Olympic medalist drug bust
Australian dual Olympic silver-medal-winning kayaker Nathan Baggaley has been arrested following a drug bust, media reported yesterday. Australian Federal Police, investigating amphetamine trafficking, arrested the 37-year-old Baggaley and another person on Friday in northern New South Wales. Baggaley, who won two silver medals in the 2004 Athens Olympics, faces seven charges, including manufacturing and producing a prohibited drug, the Australian Associated Press news agency reported. He has been remanded in custody and is expected to appear in a Lismore court today.
AC Ajaccio sack Ravanelli
Fabrizio Ravanelli’s first taste of management ended on Saturday when Ligue 1 strugglers AC Ajaccio fired the Italian after a 3-1 home defeat by Valenciennes. The former Juventus and Italy striker took charge of the French side in the close season. Ajaccio’s fifth consecutive defeat in all competitions left the Corsica team second-bottom on seven points from 12 games. Ravanelli said his dismissal “hurt.” “We had a lot of problems, I never had the whole squad available,” he told broadcaster Canal Plus. Meanwhile, Olympique de Marseille’s losing five-match run came to an end at Stade Rennais in a 1-1 draw. Striker Nelson Oliveira put the hosts in front on nine minutes, only for his effort to be canceled out by Jordan Ayew six minutes later. Olympique Lyon ended their five-match winless run with a 2-0 home victory over En Avant de Guingamp, Stade de Reims ran out 4-2 winners over SC Bastia, Evian Thonon Gaillard saw off Toulouse 2-1 and Sochaux and Saint-Etienne drew 0-0.
Golovkin defends title
Undefeated World Boxing Association middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin defended his title on Saturday by stopping US challenger Curtis Stevens in a fight halted after eight rounds. Referee Harvey Dock stopped the bout after Kazakhstan’s Golovkin unleashed a furious flurry on the challenger that left Stevens dazed and bloody as he went to his corner after the bell. Golovkin improved to 28-0 with his 25th early-stoppage triumph. It was the 15th fight in a row since 2008 in which Golovkin, 31, has won without needing to go the distance. Stevens, who was knocked down by Golovkin with a hard right hook in the second round, fell to 28-4. It was the eighth successful title defense for Golovkin.
Amkar halt Zenit win streak
Russian Premier League leaders Zenit St Petersburg’s attempt to chalk up a ninth consecutive win was thwarted on Saturday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Amkar Perm. However, Zenit remain top with 36 points from 15 matches, six points ahead of Spartak and Lokomotiv who were due to face each other yesterday. Thomas Phibel put Amkar ahead in the 27th minute before Zenit leveled 12 minutes later when midfielder Miguel Danny fired the ball in from close range from Igor Smolnikov’s cross. Reigning champions CSKA Moscow battled back from a goal down to beat Volga 2-1 in Nizhny Novgorod. Luton Shelton gave the hosts the lead in the 29th minute, but Seydou Doumbia leveled just five minutes later. Zoran Tosic grabbed the winner after Volga goalkeeper Sergei Pareiko parried Keisuke Honda’s initial shot with 18 minutes to go. Dynamo Moscow clinched a 1-0 win over Tomsk courtesy of an own-goal by defender Maxim Bordachev.