Gary Payton suspended
Miami Heat guard Gary Payton was suspended for one game without pay on Monday for talking back to the NBA official who ejected him during a win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. Payton will serve the suspension on Monday when Miami hosts the Charlotte Bobcats. On Saturday, Payton was ejected by official Mark Davis for arguing a call. Before leaving the floor, Payton leaned in close and said something to Davis. The Heat won the game 117-98. The 16-year veteran is averaging 5.6 points and 2.9 assists this season, both career lows.
Costa to captain Brazil
Former player Francisco Costa was named as captain of Brazil's Davis Cup team on Monday. Costa, whose highest ATP rank was No. 140 in 2000, replaced Fernando Meligeni, the Brazilian Tennis Confederation said. Meligeni resigned in December after complaining that the confederation gave low priority to the Davis Cup. The 33-year-old Costa, who quit playing professionally in 2005, had one Davis Cup appearance. "We'll always work to have Brazil in the Davis Cup's World Group, but we also need to think about revamping the team," Costa said.
Dominican Republic wins
Julian Tavarez pitched three-hit ball into the sixth inning and the unbeaten Dominican Republic eliminated defending champion Venezuela from title contention in the Caribbean Series with a 7-1 win Monday. It was the second time in four days that the Dominican Republic's Cibao Eagles (4-0) defeated Venezuela's Aragua Tigers (1-3), including a 4-3 victory in 18 innings on Friday. In the late game on Monday, Armando Rios hit a two-out, two-run single in the 10th inning to send Puerto Rico to a 4-2 victory over winless Mexico. With two days of competition remaining, Puerto Rico's Carolina Giants (3-1) are the only team still capable of beating out the Dominican Republic for the crown.
Dead kicker was drunk
University of Southern California kicker Mario Danelo was drunk when he plunged over a cliff to his death, but the coroner's office on Monday was unable to say why he fell. A toxicological report accompanying Danelo's autopsy report said he had a 0.23 blood-alcohol level, nearly three times the legal limit in California. The autopsy report said the cause of death was multiple traumatic injuries, but "because of the unanswered questions, we are stating the manner of death as undetermined," Deputy Medical Examiner Jeffrey Gutstadt of the Los Angeles County Coroner's office wrote in the report.
Millions watch Super Bowl
The NFL Super Bowl game between the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears was watched by 93.2 million people in the US on Sunday, the third-largest television audience in US history. It was the second-most watched Super Bowl, trailing the 1996 championship game, which had 94.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research on Monday. The only other program that drew a bigger TV audience was the 1983 series finale of the Korean War-based situation comedy MASH, which was watched by nearly 106 million people -- 77 percent of the people who watched TV that night. Indianapolis won the game 29-17, which was broadcast on the CBS television network.
Coach cagey on future
With a third Asean championship title in the bag, Singapore's soccer chiefs are sure of one thing -- their heart belongs to Raddy. Inspirational coach Raddy Avramovich led his charges to a dramatic two-legged victory over Thailand at the weekend for Singapore's third regional title and the city state's soccer officials are desperate to hang on to their man. Avramovich, though, has been cagey about his plans ever since Sunday's second-leg clincher in Bangkok. "Two years is a long time and you never know," was the 57-year-old's enigmatic reply to reporters' questions on whether he would be at the helm in 2009 when Singapore defend their crown.
Hamburg goals too small
Hamburg SV have scored fewer goals than any Bundesliga club this season and the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper has discovered one possible cause -- the goals in their home stadium could be too small. The newspaper reported that the goals in the Hamburg Arena stand 2.39m high, with the crossbar 5cm lower than the prescribed 2.44m. "Obviously we're going to measure that again," HSV spokesman Joern Wolf told Germany's SID sports news agency. "If those numbers reported are correct, we will make sure we have a new goal in place that conforms with the rules by the next match against Borussia Dortmund. It's a good thing no one hit the crossbar last week in the Energie Cottbus match."
Olympians lose to Chelsea
China's 2008 Olympic team lost their first match against a Chelsea XI 1-0 on Monday while officials moved to quell complaints about the pitch at the English champions' training center. Chinese media reported complaints from the under-21 side about the state of the facilities at the London club's Cobham centre, where they are training for two weeks. "The pitch isn't as good as we imagined," Zhou Haibin, a midfielder with Chinese champions Shandong Luneng, told Titan sports newspaper.
Aggressive ball boy banned
A ball boy was banned on Monday for hitting a goalkeeper with an iron bar during a regional match at the weekend. The Paulista (Sao Paulo state) soccer federation said on its Web site that Carlos Marcio dos Reis had been suspended for 30 days over the incident during the second division match between Comercial and Botafogo-Riberao Preto. Comercial's Palma Travassos stadium was also closed until further notice and the federation will in future select the ball boys for the team's home matches. TV pictures showed the boy hiding the ball behind an advertising board instead of handing it to Botafogo goalkeeper Marcao. When Marcao tried to fetch the ball, the two argued and the boy hit the goalkeeper several times with an iron bar.
The Taichung Warriors yesterday collapsed in the final at the 15th Taiwan Annual Cricket Cup in Chiayi City, but Chetan Sharma’s 50 scripted a near-unbelievable resurgence to snatch the trophy from the Taiwan Stars. Sharma’s 4-24 restricted the Stars to 130-6, but the reply was a disaster as the Warriors fell to 25-7 after six overs. However, Sharma undid all the work of opening bowlers Amir Sohail and Abrar Hussain (both 3-14) to guide them to a two-wicket win. The result reversed their group-stage encounter at the eight-team, two-day competition at the Yunsan baseball fields. In the semi-finals, Sohail took 4-21 as the Stars
Taiwanese swimmer Eddie Wang on Saturday broke the 200m short course butterfly world junior record at the opening meet of the International Swimming League season in Budapest, Hungary. The 18-year-old, who was representing the Cali Condors, a San Francisco-based professional swimming club, finished third in 1 minute, 50.79 seconds. Wang finished behind winner Tom Shields of the LA Current (1:50.43) and runner-up Chad le Clos of Energy Standard (1:50.48). Wang’s time broke the 2012 world junior record of 1:51.30 set by former Japanese national team captain Daiya Seto. It also broke his national record of 1:52.38, set at the 2018 FINA World Cup meeting
The All Blacks might have unearthed the next Jonah Lomu after 21-year-old Caleb Clarke yesterday proved to be a one-man demolition squad in the All Blacks’ 27-7 whipping of Australia in Auckland, New Zealand. Clarke, the son of former All Black Eroni Clarke, takes an uncomplicated approach to using his 1.84m, 107kg frame. “When you get the ball, just run. You don’t have to think about anything,” he said after his first Test start, after making his debut off the bench last week in the drawn first Bledisloe Cup Test. As the All Blacks lifted their aggression and accuracy in Auckland, much of
A team made up mostly of Guatemalans who live and work in Taiwan were on Sunday crowned winners of the women’s Copa America Taiwan soccer tournament after defeating a Paraguayan team in the final in New Taipei City. Guatemala defeated Paraguay 3-1 in a final that kept hundreds of spectators on the edge of their seats at Fu Jen Catholic University Stadium. The two teams attacked at will early in the match as both looked to take an early lead, but it was Paraguay who went in front after a cleverly worked free-kick was headed into the net. In the second half, Guatemala