Ray Rice appeal starts
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell testified for more than two hours to start Ray Rice’s appeal hearing on Wednesday, a person familiar with the case said. Rice and his wife, Janay, were to testify yesterday at the offices of former US District Judge Barbara Jones in New York, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Jones has told both sides not to discuss details of the private hearing. The source said Goodell spent much of his testimony under cross examination by Rice’s attorneys. Rice spent nearly 10 hours at the hearing, which took place nearly two months after the former Pro Bowl running back was suspended indefinitely by the NFL and released by the Baltimore Ravens. Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a video of him hitting his then-fiancee was released publicly.
Oudin to have heart surgery
US tennis star Melanie Oudin, who was diagnosed last month with a heart condition, was to undergo surgery for the problem yesterday. The 23-year-old Oudin said she was recently diagnosed with a type of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat. Oudin, who reached the quarter-finals of the 2009 US Open, hopes to be able to continue her tennis career in a few weeks.
Williams named at center
Sonny Bill Williams has been named at inside center in the New Zealand team to play England in Twickenham tomorrow in what may be the toughest test of his stop-start rugby union career. Williams was chosen ahead of Malakai Fekitoa and Ryan Crotty to partner Conrad Smith in midfield in only his second Test since returning to rugby after two years in rugby league. Williams marked his return to rugby by scoring two tries against the US last weekend and now has the chance to establish himself at inside center in the absence of the injured Ma’a Nonu.
FA defends Ferdinand ban
Former England captain Rio Ferdinand “should have known better” than to become involved in a Twitter row, the Football Association (FA) said on Wednesday as it explained why it had controversially banned the Queens Park Rangers defender for three matches. Last month the FA also fined Ferdinand ￡25,000 (US$40,000) for referring to the mother of another Twitter user as a “sket,” a derogatory slang term for a promiscuous woman. “With nearly 6 million followers, Mr Ferdinand is clearly an experienced Twitter user and he should know better than to respond in the way that he did,” a statement issued on behalf of the FA’s independent regulatory commission said. “It is said on his behalf that he is one of the most high profile sportsmen on Twitter and he is, without doubt, a role model for many young people, no doubt throughout the world. His responsibility is therefore that much greater than many others.
James auctions mementos
Former England goalkeeper David James is to auction more than 150 shirts, shorts and soccer balls from his career later this month after being declared bankrupt. The 44-year-old was declared bankrupt earlier this year despite being estimated to have earned about ￡20 million (US$32 million) from soccer. Several British newspapers cited an expensive divorce from his wife Tanya in 2005, reported to have cost ￡3 million, as one source of James’ money troubles.
Japanese couple Rikiya and Ayumi Kataoka had their honeymoon wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic, but their resourcefulness in enforced exile in Cape Verde has won them appointments as ambassadors for its Olympic team. The Kataokas had completed a third of their round-the-world trip when a suspension in long-haul flights stranded them for five months in the archipelago of 10 tiny islands off the coast of West Africa. Unable to resume their journey to Europe and then home to Japan, and unwilling to head to the African mainland, where virus cases are spiking, they had to trade their skills with domestic businesses to
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen
Max Verstappen informed his Red Bull team that he would not be driving “like a grandma” in Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday — and he was as good as his word. The Dutch 22-year-old seized his opportunity at Silverstone, ending dominant Mercedes’ run of four successive wins this season and moving up to second place overall, 30 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen’s confidence shone through early on, after slotting into third place behind the two Mercedes, when he was told by race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase to take care of his tires. “Mate, this is the only chance of being