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SOCCER

‘Racist texts’ spark probe

The owner of English club Wigan has made controversial comments about Jewish people while defending his decision to hire a coach who is under investigation for sending racist and anti-Semitic messages. Malky Mackay on Wednesday was hired as Wigan manager even though the English Football Association is looking into a dossier from his time in charge of Cardiff, when he sent offensive text messages to a colleague. Dave Whelan, who has owned Wigan since 1995, told the Guardian newspaper that he did not believe the anti-Semitic and racist texts sent by Mackay were offensive. Commenting on a text sent by Mackay about Jewish people and money, Whelan said: “I think Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else. I don’t think that’s offensive at all.”

SOCCER

Club drops convicted rapist

An English soccer club has withdrawn its offer to allow a player who was convicted of rape to resume training at its facilities, following a backlash from critics. League One side Sheffield United last week accepted a request from the players’ union to allow Wales international Ched Evans to train at the club following his release from jail after serving half of a five-year sentence for rape. United’s decision was criticized by leading politicians, campaign groups and its own shirt sponsor, while Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis said she would want her name removed from one of the stands at the club’s stadium if Evans was to be signed. United on Thursday said the reaction “has been at an intensity that could not have been anticipated when first announced.”

OLYMPIcs

San Francisco eyes 2024 bid

A group of San Francisco Bay Area business, sports and civic leaders plan to bid to host the 2024 Olympics and is putting together a proposal for the US Olympic Committee (USOC), officials said on Thursday. Should the USOC decide to bid for the Games and the Paralympics, the cities challenging San Francisco would be Boston, Los Angeles and Washington.

SWIMMING

Rio night schedule panned

Australian Olympic officials have said they would oppose plans to stage the 2016 Rio Olympics swimming finals late at night. Although the final schedule for the Rio Games has not been completed, reports that the swimming finals could start at 10pm local time to fit in with US television have been criticized in Australia.

BASEBALL

Japan win exhibition game

Yuki Yanagita greeted Randy Choate with a two-run single in the eighth inning and Japan beat the Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Stars 6-4 on Thursday in an exhibition game following their five-game postseason tour. With Japan ahead 3-2 on Thursday, Nobuhiro Matsuda doubled off Jose Veras leading off the eighth, and Ginji Akaminai walked. After a pair of bunts, Choate relieved, Yanagita singled and Ryosuke Kikuchi tripled for a 6-2 lead. Shota Takada won by allowing one run — unearned — four hits and four walks in three innings, and Yuji Nishino pitched the ninth for the save. Loser Hector Santiago gave up two runs — one earned — and four hits in four innings. Morneau’s sacrifice fly put the All-Stars ahead in the first, but Kenta Imamiya hit a tying single in the second, Tetsuto Yamada had a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fourth and Yoshihiro Maru tripled in a run off Tsuyoshi Wada in the fifth for a 3-1 lead. Evan Longoria homered in the bottom half off Takahiro Matsuba.

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