Fans help with anthem
Fans came to the rescue of a girl who apparently forgot the words while singing the US national anthem at a New Jersey Devils game. Lauralie Mufute started singing The Star-Spangled Banner before the Devils’ game on Friday night against the Sharks, when she stumbled after the words “whose broad stripes and bright stars.” She paused for a moment, then restarted the stanza, but stumbled again before reaching “through the perilous night.” The crowd of more than 14,000 at the Prudential Center jumped in, picking up where she left off and finishing the anthem. The Jersey City girl mouthed the rest of the lyrics as the crowd sang, then flashed an appreciative smile. Afterward, the Devils said on Twitter: “Tonight at @PruCenter, the Jersey crowd picks up the primary assist during the national anthem.” New Jersey lost to San Jose 3-0.
Ex-coach pushes trial move
Attorneys for a former Michigan State and US Gymnastics doctor accused of molesting dozens of athletes are pushing to have his trial moved out of the Lansing area. The Lansing State Journal reported that attorneys representing Larry Nassar filed a change-of-venue request because of what they called “inflammatory and sustained media coverage” that they say has made it difficult for Nassar to get a fair trial in the area. The media attention grew more intense last week when 21-year-old 2012 Olympic gold medal gymnast McKayla Maroney wrote on Twitter that Nassar started assaulting her when she was 13. Nassar has pleaded not guilty to nearly two dozen charges in Michigan. He has pleaded guilty to three child pornography charges in an unrelated case, but has not been sentenced.
Lopez out with broken ankle
French fly-half Camille Lopez is to miss the autumn internationals as well as the Six Nations after breaking his ankle in Clermont’s 24-7 European Cup win over Northampton on Saturday. The 28-year-old Lopez, capped 16 times by France, was left writhing in agony after a sickening clash with Northampton’s Nick Groom in the 23rd minute of the game. The injury was later diagnosed as a broken left ankle which will sideline Lopez for “around five months,” coach Franck Azema said.
Folau will miss tour to rest
Star fullback Israel Folau will miss Australia’s end-of-season tour to Japan and Britain following a long, demanding season, coach Michael Cheika said yesterday. Folau was to play for the Wallabies against the Barbarians on Saturday, but that will be his final match for the year in a bid to freshen him up for next season, Cheika said.
Paul’s injury ‘week-to-week’
The Houston Rockets might be without All-Star point guard Chris Paul for weeks because of an injured left knee. Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni on Saturday told reporters in Houston that the team will hold Paul out until the knee is completely healed. The team has not offered any specifics on the injury, other than the knee is bruised. D’Antoni said that Paul’s status is “more week-to-week” than day-to-day, and that there is no firm timetable for a return. Paul labored through Houston’s season-opening win at Golden State on Tuesday. He did not play when the Rockets faced Sacramento on Wednesday. Houston defeated Dallas 107-91 in their home opener on Saturday night.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’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