West Ham down Saints
Felipe Anderson scored twice in six minutes on Thursday as West Ham United overcame Southampton 2-1 to move into the English Premier League top 10. The Brazilian’s pair in the second half came moments after West Ham were jolted out of a slumber by Nathan Redmond’s scrambled goalmouth finish. The winning goal was an attractive two-pass counterattack. Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong was blocked from distance after a corner as West Ham’s Issa Diop set Michail Antonio free. Antonio chipped through for Anderson, who raced on and finished in style.
Inter fans shut out
Inter are to play Empoli today without their fans after racism and violence overshadowed Christmas soccer in Serie A. Police in Florence said that visiting Inter supporters would not be allowed to attend the match, with the away stand closed. It follows violence before Wednesday’s clash against SSC Napoli at the San Siro, which resulted in a fan’s death after he was hit by a car during a brawl. During the game, Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly was targeted with “monkey” chants.
Qatar seeks rabbi’s help
The rabbi who brought kosher hot dogs to New York baseball stadiums wants to help Qatar host Jewish fans with food they can eat at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Marc Schneier, who founded Long Island’s mega-wealthy Hampton Synagogue, says he has been asked by Hassan al-Thawadi — secretary-general of the World Cup organizing committee — to advise him on hosting thousands of Jewish fans expected at the finals. Visitors with Israeli passports, currently barred from the Muslim country by law, would also be welcome, Schneier said, citing the Qatari official. He and al-Thawadi “have been in conversation for the last several months about certain ideas and initiatives he would like to implement to welcome and accommodate the many Jewish visitors they are anticipating at the World Cup,” Schneier said, including “bringing kosher food.”
Schumacher to be honored
Michael Schumacher is in Formula One’s thoughts as the seven-time world champion approaches his 50th birthday, five years after a near-fatal skiing accident left the Ferrari great fighting brain injuries. The German’s birthday is on Friday. The Ferrari museum in Maranello, Italy, is planning an exhibition “both as a celebration and a mark of gratitude to the most successful Prancing Horse driver ever.” Mercedes, the last team Schumacher drove for in Formula One before retirement in 2012, is to have some of his cars on display at their museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
James misses game
LeBron James was held out of the Lakers’ game against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night with a groin injury, ending his consecutive games played streak at 156. James was injured during the Lakers’ 127-101 victory over two-time defending NBA champions the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday when he slipped while going for a loose ball. An scan showed that James sustained a left-groin strain rather than a tear, but no timetable has been set for his return. The Kings won 117-116.
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