Sport Briefs


Fri, Jul 09, 2010 - Page 19


Rossi looking to return

Injured world champion Valentino Rossi is hoping to return to racing this month, far earlier than expected, after getting back on two wheels on Wednesday for the first time since he broke his leg. His Yamaha team said in a statement that the 31-year-old completed 26 laps of Italy’s Misano circuit on a Yamaha superbike, but reported pain in his leg and shoulder. Despite that, they said the Italian would decide in the next week whether to return for the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring on July 18. Rossi, who has been walking on crutches since the end of last month, had said he hoped to return to racing at the Czech Grand Prix on Aug. 15. He broke his leg on June 5 in his home Grand Prix at Mugello. “We made this test in order to understand how we must work from here and to see more or less how I can ride the bike,” Rossi said in a statement.


Gunners sign Koscielny

Arsenal have completed the signing of French defender Laurent Koscielny from Lorient for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club said on Wednesday. “Koscielny is a central defender with great ability who performed extremely well last season for Lorient,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on the club’s Web site. “We identified him as a very strong center-half, who has made big progress very quickly.” The 24-year-old Koscielny, who would also qualify to play for Poland, will wear the No. 6 shirt for Arsenal. “I’m very excited to be joining Arsenal. They are one of the biggest teams in Europe with many great players,” Koscielny said. “I’m really looking forward to playing in the English Premier League and the Champions League with my new club.”


Fazekas throws 66.21m

Robert Fazekas threw a season’s best 66.21m to win the discus at the Vardinoyiannia meet in Greece on Wednesday. The Hungarian thrower’s mark stood out amid a string of modest performances at a meet that usually hosts leading stars, but was noticeably lacking in big names this year. Mike Rodgers of the US edged Jamaica’s Mario Forsythe to win the 100m in 10.11 seconds, while Gloria Asumnu of the US clocked 11.28 seconds in the women’s 100m, beating compatriot Mikele Barber into second place. The 35-year-old Fazekas gained notoriety in the 2004 Athens Olympics when he won discus gold, only to be disqualified and stripped of his medal when he provided an insufficiently small urine sample at testing. Justin Gaymon of the US won the men’s 400m hurdles in 49.01 seconds and Australia’s Chris Noffke won the long jump by posting 8m.


Peavy put on disabled list

Chicago White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a potentially season-ending shoulder injury. Peavy, 29, suffered a detached latissimus dorsi muscle during the second inning of Chicago’s 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, an MRI on Wednesday revealed. “I knew something was wrong when I walked off the field,” Peavy told reporters. Peavy, who won the 2007 Cy Young Award as the National League’s best pitcher, is 7-6 with a 4.63 ERA this season, but has a 3-2 record and 1.67 ERA over his last six starts. “You don’t want to lose one of your main guys,” White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said on the team’s Web site. “Jake was a great part of what we are doing and what we want to accomplish, but the bottom line is he’s gone and my sights are no longer on him.”