Boxer Khan meets royalty
Boxing star Amir Khan met Prince Charles on Tuesday and discovered that the heir to the British throne had sustained more injuries playing polo than the former world champion had suffered in the ring. The pair met in Sunderland, England, where the Prince of Wales was visiting a National Citizen Service project backed by Khan where youngsters help older people learn to use social media. “We had a bit of a chat about boxing and we had a chat about his polo and how many injuries we’d had. He’d had more injuries in that than I have in boxing,” Olympic silver medallist Khan said. Charles, 66, broke his right arm after falling off his polo horse in 1990. He was also left unconscious following another fall during a charity match in 2001. By contrast, Khan has won 30 of his 33 professional fights and so far avoided serious injury.
Brazilian fails dope test
The Brazilian short-course relay team might lose three gold medals after swimmer Joao Gomes failed a dope test from last month’s world championships, Brazilian TV reported on Tuesday. The urine test taken at the Doha world championships, where breaststroker Gomes helped win the 200m medley, 400m medley and the 200m mixed medley relay titles, reportedly revealed a masking agent. The Brazilian swimming authority said it hoped to prove the presence of the masking agent was due to accidental contamination, Globo TV reported. Gomes helped the team qualify for the finals, but did not take part in any of the finals himself. However, the team could be stripped of the medals concerned and Gomes could face a four-year ban.
Japan captain ‘a bit dim’
Japan captain Makoto Hasebe has shown impeccable leadership in steering the Blue Samurai through the group stages, but he is also, according to Eiji Kawashima, “a bit dim.” The goalkeeper gently teased his captain as he said: “He’s a superb leader and has really grown into the captaincy. But I went out for a walk yesterday to buy him a birthday present and he wanted to come with me, so I couldn’t get him anything. At times like that you want him to be more switched on.”
Once bitten, twice shy
He was dubbed “Rottweiler” by Alex Ferguson, but Iran coach Carlos Queiroz is once bitten, twice shy after being fined for slamming refereeing at the Asian Cup. Queiroz, after being hit with a US$3,000 sanction for criticizing a referee, kept his counsel when asked about Brisbane’s shoddy pitch. “I don’t want to make comments about the pitch, the players, the opponents, the referees, or the AFC, the weather in Australia, nothing, because in my life usually when I give my opinions ... you usually pay for that, so I don’t want to be in that position,” he said.
14 seconds to immortality
The head of the United Arab Emirates’ football association said Ali Mabkhout’s name would reverberate through the ages after he scored after just 14 seconds against Bahrain. After combing through nearly 60 years of results and statistics, officials confirmed Mabkhout’s goal as the fastest recorded in Asian Cup history. What’s more, he outdid Fathi Kameel, a player for Gulf neighbors Kuwait who scored a lightning strike in 1976. “We are delighted. It’s enough that Fathi Kameel of Kuwait was the record holder for over 30 years,” Yousef Al Serkal was reported as saying. “Now Ali Mabkhout’s name will be immortalized, and with it will be the name of the Emirates.”
‘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
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational