HK boo probe ‘disappointing’
Hong Kong’s soccer governing body expressed “disappointment” yesterday that FIFA is investigating the booing of the Chinese national anthem at a World Cup qualifier between the territory and the mainland. Hong Kong fans jeered and turned their backs during the March of the Volunteers anthem, which the semi-autonomous territory shares with China. They also held up white signs saying “boo” in English during Tuesday last week’s sold-out match at Mong Kok Stadium, attended by about 6,000 fans. The investigation follows warnings against audible booing from world body FIFA, which fined the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) after fans jeered their own anthem at previous qualifiers.
Fixing suspect freed
A Singaporean man alleged to be the mastermind behind a global soccer match-fixing syndicate was freed by the country’s highest court yesterday after spending more than two years in detention without trial. Tan Seet Eng, also known by the nickname Dan Tan, was jailed in October 2013 after Italian prosecutors accused him of coordinating a global crime syndicate that made millions of dollars betting on rigged Italian matches and other games across the world. Tan was held under a Singaporean law that allows for indefinite detention without trial if it is in the interest of public safety, but Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon of the Singapore Court of Appeal said there was no evidence to suggest he was a safety risk.
Frank Alexander suspended
Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander was suspended by the NFL for a minimum of one year without pay on Tuesday, while free agent safety LaRon Landry was issued an indefinite ban. The Panthers announced Alexander’s ban, the third on a Carolina player this week, for his third violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Landry’s punishment, confirmed by the NFL’s Web site, was for his third violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
Manning out for weeks
Peyton Manning is likely to miss at least the next two weeks with his injured left foot, the Denver Broncos announced on Tuesday. The veteran quarterback visited a foot specialist for the diagnosis and was told to wear a walking boot for at least one week. “Peyton and I had a good visit today, and we’ve got a plan in place for his recovery,” Broncos coach Gary Kubiak told the team’s Web site. “His foot will be in a cast for at least a week, but he’ll be able to be part of meetings and do some workouts with the rest of the team.”
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
Coming from the business world, New York Liberty owner Joe Tsai (蔡崇信) did not understand why his WNBA franchise did not have a chief executive officer similar to the team’s NBA counterpart the Brooklyn Nets, which Tsai also owns. For Tsai, it was about equality, so he did something about it. The 56-year-old Taipei-born billionaire businessman and philanthropist promoted Keia Clarke to the position last week — making her the first chief executive officer in the team’s history. The WNBA veteran became the third black woman to currently be in charge of a franchise in the league, joining Los Angeles Sparks president
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
MONEY MATTERS: While COVID-19 played a major role in the decision, the CTBA also found it hard to secure sponsorship, and ticket sales would have been affected The Yonex Taipei Open badminton tournament has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a funding shortfall, the CTBA said yesterday. This was the first time that the tournament, a Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Super 300-level competition, has been canceled since it began in 1980. The Taipei Open has been held annually since 1980. The tournament was to be played at the Taipei Arena from Sept. 1 to Sept. 6, with total prize money of US$500,000. The CTBA said that it was deeply concerned about whether the Taipei Open would proceed as scheduled after the BWF announced changes