‘T-Mac’ retires from NBA
Seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady, a shooting guard renowned for his exceptional athleticism, announced on Monday that he was retiring from the National Baseketball Association (NBA) after 16 years in the league. A two-time scoring champion who played a small role for the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs last season, McGrady averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game in a career that began with much promise in 1997, when he was drafted out of high school. The 34-year-old, known to many as “T-Mac,” later told ESPN’s First Take he had enjoyed “a great run, but it’s time for it to come to an end.” However, McGrady did not rule out the possibility that he might consider playing competitively in China when asked to clarify his thinking about the future. McGrady played for the Qingdao Eagles in the Chinese Basketball Association during the 2012-2013 season, before his last NBA hurrah with the Spurs. Often bracketed with Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter as the best players of his generation, McGrady played for the Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks and Spurs.
Harvey likely out for season
New York Mets star pitcher Matt Harvey has a partially torn elbow ligament and is likely out for the remainder of the season, the Major League Baseball team said. The All-Star right-handed pitcher said on Monday an MRI has revealed the ulnar collateral ligament, in his right elbow, is partially torn. General manager Sandy Alderson said they would wait a couple of weeks before deciding whether surgery is necessary. The 24-year-old underwent an MRI after feeling tightness in his forearm during his most recent start, a 3-0 loss to Detroit in which Harvey allowed a career-high 13 hits.
Woods pulls out of event
Tiger Woods has pulled out of a charity event for good friend Notah Begay because of his ailing back. The Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge said that Gary Woodland will replace Woods in the field today at Turning Stone Resort. Woods said he felt stiffness in his back last week at The Barclays from a soft bed in his hotel. He said he suffered a back spasm during a seven-hole stretch at the end of the final round, and he dropped to his knees after one shot. Woods finished one shot behind Adam Scott.
Takato wins gold
Young Japanese judoka hope Naohisa Takato delivered his country’s first gold medal of the world championships on Monday in Rio de Janeiro. The 20-year-old took the men’s 60kg title, beating Mongolia’s Amartuvshin Dashdavaa in the final, and proved the perfect riposte to a Mongolian having denied one of his celebrated compatriots in the previous final. Japanese judoka Haruna Asami’s hopes of a third successive world title in the 48kg category were dashed as Mongolia’s Asian champion Urantsetseg Munkhbat beat her in the final. Munkhbat, 23, had never even won a medal in a global competition before this, but she showed few nerves in taking gold with an ippon in immobilizing Asami. It was quite a turnaround in her fortunes, as the last time they met in competition Asami came out on top in the semi-finals of the Paris tournament in February. Asami, 25, was competing in only her third tournament of the year, and came in to the championships unbeaten, having won in both Paris and Tokyo.
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there
Thailand international Pitsamai Sornsai, a new arrival for Inter Taoyuan, is to lead her team against Taipei Bravo tomorrow in the 10th round of the Taiwan Mulan Football League. Sornsai, who is nicknamed Pui, has attracted interest from media and fans as the first foreigner signed to play in Taiwan’s women’s league. Inter are among six teams battling for the title this year. The addition of Sornsai is a boost for the international profile of women’s soccer in Taiwan and elevates the competition. The 31-year-old brings a wealth of experience, including from the Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Championship, the Southeast Asian Games and
HOTSHOT: Luis Suarez scored his 194th goal for Barca, tying him with Ladislao Kubala as the club’s third-highest scorer, behind Cesar Rodriguez and Lionel Messi With another decisive penalty from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid on Sunday extended their perfect run after the COVID-19 suspension and moved closer to their first Spanish title in three years. Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to maintain a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat fifth-placed Villarreal 4-1. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were among the scorers for Barcelona after assists from Lionel Messi. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty to give Madrid their seventh straight victory and they remain the only team with a perfect record since La Liga resumed. “These three points are very