Coleman sets college record
As the athletics world begins to ponder life without Usain Bolt, US sprinter Christian Coleman offered hope of a bright future when the 21-year-old University of Tennessee runner on Wednesday became the ninth-fastest man over 100m, posting 9.82 seconds at the NCAA championships in Oregon. Coleman, whose time equaled Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago’s mark, broke the previous collegiate 100m record of 9.89 seconds to advance to today’s final and is expected to make the US world championships team. He also has the year’s fastest 200m time of 19.85 seconds, posted into a headwind at a college meet in Lexington, Kentucky, late last month.
Klitschko mulling rematch
Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko said he would decide whether to have a rematch with Anthony Joshua “within the next two weeks.” Klitschko, who lost by an 11th-round technical knockout in a pulsating bout with the Briton on April 29, was quoted by Deutsche Presse-Agentur as saying: “My life isn’t only sport and boxing,” and that he is planning “the career after the career.” Klitschko, who reigned over the heavyweight division for a decade, is also fighting Father Time at the age of 41. His fight in London’s Wembley Stadium against 2012 Olympic champion Joshua, 14 years his junior, was one of the best heavyweight bouts in recent times. Klitschko fell to 64-5 in a career that began in 1996 after he won the gold at the Atlanta Olympics.
Southern Stars drop name
Australia’s women’s cricket team have dropped the “Southern Stars” as their official name in the pursuit of gender equality. The world’s top-ranked side is to now be known simply as the Australian women’s team in official communications, matching the men’s team. “This move may appear symbolic, but it does carry considerable weight,” Cricket Australia chairman David Peever said. “Cricket cannot hope to be a sport for all Australians if it does not recognize the power of words, and the respect for women that sits behind such decisions.” Social media accounts that use the Southern Stars name are to remain because of their strong following, but the official name and logo are to be changed.
Kellogg sues over Special K
Kellogg Co yesterday faced off with Australian tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis in court, with the cereal giant accusing the sportsman nicknamed “Special K” of using its intellectual property for commercial purposes. The US-listed firm wants to stop the 21-year-old from using its trademarked product name as a moniker in advertisements for tennis clothing, a spokeswoman told reporters. Court filings showed that the matter yesterday had its first hearing at a federal court in Adelaide, Australia, Kokkinakis’ hometown. Kellogg’s lawyer declined to comment, while Kokkinakis’ lawyer did not respond to two calls requesting comment. The tennis player’s official Twitter account yesterday published a crying laughter image with no words. Kellogg, which dominates the Australian cereal market, promotes Special K as a healthy, low-fat, low-sugar breakfast, often featuring physical activity in its advertisements.
STANDINGS: The Uni-President Lions’ victory pushed the CTBC Brothers to first place after they won their third straight game, beating the Fubon Guardians 6-3 The big bats of the Uni-President Lions were on fire in the CPBL yesterday as they crushed the Rakuten Monkeys 21-5 in Taoyuan, with outfielder Lin An-ko driving in seven runs on five hits and two homers. The result enabled the CTBC Brothers to take the No. 1 spot after they beat the Fubon Guardians 6-3. It was a highlight reel for the Taiwanese-Argentinian star Lin, who drilled two homers amid a heated home-run race between himself, now on 16 for the season, and Lions teammate Su Chih-chieh, who is on 18. Lin performed outstandingly, collecting five hits at six at-bats to drive
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
WOLFSBURG BEATEN: Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski scored from a penalty, his 34th league goal this season, finishing as the top Bundesliga scorer for the fifth time Werder Bremen gave themselves hope of avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga by thrashing Cologne 6-1 to grab a playoff place on the last day of the season, while champions Bayern Munich routed VfL Wolfsburg before lifting the trophy on Saturday. Japan striker Yuya Osako scored twice as Bremen stole the lifeline of the relegation/promotion playoff place from Fortuna Duesseldorf, who lost 3-0 against Union Berlin and were relegated with SC Paderborn, finishing one point behind Bremen. “We put in a great performance under pressure, but we are aware that we haven’t achieved anything — in the relegation playoff, the emotions will be
Alexis Lafreniere was supposed to walk on stage on Friday night in Montreal as the top pick in the NHL draft. After the COVID-19 pandemic paused the hockey season and postponed that possibility, Lafreniere was supposed to find out Friday night where he would be going when the league held its draft lottery. Instead, he must wait a little bit longer. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing among the eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs — if play resumes. “We all knew