Sharper faces rape charges
A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 16 for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper on charges that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub. Arizona, which has charged Sharper in a similar case, wants to extradite him there for trial. He has also been investigated in Louisiana, Nevada and Florida. However, in May authorities in Florida found insufficient evidence to pursue charges there. He has pleaded not guilty in California, and he and his lawyers have denied the allegations in the other states. Prosecutors said outside court the preliminary hearing will take about two weeks. They are seeking to show there is sufficient evidence to order Sharper to stand trial. He is accused of giving women drugs and raping them while they were unconscious.
Park leads Meijer Classic
Inbee Park took the second-round lead on Friday in the Meijer LPGA Classic in Belmont, Michigan, birdieing her first three holes en route to her second straight five-under 66. Park finished on the front nine, adding birdies on the par-five fifth and eighth holes in her bogey-free round at Blythefield Country Club. The third-ranked South Korean player won six times last year and took the Manulife Financial in June in Canada for her 10th LPGA Tour title. Suzann Pettersen was a stroke back. She matched the course record with a 64. South Korea’s Mirim Lee shot 64 to reach eight-under and Amy Yang was fourth at seven-under after a 67. Taiwan’s Candie Kung shot a 70 for a total two-over 144.
Majka leads Tour of Poland
Rafal Majka won on his home Tour of Poland for the second day running on Friday, triumphing on the sixth stage to seize the overall race lead from Czech rider Petr Vakoc. Just as he had on Thursday, Majka once again pipped Spanish duo Benat Intxausti and Ion Izaguirre to win the 174km ride around the Polish ski resort of Bukowina Tatrzanska. However, the climbing specialist Majka will face a tough task to hold onto his lead when the seven-stage race was to conclude yesterday with an individual time trial in Krakow.
Woodcock out with injury
New Zealand prop Tony Woodcock requires shoulder surgery and will be out of rugby until next year. The 110-Test veteran suffered a shoulder injury near the end of the Super rugby season, but was thought likely to be available for the upcoming Rugby Championships. After a month of consultations, he has received medical advice that surgery is advisable. Woodcock is unlikely to return before next year’s Super rugby season and his place in the New Zealand squad for the Rugby Championships will be taken by young Crusaders prop Joe Moody. New Zealand was to play Australia in Sydney yesterday in the opening match of the Rugby Championships.
Kiwi’s bat drilled for drugs
New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham had a shock traveling through the US when his bat was drilled full of holes by customs officials. The 23-year-old, who was in transit between matches for his Caribbean Premier League team, the Guyana Amazon Warriors, tweeted a picture of his bat after its going-over. “Imagine if your cricket gear went through America and they drilled holes in your bat to look for drugs,” he wrote on his Twitter account, @JimmyNeesh. The photograph showed three holes drilled into the side of Neesham’s bat.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there
HOTSHOT: Luis Suarez scored his 194th goal for Barca, tying him with Ladislao Kubala as the club’s third-highest scorer, behind Cesar Rodriguez and Lionel Messi With another decisive penalty from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid on Sunday extended their perfect run after the COVID-19 suspension and moved closer to their first Spanish title in three years. Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to maintain a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat fifth-placed Villarreal 4-1. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were among the scorers for Barcelona after assists from Lionel Messi. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty to give Madrid their seventh straight victory and they remain the only team with a perfect record since La Liga resumed. “These three points are very