Bobridge arrested for ecstasy
Australian cyclist Jack Bobridge, who won silver medals at the last two Olympics, was arrested in Perth, Australia, on charges of dealing in ecstasy, local media reported yesterday. Bobridge was arrested after police raided his home on Wednesday, the ABC reported. Bobridge was bailed to appear at a Perth magistrates’ court to face the charges next month, ABC added. In a highly successful career, Bobridge rode in four versions of the Giro d’Italia and won the Australian road race national title for the second time in Ballarat in January last year.
Doping samples to be stored
Doping samples at next year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, are to be stored long-term for future testing as officials send a strong message that the host country will not “tolerate cheats.” A pre-Games anti-doping taskforce would also be established to test athletes before they arrive for the Games, which run from April 4 to April 15 next year, organizers said yesterday. The Commonwealth Games Federation, local organizers and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency are to also share intelligence with law enforcement to investigate the possession and trafficking of banned substances. Commonwealth countries Kenya and Jamaica have previously had their drug-testing program scrutinized and ordered to be brought up to world anti-doping standards.
Chen Yufei upsets top seed
China’s Chen Yufei announced herself as a star of international badminton on Thursday when she knocked out Japan’s top-seed Akane Yamaguchi in the third round of the World Championships. The 19-year-old reigning world junior champion shocked the Japanese favorite with a straight 21-18, 21-19 victory and is to meet Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in the quarter-finals. Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen defeated Sai Pranneth of India 19-21, 21-10, 21-12 in the third round.
West Indies lead England
The West Indies grabbed three wickets before lunch on the first day of the second Test against England at Headingley as the hosts stumbled to 61 for three in the face of some impressive bowling. Kemar Roach struck twice and Shannon Gabriel once as the West Indies, humiliated in the first Test, offered hope that they can at least make a match of it.
Group gives FIG deadline
Global organizers Parkour Earth have set the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) a deadline to end attempts to control their sport and give it Olympic status. The six-nation group asked FIG president Morinari Watanabe in an open letter on Thursday for an “urgent meeting” by Sept. 15 to formalize its right to govern. It said it seeks FIG’s “commitment to take no further steps to implement your purported encroachment.” FIG is working with some French founders of parkour to launch a world tour of events next year, leading to a first world championship in 2020. “FIG would like to specify that its approach has never been to unilaterally appropriate a discipline,” it said in June. The FIG executive committee is due to discuss the issue at a meeting in Benin from Oct. 26 to Oct. 27.
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen
Max Verstappen informed his Red Bull team that he would not be driving “like a grandma” in Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday — and he was as good as his word. The Dutch 22-year-old seized his opportunity at Silverstone, ending dominant Mercedes’ run of four successive wins this season and moving up to second place overall, 30 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen’s confidence shone through early on, after slotting into third place behind the two Mercedes, when he was told by race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase to take care of his tires. “Mate, this is the only chance of being
FULL GAME: Henry Sosa pitched nine innings for the Guardians, allowing only six hits all night, while the Monkeys’ offense were also shut out of their game Outfielder Lin An-ko carried a big bat this week — before his Uni-President Lions ran into the Fubon Guardians last night — blasting four home runs, including a grand slam as his side won four games in a row and moved into second on the CPBL table. However, the Lions could not sustain their super-charged offense for the whole week, as they were shut out 4-0 by the Guardians in New Taipei City. Fubon’s rookie catcher, Jhang Jin-de, took a page from Lin’s playbook. With two men on, Jhang smacked a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Henry Sosa of the Dominican Republic