Cue sports bid for Paris
Billiards and snooker continued their bid to get included in the 2024 Paris Olympics with an exhibition to showcase their sports at the Eiffel Tower on Friday. Leading cue sports players traveled to Paris to press their case to the International Olympic Committee. “Billiards sports are, I believe, the most difficult range of sport in the entire world,” former world snooker champion Shaun Murphy said. The admission process usually takes years and involves massive lobbying to convince committee delegates, and cue sports face an uphill battle, as many believe they do not require enough physical effort. However, supporters believe they have a trump card to play given rising concerns over gender equality, because their sports are among the few that allow men and women to compete against each other. “It’s not about are you a man, are you a woman, are you a young person, are you a senior — we are complete level sports,” Murphy said.
Vonn to return for Louise
Lindsey Vonn is probably to delay her retirement to compete at next year’s World Cup stop at Lake Louise in Canada, Vonn said on Friday. She had planned to retire at the end of this season, but her plans have changed after she injured herself in a crash last week. The fall has kept the American out of the season-opening downhill at Lake Louise this weekend. “To miss my favorite stop on the tour is devastating,” she said in a YouTube video. “I’m probably going to have to come back next year and just race Lake Louise.” Vonn, 34, said she hyper-extended a knee, sprained a ligament and sustained a bone bruise, and would probably be able to race in a few weeks.
Villa to join Vissel Kobe
Former Spain and Barcelona striker David Villa yesterday announced that he has signed with the J-League’s Vissel Kobe, joining former teammate Andres Iniesta. Villa tweeted a video showing his successful work with New York City FC before receiving a telephone call that took him to Japan. The 36-year-old forward is the latest high-profile acquisition by Vissel. The outfit acquired Iniesta earlier this year after signing former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski last year. Villa, the all-time leading goal-scorer in Spanish national team history, joined New York City in 2014 from Atletico Madrid following successful seasons with Barcelona and Valencia.
Fan sparks team punishment
Spartak Moscow is facing punishment from UEFA after a fan ran onto the field during a Europa League game to confront the team captain. The fan ran up to midfielder Denis Glushakov in the 70th minute of Spartak’s game against Rapid Vienna. Glushakov shoved him away before other players and security took the fan off the field. Russian state news agencies have reported the fan was later arrested. UEFA has charged Spartak over the field invasion.
UEFA raises charity funding
UEFA has increased annual funding by more than US$4 million for its children’s charity, and added former world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko as a trustee. The group on Friday said it more than doubled funding for the UEFA Foundation for Children to 6.8 million euros (US$7.7 million) per year. The foundation has picked 45 new projects to get funding to lift its involvement to more than 100 worldwide. The projects include one in Ukrainian schools with the Klitschko Foundation.
Kamaru Usman put on a Fight Island masterclass yesterday to retain his UFC welterweight world title by grinding down a brave Jorge Masvidal in Abu Dhabi. “I’m at the top of the mountain and everyone’s looking at me,” said the 33-year-old Usman after scoring a unanimous points decision 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46 on the three judges’ cards. The Nigerian-American Usman (17-1) looked the fresher fighter, with Masvidal (35-14) having taken the UFC251 headline bout at just six days’ notice when Brazil’s Gilbert Burns (19-3) tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to travel. The Las Vegas-based UFC pulled off a power-packed schedule with
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