‘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.”
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An English soccer club has withdrawn its offer to allow a player who was convicted of rape to resume training at its facilities, following a backlash from critics.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.”
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.
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.
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.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given
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