Toe bowls Johnson out
Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson will miss the World Twenty20 tournament because of a toe infection. Johnson’s place in the Australia squad is to be taken by the 32-year-old international veteran Doug Bollinger. Australia coach Darren Lehmann raised the prospect of Johnson’s withdrawal after Australia’s six-wicket win over South Africa last week and the seriousness of his injury was confirmed yesterday. “If he’s not healthy enough to travel, he won’t travel — health’s a bit more important than a game of cricket,” Lehmann said.
Garcia defends title
Danny Garcia kept his undefeated record intact on Saturday by taking a majority decision over challenger Mauricio Herrera in a light welterweight title fight. Garcia improved to 28-0 and retained his WBC and WBA titles with a hard-fought victory that two judges scored 116-112, and the third had even, 114-114. The US’ Garcia, who is of Puerto Rican ancestry, had the crowd of 10,100 at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez on his side. Herrera, also a US citizen, dropped to 20-4 with seven knockouts. This was Garcia’s fifth defense of the WBC crown he won by taking a unanimous decision over Mexico’s Erik Morales in 2012. It was also the fourth defense of the WBA title Garcia took from England’s Amir Khan with a fourth-round stoppage in 2012.
Inter defeat Verona
Rodrigo Palacio and Jonathan scored a goal apiece in either half as Inter boosted their fight for a place in Europe with a precious 2-0 win away to Verona on Saturday. Walter Mazzarri’s side, undefeated in six games, have now made it three wins on the trot to move up to fourth in Serie A at the expense of Fiorentina, who were to host Chievo yesterday.
Wales’ Warburton injured
Wales captain Sam Warburton is expected to miss their June tour to South Africa after dislocating his shoulder in a record 51-3 win over Scotland in the Six Nations championship on Saturday. Warburton was injured near the end of the game at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, in which Wales chalked up their biggest-ever win in the tournament and the Scots suffered their record Six Nations loss. “It looks like he’s dislocated his shoulder and they had to put it back in after the game,” Wales head coach Warren Gatland was quoted as saying by the BBC. “It looks like he’ll be ruled out for the rest of the season and probably the [South Africa] tour as well. He’s being scanned tomorrow [yesterday] and the likelihood is he’ll probably need an operation on that.” Warburton’s British & Irish Lions, Wales and Cardiff Blues teammate Leigh Halfpenny is already out of the South Africa tour with a shoulder injury.
Canizares extends his lead
Alejandro Canizares of Spain extended his lead to six strokes in the third round of the Trophee Hassan II on Saturday after shooting a three-under 69. Leading since the first round, Canizares made four birdies and a bogey for a total of 17-under 199. Seve Benson of England remained in second place despite carding a 74. Robert-Jan Derksen of the Netherlands climbed to third place, one stroke behind Benson, by firing a bogey-free 67. David Horsey of England (72) shared fourth place at 208 with compatriot Paul Waring (67), Shiv Kapur of India (67), Robert Karlsson (70) and Magnus Carlsson (72) of Sweden.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’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.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017