Bogut hopeful for recovery
Golden State’s Australian center Andrew Bogut says he is not sure when his injured left ankle will allow him to return to NBA action, but he thinks it will be this season. “The season’s five, six months before the playoffs, which we have a great chance of making,” Bogut said, as he and Warriors general manager Bob Myers jointly briefed reporters on his situation. “I don’t think it’s going to be five, six months. I hope it won’t be. It would be a massive setback if it was. I’m not going to say a month or two months or three months, but I definitely think I’ll be back.” Bogut, who turned 28 on Wednesday, has missed nine games and continues to be troubled by swelling and discomfort in the surgically repaired ankle.
Rondo out for two games
Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was suspended for two games by the NBA on Thursday, a day after he was ejected from a game against the Brooklyn Nets for fighting. Rondo was deemed the instigator of the brawl, which sent players sprawling into court-side seats as the first half of the clash between the Atlantic Division rivals was winding down. Rondo took exception to Nets forward Kris Humphries’ hard foul on Boston’s Kevin Garnett. Rondo charged at Humphries and swung at him, although the scuffle involved mostly pushing and shoving. No one was injured. Rondo was thrown out of the game, ending his streak of consecutive contests with double-digit assists at 37. Garnett was assessed a technical foul, while Humphries and Nets forward Gerald Wallace both received second technical fouls with the result they were also ejected.
Harding diagnosed with MS
Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), the NHL team said on Thursday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Josh and his family following the news that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis,” Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher in a statement. “Josh’s competitive fire has led him to a successful career in the NHL and we know he will approach this new battle in the same manner.” Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system thought to be an autoimmune disorder. Its effects can include blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis and blindness.
Olympian caught doping
Darya Pishchalnikova could be stripped of the silver medal she won in the discus at the London Olympics and face a lifetime ban following a positive doping test. Russia’s All Sports agency said Pishchalnikova tested positive for the banned substance oxandrolone in a reanalysis of a sample taken in an out-of-competition control last May. The original test was found negative, but her sample was checked again months later based on a more advanced testing method introduced by the World Anti-Doping Agency. All Sports said the retest showed the presence of oxandrolone in Pishchalnikova’s “A” sample. Testing of the backup “B” sample on Nov. 20 also came back positive. The positive test means Pishchalnikova could be retroactively disqualified from the London Games, where she finished second behind Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker found himself in need of an assist to help the state fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He called on the New England Patriots. One of the team’s private airplanes on Thursday evening landed in Boston after returning from China carrying more than 1 million masks critical to healthcare providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard met the airplane and offloaded the containers of masks onto waiting trucks for transport to warehouses for distribution. Baker secured the N95 masks from Chinese manufacturers, but had no way of getting them to the US. He
WAIT AND SEE: The estimated cost of postponement started at US$2 billion and has kept rising, but the IOC has yet to say whether it would help pay for the extra expenses Postponing the Tokyo Olympics to next year would make the event more costly for all parties, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) acknowledged on Thursday, although it offered few details on what the final bill might be. Four directors of the Olympic body held a conference call three days after Tokyo’s new dates were finalized, with the Games pushed back to July 23 to Aug. 8 next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the new dates cleared up any uncertainty about the event’s future, there are still plenty of question marks as the committee begins to work with Tokyo organizers and the
MEDIA RUMORS? With no pay agreement secured and players’ representatives calling for more financial information ahead of talks, the sport had another week of bad press Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle could be sacked in a matter of days, media reported yesterday, as the embattled governing body struggles to deal with a financial crisis compounded by a shutdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Castle this week took a 50 percent pay cut and laid off 75 percent of Rugby Australia (RA) staff members, saying that the body would face losses of up to A$120 million (US$71.95 million) if no more rugby was played this year. With no pay agreement secured with the players and their representatives calling on RA to provide more financial information ahead of negotiations, the
OLYMPICS Delay pushes rower to retire British rowing gold medalist Tom Ransley on Friday announced his retirement after deciding that the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games to next year was a step too far. The 34-year-old was part of the men’s eight who won gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics and also a bronze in the 2012 London Games. “I have used up everything I had and I know that to get myself in the necessary condition to compete for a seat in 2021 is a step too far,” he told the BBC. The years of early starts, of three training