Taiwan U-23s take gold
Taiwanese players made history on Sunday, when they captured the Asian Men’s under-23 Championship following a dramatic 3-1 win against India in Naypyidaw. Taiwan defeated India 25-21, 25-20, 19-25, 25-23 to capture their first gold medal at the tournament. Earlier on Sunday, Japan took bronze after overpowering Pakistan in a three-set thriller 25-18, 25-23, 25-18. The championship is an Asia and Oceania event contested by the under-23 men’s national teams of the members of Asian Volleyball Confederation. Tournaments have been held every two years since 2015. Iran won both previous titles, while Taiwan won bronzes.
Cup winner Bugha ‘swatted’
Barely two weeks after winning US$3 million at the Fortnite World Cup, Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf was “swatted” in the middle of a livestreaming session. The 16-year-old was broadcasting on streaming platform Twitch as he played Fortnite when the incident occurred. Swatting involves a hoax call to the police in the hope of armed officers descending on someone’s home. On Saturday last week, Giersdorf said “I’ve been swatted” on his stream, before leaving for 10 minutes. “Well that’s a new one,” Bugha said when he returned. “They came in with guns, bro. They literally pulled up... That’s scary... The Internet’s fucking crazy.” Police in Upper Pottsgrove Township, Pennsylvania, told ESPN they had received a call from someone pretending to be Giersdorf claiming that he had killed his father and was holding his mother hostage. Police then surrounded the home, but when they called the residence, Giersdorf’s father answered.
Rami dropped over conduct
French club Marseille yesterday said that they had sacked World Cup winner Adil Rami for “gross misconduct” following a disciplinary procedure. The Ligue 1 outfit gave no explanation, saying only that they had “decided to end the contract” of Rami, 33, part of France’s World Cup-winning squad last year. L’Equipe, citing a letter sent by the club to Rami, said he had been sacked after he skipped training to take part in a reality TV show. The defender, former partner of Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, had been under investigation since he missed the training session at the end of last season. Rami said he was injured, but on the same day took part in the recording of a French TV show that included demanding physical stunts.
New manager for US women
US Soccer on Monday appointed former player Kate Markgraf as general manager of the World Cup-winning women’s team, where she is to lead the search for a new head coach. Markgraf, who was part of the world title-winning team in 1999, will also manage the overall technical plan for the Women’s National Team program, which includes the hiring of youth coaches and staff. It on Monday also announced that another former player, Earnie Stewart, is to leave his position as general manager of the US men’s team to become the first sporting director of US Soccer. Stewart, who helped in the process of finding and hiring current head coach Gregg Berhalter, played in three World Cups for the men’s team.
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
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
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
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