Ghana star held by police
Former Fulham, West Ham and Leicester City defender John Paintsil was being held by police in Ghana on Friday after his wife was stabbed. An Accra police spokesman said they were called to a domestic incident in a suburb of the capital and Paintsil was arrested for allegedly chasing his wife into the garden of a neighbor and stabbing her. The spokesman said the woman is receiving hospital treatment for serious eye wounds after collapsing following the assault. Paintsil was part of Ghana’s 2006 and 2010 World Cup squads and the team that finished fourth this month behind Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Jankovic breezes through
Top seed Jelena Jankovic breezed through to the semi-finals of the US$235,000 WTA tournament in Bogota on Friday by beating Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 6-2, 6-1. The Serbian was joined in the last four of the clay court event by Karin Knapp of Italy, Argentina’s Paula Ormaechea and Teliana Pereira of Brazil. Knapp beat Lara Arruabarrena of Spain, 6-3, 6-3 while Ormaechea downed Spaniard Maria Teresa Torro 6-1, 7-5. Pereira cruised past Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella 6-1, 6-2 .
Windies rout Zimbabwe
Johnson Charles blazed a second consecutive century and Darren Bravo made a maiden limited overs ton as the West Indies crushed Zimbabwe by 156 runs to win the first one-day international in Grenada on Friday. Man of the match Charles hammered 130 and Bravo finished on an even, unbeaten 100 to lead the home side to an imposing 337-4 after being put in by Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor. While there was nothing like the capacity crowd that would have been hoped for on a day declared a national holiday by the newly elected government of the island, the fans who turned up stayed in a celebratory mood throughout. The visitors were limited to just 181-9 in reply, home spinner Sunil Narine leading the bowling effort with 3-28. Just the sixth West Indies player to compile consecutive one-day centuries, Charles, who closed off the series in Australia less than two weeks ago with a maiden hundred, picked up where he left off, his innings occupying 113 deliveries and decorated with 12 fours and four sixes.
Spurs, Hammers warn fans
Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United warned fans on Friday their behavior would be under scrutiny at tomorrow’s Premier League match at Upton Park in an effort to avoid a repeat of the anti-Semitic chanting that marred their last meeting. West Ham banned a season-ticket holder and promised action against other offenders after chanting in November’s match at White Hart Lane which Spurs won 3-1. “We have made it very clear that we will not tolerate any form of discriminatory behaviour and one by one we will root out those fans that do not deserve to represent this great club of ours,” West Ham joint chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said on the club’s Web site. During the November match there were reports of West Ham fans chanting “Adolf Hitler, he’s coming for you,” and hissing, mimicking the gassing of Jews during the Holocaust. Tottenham have strong Jewish ties. Spurs said in a statement on their Web site that police had asked them to remind supporters that the behavior of both sets of fans would be under scrutiny.