Honda to join AC Milan
Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda is set to join AC Milan early next year, the Italian club’s vice-president Adriano Galliani has said. Galliani broke the news about Honda after the player’s club, CSKA Moscow, were eliminated from the Champions League on Tuesday. “Now we can talk. From the third of January 2014 Keisuke Honda will be a Milan player,” Galliani said on the club’s official Web site. Honda joined CSKA Moscow in 2010, moving to Russia after two years with Dutch side VVV Venlo. The 27-year-old has been capped 52 times for Japan and scored 20 goals, two of which came at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Ronaldo tops Messi, Ribery
Cristiano Ronaldo has been named World Soccer magazine’s Player of the Year for the second time on Thursday, ahead of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich. The award, decided by a panel of journalists and pundits from around the world, recognized his stunning form for Real Madrid, as well as his role in leading Portugal to the World Cup finals in Brazil next year. He last won it in 2008. Jupp Heynckes and Bayern Munich, who completed the treble of German League, German Cup and Champions League last season, won the Manager and Team of the Year prizes.
Jordan shoes fetch fortune
Shoes worn by National Basketball Association (NBA) great Michael Jordan in the fabled “flu game” of the 1997 NBA finals fetched US$104,765 at auction on Thursday. The black-and-red shoes, signed by Jordan and bearing his Chicago Bulls jersey number 23 on the heels, were part of a sports memorabilia auction conducted by Grey Flannel Auctions. The “flu game,” game five of the 1997 championship series between Chicago and Utah, has become part of Jordan’s legend. He scored 38 points, despite nearly missing the game with a debilitating illness diagnosed as flu that had struck in the early hours of the morning. The Bulls, who had lost two straight games to the Jazz, won 90-88 and went on to win the series four games to two. Preston Truman, who was a teenaged Jazz ball boy when Jordan gave him the shoes on the night of the game, consigned them for sale. The identity of the buyer was not immediately revealed.
F1 gets new trophy
Formula One is to award a pole position trophy next year to the driver who qualifies fastest the most times during the season, the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) announced on Thursday. Next year’s sporting regulations, posted on the FIA Web site, said that in the event of a tie the holder of the most second places would win, with a further countback until a winner emerges. “If this procedure fails to produce a result, the FIA will nominate the winner according to such criteria as it thinks fit,” the regulations said. The FIA also wrote a penalty points system into the regulations, which will see drivers handed a race ban if they accumulate 12 points in a year. “Penalty points will remain on a driver’s Super Licence for a period of 12 months, after which they will be respectively removed on the 12-month anniversary of their imposition,” the FIA said. Driver numbers, to be chosen by the competitors and kept for the duration of their Formula One careers, will have to be clearly visible on helmets and the front of cars.