Police chase Rodriguez
Real Madrid star James Rodriguez was pursued by an unmarked police car to the club’s training ground for allegedly speeding at 200kph, Madrid sports daily AS reported on Friday. The newspaper published photographs on its Web site of Rodriguez arriving at the Valdebebas training ground in Madrid followed by a car carrying a blue light. AS also published a video of the passengers in the unmarked vehicle claiming they “followed him at 200kph on the M-40 motorway,” when stopped by security at the entrance to the training ground. Real Madrid refused to comment on the incident when contacted by reporters.
Bournemouth sign Iturbe
AFC Bournemouth have signed AS Roma winger Juan Iturbe on loan for the rest of the season, the Premier League club announced on Friday. Argentina Under-20 international Iturbe is to officially complete his switch to Eddie Howe’s team subject to endorsement from the Football Association and a European work permit. Bournemouth also have the option of making the move permanent at the end of the season for an undisclosed fee. Iturbe, who has scored three goals in 39 Serie A appearances for Roma, told Bournemouth’s Web site: “It’s a big opportunity for me to come and play in the Premier League. There were a few clubs that were interested, but things happened pretty quickly and once this process was under way, it was a straightforward decision for me to make.”
Mallinder to meet Jones
Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder is to meet England boss Eddie Jones in the next few days to discuss his controversial approach for Saints assistant coach Alex King. Mallinder recently accused the Rugby Football Union of making an unofficial approach for King and, speaking after Northampton’s 8-3 win over Exeter on Friday, he said he still does not know any more about the move. Jones met with King before Christmas after identifying him as his potential attack coach, having already adding scrum coach Ian Peel to his backroom staff following the appointments of Steve Borthwick and Paul Gustard. Mallinder said the club had still not had any contact from the union and added: “Eddie is coming back next week and coming into the club to see me for a chat, so hopefully I will know a bit more then.”
Hammers tout new home
West Ham United will sell out the Olympic Stadium for every Premier League match next season, vice chairwoman Karren Brady said on Friday. The Hammers leave their 35,000-seater Upton Park venue at the end of this campaign to set up home at the remodeled London 2012 Games arena that is to have a capacity of about 54,000. “The opportunity this represents for West Ham is huge,” Brady told Sky Sports News television. “There are five times as many people on the priority list as there are available season tickets. All of the corporate hospitality facilities have already sold out.”
Panthers extend coach deal
The Florida Panthers extended coach Gerard Gallant’s contract for a further two years on Friday as the franchise goes through one of their best periods in the NHL. The Panthers (27-12-4) have won their past seven games, matching their longest ever streak. The extension takes his contract through until after the 2018-2019 season, according to multiple local media reports.
‘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
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