Cubs suspend Stewart
The Chicago Cubs have suspended infielder Ian Stewart for 10 games for comments about manager Dale Sveum that the player posted on Twitter. Stewart was sent to Chicago minor-league affiliate Iowa in early May and earlier this week complained bitterly about his treatment on the social networking site. “I think Dale doesn’t like me, and he’s running the show,” Stewart tweeted, adding that he expected the Cubs to “let me rot in AAA all season and then non tender me after.” Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the Cubs, announced the suspension on Friday, when the Cubs beat the New York Mets 6-3. “His loyalty clause in his contract requires certain standards of personal conduct, and he didn’t adhere to that,” Epstein said. “He made a mistake, he apologized for it and we’re taking some disciplinary action. It’s over at that point.”
Kiryu loses joint record
Japanese teenage sprint sensation Yoshihide Kiryu has lost his joint junior world record for the 100m after officials ruled that the equipment used for measuring wind speed was not up to international standards, a report has said. The 17-year-old clocked 10.01 seconds at a meet in Hiroshima on April 29, sparking hopes in Japan that he could become the first native Asian to dip under the 10-second mark. However, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has informed the Japan Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF) that the time was not valid, Kyodo News reported late on Friday. Kiryu had run with a tail wind measured at 0.9m per second, but the measuring equipment was not up to international standards, which call for an ultrasonic wind gauge, Kyodo said. The time, which makes him the ninth-fastest 100m sprinter of the year, will continue to be listed in the IAAF rankings, Kyodo said. The JAAF has now requested that future meets featuring Kiryu are measured using the proper wind gauges. Kiryu’s time of 10.01 was the same as that clocked by Trinidad and Tobago’s Darrel Brown in 2003 when he was 18.
Duo share St Omer lead
South Africa’s Tjaart van der Walt and Briton Robert Dinwiddie, making light of a bad back, shared the lead at four-under-par after the second round of the St Omer Open in France on Friday. Overnight leader Van der Walt was set to go into the weekend heading the pack, only for three bogeys in the closing seven holes to bring him back level with Dinwoodie. The Londoner put himself in contention with a faultess five-under-par 66 for a combined total of 138.
Tonga defeat US 18-9
Tonga bounced back from a surprise defeat to Canada with an 18-9 triumph over the US in Carson, California, on Friday in the Pacific Nations Cup. Tonga, who fell 36-27 in Ontario on Saturday last week to unbeaten Canada, were without three players suspended by the International Rugby Board: fullback David Halaifonua, prop Eddie ’Aholelei and center Siale Piutau. Even in their absence, the US could not control a physical Tonga side lifted by two tries from Sione Piukala. Chris Wyles gave the hosts their first lead of the year with a penalty-kick in the fourth minute — the first of his three penalties that accounted for all of the US’ points. Pacific Nations Cup action now switches back to Japan, where the Japanese host Canada and Fiji play the US on Wednesday.