Wade given one-game ban
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was handed a one-game suspension without pay on Thursday for kicking out at Charlotte’s Ramon Sessions in a contest the previous evening. The NBA issued the sanction after Wade flailed his leg and made contact with Sessions’ groin area during the Heat’s 105-92 victory over the Bobcats in Charlotte on Wednesday. While it was unclear whether the action was intentional, Sessions confronted Wade directly after the play, the league took action and released an official statement. Miami’s All-Star guard was to serve the penalty during yesterday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. Wade is averaging 20.2 points per game for the Heat, the defending NBA champions (20-6), who currently lead the Eastern Conference.
Sherman wins appeal
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said on Thursday he has won his appeal and avoided a threatened four-game ban for violating the NFL’s anti-doping policy. Sherman, who went to the league offices in New York for the appeal last week, said on Twitter on Thursday that he had won his case. He will be eligible to play for Seattle during the playoffs. “Thank you @nfl for upholding the truth,” Sherman tweeted. Sherman had steadfastly denied taking performance enhancing drugs since NFL.com and other US media late last month said that he and fellow Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner had both tested positive for the prohibited stimulant Adderall.
Djokovic denies reports
Novak Djokovic on Thursday denied reports that he had bought up the world’s entire supply of donkey cheese, a delicacy which retails for around US$250 per kilogram in his native Serbia. World No. 1 Djokovic was reported to have purchased the cheese, known as pule, from the only farm which supplies it and that it would be served at a chain of restaurants which he owns in Serbia. “I did not expect this story was going to get so much attention, and everywhere in the world too,” Djokovic said. “It is not completely true that we have bought the whole supply of donkey cheese, even though it was the first time in my life I heard that donkey cheese existed. There is a certain farm in Serbia that produces it and, as I understand it, it is the only farm in the world to do so, which is very interesting. They came to our restaurant and offered cooperation, so that is all. We are now thinking and seeing what we can do with that, but it is not true that I already bought the whole supply,” he said. Djokovic, who is in Abu Dhabi to play in the Mubadala World Championship exhibition tournament, admitted that he was a fan of the cheese.
Golden Boy signs Ogogo
Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions has signed 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo and expects the British middleweight to make his professional ring debut early next year. “Anthony Ogogo has everything you look for in a boxer,” Golden Boy Promotions chief executive officer Richard Schaefer said. “He can fight, he has style and charisma and he has amazing crossover potential. I have no doubt that Anthony has the skills in the ring and the personality outside of it to make him a global boxing star. We are proud to have him on our team and this is just the first step in our growing commitment to British boxing.”