Atalanta, Lazio in final
Atalanta BC on Thursday reached their first final since 1996, as Josip Ilicic and Alejandro Gomez scored in a 2-1 victory over six-time winners ACF Fiorentina. Their three away goals in the first leg that finished 3-3 in Florence, as well as the two efforts at home, were enough to qualify for the May 15 final, where they are to face SS Lazio. “It’s an enormous feeling. It was our idea, our objective, and when we eliminated Juve [Juventus], the trophy was all we were thinking of. We want to bring all of Bergamo to Rome,” captain Gomez told Rai Sport.
Real-time game launched
The series yesterday trumpeted a breakthrough with the launch of the Virtually Live Ghost Racing game, enabling fans to compete against the drivers in real time on mobile devices. The game, free to download on iOS and Android, is to be operational from the eighth round of the season in Paris today. Formula E said that the game is the first of its kind and would revolutionize “fan participation and in-play options compared to other sporting disciplines.” The speed, positioning and movement of drivers on the track is mirrored identically in the game using timing data and hyper-realistic scenery. “Gamers will no longer be racing against an algorithm or computer, but live against the most competitive field in motorsport,” it said in a statement.
Farah embroiled in disputes
Mo Farah has been accused of taking part in two separate physical altercations at a hotel in Ethiopia, as a public feud between the four-time Olympic champion and retired distance-running great Haile Gebrselassie escalated on Thursday. On a second day of conflicting allegations, Farah was accused of fighting with other athletes in the hotel gym during his visit this year and assaulting a gym instructor there last year. The hotel is owned by Gebrselassie. The feud started when Farah on Wednesday announced that he was robbed while staying there last month and was “disappointed with Haile” because his staff did not take responsibility. One of the athletes involved in this year’s alleged fight, Sisay Tsegaye, said that he was punched by Farah, who accused others of copying his training regimes. However, Sisay disputed Gebrselassie’s claims that Farah also assaulted his wife, adding that he is now on good terms with Farah.
Sterling activism awarded
Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has been awarded the Integrity and Impact Award at this year’s BT Sport Industry Awards for speaking out on a range of social issues, including racism. Sterling this month said that more players need to speak out when they suffer racism to eradicate it from the game. The 24-year-old earlier this week also signed a manifesto in which he said that clubs should be handed automatic nine-point deductions and ordered to play three games behind closed doors if their supporters indulge in racist behavior. Dow Jones Sports Intelligence, founder of the award, congratulated Sterling for the impact his actions have had in addressing social issues. “He has given new confidence and a voice to other footballers and athletes to speak out when once they may not have done so,” Dow Jones head of sport Simon Greenberg 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
MEDIA RUMORS? With no pay agreement secured and players’ representatives calling for more financial information ahead of talks, the sport had another week of bad press Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle could be sacked in a matter of days, media reported yesterday, as the embattled governing body struggles to deal with a financial crisis compounded by a shutdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Castle this week took a 50 percent pay cut and laid off 75 percent of Rugby Australia (RA) staff members, saying that the body would face losses of up to A$120 million (US$71.95 million) if no more rugby was played this year. With no pay agreement secured with the players and their representatives calling on RA to provide more financial information ahead of negotiations, the
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