School sorry for ‘Hitler’ play
The headmaster of a Connecticut high school has apologized after its football team named one of its plays “Hitler.” Chris Winters, of Greenwich High School, issued the apology on Friday. He called the designation offensive and said the practice has been stopped. The mother of a Trumbull High School player told the Connecticut Post her son’s freshman football team was playing Greenwich on Thursday when the players charged onto the field shouting “Hitler,” adding that the signal for the play was an index finger laid across the upper lip. The team and coaches met with the Connecticut Anti-Defamation League to make sure they understand why it was offensive. The group’s executive director told the newspaper he did not see intent to intimidate or anti-Semitism.
Marquez wins his third title
Honda rider Marc Marquez yesterday secured his third MotoGP championship in four years by winning the Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix after his nearest rivals, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, both crashed out. The 23-year-old Spaniard had only an outside chance to seal the title, but his win at Twin Ring Motegi gave him an unassailable 77-point lead over Italian Rossi, who started on pole, but slid into the gravel early. Already the youngest rider to win a MotoGP race and the title in his maiden season in 2013, Marquez’s triumph in Japan made him the youngest to seal three championships. He finished nearly three seconds ahead of Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso, with Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales third.
Bolt to run last home race
Jamaica’s Olympic sprint champion, Usain Bolt, is to run his last race on home soil at the Racers Grand Prix on June 10 next year before retiring from competition two months later, he said on Friday. The 30-year-old, who won the 100m at this year’s Racers Grand Prix, has already said he plans to retire from the sport after the Aug. 5-13 world championships in London, having won nine Olympic gold medals. “The Racers Grand Prix is to be my last race in Jamaica, people, it will be the last time I run in Jamaica,” Bolt told Television Jamaica’s Smile Jamaica morning magazine program.
Cahill marks debut with goal
Tim Cahill on Saturday marked his A-League debut with a spectacular long-range goal as Melbourne City beat the Melbourne Victory 4-1 to continue its winning form. Cahill, the former Everton forward who is playing in Australian soccer’s domestic competition for the first time in 20 years, lived up to his star billing with his goal in the Melbourne derby in the 27th minute. In front of 40,000 fans, Cahill struck a half-volley from 40m that caught Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas unprepared and sailed into the top corner of the net.
Busch wins three in a row
Kyle Busch on Saturday won his third straight NASCAR Xfinity Series race in Kansas, while Chase contenders Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suarez followed him to the line. Busch started from the pole and led 150 laps for his ninth series win this season, although it was not easy all afternoon. He dropped a lap behind the leaders at one point before getting a wave-around. Fellow Sprint Cup regulars Joey Logano and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five on a damaging day for several drivers starting a three-race round of eight of their title run.
‘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
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