Fleetwood takes joint lead
Young Briton Tommy Fleetwood overcame the occasional attack of the jitters to join Argentine Ricardo Gonzalez at the top of the leaderboard after the Johnnie Walker Championship third round in Scotland on Saturday. Fleetwood, 22, chasing his first European Tour win, carded a five-under 67 to join Gonzalez (70) on 16-under-par 200 at Gleneagles, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup. Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed (66) was in third spot on 201, two strokes ahead of Briton Stephen Gallacher (64) and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger (72). “This is what you spend hours and hours practicing for,” Fleetwood told reporters. “Getting up there in golf tournaments ... is what you dream about when you’re a little kid.”
Millwall made to don rival kit
Second-tier English club Millwall looked far from their usual selves on Saturday after they forgot to bring the team kit for an away game and had to borrow their opponents’. Millwall, who normally play in white on the road, were forced to line up in Sheffield Wednesday’s yellow away kit from last year when the Lions somehow left their own at home in south London. Millwall managed to get their orange third kit to Hillsborough in time for the second half and changed at halftime. The visitors earned a 2-2 draw after Andy Keogh equalized with a late penalty. Millwall manager Steve Lomas said the kit mishap was “just an honest mistake, I think. These things happen. It just added to the madness of the game.” It was Millwall’s first point in four games.
‘Times,’ Armstrong settle
Britain’s Sunday Times yesterday said it had settled with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong after it was forced to pay damages over a report which suggested he had used banned substances. The paper sued Armstrong for ￡1 million (US$1.55 million) in October last year when the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced it had “overwhelming” evidence of his drug use. He later confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he had taken performance-enhancing substances. The seven-time Tour de France winner was awarded ￡300,000 in 2006 after he sued the paper and journalists Alan English and David Walsh, the latter of whom almost single-handedly uncovered Armstrong’s cheating. Following the USADA announcement, the paper demanded the return of the money plus ￡720,000 costs. The paper yesterday said that it, Walsh and English had “reached a mutually acceptable final resolution to all claims against Lance Armstrong related to the 2012 High Court proceedings and are entirely happy with the agreed settlement, the terms of which remain confidential.”
Wasp stings Klopp at game
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp admitted he got more than he bargained for when he gave some last-minute instructions to midfielder Sven Bender and was promptly stung by a wasp. Although the insect’s yellow and black coloring is the same as that of Dortmund’s kit, it was clearly not a fan as its sting left Klopp in some discomfort just before the final whistle in Friday’s 1-0 Bundesliga home win over Werder Bremen. Dortmund team doctor Markus Braun was called to disinfect Klopp’s arm when it began to swell. “I got stung by a wasp, I don’t know if I have an allergy, it didn’t hurt, it just got quite fat fast,” Klopp said. Ironically, Dortmund’s mascot is Emma the Bee, who was also on the sidelines.