Howe’s awareness improves
Gordie Howe’s family was hopeful the hockey great would be out of the hospital before the end of the night on Wednesday after being treated for dehydration. In a statement released by the Detroit Red Wings, Howe’s family said he was having difficulty eating solid foods and has been unable to walk for more than three weeks, but his mental awareness was improving enough that they were expecting him to be able to leave the hospital. The 86-year-old Howe suffered what his children called a serious stroke in late October. He has been staying at his daughter’s home in Lubbock, Texas. On Monday, Howe showed diminished consciousness to caregivers and physical therapy personnel and was taken to a hospital, but an MRI on Tuesday revealed he did not have another severe stroke.
Del Potro to return to Sydney
Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro has been granted a wild-card into next month’s Sydney International, organizers said yesterday. The 2009 US Open winner will start as the tournament favorite, despite a tough injury-blighted year. “Last year, I played some of my best tennis in Sydney and it is the perfect way to start the year,” the Argentine said. The tournament’s top seed will be Italian Fabio Fognini (world No. 20), while the second seed will go to Belgian David Goffin, ranked 22nd. Australians Nick Kyrgios and last year’s champion Bernard Tomic are also in the draw. The women’s side of the draw is headed by two-time Wimbledon champion and world No. 4 Petra Kvitova along with world No. 3 and French Open runner-up Simona Halep. The Sydney International takes place from Jan. 11 to Jan. 17.
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No ‘War Machine’ probation
A judge in Las Vegas revoked probation for former mixed martial arts fighter “War Machine” on a prior felony conviction while he awaits trial on charges that could get him life without parole for allegedly trying to kill his porn actress ex-girlfriend and her friend. Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver’s lawyer, Brandon Sua, said on Tuesday that Koppenhaver does not dispute leaving Nevada without permission before his August arrest at a hotel in the Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley. Koppenhaver was sought at the time after Christy Mack reported he attacked her and a male friend at her Las Vegas house. Koppenhaver faces trial on Feb. 17 in that case. The judge on Tuesday invoked a one-to-four year sentence that she suspended in February 2012 after Koppenhaver’s guilty plea in a felony attempted battery case.
The country’s former women’s field hockey coach says female athletes are treated as “second-class citizens” when it comes to sponsorships and media coverage. Ric Charlesworth, who coached the nation’s women’s team to Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2000, and is now an ambassador for the Australian Womensport & Recreation Association, yesterday said there needed to be a change in the public’s attitude toward women’s sport. Charlesworth, also a former men’s hockey player and Olympian, says “the issue is societal ... you only have to look at the boardrooms around to country to understand that occurs.” He says despite female athletes’ success internationally, women are “paid a token by their sports federations compared to their male counterparts, and they have to make enormous sacrifices to represent their clubs and country.”
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker found himself in need of an assist to help the state fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He called on the New England Patriots. One of the team’s private airplanes on Thursday evening landed in Boston after returning from China carrying more than 1 million masks critical to healthcare providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard met the airplane and offloaded the containers of masks onto waiting trucks for transport to warehouses for distribution. Baker secured the N95 masks from Chinese manufacturers, but had no way of getting them to the US. He
WAIT AND SEE: The estimated cost of postponement started at US$2 billion and has kept rising, but the IOC has yet to say whether it would help pay for the extra expenses Postponing the Tokyo Olympics to next year would make the event more costly for all parties, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) acknowledged on Thursday, although it offered few details on what the final bill might be. Four directors of the Olympic body held a conference call three days after Tokyo’s new dates were finalized, with the Games pushed back to July 23 to Aug. 8 next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the new dates cleared up any uncertainty about the event’s future, there are still plenty of question marks as the committee begins to work with Tokyo organizers and the
DECREASED TENSION: The US players’ lawyers said that the soccer federation no longer disputes that the jobs of the women’s and men’s national teams require equal skill Women players suing the US Soccer Federation (USSF) said in in court documents filed on Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged that the jobs of male and female soccer players require equal skill. The language seemed to signal a decrease in tension between the parties after language in documents filed by the federation’s lawyers earlier last month provoked widespread outrage in saying that playing on the men’s national team required a higher level of skill based on speed and strength and carried greater responsibility. The fierce backlash — not only from the women players, but also from sponsors such as Coca-Cola —
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are planning to play a charity golf match next month with Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, CNBC reported on Wednesday. CNBC, which cited an unnamed person familiar with the negotiations, said that the charity match would be held at an undisclosed location without fans and is being organized by the PGA Tour and AT&T’s WarnerMedia. The negotiations are still being finalized, but the match pitting 15-time major champion Woods and Manning against five-time major winner Mickelson and Brady could be aired on live TV and is unlikely to be featured on pay-per-view, CNBC said. “Discussions