All Black Carter wins award
New Zealand legend Dan Carter has won the Rugby Union Writers’ Club Pat Marshall Memorial Award as the sport’s Personality of the Year for last year. Carter was awarded the prize at the club’s annual dinner in London on Monday and follows in the footsteps of previous winners such as Jonah Lomu and Jonny Wilkinson. The 33-year-old flyhalf has amassed 112 caps during a 12-year Test career that reached its pinnacle with victory over Australia in last year’s Rugby World Cup final. He was subsequently named World Player of the Year for an unprecedented third time. “There are some amazing names on this trophy, so to have my name alongside these legends is very humbling,” said Carter, who is the fifth All Black to win the award.
Newcastle sign Saivet
Newcastle United have signed midfielder Henri Saivet from Girondins de Bordeaux on a five-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee. The 25-year-old Saivet made 178 appearances for the Ligue 1 club in all competitions, scoring 23 goals during his stay in Bordeaux. He was part of the side that won the French league title in 2009. “I am really proud to be able to play for this club and I am really excited at the challenge that lies ahead,” Saivet said. Newcastle manager Steve McClaren told the club’s official Web site that he was delighted with the deal for the midfielder, who becomes the club’s first signing since this month’s transfer window opened. “Henri is someone the club have been watching for a while and he has developed into an excellent player at Bordeaux,” McClaren said.
Cherries re-sign Grabban
AFC Bournemouth brought Lewis Grabban back to Dean Court on Monday after signing the striker from Norwich City for an undisclosed fee. Grabban scored 35 goals during his first two-year stay with the Cherries and has agreed to a three-and-a-half-year contract to return to the English Premier League club. The 27-year-old’s arrival, reported to have cost ￡8 million (US$11.6 million), is a further boost to Bournemouth’s attacking options, with coach Eddie Howe having signed young forward Benik Afobe from Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday. Grabban helped Norwich win promotion to the Premier League last season, but was unable to hold down a regular place in Alex Neil’s lineup this term. “I think we will be getting a better Lewis Grabban, but he will realize that we have got better as well and he will have to adapt, too.” Howe told Bournemouth’s Web site.
Fantasy sites given go-ahead
New York state Supreme Court on Monday allowed two fantasy sports Web sites to remain in operation while a legal battle plays out over whether they are illegal gambling enterprises or games of skill. In a similar move in December last year, a New York appeals court suspended an order that would have forced the DraftKings and FanDuel Web sites to cease operations, but that suspension was only temporary. New York state officials are seeking to shut down the sites, claiming they are in fact gambling operations illegal under state law. However, the companies say they are games of skill rather than gambling enterprises. The state of Nevada has already shut down their operations following a similar investigation and Illinois has declared them illegal. Fantasy sport sites that allow betting are already illegal in five other states.
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
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on