Armstrong cut from event
A global business forum has dropped disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong from the list of speakers for its Mexico City event next month, organizers said on Thursday. The US rider was cut from the World Business Forum in light of the “strong accusations and numerous evidence” of doping against him, World of Business Ideas events marketing director Nicolas Heller told reporters. Armstrong’s image still appears on street posters promoting the Nov. 14 and 15 event in the Mexican capital, whose speakers include former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe. However, the forum decided to drop Armstrong last week and replaced him with former American football star Joe Montana, the quarterback who led the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl wins.
All Whites to play China
New Zealand will play China in a friendly in Shanghai on Nov. 14 as the New Zealanders seek to bridge a gap in their World Cup qualifying campaign in Oceania. The match at the Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium falls during the FIFA window for internationals, allowing New Zealand to call on its overseas-based players. New Zealand is unbeaten after four matches in the third stage of Oceania qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. It played Tahiti earlier this month and will not resume the four-team qualifying series until March. Football New Zealand said the Nov. 14 match will also be part of celebrations of 40 years of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and China. China and New Zealand drew 1-1 when they last met in March last year.
Guirado called up for Tests
Hooker Guilhem Guirado has been called up by France for the November Tests after Christopher Tolofua was banned for six weeks by European Rugby on Thursday, the French rugby federation said in a statement. Tolofua, 18, was sent off while playing for Toulouse in their Heineken Cup match against Italian side Treviso last Saturday for a dangerous tackle on Fabio Semenzato. Toulouse said they will appeal against the decision which rules the hooker out until Dec. 3. “Guilhem has had a good league start and has joined us to replace Christopher,” France coach Philippe Saint-Andre said. Guirado has won 15 caps and was part of the France squad at the World Cup finals last year, playing in one group stage game against Canada. France play Australia at Stade de France on Nov. 10, then Argentina a week later in Lille. Samoa are last up back in Paris on Nov. 24.
Curl surrenders to police
Richard Curl, banned for life last month by USA Swimming, surrendered to police on Thursday after being charged with child abuse over allegations of a four-year sexual relationship with a teen swimmer. Curl, 63, was released on US$50,000 bond and faces a Nov. 16 preliminary hearing in Rockville, a Maryland suburb of Washington. The felony charge would bring Curl up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted. Curl co-founded the Curl-Burke Swim Club, which has since changed its name to the Nation’s Capital Swim Club. Among his most famous pupils was Tom Dolan, a gold-medal swimmer at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and 2000 Sydney Olympics. Former Curl-Burke swimmer Kelley Davies Currin claims Curl began touching her inappropriately at age 13 in 1983 and his actions became more extensive over the next few years until her parents learned of the relationship.
Stern to step down in 2014
National Basketball Association (NBA) commissioner David Stern will stand down from his role in February 2014, after 30 years at the helm, the league said on Thursday. Glen Taylor, chairman of the NBA’s board of governors, told a news conference the board had authorized negotiations with NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver to succeed Stern, who is the league’s longest-serving commissioner. Stern, 70, has presided over a period of expansion and growth for the NBA, both domestically and internationally, and last year concluded a new collective bargaining agreement with players after a five-month lockout. “I feel great, I am enjoying my job, but I am looking forward to doing other things. I’m standing down, not retiring. I told them that it’s been a great run, it will continue for another 15 months, that the league is in terrific condition,” Stern said during a news conference in New York. Stern’s departure date will mark the 30th anniversary of his takeover as commissioner from Larry O’Brien.
Farah eyes different double
Britain’s double Olympic champion Mo Farah could attempt a 10,000m-marathon double at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, his coach Alberto Salazar said. Farah thrilled a home crowd at the London Games in August when he became only the seventh man to complete the 5,000m-10,000m Olympic double. Salazar told BCC Sport that Farah, who will be 33 in four years’ time, could have lost a “little speed” over the 5,000m by then. “My guess is he will do a 10-marathon double. At Rio, that would be a good shot. We will have a look at the schedule, but if the 10 is first, he would go 10,000 and marathon,” Salazar said. Farah is to attempt to replicate his Olympic double at next year’s world championships in Moscow and could then make his marathon debut in the 2014 London race. However, Salazar added that there was no guarantee that Farah would move up to the marathon.