Zlatan gets his own verb
Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already written his name large in his country’s sporting history books and now he is in the Swedish dictionary as well. The Swedish Language Council has included the verb zlatanera — meaning “to dominate” — in its list of new words from this year, it said on its Web site. The verb “to zlatan” was originally coined by a satirical TV show in France, where Ibrahimovic plays for Paris Saint-Germain. The word has been in common use in Swedish ever since. Known for his spectacular goals, the muscular forward scored four times against England last month, including with an outrageous overhead kick, as Sweden came back to win 4-2 in the first international at the new Friends Arena in Stockholm.
Urbina returns after jail spell
Former major league pitcher Ugueth Urbina returned to baseball on Friday after serving seven-and-a-half years in prison for the attempted murder of five workers on his family’s ranch. Before taking the field in his native Venezuela to play for the Lions of Caracas, Urbina described himself as “more mature” and said he was “very excited to play baseball again.” “I’m excited to be here,” Urbina told reporters at the University Stadium in Caracas, where the Lions played the Zulia Eagles. The 38-year-old pitcher was released from prison on Sunday after serving roughly half of his 14-year sentence for attempted murder during a dispute over a gun on Oct. 16, 2005. Urbina was found guilty of attacking and injuring workers with a machete. Several other men participated in the attack at his family’s ranch, located about 40km from Caracas. Urbina, who pitched for the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies, has repeatedly denied involvement in the incident that landed him in prison, saying he was sleeping at the time of the attack. A two-time All-Star, Urbina saved 237 big league games from 1995-2005. He had two saves in the 2003 World Series to help the Marlins beat the New York Yankees, and last pitched in the majors with the Phillies in 2005.
Puerto Rican boxing great Wilfred Benitez has been hospitalized after family members worried he might have suffered a stroke. Yvonne Benitez said that her brother would remain under observation for 72 hours. She said on Friday that the family was awaiting medical tests results, but that the 54-year-old Benitez was doing well and reading newspapers and magazines. Benitez is the youngest fighter to ever win a world title, at 17 years old, but he has struggled with traumatic brain injuries later in life. He was previously hospitalized in October 1996 after being found unconscious at home and currently uses a wheelchair.
Davids takes over at Barnet
Former Dutch international Edgar Davids has taken over as sole head coach at English League Two club Barnet after the departure of Mark Robson, with whom he previously shared the role. Davids, 39, joined Barnet in October as joint head coach alongside Robson, but the club have struggled this season and currently lie three points above the relegation zone. “Edgar Davids will continue in his role as head coach and will take full responsibility for all first team footballing matters,” Barnet said on their Web site.
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
’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.
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
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017