Strikeout milestone for C.C.
New York Yankees hurler C.C. Sabathia on Tuesday reached another MLB milestone, becoming the 17th pitcher to record 3,000 career strikeouts. Sabathia, 38, reached the landmark with a second-inning strikeout of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ John Ryan Murphy in Phoenix, Arizona. He joined Randy Johnson (4,875) and Steve Carlton (4,136) as the only left-handed pitchers to reach the 3,000 mark, and the first pitcher since John Smoltz in 2008 to reach it. Sabathia came into the contest three strikeouts away from 3,000. He struck out David Peralta looking at a sinker to start the second inning, then struck out Christian Walker swinging at a fastball. After surrendering a home run to Wilmer Flores, Sabathia induced Murphy to swing and miss at a changeup to end the inning. “It’s one of those awesome numbers,” teammate Aaron Boone said before the game. “I saw Rod Carew get 3,000 [hits], Reggie [Jackson] get 500 [home runs]. Those are magical numbers in our sport.” The Diamondbacks went on to win 3-1.
YouTube to stream games
YouTube is to exclusively livestream 13 MLB games in the second part of this season, the firm said on Tuesday. Fans can subscribe to the MLB channel for free access to the games, including pre and post-game content. They are to be available in most countries, including the US, except places where existing broadcasters have deals with the MLB that exclude YouTube access. “With Major League Baseball’s expanding international fanbase, we are confident YouTube’s global audience will bring fans around the world together in one place to watch the games and teams they love,” YouTube head of sports and news partnerships Timothy Katz said.
Moscow samples obtained
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Tuesday said that it had retrieved 2,262 samples from Moscow’s former drug-testing laboratory that are to be further analyzed. “These samples will be used to strengthen cases against those who may have cheated and may exonerate athletes who have not committed an anti-doping rule violation,” investigations director Gunter Younger said. The removal of the samples comes after WADA investigators retrieved a trove of analytical data from the lab in January. An update on the investigation would be presented to WADA’s Executive Committee and Foundation Board meeting on May 15 and 16. WADA wants to complete the review by June 30 as part of a reinstatement deal.
Fnatic plans expansion
Fnatic, a London-based team owner, has raised US$19 million in new funding and restructured its leadership as it plans a major expansion, the company said yesterday. It plans to further expand in Asia and North America, and grow from 150 to 1,000 people in the next five years, founder Sam Mathews said. It is to use the investments to strengthen its teams with new nutrition and psychology programs, and physical training coaches for players — lessons Mathews said he took from the British cycling team. Fnatic, one of the oldest and largest teams in global e-sports, has won major titles in several games, including League of Legends and Counter-Strike, and fields teams in 10 different games.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there
HOTSHOT: Luis Suarez scored his 194th goal for Barca, tying him with Ladislao Kubala as the club’s third-highest scorer, behind Cesar Rodriguez and Lionel Messi With another decisive penalty from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid on Sunday extended their perfect run after the COVID-19 suspension and moved closer to their first Spanish title in three years. Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to maintain a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat fifth-placed Villarreal 4-1. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were among the scorers for Barcelona after assists from Lionel Messi. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty to give Madrid their seventh straight victory and they remain the only team with a perfect record since La Liga resumed. “These three points are very