Blackhawks coach fined
Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has been fined US$25,000 by the National Hockey League for inappropriate conduct during Game One of their first-round playoff series against the St Louis Blues on Thursday. Quenneville made an angry gesture during the second overtime of Chicago’s 4-3 triple-overtime loss to the Blues, reacting to a call that was not made in the first overtime that would have given the Stanley Cup champions a five-on-three-man advantage on the ice. St Louis had to kill off delay-of-game penalties for shooting the puck into the stands in the first two overtimes and Quenneville argued vehemently for a second delay of game. On Friday, Quenneville apologized for his gesture, describing it as a “bush-league move on my part.” The US$25,000 will go to the NHL Foundation, the league said in a statement issued on Friday.
St Etienne, Rennes draw 0-0
AS Saint-Etienne’s bid for a Champions League spot stalled as they drew 0-0 with Stade Rennais in the French league on Friday. The hosts struggled to create chances, although Saint-Etienne winger Romain Hamouma headed in a cross from Benoit Tremoulinas in the 64th minute, but the goal was disallowed for offside. Paris Saint-Germain top the standings with a 10-point lead over AS Monaco. Saint-Etienne stayed in fourth place, six points behind LOSC Lille Metropole, who have a game in hand.
Age record may fall
Mauritian Kersley Appou could become the oldest international goalscorer today, just seven days after creating African soccer history. The striker overtook Cameroon legend Roger Milla last weekend as the oldest African international by playing in a 1-0 loss against Mauritania aged 43 years and 354 days. If Appou finds the net in the second leg of a Cup of Nations qualifier next year, he will replace Singapore striker Aleksandar Duric as the oldest international scorer. Serbia-born Duric was on target against Malaysia during 2012 aged 42 years and 105 days, according to soccer statistics foundation RSSSF. Milla is second, famed Englishman Stanley Matthews third, Zambian Kalusha Bwalya fourth and Fung King-cheung from Hong Kong completes the five oldest scorers among FIFA member nations. Appou has scored consistently in domestic soccer this season, prompting Mauritius coach Akbar Patel to recall the striker after seven years in the wilderness. The coach sees a role for Appou, who has struck 10 goals in 25 internationals spanning 16 years. “Kersley scores regularly and I have a hunch he will be among the goals against Mauritania and help us qualify,” he said.
Tombides, 20, dies of cancer
West Ham’s Australian striker Dylan Tombides died on Friday following a three-year battle with testicular cancer. The 20-year-old, who made his Hammers first-team debut two years ago, passed away with his family at his bedside. West Ham confirmed the news of Tombides’ death in a statement on their Web site. Tombides was first diagnosed with cancer while representing Australia during the 2011 Under-17 World Cup in Mexico. Perth-born Tombides was regarded as one of the most exciting young players to come out of Australia after signing with West Ham as a 14-year-old. After being diagnosed, he battled back to make his first-team debut off the substitutes’ bench in a League Cup match against Wigan in 2012.