Fan wins prize, engagement
It was quite a night for a New York state college basketball fan who made a half-court shot to win a US$500 gift card and received a marriage proposal seconds later. Erin Tobin took part in a Dunkin’ Donuts promotion at Thursday night’s Manhattan-Siena game at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. As the company’s mascot stood nearby, the 30-year-old Siena graduate and season ticket holder banked in her half-court, one-handed heave. After celebrating, Tobin turned around to see the mascot’s giant coffee cup costume being removed to reveal her boyfriend, 31-year-old Steve Duckett, on his knee and holding an engagement ring. A very surprised Tobin said “yes” as the crowd cheered. Adding to an already big night, Siena beat Manhattan 94-71.
Richardson dies aged 85
Peter Richardson, who made a century for England in the 1956 Ashes Test in which Jim Laker took a world-record 19 wickets, has died aged 85, his former county Kent announced on Friday. Richardson accrued five centuries in the 34 Tests he played between 1956 and 1963 — starting his international career with two half-centuries in the 1956 Ashes series — and the opener finished his first year as a Test batsman with 491 runs to his credit, the most in the world that year. At the time he was an amateur playing for Worcestershire, but the county refused to allow him to turn professional, so he moved to Kent in 1958. He had to sit out the 1959 season, but having finally secured his move, he found competition for the opening spots in the Test team restricted his appearances.
Francophones protest slogan
Guardians of the French language were on Friday up in arms after the French National Olympic and Sports Committee adopted English-language slogan “Made for Sharing” to back France’s bid to host the Games in 2024. The Academie Francaise, official custodian of the language of Moliere, said it was no better than a pizza ad. Paris, Los Angeles and Budapest are vying to host the 2024 Games, and the committee has said it chose the English-language slogan to broaden its appeal for the wider world. Another group whose aim is the defense of French usage said the choice was an insult to the French language and proposed instead the rallying cry of “Venez partager!” (Come and share!). They said they would lodge an official appeal against adoption of the English-language slogan. The Academie Francaise, expressing its disapproval, said the slogan had already been widely used in publicity campaigns, mainly for selling pizzas and sweets.
Carter apologizes from NZ
Former All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter has returned to New Zealand for a planned holiday after he failed a drunk driving test in Paris earlier this week. The three-time World Player of the Year, who plays in France’s Top 14 for Racing 92, was tested by police after being stopped in his car near the Champs Elysses in the center of the city, French media reported. Carter said he had made a “massive error of judgement” and apologized for the incident. “Just got back to NZ for what was supposed to be a fun pre planned holiday,” Carter wrote on Facebook yesterday. “Seeing the family again puts fresh perspective on just how big a mistake I made. #dontdrinkanddrive.” The 34-year-old Rugby World Cup winner suffered a groin injury last month and is still undergoing treatment while the French league is on break.
DRIVING AMBITION: ‘I was excited by playing at the Olympics ... Who knows what’s going to happen? Hopefully, I could have a chance to win a medal,’ Tiffany Chan said After just three tournaments this year, a chance of Olympic glory postponed and two weeks alone in quarantine, golfer Tiffany Chan could be forgiven for feeling sorry for herself. Instead, Hong Kong’s first LPGA Tour player is sporting a broad grin and taking the positives from the game’s COVID-19 shutdown, determined to establish herself in the fiercely competitive world of women’s golf. The talented 26-year-old kept herself fit physically and mentally during the lockdown, and is happy to be back on the fairways since the easing of coronavirus restrictions last month. “When I came back to Hong Kong [in March], I actually did
Eleven-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown, who is hoping to become Britain’s youngest Olympian next year, fractured her skull and broke bones in her left hand after falling from a ramp during a training session in California. Brown posted a video of the accident on Instagram, but reassured supporters that she was fine. “I don’t usually post my falls or talk about them ... but this was my worst fall. I just want everyone to know that it’s OK — don’t worry, I’m OK,” she said. “I’m going to push boundaries for girls with my skating and surfing. I’m going for gold in 2021
Zhu Ting stands tall in China — and not just because she is 1.98m tall. The 25-year-old farmer’s daughter has emerged from a poor village life to become a totem of the country’s sporting ambitions. As captain and figurehead of China’s women’s volleyball team, the reigning Olympic champions, Zhu is one of the country’s biggest stars. State television once feted her as “an invincible and dominant superhero.” A nurse fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in March posted a photograph of herself wearing a white protective suit with a picture of the volleyball star drawn on it — also scribbled were the words: “Proud that
A feel-good campaign allowing fans to have cardboard cutouts of themselves at Australian rugby league games has been hijacked by pranksters, with a notorious serial killer among those making an appearance — while one TV show edited an image of Adolf Hitler into the crowd. The NRL launched “Fan In The Stand” to coincide with the sport’s return at the weekend after its season was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporters are barred from stadiums under strict health protocols, but can pay A$22 (US$15) to have their photograph printed on a life-size cutout and placed in the stands of