Ali’s condition improves
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s condition is improving and he is expected to be released from hospital soon, his spokesman said in Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday. Bob Gunnell said two days ago when Ali was admitted to hospital, that the 72-year-old’s pneumonia condition was caught early and his stay would be a short one. “Muhammad Ali has vastly improved since being admitted to the hospital over the weekend with a mild case of pneumonia. Ali’s team of doctors hopes to discharge him soon,” Gunnell said on Monday.
Clarke Carlisle hit by truck
Former Burnley, Leeds and Queens Park Rangers defender Clarke Carlisle was airlifted to hospital after being hit by a truck on Monday, British media reported. The BBC reported the 35-year-old former chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association was in hospital and that his injuries were not life-threatening. England soccer body the Football Association wrote on Twitter: “The thoughts & prayers of all at The FA are with Clarke Carlisle & his family at this sad time.”
Klitschkos’ ex-trainer dies
Fritz Sdunek, who was the trainer for Ukrainian heavyweight boxing brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, has died aged 67, following complications after a heart attack, SID reported. Sdunek, who also trained former world light heavyweight champion Dariusz Michalczewski, suffered the heart attack in the Canary Islands before being transported to Hamburg, Germany, where he died, Web site express.de announced. Sdeunek, a former amateur boxer, had had to reduce his training responsiblities in recent years as he battled heart problems and skin cancer. It was from his Hamburg base that he trained Vitali Klitschko, now mayor of Kiev, during his stellar 16-year career. Younger brother Wladimir was under his wing for eight years. “Wladimir and Vitali learnt the news from the family,” Wladimir’s manager Bernd Bonte told SID. “They are upset and very sad... He was a close friend to us all, we owe him a lot.” While Vitali, who was twice WBC champion and also WBO titleholder, has retired to focus on a political career in Ukraine, Wladimir, 38, holds three of the heavyweight championship belts (IBF, WBA and WBO), with his goal to become the first pugilist in history to hold all four by taking the WBC version next year.
Carl Herrera out of ICU
Former NBA player Carl Herrera is out of the intensive care unit (ICU) and improving following a weekend shooting, the team he coaches and one of his sons said on Monday. The Gigantes de Guayana team said in a series of Twitter posts that Herrera, the first Venezuelan to play in the NBA, is no longer in critical condition “and is improving day by day.” Herrera, 48, was shot on Saturday last week during an apparent robbery attempt at a restaurant on Margarita Island off Venezuela’s Caribbean coast.
Watson hit by bouncer
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was forced to cut short his training session in the Melbourne Cricket Ground nets yesterday after being hit on the helmet by a bouncer, three days before the start of the third Test against India. Watson, under pressure for his place at No. 3 in the batting order, was knocked to the ground when a short ball from James Pattinson hit him flush on the helmet.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017