Jagr joins Bruins
Five-time National Hockey League scoring champion Jaromir Jagr, who helped the Czech Republic win 1998 Olympic gold, was traded by the Dallas Stars to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. The 41-year-old right wing, the top scorer among active NHL players, signed with Dallas as a free agent in July after playing for Philadelphia last season and was moved on the eve of the NHL trade deadline for this season. Jagr led the Stars in scoring with 14 goals and 12 assists this season. While the Stars are 12th in the Western Conference with a long uphill fight for a playoff spot, the Bruins are third in the Eastern Conference and Jagr will help in their pursuit of Montreal and Pittsburgh for the top playoff seed.
Slovaks support Sagan
Slovaks have been pinching the bottoms of strangers this week in solidarity with cyclist compatriot Peter Sagan, embroiled in a sexism row for pinching the bottom of a podium girl after the Tour of Flanders. More than 4,500 people have “liked” a group which popped up on Facebook challenging Slovaks to pinch a stranger’s bottom to support Sagan’s risque maneuver on Sunday — and post pictures of themselves doing likewise. Sagan, 23, smirked at the camera as he grabbed the bottom of a hostess, one of two giving congratulatory kisses to race winner Fabian Cancellara, who beat Sagan for top spot. The ensuing storm has encouraged some Slovakians to turn the issue on its head. “The hostess kissing the winner — a complete stranger — is a shocking case of harassment in the workplace,” wrote Tomas Teicher in his blog on Slovakia’s leading daily SME’s Web site. “It’s good to know that if someone pinches my bottom tomorrow at work they will do so to support Sagan,” Zuzana Kostolnakova wrote on the Facebook group called “Assupport Peter Sagan.”
Cardinals star punished
The NFL slapped Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington with a four-game suspension on Wednesday, saying he violated the league’s substance abuse policy. The NFL declined to provide further details on why Washington was suspended. Washington, who is considered one of the young stars on the team, is banned from playing in the first four games of the regular season. “I was always taught that when you make a mistake, you admit it, learn from it and face whatever consequences there are,” Washington said in a statement. He also declined to go into further detail about why he was banned.
Pair charged over assault
Two men charged with assaulting New Zealand star Jesse Ryder were remanded on bail when they appeared in court yesterday. A 37-year-old man was charged with assault and a reckless disregard for Ryder’s safety, while his nephew, aged 20, faced two charges of assault at Christchurch District Court. Both were granted name suppression at their lawyer’s request. The men’s lawyer, Jonathan Eaton, said witness accounts already published by the media were “wildly inaccurate and misleading.” He disputed reports that Ryder suffered a fractured skull and a punctured lung in the March 28 assault and said Ryder had suffered concussion as result of falling to the ground after being punched once. Eaton said Ryder had shared drinks in a Christchurch bar with the two men accused of assaulting him and the atmosphere had been “highly convivial,” but that a dispute later arose.