Qatar fire Uruguayan coach
The Qatar Football Association on Thursday sacked Uruguayan coach Jose Daniel Carreno, 17 months after naming him to prepare the 2022 World Cup hosts for the 2018 tournament in Russia. The decision followed back-to-back losses in the qualifiers to Iran and Uzbekistan. There was no immediate word on who would replace Carreno, but fellow Uruguayan Jorge Fossati is considered the front-runner. Fossati coached the national team in 2007 and 2008 and is currently manager of top flight Qatar Stars League champions Al-Rayyan. Another candidate is Algerian Djamel Belmadi, who coached the national team in 2014 and last year, when Qatar won the Gulf championship. The new coach will face the challenge of preparing for a tough qualifier against South Korea on Oct. 6.
Johnson keeps on rolling
Dustin Johnson hit out of a bunker for birdie on his first hole and kept right on rolling to a four-under 66 for a three-way tie of the lead at the Tour Championship on Thursday. Hideki Matsuyama had six birdies and Kevin Chappell played bogey-free to join Johnson at 66 on a tough day for scoring at East Lake. Johnson only has to win the Tour Championship to capture the US$10 million FedEx Cup bonus. Jason Day, who withdrew from the final round of the BMW Championship two weeks ago with back pain, was among those at 67. Jordan Spieth was three-over after two holes and shot 68, courtesy of six birdie putts between 18 and 30 feet. Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey were also at 68.
Ricciardo tips Rosberg
Australian Daniel Ricciardo has spoken of the awkward pre-podium silences between Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, while tipping the latter for the season’s Formula One title. The smiling Red Bull driver finished second in Singapore last weekend, with Rosberg winning and triple champion Hamilton third. The result sent Rosberg back on top in the championship, the German now eight points clear of Hamilton with six rounds remaining. “When Lewis made up that deficit to Nico and came back it was like OK, nobody’s going to touch Lewis,” he told Sky Sports television during a trip to Australia ahead of next week’s Malaysian race. “Nico’s come back... I’m going to throw a spanner in the works and say Rosberg,” he added when asked to pick one of the pair for the title.
Hazing prompts football ban
Hazing inflicted by older players on younger ones at a conditioning camp has led to the cancelation of an Oregon high school’s football season, investigations by authorities, and calls for soul-searching and healing. Meanwhile, three varsity high-school football players in California have been charged in a separate incident. Studies show more than half of college students in sports teams, clubs and organizations have experienced hazing — the practice of rituals, challenges and other activities involving harassment, abuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group. Many were hazed in high school. Breaking the cycle is difficult, but the town of Philomath is tackling the issue head on. School district officials say they are focusing on students’ mental health and looking for ways to prevent hazing incidents in the future.
Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is buying the Forum for US$400 million, ending the billionaire’s legal fight with Madison Square Garden Co (MSG) and clearing the way to build a new arena for his NBA team down the street in Inglewood, California. Ballmer on Tuesday announced his cash purchase of the venerated arena. Ballmer, a former Microsoft executive, and Clippers vice chairman Dennis Wong are making the transaction through CAPSS LLC, a newly formed entity that would continue to operate the Forum as a live music venue. “This is an unprecedented time, but we believe in our collective future,” Ballmer said.
DISSENT: The US track and field body joined sports officials in Norway and Brazil, as well as Indian athletes, in calling on the IOC to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 organizers have started drafting possible alternatives to holding the Olympics this summer, two sources familiar with the talks said, in contrast to the Japanese government’s stance that postponement is not an option. While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted sports events around the world, Japan has been steadfast in saying that the Games would go on. A Japanese government spokesman on Wednesday said that Tokyo was not preparing for postponement. “Finally, we have been asked to make a simulation in case of a postponement,” said one of the sources, an official close to the organizing committee who is involved in drafting the
PROUD, BUT BOWING OUT: The Dallas center missed all of 2018 due to Guillain-Barre syndrome, but Travis Frederick returned to be a standout again last season Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick on Monday stunningly announced his retirement. Frederick, who turned 29 on Wednesday last week, was a Pro Bowl selection in five of his six NFL seasons. Frederick revealed his retirement in a lengthy letter, beginning it by writing: “After much consideration, discussion, and reflection, I have decided to retire from football. This was not an easy decision.” Frederick cited his bout with autoimmune disease Guillain-Barre syndrome as a factor. He missed the 2018 season due to the illness in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system, but he returned to be a standout again last
EXPENDITURE: Tokyo Games organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto said that ‘additional expenses are going to be quite massive’ to reschedule the Olympics The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is working with sports bodies to arrange a July-to-August window next year for the postponed Tokyo Olympics and hopes to confirm the schedule within a month, Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun reported yesterday. John Coates, head of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics, told the newspaper that the Games would have to be held between the tennis Grand Slams of Wimbledon, scheduled to end in mid-July, and the US Open, which starts in late August. “We want to more or less finalize the dates in four weeks’ time,” the newspaper quoted Coates as saying. Coates, who is also