Flipkens hushes journalist
A BBC broadcaster was told to quiet down by a player at Wimbledon on Monday when his on-air segment interrupted her fourth-round match. Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium stopped play to complain to the umpire during the second set of her win over Flavia Pennetta that a journalist standing on a roof overlooking Court 18 was speaking too loudly. Flipkens gestured angrily up toward John Watson, who was presenting a segment on BBC World News. After chair umpire Fergus Murphy asked “the gentleman who’s broadcasting in the brown suit” to be quiet, Watson looked slightly bemused as he realized the comments were directed at him. Looking into the camera, Watson said: “This is a very surreal moment,” and “I don’t think I’ve ever been told to be quiet by the fellow players.” He later said on Twitter he apologized to Flipkens in person after the match.
Dhoni out of tri-nations
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been ruled out of the remainder of the tri-nation series with a right hamstring strain sustained while batting against the West Indies in his team’s first match of the tournament on Sunday at Sabina Park in Kingston. His place in the 15-man squad is to be taken by the uncapped 27-year-old batsman Ambati Rayudu. Vice captain Virat Kohli, who led the team on the field in Dhoni’s absence against the West Indies, takes over as captain for the remainder of the series. India faced Sri Lanka yesterday in Kingston with both teams looking for their first points after each lost to the hosts in their respective opening fixtures. Following that encounter, the tournament shifts to the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, for the remaining three preliminary matches, starting with India against the West Indies on Friday.
Paulinho to join Spurs
Influential Brazil midfielder Paulinho has accepted an offer from Tottenham Hotspur and will join the Premier League club from Corinthians before the start of the season, the player said on Monday. A powerful box-to-box midfielder, Paulinho, who scored 34 goals in 167 games for Corinthians, shone in Brazil’s successful Confederations Cup campaign last month. “All I have to say to Corinthians is: ‘I’ll be back,’” Paulinho said in a tearful farewell on Monday. Media reports say Spurs will pay 20 million euros (US$26.07 million) for the 24-year-old, who helped the Sao Paulo side to the World Club Cup in December last year and became a regular choice for the national side. He picked up the bronze boot trophy for the third-best player in the Confederations Cup on Sunday.
SA thrown finals lifeline
South Africa were thrown a World Cup qualifying lifeline on Monday after rivals Ethiopia were docked three points by FIFA for fielding an ineligible player in a match against Botswana. In a statement released by soccer’s global governing body, FIFA said that Minyahile Teshome Beyene should not have played in Ethiopia’s 2-1 win as he was suspended for accumulated yellow cards. As a result, Botswana were declared winners of the Group A game by a 3-0 margin and Ethiopia, who had gone five points clear of South Africa at the top with one match each to play, saw their previously unassailable lead cut to two points. Ethiopia are still favorites to top the group as they visit Central African Republic in their final game on Sept. 6, while South Africa host Botswana the same day.