Mallorca earn dramatic win
Giovani dos Santos struck in added time to earn RCD Mallorca a dramatic 1-0 win at home to RC Celta de Vigo in a battle of La Liga’s two basement sides on Monday. A deep cross was headed goalwards by striker Tomer Hemed in the 93rd minute and when goalkeeper Javi Varas could only parry the effort, Dos Santos volleyed in the rebound to set off ecstatic celebrations on the pitch. The victory moved Mallorca up to second from bottom with 27 points and seven games left, behind Real Zaragoza on goal difference. Promoted Celta, who now prop up the table on 24 points, have taken one point from their past six games.
Clubs deny fixing match
Russian clubs FK Krasnodar and Krylya Sovietov Samara have threatened legal action against several media outlets after being accused of fixing a league match between the two sides at the weekend. Several Internet sites reported that Saturday’s game in Krasnodar was fixed after Samara, fighting to avoid relegation, beat the home team 3-0. Krasnodar are in eighth place and are assured of staying in the top flight with just six games left. In a strongly worded joint statement, issued by both clubs on Monday, they denied any wrongdoing. “We believe this is a pure smear campaign, not only against the two clubs but the entire Russian football,” the clubs said on their respective Web sites. Samara boss Denis Maslov was quoted as saying by local media on Monday that: “Such allegations are outrageous and insulting.” “What do you think we could offer Sergei Galitsky so he would agree to give us a win?” he asked in reference to Krasnodar’s billionaire owner. The Russian Premier League also issued its own statement later on Monday. “Lately, we have seen an increase of unfounded allegations in the media. Unfortunately, often they are initiated by certain members of our football family,” the league said on its Web site. “We ask all our members to respect each other. At the same time refrain from making rash conclusions which would harm the reputation of our clubs, the Russian FA and the Premier League.”
Barton ruling hit by snag
French soccer’s ethics committee said on Monday it was unable to make a ruling on Marseille midfielder Joey Barton’s controversial Twitter insults directed toward Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Silva because of uncertainty over the translation of his remarks. Barton had called Silva a “pussy” and “a overweight ladyboy” in a Twitter tirade at the start of the month. “We took a decision, which is to say to the federation that we cannot judge the case in this state,” National Ethics Commission president Laurent Davenas said. “That doesn’t mean he won’t be sanctioned if the French Football Federation seize upon it. Then [the case] will return to us. But first everyone will have to agree, both those accusing and the defense, on an objective translation to qualify his comments,” Davenas said.
Simon crashes out
Roberto Bautista Agut pulled off an upset as he defeated 11th seed Gilles Simon 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) of France at the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday. Another seed Marin Cilic avoided a similar fate, but only just as the ninth-seeded Croat battled back from a set down to beat Horacio Zeballos 6-2, 6-7 (6/8), 6-2. Finn Jarkko Nieminen defeated slumping Serb Viktor Troicki 6-1, 6-2 , while Russian veteran Nikolay Davydenko dispatched German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-3, 6-4.
’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.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
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
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