Fri, Jul 25, 2014 - Page 18 News List




James sweet-talks neighbors

LeBron James has sent cupcakes to neighbors of his home in Akron, Ohio, to apologize for the ruckus caused by the announcement of his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers two weeks ago. Cavaliers fans and journalists converged on the NBA star’s home to await his July 11 decision on whether he would come back to northeast Ohio or stay with the Miami Heat. A commotion ensued and police were called to direct traffic. To make amends, the LeBron James Family Foundation sent a note of apology accompanied by a dozen cupcakes to neighbors on Tuesday, media outlets reported. Several neighbors tweeted photographs of the cupcakes and the note saying: “We are sorry for the chaos” and that the James family is “so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you.”


Maccabi players ‘attacked’

A pre-season friendly between Maccabi Haifa and Ligue 1 side LOSC Lille Metropole in Austria had to be abandoned on Wednesday when a group of pro-Palestinian supporters invaded the pitch and attacked some of the Israeli squad’s players. Lille said on Twitter that the referee called a halt to the game after a group of youths waving Palestinian flags and placards ran onto the pitch at the Austrian venue with just three minutes of the game left. After a series of brief scuffles, the protestors were led away by security officers and the game called off with the French side 2-0 ahead at the time. “Maccabi Haifa Football Club believes in coexistence, tolerance and is against violence,” a club statement given to the Jerusalem Post read. “We denounce the violence that was used against us. This didn’t happen because of sport or football, it happened because we are a team which represents Israel.”


S Korean FA hires TV pundit

TV pundit Lee Yong-soo was named as the South Korean Football Association’s new technical chief yesterday, charged with appointing a new head coach for the upcoming Asian Cup. Lee, who does commentary for the KBS station and is a physical education professor at Sejong University in Seoul, resumes the role he held in 2002 when South Korea finished fourth at their home FIFA World Cup. He replaces Hwangbo Kwan, who, along with head coach Hong Myung-bo, stepped down after South Korea managed only one point in a group-stage exit at the recently concluded World Cup in Brazil. “I decided someone had to do it and so I am back after some 10 years,” Lee, 54, was quoted as saying by Yonhap News Agency. “The most pressing matter now is obviously to name the new national team head coach. I am not yet at a point where I can say whether we will bring in a South Korean coach or a foreign coach.”


Machete attackers charged

Two men have been charged over a machete attack on three French rugby union internationals after a spat outside a bar, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The attack on Aurelien Rougerie, Julien Pierre and Benjamin Kayser occurred overnight on Saturday as the three ASM Clermont players were returning to their hotel in Millau. The youths, aged 20 and 21, were charged with “aggravated and premeditated group violence using arms,” local prosecutor Yves Delperie said. “They were recognized by witnesses and the victims.” The pair are from the French Antilles and have police records: the younger for extortion and the other for drugs. Kayser and Rougerie suffered arm injuries, and Pierre suffered deep cuts on his hip.

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