Sevilla fire coach Michel
Spanish top-flight side Sevilla on Monday said they had fired coach Michel for poor recent results and appointed fellow Spaniard Unai Emery. Michel, the 49-year-old former Real Madrid and Spain playmaker, arrived only 11 months ago, but pays the price for the club being only in 12th place, while they had hoped to be pushing for a place in Europe. Emery, 41, had four years in charge of Valencia before taking the reins at Russia’s Spartak Moscow at the start of this season only to be fired in late November after a 5-1 thrashing by Dynamo Moscow.
Zetterberg to fill big skates
Henrik Zetterberg has some big skates to fill. The Detroit Red Wings are expected to officially name Zetterberg their captain soon, and he has already been leading the team on the ice during practices this week. Zetterberg deflected questions yesterday about the honor everyone in the Motor City knows he is about to get. He will open up only a little bit about how much he learned from former Red Wings captains Nicklas Lidstrom and Steve Yzerman. His teammates expect him to speak up more than the soft-spoken Lidstrom did. Zetterberg will have a chance to make his own mark as the storied franchise’s on-ice leader.
Silva out for three weeks
Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian defender Thiago Silva will be out for at least three weeks after he injured a thigh during Friday’s 0-0 draw with AC Ajaccio, the capital club said on Monday. The news is a blow for PSG, whose failure to take three points against a side just one point off the drop zone cost them top spot after Lyon moved two points clear with a 2-1 win at ES Troyes AC. Silva now faces a race against the clock to get fit for their Champions League last 16 first-leg against Valencia on Feb. 11. French international Mamadou Sakho is set to deputize while Silva is out, partnering Brazilian Alex. Italian midfielder Thiago Motto meanwhile faces a suspension for his red card picked up against Ajaccio, further weakening Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who were expected to sweep all before them this season as they chase a first league title in 19 years.
IOC demands new India poll
International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Randhir Singh said the body would consider lifting a ban on the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) only if it held free and fair elections based on the Olympic charter. Randhir said yesterday the IOC has written to him asking for fresh elections and will not engage with the IOA office-bearers elected last month in polls already declared illegal by the IOC over the manner of their conduct. Abhay Singh Chautala was elected IOA president and Lalit Bhanot the secretary-general in last month’s elections. Randhir, who was the secretary-general before the latest elections, said the IOC was open to meeting Indian government representatives and has also warned other national associations not to be associated with Chautala and other officials who are currently running the IOA.
Canucks sign Vandermeer
The Vancouver Canucks have signed veteran defenseman Jim Vandermeer. The 32-year-old Vandermeer has played in 461 NHL games and has 105 points (25 goals, 80 assists) and 664 penalty minutes. Vandermeer had one goal and three assists in 25 games with San Jose last season.
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