Brazil, Bolivia play for fan
Brazil will play Bolivia in a friendly, with all proceeds from the match to be donated to the family of Kelvin Beltran, a 14-year-old fan who was killed by a firework during a recent Copa Libertadores game. The match will take place on April 5 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Brazil are to pay their own costs and hand their share of the gate money to the Beltran family, Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Jose Maria Marin said. “They will go, play and come back on the same day,” Marin said. “It’s a sacrifice, but they will do it to show sporting solidarity, not just on behalf of the CBF, but from the Brazilian people.” Bolivian police arrested 12 fans of Sao Paulo-based club Corinthians and charged them with homicide after a firework set off on Feb. 20 in the away end hit San Jose fan Beltran, killing him instantly. A 17-year-old Brazilian later turned himself in to Bolivian authorities and took responsibility for the incident. All 13 are still in police custody.
Rio spared punishment
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will not face punishment over an off-the-ball clash with Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, the British FA said on Tuesday. Television pictures showed Ferdinand appearing to catch Torres from behind in the latter stages of Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final. The Spaniard fell to the floor before being helped to his feet by Ferdinand, in an incident that did not appear to be witnessed by match referee Howard Webb. However, an FA spokesman told Britain’s Press Association that the veteran defender would not face retrospective action.
Jordan hit with paternity suit
The mother of a 16-year-old boy who she says was fathered by Michael Jordan wants the retired NBA legend to take a paternity test, Atlanta television and radio stations reported on Tuesday. Basketball Hall of Fame icon Jordan denies any connection to the teenager, Grant Pierce Jay Jordan Reynolds, and wants the case dismissed and Pamela Smith punished for making false claims, WXIA-TV and WSB radio reported. In addition to having Jordan take a paternity test, Smith wants the former Chicago Bulls superstar to pay child support. Smith says she has known Jordan for years and they began a relationship in the late 1980s before he led the Bulls to six NBA crowns in the 1990s. “My son has the right to know who his father is,” Smith said. Six-time NBA champion Jordan claims that “Taj” Reynolds, who posted a homemade video on YouTube declaring Jordan was his father and that they had met and talked about the matter, is actually the son of Smith and her ex-husband.
Jamie Noon to retire
Former England international center Jamie Noon is to retire at the end of the season, his French club Brive announced on their Web site on Tuesday. Noon, who will turn 34 in May, was capped 38 times and was a member of the 2007 World Cup squad, playing in the first two pool matches before a knee injury ruled him out of the rest of the tournament. England, who were the defending champions, went on to reach the final, but lost to South Africa. He played most of his club rugby for English side Newcastle before joining Brive in 2009.