Crossbow bolt stops game
The Oval cricket stadium in London was evacuated on Thursday after a crossbow bolt was fired onto the pitch during a match. About 2,500 spectators were urged to take cover and armed police arrived shortly afterward, a BBC reporter said. Police said there were no reported injuries and it was not being treated as a terrorist incident at this stage. A BBC radio sports commentator said the bolt appeared to have flown over the heads of some of the players and landed close to two umpires in the center of the field. “At this early stage it is believed that the object came from outside of the ground,” London’s Metropolitan police force said.
Derby to have Europe entry
Eager to increase international interest in the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs is giving Europe a chance to have a potential entry next year, as well as adding a prep race in the midwest as part of its points series that decides the 20-horse field. The track on Thursday said it is creating a series of seven races in Europe separate from the 36-race Road to the Kentucky Derby series in the US. One starting spot is to be awarded to the Europe-based horse that accumulates the most points and accepts an invitation to run in the May 5 race.
Astros nab Verlander
The Houston Astros on Thursday made a major post-season push at the deadline by acquiring decorated pitcher Justin Verlander in a trade with the Detroit Tigers. Verlander needed to be traded before yesterday to be eligible to pitch in the playoffs with a new team and the American League-leading Astros made it happen just in time. Houston sent right-handed pitcher Franklin Perez, outfielder Daz Cameron and catcher Jake Rogers to Detroit in exchange for the 34-year-old Verlander. “I think he’ll add a dimension we don’t have,” Astros owner Jim Crane told MLB.com.
Tancred cleared of bullying
Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) media head Mike Tancred has been cleared of allegations of bullying after an independent investigation, the organization said yesterday. Tancred stood down from his role in April after allegations of bullying were made by former AOC chief executive Fiona de Jong. An independent committee investigated complaints from three former AOC staffers and a member of the public who had objected to Tancred’s conduct. The committee ruled that “none of the complaints has been made out on an objective basis,” the AOC said.
Paraguay enters bid for 2030
Paraguay has joined forces with Argentina and Uruguay in a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup finals, Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes said on Thursday. Although no official details were revealed, local reports said that Argentina would have six host cities or stadiums, while Uruguay and Paraguay would have three each. The bid was met with scorn by goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert, the former national team captain famous for scoring penalties and free kicks, who called the bid “bread and circus” — a phrase used to refer to appeasement through distraction. “Paraguay doesn’t need a World Cup. It needs hospitals, schools, infrastructure,” he said.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker found himself in need of an assist to help the state fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He called on the New England Patriots. One of the team’s private airplanes on Thursday evening landed in Boston after returning from China carrying more than 1 million masks critical to healthcare providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard met the airplane and offloaded the containers of masks onto waiting trucks for transport to warehouses for distribution. Baker secured the N95 masks from Chinese manufacturers, but had no way of getting them to the US. He
WAIT AND SEE: The estimated cost of postponement started at US$2 billion and has kept rising, but the IOC has yet to say whether it would help pay for the extra expenses Postponing the Tokyo Olympics to next year would make the event more costly for all parties, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) acknowledged on Thursday, although it offered few details on what the final bill might be. Four directors of the Olympic body held a conference call three days after Tokyo’s new dates were finalized, with the Games pushed back to July 23 to Aug. 8 next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the new dates cleared up any uncertainty about the event’s future, there are still plenty of question marks as the committee begins to work with Tokyo organizers and the
DECREASED TENSION: The US players’ lawyers said that the soccer federation no longer disputes that the jobs of the women’s and men’s national teams require equal skill Women players suing the US Soccer Federation (USSF) said in in court documents filed on Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged that the jobs of male and female soccer players require equal skill. The language seemed to signal a decrease in tension between the parties after language in documents filed by the federation’s lawyers earlier last month provoked widespread outrage in saying that playing on the men’s national team required a higher level of skill based on speed and strength and carried greater responsibility. The fierce backlash — not only from the women players, but also from sponsors such as Coca-Cola —
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are planning to play a charity golf match next month with Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, CNBC reported on Wednesday. CNBC, which cited an unnamed person familiar with the negotiations, said that the charity match would be held at an undisclosed location without fans and is being organized by the PGA Tour and AT&T’s WarnerMedia. The negotiations are still being finalized, but the match pitting 15-time major champion Woods and Manning against five-time major winner Mickelson and Brady could be aired on live TV and is unlikely to be featured on pay-per-view, CNBC said. “Discussions