Fri, May 23, 2014 - Page 18 News List

SPORTS BRIEFS

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CYCLING

Armstrong stripped of award

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his award in the Legion of Honor, the best-known recognition in France. Armstrong was given the rank of “Chevalier” — or Knight — in the Legion d’Honneur in 2005, the last year of his seven consecutive Tour de France victories. He was later stripped of those titles for doping. A Legion of Honor official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name, on Wednesday said she was unable to indicate when the decision was made to remove Armstrong’s award.

SOCCER

New delay hits Cup stadium

A second test event for the stadium hosting the opening match of the World Cup on June 12 has been put back three days to June 1, FIFA said on Wednesday. Organizers decided a new dress rehearsal was needed at Sao Paulo’s Corinthians Arena after its first major test event, a Brazilian league match on Sunday, revealed a host of problems. The still-unfinished stadium has been plagued by budget overruns, construction delays and accidents that have killed three workers. “It [is] vital for us that all facilities will be tested under full match conditions, including the temporary seats and associated facilities,” FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke wrote on Twitter. Instead of a previously announced match between home team Corinthians and Cruzeiro on May 29, the stadium will now host Corinthians against Botafogo on June 1, said the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), switching the location with a second leg now scheduled for Rio de Janeiro in October. FIFA said in a statement the new event needed to draw more than 50,000 fans and test two extra seating areas that were not yet open at Sunday’s match because they had not received safety clearance from firefighters.

GOLF

McIlroy breaks engagement

An emotional Rory McIlroy on Wednesday announced he had broken off his engagement and split with Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, only days after sending out the wedding invitations. The 25-year-old Northern Irishman and two-time major champion said the issuing of the invitations had made him aware that he was not ready for marriage. “The problem is mine,” McIlroy said through a statement issued by his Dublin-based communications consultants. The golden sporting couple’s high-profile breakup came on the eve of McIlroy’s appearance at the European PGA Championship. He later told a Wentworth press conference that he had never considered pulling out of the European Tour’s flagship event. “I want to drive straight into it and keep myself busy,” he said.

RUGBY UNION

Deysel out for stamping

Sharks flanker Jean Deysel has been suspended for three weeks after pleading guilty to stamping during a 30-25 Super Rugby win over the Crusaders in Christchurch, New Zealand, last weekend. Deysel was red-carded in the 16th minute for stamping on the head of Jordan Taufua after a tackle as the Durban-based Sharks defended their tryline. In a statement on Wednesday, competition organizers SANZAR said judicial chairman Jannie Lubbe suspended Deysel from all rugby until June 7, meaning he will miss at least two Super XV matches. Lubbe said stamping or trampling on another player “is an offense that cannot be tolerated in the game because not only is it totally against the spirit of the game, but it carries an inherent potential danger of serious injury to players, especially when contact is made in the head/face area.”

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