Portland star gets drug ban
Portland Trail Blazers guard Terrel Harris was suspended without pay for five games for a violation of the NBA’s anti-drug program, the league announced on Monday. Harris, who turns 26 on Saturday, will begin the ban with the first game of the upcoming 2013-2014 season, provided he is healthy and physically able to perform. The league did not announce what substance was involved in the violation of the anti-drug program agreed upon in conjunction with the players union. US medical privacy laws often prevent such disclosures. Harris has averaged 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 42 career regular-season NBA games with Miami and New Orleans.
Prodigy set for tournament
Twelve-year-old Ye Wocheng of China is set to play at the European Masters next month. Tournament organizers say Ye has been accepted for the Sept. 5 to Sept. 8 event in the Swiss Alps, which is jointly sanctioned by the European and Asian tours. Ye became the youngest-ever player in a European Tour event after qualifying for the China Open in May. He missed the cut after shooting two rounds of 79. Ye’s record-setting appearance followed weeks after fellow Chinese golfer Guan Tianlang made history at The Masters by playing at the age of 14.
Weepu says ‘I’ll be back’
Piri Weepu admitted yesterday his axing from the All Blacks came as a shock, but vowed to knuckle down and reclaim his New Zealand jersey. The 71-Test veteran was a surprise omission from coach Steve Hansen’s 28-man squad named on Sunday for the Rugby Championship, with his place taken by 21-year-old T.J. Perenara. Weepu, who will turn 30 next month, said he was disappointed, feeling he had played well with Super 15 outfit the Auckland Blues after facing criticism for a lack of fitness last season. “I feel like I probably played one of the best campaigns I’ve had in a long, long time,” he told the Dominion Post newspaper. “I’m pretty happy about that because I worked really hard in the off-season ... it is a bit disappointing I didn’t make the Championship,” Weepu said. “It’s just about working with the right people, having the right team around me. I have to have a plan in place to get to that goal,” he said. “I can only do so much. If I work my ass off and give myself a fighting chance... then hopefully that gives me a good shot.”
Slapper says sorry
Ecuadoran side Barcelona’s goalkeeper Maximo Banguera has publicly apologized for slapping an opponent in the face which left his victim needing hospital treatment following a fiery local derby at the weekend. Television pictures showed that immediately after Sunday’s match in Guayaquil, Banguera slapped Emelec captain and fellow Ecuador international Pedro Quinonez violently in the face. Emelec officials said that Quinonez was knocked to the ground by the force of the impact, suffered convulsions and nearly lost consciousness. He spent the night in hospital complaining of dizziness and was released on Monday. “I want to apologize sincerely to Pedro Quinonez, his family, the supporters, everyone,” Banguera told a news conference late on Monday. “I was a bad loser. I am aware if there is a sanction, I will have to face it.” The two players had also been involved in an angry exchange during the Shipyard
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker found himself in need of an assist to help the state fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He called on the New England Patriots. One of the team’s private airplanes on Thursday evening landed in Boston after returning from China carrying more than 1 million masks critical to healthcare providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard met the airplane and offloaded the containers of masks onto waiting trucks for transport to warehouses for distribution. Baker secured the N95 masks from Chinese manufacturers, but had no way of getting them to the US. He
WAIT AND SEE: The estimated cost of postponement started at US$2 billion and has kept rising, but the IOC has yet to say whether it would help pay for the extra expenses Postponing the Tokyo Olympics to next year would make the event more costly for all parties, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) acknowledged on Thursday, although it offered few details on what the final bill might be. Four directors of the Olympic body held a conference call three days after Tokyo’s new dates were finalized, with the Games pushed back to July 23 to Aug. 8 next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the new dates cleared up any uncertainty about the event’s future, there are still plenty of question marks as the committee begins to work with Tokyo organizers and the
DECREASED TENSION: The US players’ lawyers said that the soccer federation no longer disputes that the jobs of the women’s and men’s national teams require equal skill Women players suing the US Soccer Federation (USSF) said in in court documents filed on Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged that the jobs of male and female soccer players require equal skill. The language seemed to signal a decrease in tension between the parties after language in documents filed by the federation’s lawyers earlier last month provoked widespread outrage in saying that playing on the men’s national team required a higher level of skill based on speed and strength and carried greater responsibility. The fierce backlash — not only from the women players, but also from sponsors such as Coca-Cola —
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are planning to play a charity golf match next month with Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, CNBC reported on Wednesday. CNBC, which cited an unnamed person familiar with the negotiations, said that the charity match would be held at an undisclosed location without fans and is being organized by the PGA Tour and AT&T’s WarnerMedia. The negotiations are still being finalized, but the match pitting 15-time major champion Woods and Manning against five-time major winner Mickelson and Brady could be aired on live TV and is unlikely to be featured on pay-per-view, CNBC said. “Discussions