Towell dies after bout
Scottish boxer Mike Towell has died in hospital after the 25-year-old suffered serious injuries in a welterweight bout in Glasgow on Thursday. Towell was knocked down in the opening round of his bout by Welshman Dale Evans and referee Victor Loughlin eventually stopped the contest in the fifth. The Dundee fighter received treatment in the ring before being taken to hospital. St Andrews Sporting Club, which organized the fight, yesterday said that Towell had died. “Within the last hour Mike Towell passed away — he will always be in our hearts #RIPIronMike,” it said on Twitter. After the fight, Evans released a statement saying he was “devastated” to see Towell being taken from the ring on a stretcher. “The aftermath of the fight is so hard to take in, but I just want people to know that every thought I have today is with Mike Towell’s family,” he said.
England gets into judo
Eddie Jones wants his England team to get a grip so he will bring in a group of judo experts to freshen up their tackling techniques ahead of next month’s Tests. The 56-year-old, who has guided England to a Six Nations Grand Slam and 3-0 series win over his native Australia in his short spell in charge, believes the ancient Japanese martial art can be a useful tool in rugby. A visit to the British judo training base in Wolverhampton, central England, where he met former world champion Kate Howey, made a big impression on the Australian. “We’ve got a couple of people coming from judo, coming down to the Brighton training camp,” Jones said on Friday as he named his sqaud for next month’s clashes against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia. “One of the things that really came out of the Australia tour is that we need to work on our grappling area at the tackle. So we’ve got some judo coaches coming in,” he said.
Pole wins Spartathlon
Polish runner Andrzej Radzikowski yesterday won the 245.3km historic Spartathlon race for the first time, clocking 23 hours, 1 minute and 13 seconds. Radzikowski, 35, was 18th last year and two years ago finished third. Finishing second was Italy’s 39-year-old Marco Bonfiglio in 23:35.14, while 42-year-old Radek Brunner of the Czech Republic was third in 24:06.39. The first woman across the line and fourth overall for the second year in a row was the US’ Katalyn Nagy, 37, in 25:22.26. The race traces the classical route of Pheidippides, an Athenian messenger sent to Sparta in 490BC to seek help against the Persians in the Battle of Marathon.
J.J. Watt out for season
Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien on Friday said that injured defensive star J.J. Watt would miss the rest of the season after undergoing back surgery. Watt underwent surgery on Thursday after consulting a specialist, having been placed on injured reserve a day earlier. The 27-year-old has injured the same disc which was operated on in July and forced him to miss the pre-season. O’Brien on Friday said he had not seen Watt since his surgery. “I haven’t seen him, I’m sure he’s doing well,” O’Brien told reporters, confirming the player would miss the rest of the season. In a heartfelt social media post on Wednesday, Watt vowed he was determined to return. “Everybody deals with adversity in their lives, many much worse than what I’m going through,” he said.
‘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
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
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
The Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens, with the fewest wins of any NHL playoff teams, ignited the rink returning from a COVID-19 hiatus with upset triumphs in Saturday openers. NHL Rookie of the Year candidate Dominik Kubalik inspired the Blackhawks to a 6-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in game one of their best-of-five qualifying series at Edmonton, Alberta, scoring two goals and assisting on three others. “We were ready to go, and I think the game was pretty good,” Kubalik said. “I felt pretty good and everything went my way, so it’s nice, but it’s just the first game,