Matches tagged for fixing
Matches at Wimbledon and the French Open triggered alerts for potential match-fixing in the second quarter of the year, the Tennis Integrity Unit said on Wednesday. One match at Roland Garros and three at Wimbledon, two of them in the qualifying tournament and one in the main draw, would be assessed and reviewed, it said in a statement. Alerts are raised in response to unusual betting patterns, which are not in themselves evidence of match-fixing and can be due to a number of other factors, including conditions and player fitness.
Arsenal fends off sickness
Arsenal were ravaged by food poisoning in Shanghai that ruled several key players out of their pre-season friendly with Bayern Munich on Wednesday, manager Arsene Wenger said. The sickness that had swept the team, coupled with 36°C heat in China and long flights, made for far-from-ideal preparations for another taxing campaign. The extreme conditions in Shanghai were “a shock” after flying in from wintry Australia, Wenger said. “[Aaron] Ramsey finished the game [feeling] bad and [Theo] Walcott, [Sead] Kolasinac, [Per] Mertesacker, [Oliver] Giroud, they all had a little food poisoning,” he said.
Game 39 is dead: EPL head
England’s top clubs remain keen to play competitive matches abroad, but the idea of putting on a dedicated additional round of fixtures outside the country — dubbed “Game 39” — is dead, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said yesterday. “The clubs would like to do it, but we’re also realistic that until the fan reaction or the political reaction or the general media reaction is more warm toward it, it’s not going to happen,” Scudamore told reporters in Hong Kong. The success of the Premier League Asia Trophy preseason tournament played a key role in stimulating the debate over international round of fixtures. Original plans had been to play half of the matches in this year’s version in China, but logistical issues meant Hong Kong was called upon to host the entire event for the fourth time. Despite missing out on a return to China, Scudamore is taking considerable interest in what is going on in Chinese soccer. “I think it’s going to be interesting to see how Chinese football develops. Most importantly, they’re investing hugely in grassroots, hugely in infrastructure, in coaching. You can’t just come along and implement something at the very top end because it’s unsustainable really just to do that,” he said.
Kaepernick gets hair advice
Michael Vick has some advice for Colin Kaepernick if he wants another shot in the NFL: Get a haircut. During an appearance on Monday on Fox Sports 1’s Speak for Yourself, Vick said the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback needs to lose his Afro or cornrows for a “clean-cut” style to get a job. The former Falcons and Eagles quarterback said he was speaking from personal experience. Kaepernick parted ways with the 49ers in March and has not been signed by another team. His decision to kneel during the national anthem last season to protest police shootings of black people became a topic of national conversation.
APPROPRIATE RESPONSE: The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan expressed ‘sincere regret’ for publishing the image on its in-house magazine and Web site A satirical mock-up depicting the Tokyo Games logo as the novel coronavirus has been pulled from online after Olympic organizers branded it “insensitive” and said that it infringed copyright. The design combines the distinctive, spiky image of the coronavirus cell with the blue-and-white Tokyo Games logo. It appeared on the cover of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan’s magazine. The Tokyo Games have been postponed until next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left hundreds of thousands of people dead and halted sport worldwide. Club president Khaldon Azhari yesterday said that the club had decided to withdraw the image and remove
Uncertainty grips next year’s postponed Tokyo Olympic Games: Will there be fans or empty stadiums in 14 months? How will thousands of athletes, staff members and technical officials travel, be housed and stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic? And the Tokyo Games are not the only event. China, where COVID-19 was first detected, is to hold three mega-sports events in the year after the Tokyo Olympics are set to close. The World University Games in Chengdu, China, are to open, with up to 8,000 athletes, only 10 days after the Tokyo Games close. Next come the Beijing Winter Olympics beginning on Feb. 4, 2022,
The COVID-19 pandemic has stalled young Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas’ burgeoning career, but he remains philosophical about the tennis shutdown. The world No. 6 would have been preparing for the French Open that was originally scheduled to start this weekend, but was postponed to September. While he is missing life on the ATP Tour, Tsitsipas believes that the lockdown has given the planet a breather. “I actually think they should put us in lockdown once a year — it’s good for nature, it’s good for our planet,” Tsitsipas said in an Instagram Live conversation for At Home With Babsi on Eurosport’s Instagram page. “I
When South Korea’s domestic women’s golf tour held its premier event last week — without spectators because of the COVID-19 pandemic — no fewer than three of the world’s top 10 players took part. The country of 52 million people has a disproportionate share of the women’s world golf rankings, providing eight of the current top 20. In a demonstration of their prominence, South Korean women have won at least one major every season since 2010, with coronavirus cancellations perhaps the biggest threat to their run this year. The phenomenon, players and commentators have said, results from driven parents, intense training, a highly