James equals Malone record
LeBron James, who won his fourth NBA Most Valuable Player Award in five seasons this year, was the only unanimous choice on the All-NBA First Team all-star squad announced by the league on Thursday. The Miami Heat superstar was joined on the lineup chosen by a media panel by NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, Tim Duncan of Antonio and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. It was the 11th first-team nod for Bryant, matching the record set by Utah Jazz Hall of Fame forward Karl Malone. The All-NBA Second Team included two non-US players, San Antonio guard Tony Parker of France and Spanish center Marc Gasol of Memphis, plus Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook and forwards Blake Griffin of the Clippers and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.
Williams hangs up jersey
New Zealand’s second-highest capped lock Ali Williams announced his retirement from international rugby union yesterday. The 32-year-old has played 77 Tests for world champions the All Blacks in his 10-year international career. Ian Jones played 79 Tests for the national side. “Guys, I just want to let you know first that I’m retiring from international rugby. I’m hanging up the black jersey,” the Auckland Blues captain wrote on his Twitter feed. “It’s been an amazing 10 years, but it’s time to call it quits. But I’m not hanging up the boots yet.” Williams made his All Blacks debut in 2002 against England and was a near automatic choice for most of his career. He suffered a serious Achilles injury in 2009 and needed three operations, before returning to win the World Cup on home soil in 2011, though he was mainly used off the bench.
Rauf pulled from Trophy
Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf has been withdrawn from next month’s Champions Trophy by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday because Indian police are investigating his performances during the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). “In the wake of reports ... we feel that is in Asad’s best interests, as well as those of the sport and the event itself, that he is withdrawn from participating in the ICC Champions Trophy,” the ICC said in a statement. The Champions Trophy runs from June 6 to June 23 in England and Wales. Rauf had been scheduled to officiate in a warmup match between Australia and the West Indies on June 1 in Cardiff. He was also due to take charge of two group matches in the tournament. Three players from IPL franchise the Rajasthan Royals were suspended last week after allegations of spot-fixing. Bookmakers and their associates have been arrested across India in the past week.
Wolfsburg stun Lyon in final
German club VfL Wolfsburg ended Olympique Lyonnais’ two-year reign as women’s UEFA Champions League holders with a shock 1-0 win over the French side in Thursday’s final at Stamford Bridge in London. Lyon, who have appeared in the last four Champions League finals, had won 35 of their 36 matches in all competitions this season, securing a seventh consecutive French league title in the process, but the German champions sprang a major surprise thanks to Martina Muller’s second-half penalty. Muller drove her spot-kick past Sarah Bouhaddi in the 73rd minute after Laura Georges had handled in the area. Ralf Kellermann’s team held on through the nervous final minutes to secure their first continental crown.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given
‘COMPLICATED’: The 34-year-old from Spain called sitting out the tournament ‘a decision I never wanted to take,’ but added that he would ‘rather not travel’ Defending champion Rafael Nadal has said that he would skip the US Open because of the COVID-19 pandemic, putting on hold his bid to equal Roger Federer’s men’s record for Grand Slam titles. On Tuesday, Nadal explained his decision in a series of tweets sent in Spanish and English. “The situation is very complicated worldwide. Coronavirus cases are increasing. It looks like we still don’t have control of it,” Nadal wrote. The 34-year-old from Spain called sitting out the tournament scheduled to begin on Aug. 31 in New York “a decision I never wanted to take,” but added that he would “rather not
The Braves were dealt a double blow as the Mets’ Jacob deGrom struck out 10 in six innings to help New York snap a five-game skid with a 7-2 victory on Monday, and as Atlanta top pitcher Mike Soroka went down with a torn Achilles tendon in the third inning. “There’s no sugarcoating this night,” Atlanta slugger Freddie Freeman said. “It stinks. It really does.” Soroka crumpled to the ground on a seemingly routine play, breaking toward first to cover the bag on a grounder to Freeman’s right. “When you lose, in my mind, one of the top pitching arms in this entire