Bouwmeester dealt to Blues
Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who has yet to play a single post-season game in his 10 seasons in the National Hockey League, was dealt by the Calgary Flames to the St Louis Blues on Monday. The Flames received defenseman Mark Cundari, goaltender Reto Berra and a first-round draft pick in exchange for Bouwmeester, who has six goals in 33 games this season for Calgary. The 29-year-old was a former first-round pick of the Florida Panthers, but has been on the move the last few years. This is the third team in the last five years for Bouwmeester.
Ginobili out with injury
Guard Manu Ginobili is expected to miss up to four weeks because of a strained right hamstring, the San Antonio Spurs said on Monday. Ginobili, of Argentina, sustained the injury during the first quarter of Friday’s victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, causing the 11-year veteran to miss Sunday’s 88-86 loss to Miami. In 59 National Basketball Association games this season, Ginobili averaged 11.9 points, 4.6 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game. Spurs forwards Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard, both suffering from sore left knees, also did not play in San Antonio’s 92-90 loss to Memphis on Monday. San Antonio have already locked up a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Colt McCoy joins 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers acquired quarterback Colt McCoy from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for two undisclosed picks in this month’s NFL Draft. McCoy gives the 49ers the mobile backup to starter Colin Kaepernick they have been seeking since dealing Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs last month. McCoy started 13 games for the Browns in 2011, but he played in just three games last year, completing nine of 17 passes.
Powell forced to withdraw
Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell has been forced to withdraw from his first meeting since last year’s Olympic final because of a hamstring injury, Athletics Australia said yesterday. The 30-year-old Jamaican, who has run the 100m in less than 10 seconds more times than any other sprinter, was scheduled to race at the IAAF World Challenge in Melbourne on Saturday. The injury also forced Powell to pull out of the final of Monday’s Stawell Gift, a 131-year-old handicap race run on grass in a small town in Australia’s Victoria state. Powell suffered a groin injury in the Olympic final in London last year and trailed home last as his compatriots Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake won gold and silver.
Ministry seeks investigation
The Indian sports ministry has asked the national anti-doping body to conduct an out-of-competition test on a boxer after claims from police and local media he uses heroin. The ministry says the unusual move is necessary because if the claims about Vijender Singh are true it “may have a debilitating influence” on other athletes. Vijender, who won middleweight bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, denies using drugs. Athletes are normally only tested for recreational drugs during events, while out-of-competition tests are conducted for performance-enhancing substances. Vijender has refused police permission to undergo tests to establish whether he is linked to a batch of heroin worth more than US$25 million that was confiscated from an international criminal network.
Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is buying the Forum for US$400 million, ending the billionaire’s legal fight with Madison Square Garden Co (MSG) and clearing the way to build a new arena for his NBA team down the street in Inglewood, California. Ballmer on Tuesday announced his cash purchase of the venerated arena. Ballmer, a former Microsoft executive, and Clippers vice chairman Dennis Wong are making the transaction through CAPSS LLC, a newly formed entity that would continue to operate the Forum as a live music venue. “This is an unprecedented time, but we believe in our collective future,” Ballmer said.
When two Spanish soccer players took to the controls of FIFA 20 after the COVID-19 pandemic saw their La Liga match canceled, a stadium-sized virtual audience watched online. The huge digital crowd last week is part of a spectacular boom for the digital gaming industry, as record numbers flock to online servers for distraction, entertainment and friendship with the “real world” seemingly falling apart. Real Betis Balompie striker Borja Iglesias kicked the winning goal using his own digital likeness in the 6-5 battle against Sevilla, which was broadcast on popular video game streaming platform Twitch. It took place at the same time the
This year’s Wimbledon Championships have so far survived the cull of the world’s most prestigious sporting events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it seems only a matter of time before they are postponed or canceled. With London in its first week of lockdown, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) officials are weighing up their limited options. The “build” for the June 29 to July 12 championships is supposed to start in little more than a month, but it seems increasingly likely that Wimbledon will be forced to miss a year for the first time since 1945. “The AELTC has been
New Zealand Rugby CEO Mark Robinson has said that the sport is “fighting for survival” as competitions at all levels are shuttered amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Robinson told Sky Sport’s The Breakdown that he cannot say when professional rugby might resume in New Zealand and in what form, whether it would be the five-nation Super Rugby tournament or the domestic Mitre 10 Cup. Rugby is New Zealand’s national sport and the All Blacks, the national men’s team, are one of the country’s most recognizable brands. The continuing suspension of competitions has been fully testing rugby’s resilience, Robinson said. “We’re fighting for sport’s survival in