NHL labor talks resume
NHL labor negotiations resumed yesterday, with mediators rejoining the talks at an undisclosed location in an effort to save the season. The Canadian Press on Tuesday reported the restart of bargaining between the league and union, citing unidentified people on both sides of the dispute. US federal mediators Scot Beckenbaugh and John Sweeney are to return to the process. At the end of last month, mediators left the negotiations after two days. Tuesday marked the 87th day of the lockout. Yesterday’s session was the first meeting since the sides blamed each other after talks broke off last week. Until then, they appeared to be making progress during three days in New York in which they exchanged proposals. Union executive director Donald Fehr maintains there are agreements on almost all the important issues. The NHL eliminated 16 more days from the regular-season schedule on Monday, canceling games through Dec. 30.
Lone fan in media spotlight
A Udinese fan has become the center of Italian media attention as the only away supporter to witness his team’s 2-0 victory at UC Sampdoria in Serie A on Monday. Arrigo Brovedani says he did not expect to find many other fans in the 4,134-seater away sector on a cold night, but was stunned to discover he was completely alone. Brovedani was even jokingly invited to warm up by Udinese captain Antonio di Natale following his lone cries of “Come on Udinese.” He was given coffee by stadium stewards and a Sampdoria shirt by the home side’s directors. The home fans also invited him to drink with them after the game. Udinese dedicated the win to Brovedani and they have invited him to the match against US Citta di Palermo on Saturday.
Indians trade Choo Shin-soo
The Cleveland Indians traded outfielder Choo Shin-soo to the Cincinnati Reds and acquired prized pitching prospect Trevor Bauer from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team deal completed on Tuesday. Center fielder Drew Stubbs was sent from Cincinnati to Cleveland as part of the nine-player swap. In addition to Stubbs, the Indians received Bauer, the No. 3 pick in last year’s draft, as well as pitchers Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw from the Diamondbacks. Cleveland shipped Choo, infielder Jason Donald and about US$3.5 million to the Reds, while sending left-handed reliever Tony Sipp and first baseman Lars Anderson to Arizona. The Diamondbacks also received shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius from Cincinnati. Choo, who has been Cleveland’s primary right fielder since 2006, is to play center and bat leadoff for Cincinnati. “It was very difficult giving up home-grown talent, but we think Choo can fill the missing parts in our lineup, both offensively and defensively,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said in a statement.
Yankees to sign Youkilis
The New York Yankees have dipped into Boston’s former talent pool once again, signing Kevin Youkilis to a one-year US$12 million contract, the New York Daily News reported on Tuesday. Youkilis, who turns 34 in March, will join New York as their starting third baseman. He replaces All-Star Alex Rodriguez, who is out until at least midseason due to left-hip surgery. The Yankees had not officially announced the deal because Youkilis must first pass a physical exam. He finished last season with the Chicago White Sox. Youkilis split last season between the Red Sox and White Sox. He was traded to Chicago on June 24.
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
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
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