Dumped medals unclaimed
Olympic medals dumped in a pile of rubbish outside a house in Melbourne, Australia, remain unclaimed five months after they were handed in to police, Australian media reported. A bronze medal from the 1952 Helsinki Games and a participation medal from the 1948 London Olympics were handed in to police in June after they were found in trash outside a house in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Police had been unable to link them to any burglaries and no one had come forward to claim them. “Whether they were handed down from one generation to another, or they belong to another athlete from another country, we don’t know,” Senior Constable Damien Bowman told the Australian Associated Press. “I wouldn’t limit it to Australian athletes at this stage. We’d just like to get them back to the owner safe and sound.”
Lions fire GM, president
Detroit Lions owner and chairman of the board Martha Firestone Ford fired general manager (GM) Martin Mayhew and team president Tom Lewand on Thursday. “We are very disappointed with the results of the season so far and believe a change was necessary,” Ford said. “I have informed coach [Jim] Caldwell of our decisions, although no changes have been made to our coaching staff.” Ford said Sheldon White would be the acting general manager. White, who is in his 19th season with the franchise, was vice president of pro personnel. Allison Maki, the team’s chief financial officer, will be the team’s interim chief operating officer. Detroit have a 41-63 record and two playoff appearances since Mayhew was hired six years ago.
Smith convicted of murder
Former Oakland Raiders star Anthony Smith is set to spend the rest of his life in jail after being convicted of murdering three men on Thursday. The former NFL defensive end, a first-round draft pick in 1990, was found guilty of shooting two brothers to death in 1999 and stabbing a third man to death in 2001. All three men had been tortured before their deaths, according to earlier testimony. A Los Angeles County Court jury was unable to reach a verdict on a fourth killing Smith had been accused of carrying out in 2008. Smith faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced on Dec. 21. Prosecutors had already stated they would not seek the death penalty in the case. A lawyer for Smith said the former Raiders player would appeal against the convictions.
Mariners trade six players
The Seattle Mariners continued their revamp by completing a six-player trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. The Mariners sent infielder-outfielder Brad Miller, first baseman Logan Morrison and pitcher Danny Farquhar to Tampa Bay in exchange for pitchers Nathan Karns and C.J. Riefenhauser and minor league outfielder Boog Powell. Miller and Morrison were core players for Seattle last season, but the team is moving in a new direction under general manager Jerry Dipoto, hired in September to replace Jack Zduriencik. Last month, the Mariners fired manager Lloyd McClendon, who went 76-86 in his second season with the team, and replaced him with Scott Servais. With the trade, Seattle have added a new weapon to their starting rotation in Karns, as well as a reliever and young prospect.
Japanese couple Rikiya and Ayumi Kataoka had their honeymoon wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic, but their resourcefulness in enforced exile in Cape Verde has won them appointments as ambassadors for its Olympic team. The Kataokas had completed a third of their round-the-world trip when a suspension in long-haul flights stranded them for five months in the archipelago of 10 tiny islands off the coast of West Africa. Unable to resume their journey to Europe and then home to Japan, and unwilling to head to the African mainland, where virus cases are spiking, they had to trade their skills with domestic businesses to
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
Max Verstappen informed his Red Bull team that he would not be driving “like a grandma” in Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday — and he was as good as his word. The Dutch 22-year-old seized his opportunity at Silverstone, ending dominant Mercedes’ run of four successive wins this season and moving up to second place overall, 30 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen’s confidence shone through early on, after slotting into third place behind the two Mercedes, when he was told by race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase to take care of his tires. “Mate, this is the only chance of being