Commentator sings anthem
A Russian TV commentator on Saturday rushed to the rescue to sing the right national anthem when organizers played the wrong tune during a medals ceremony at the world championships. Russian biathlon commentator Dimitri Guberniev leaped into action to join the gold-medal-winning Russian men’s relay team on the podium as an anthem used between 1990-2000 was mistakenly played instead of the current version, which he and the quartet duly sang. The organizers were swift to apologize and quick to find the right tune, which they eventually played. The Russian quartet beat archrivals France in the relay, with hosts Austria taking bronze.
Broner defeats Granados
Boxing in his hometown after a tumultuous year of legal and personal troubles, Adrien “The Problem” Broner on Saturday night fought to a split decision over Adrian Granados in a 10-round welterweight bout at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Broner (33-2, 24 KOs) had fought just once in the past 15 months. It was the four-time champion’s first fight since losing the 140-pound World Boxing Association (WBA) title for failure to make weight. He also served jail time in July last year after being tardy for his trial for assault and robbery charges. Broner later said on Instagram that he was contemplating suicide. Granados (18-5-2, 12 KOs) wanted to keep the decision out of the judges’ hands with Broner fighting in his hometown. However, two judges narrowly scored in favor of Broner, 97-93, 96-94. Granados, a Chicago native, and Broner are close friends and former sparring partners.
Watson hurt in carjacking
Former world title contender Michael Watson and his caretaker were both hospitalized after falling victim to an “acid attack” that appeared to be part of a failed carjacking attempt. The incident took place on Thursday in Chingford, east of London, according to a statement issued by London’s Metropolitan Police Service on Saturday. The statement said the injuries Watson and his aide had suffered were “not life-threatening.” Watson is one of the most popular figures in British boxing, a survivor of life-threatening injuries in a career-ending 1991 defeat by domestic rival Chris Eubank when the pair met for a World Boxing Organization super middleweight title bout in London. Two men, aged in their 50s, told police that they had been sprayed in the face with a “suspected noxious substance” by two suspects attempting to steal the car, who fled the scene in a different vehicle.
Dan Vickerman dies aged 37
Former Australia lock Dan Vickerman died at home in Sydney on Saturday night, the Australian Rugby Union said yesterday. He was 37. Authorities had yet to comment on the cause of death. South African-born Vickerman played 63 Tests for Australia after his debut in 2002 and featured in three Rugby World Cup campaigns before being forced to call time on his career because of a leg injury less than a year after the 2011 tournament. “Dan was an uncompromising competitor who forged a wonderful international Rugby career, despite a number of injury setbacks along the way. He was an enforcer on the field and a much-loved character off the field. He cared deeply about the game and the players, helping players transition into life after Rugby in his role with RUPA [Rugby Union Players’ Association] following his retirement,” union CEO Bill Pulver said.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017