NFL clears Peyton Manning
The NFL said it found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with HGH or other prohibited substances, as alleged in a documentary by al-Jazeera America last fall. The league said the quarterback and his wife fully cooperated in the seven-month investigation, providing interviews and access to all records sought by investigators. Manning vehemently denied the allegations when they were made late last season. Manning retired from the NFL a month after Denver’s 24-10 win over Carolina in Super Bowl 50. The NFL is continuing its investigation into allegations made against other NFL players in the documentary, which the league said involves “different lines of inquiry and witnesses.”
Australia dominate Sri Lanka
Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood picked up three wickets as Australia ripped through Sri Lanka’s brittle top order on the first morning of the opening Test in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, yesterday. At lunch, the hosts were reeling on 84-5 with debutant all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva (24) and Kusal Perera (12) unbeaten at the crease. Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and had no hesitation in opting to bat on a dry pitch in the first of the three-match Test series. However, Australia pace duo Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc ensured their team took full control with the new ball by reducing the hosts to 18-3 inside 10 overs. Starc sent back Dimuth Karunaratne, with the opening batsman failing to get the umpire’s LBW verdict overturned on review. Hazlewood then dismissed Kusal Mendis and Kaushal Silva, and returned for another spell before lunch to lure Dinesh Chandimal into an edge behind to wicketkeeper Peter Nevill. Left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe was brought on in the ninth over by Australia captain Steve Smith and he was rewarded when he dismissed Mathews.
Give Africa places: Infantino
Africa should be given two more places at the FIFA World Cup finals if the tournament is expanded to 40 teams, FIFA president Gianni Infantino told reporters on a brief trip to Nigeria on Monday. Infantino repeated his presidential election manifesto pledge to push for the World Cup to grow by eight teams to 40 and said he wants Africa to get at least two extra slots from 2026. “I believe for the World Cup 2026 — because the 2018 and 2022 finals are already decided — there should be 40 teams ... and out of the eight more, there should be at least two slots for African teams,” Infantino told reporters. “This is what I declared during my campaign and as you know, I am not a dictator, but a democratically elected FIFA president, so I have to speak to everyone and listen to everyone as well,” he added in Abuja.
Reds appoint new coach
Former Wallabies prop Nick Stiles was yesterday appointed the Queensland Reds’ permanent coach. Stiles, who played 12 times for Australia, has been the interim co-coach along with Matt O’Connor since Richard Graham was let go two rounds into this year’s Super Rugby season. “The panel and board ... ultimately determined Nick to have the right attributes to take this group forward,” Queensland Rugby Union general manager Daniel Herbert said.
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
FULL GAME: Henry Sosa pitched nine innings for the Guardians, allowing only six hits all night, while the Monkeys’ offense were also shut out of their game Outfielder Lin An-ko carried a big bat this week — before his Uni-President Lions ran into the Fubon Guardians last night — blasting four home runs, including a grand slam as his side won four games in a row and moved into second on the CPBL table. However, the Lions could not sustain their super-charged offense for the whole week, as they were shut out 4-0 by the Guardians in New Taipei City. Fubon’s rookie catcher, Jhang Jin-de, took a page from Lin’s playbook. With two men on, Jhang smacked a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Henry Sosa of the Dominican Republic