Jung ousted in quarters
Taiwan’s Jason Jung on Friday fell to American Sam Querrey 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the quarter-finals of the New York Open, as John Isner advanced to the semi-finals, where he is to face the player who knocked him out of the Australian Open. Top seed Isner beat No. 7 seed Jordan Thompson of Australia 6-4, 6-1. He is to play fellow American Reilly Opelka, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Opelka upset Isner in four sets — all in tiebreakers — in Melbourne. The other semi-final is to be No. 6 Querrey against Canadian Brayden Schnur.
Clubs missing out on fees
FIFA said that clubs around the world, many of them small ones in Latin America and Africa, are missing out on transfer compensation of about US$300 million for raising young players who go on to enjoy successful careers in Europe. Under FIFA rules, the club where a player began his career is supposed to receive a percentage of the fee every time he is involved in an international transfer. Many of the world’s top players began their careers at small clubs where even a few thousand dollars could be useful. However, poor record-keeping and the fact that payments are not automatic means that clubs often miss out. The amounts have also not changed since 2001. FIFA is working on wide-ranging reforms to the transfer system and has said that one of the aims is to improve training compensation and solidarity payments. The FIFA Council has already approved the creation of a clearing house to process international transfers, which it says would centralize and simplify payments associated with transfers.
Kuchar sorry for caddie pay
Matt Kuchar on Friday apologized to caddie David Ortiz and said he would pay him the amount he asked for after Ortiz criticized the golfer for giving him only US$5,000 of the nearly US$1.3 million he earned by winning the Mayakoba Classic in November last year. Earlier this week, Kuchar shrugged off the outcry over the payment and said that Ortiz, who had stepped in as an emergency replacement, should be “happy” with the pay, despite regular caddies earning payouts of up to 10 percent of a player’s take from a tournament. “For a guy who makes US$200 a day, a US$5,000 week is a really big week,” he told Golf.com on Wednesday in comments he said now make him “cringe.” Ortiz had reportedly sought US$50,000 for helping the 40-year-old earn his first PGA Tour victory in four years.
Trainer charged over abuse
Australian trainer Ben Currie has been charged with seven “serious animal welfare breaches,” including the alleged use of electronic devices to shock horses into running faster. The Queensland-based Currie is also accused of unauthorized shock-wave treatments and failure to report bleeding horses to stewards. It came barely a week after Melbourne Cup-winning Australian trainer Darren Weir was banned for four years from racing in Victoria State for possessing similar electronic devices, known as “jiggers.” Queensland Racing Integrity commissioner Ross Barnett late on Friday said in a statement that an investigation into Currie Racing began in April last year. Currie already faces 28 alleged rule breaches stemming from the probe and four alleged illegal substance breaches. He is to face a steward’s inquiry tomorrow to determine whether he should be suspended from training horses in Queensland.
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
WOLFSBURG BEATEN: Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski scored from a penalty, his 34th league goal this season, finishing as the top Bundesliga scorer for the fifth time Werder Bremen gave themselves hope of avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga by thrashing Cologne 6-1 to grab a playoff place on the last day of the season, while champions Bayern Munich routed VfL Wolfsburg before lifting the trophy on Saturday. Japan striker Yuya Osako scored twice as Bremen stole the lifeline of the relegation/promotion playoff place from Fortuna Duesseldorf, who lost 3-0 against Union Berlin and were relegated with SC Paderborn, finishing one point behind Bremen. “We put in a great performance under pressure, but we are aware that we haven’t achieved anything — in the relegation playoff, the emotions will be
Dustin Poirier won a thrilling unanimous decision over Dan Hooker on Saturday, surviving a brutal second round and persevering to finish a well-rounded performance in the main event at the UFC’s corporate gym. Mike Perry also ended his two-fight skid with a one-sided unanimous decision over Mickey Gall in the penultimate fight of the UFC’s fifth consecutive fan-free event in its hometown. The main event was a barn-burner from the opening round, with both lightweights trading wicked strikes and displaying minimal regard for defense. The second round was a particular spectacle, with each fighter badly hurting the other while throwing punches and
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is already in Florida with the rest of his Toronto teammates, and he knows the time to take a stand and counter the NBA plan to restart the season has passed, but his opinion on the matter has not changed. “It sucks,” VanVleet said on Monday in a videoconference of his choice to return to the court during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter campaign. “It’s terrible timing, but that’s been 2020 for us. We all know the right thing to do is to not play, to take a stand. Morally, yes, that makes sense, but