruled out. Kickoff had been delayed a few minutes after flares in the Hamburg fans’ block set banners on fire, resulting in smoke wafting over the pitch.