Wade considers surgery
All-Star guard Dwyane Wade is considering season-ending surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder, which would be the biggest loss yet for the Miami Heat during their rocky reign as NBA champions. Wade was hurt in Wednesday's 112-102 loss at Houston. He flew home on Thursday in a private plane and was examined at a hospital by team physician Harlan Selesnick, who conducted a battery of tests. "Wade is presently weighing his treatment options provided to him by the Heat medical staff. [He] still needs to discuss these options with his family and Heat president and head coach Pat Riley, and will then decide what course of action to take," the team said in a statement.
Regardless of the decision, the Heat's bid to repeat was further weakened. They may be hard-pressed merely to make the playoffs.
The injury stung especially hard because it came in the first game in which Wade, Riley and Shaquille O'Neal have been together since mid-November.
Tua outpoints Hawkins
New Zealand's David Tua extended his winning streak to five bouts and remained in contention for a world heavyweight title fight, outpointing Robert Hawkins in a 10-round fight at Roseland Ballroom on Thursday. Tua, who weighed in at 109kg, improved to 47-3-1. Hawkins, an American who also weighed in at 241, dropped to 21-7. "Winning the world championship is the only thing that matters and I'm going to do everything in my power to reach that goal," the 34-year-old Tua said. Tua has victories over Oleg Maskaev, the current WBC titlist, as well as three former champions in Michael Moorer, Hasim Rahman and John Ruiz. "Two or three more fights and I'll be ready," Tua said.
Flachi banned over cocaine
Sampdoria captain Francesco Flachi was suspended by the Italian soccer league on Thursday, a day after the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) announced that the 31-year-old striker had tested positive for cocaine. Traces of the drug were found in the player's system in a random anti-doping test after Sampdoria's 2-0 home defeat to league leader Inter Milan on Jan. 28. Flachi reportedly said on Wednesday that he was calm and that he would clarify everything at the opportune moment. Flachi can ask for his backup "B" sample to be tested in line with CONI protocol. If he fails that, too, he could face a long ban. Flachi was banned for two months by the Italian soccer league in September for illegal betting.
Bettini wins California stage
Paolo Bettini, the Italian world road champion racing for the first time in the US, won the fourth stage of the Tour of California on Thursday, while Levi Leipheimer maintained the overall lead. Bettini, riding for Quick-Step/Innergetic, surged in the final 100m to complete the 213km stage in five hours, five minutes, 47 seconds. Germany's Gerald Coilek, racing for T-Mobile, was second. Leipheimer, the US star riding for the Discovery Channel, finished 22nd in the main pack and kept his three-second margin over CSC rider Jens Voight of Germany. The riders faced heavy periodic rain for much of the first half of the stage. The cyclists also rode most of the day along the Pacific coastline in tailing crosswinds that increased the riders' pace. The winner's average speed was 42kph.
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational