Steen out with concussion
St Louis Blues center Alexander Steen, who ranks second in the NHL this season with 24 goals, has a concussion and was placed on injured reserve on Saturday. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said that Steen, a strong candidate for Sweden’s Sochi Winter Olympic squad, is able to exercise with the club, but no timetable has been set for his return. Armstrong said the injury was likely a result of several hits the 29-year-old sharpshooter received in recent games. Steen, the Blues’ top scorer this season, has already matched his career-best total for goals in a season from the 2009 to 2010 campaign, his first full season in St Louis after moving there in a trade from Toronto.
Ioane set for French debut
Australia winger Digby Ioane was set to make his much-anticipated Stade Francais debut against Perpignan yesterday, his club said on Saturday. The Wallaby, who has not played since injuring his shoulder during the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia in June was named in the starting line-up for the match at the Jean-Bouin stadium. He joined the Parisians last month, at the end of the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship and a previous debut on Dec. 20 against Grenoble had to be postponed due to persistent pain in his shoulder.
Puig charged over driving
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was arrested on a reckless driving charge for the second time this year after officers clocked him going 177kph in a 110kph zone. A news release from the Florida Highway Patrol said a white Mercedes driven by the 23-year-old Cuban defector was pulled over at 9:30am on Saturday. Authorities said Puig was arrested and charged with reckless driving and taken to the Collier County Jail for processing. Puig lives in the Miami area during the off-season. Dodgers spokesman Joe Jareck declined to comment on Puig’s latest arrest. In April, when he was still in the minors, Puig was charged with reckless driving and speeding in Tennessee. The charges were dismissed last month after Puig completed community service in Los Angeles.
Saracens win at Worcester
English Premiership leaders Saracens made it 10 wins from 11 games with a 26-8 success against bottom-of-the-table Worcester on Saturday that nudged their opponents closer to relegation. Wing David Strettle, hooker Schalk Brits, fullback Alex Goode and flyhalf Charlie Hodgson each claimed a try, with Hodgson adding three conversions at Sixways Stadium. Worcester scored first through an Ignacio Mieres penalty and saw Leonardo Senatore cross for a 37th-minute try, but they could make no inroads on the visitors’ lead in a scoreless second period. The defeat left Worcester nine points adrift at the foot of the table. Northampton remain Saracens’ closest rivals, three points back in second pace, after running in six tries in a 43-25 success at home to third-place Bath that reasserted their title credentials. George Pisi, Jamie Elliott, Samu Manoa and George North added to a brace of tries by lock Christian Day, with Stephen Myler adding 13 points from the boot. Bath had been chasing a 12th consecutive victory in all competitions, but they left Franklin’s Gardens without even the consolation of a losing bonus point and now trail Saints by nine points. Harlequinstightened their grip on fourth place with a 22-6 win at home to Exeter.
KEY GOAL: Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei is now free to focus on taking her fourth doubles title of the year with Barbora Strycova; they are due to face Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei on Monday returned to the court for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the WTA Tour, falling to a 6-3, 6-1 defeat to US Open quarter-finalist Elise Mertens, who made a solid transition from the hard courts in New York to the clay at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. “I’m not sure how well I adapted, to be honest,” Mertens told the WTA Web site. “I just feel like I might still be struggling a little. It was also [Hsieh’s] first match of the week, so that was a bit of an
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.