Paper says Bledsoe to quit
Drew Bledsoe is walking away from the National Football League, according to a newspaper report. The Dallas Morning News reported on Wednesday that Bledsoe announced his retirement after a 14-year career in football. Bledsoe, the top pick by New England in the 1993 draft out of Washington State, threw for 44,611 yards -- the seventh most in history. Bledsoe led the Patriots to two Super Bowls, losing to the Packers in the 1996 season and winning as a backup to Tom Brady five years later against the St. Louis Rams.
Czech defector dies
Ladislav Pataki, a standout track-and-field thrower and sports scientist who defected from the Soviet Union in 1985 to Silicon Valley, has died. He was 60. Pataki died on April 5 of brain cancer, according to his daughter, Noemi Marozick. The native Czechoslovakian defected to the US with the help of Olympian Ed Burke of Los Gatos. Upon arriving in Silicon Valley, Pataki found himself in a thriving community of world-class shot putters and discus and hammer throwers. Pataki used his knowledge of nutrition, physiology and biology to coach and nurture athletes, some of whom went on to hold world records.
Ex-chairman owns up
The former chairman of English Championship strugglers Luton on Wednesday admitted making irregular payments to agents on three separate occasions. But Bill Tomlins, who has resigned from the club which is expecting imminent major investment, insisted in an interview with the BBC that he made no personal gain from the transactions. And he said he had contacted the Football Association to make them aware of the situation. The FA are now holding an inquiry into the matter. Concerning his resignation he said: "There has been too much disruption surrounding the club in recent months. I feel it is appropriate for me to stand down at this time."
Persik beat Sydney FC
Indonesia's Persik Kediri rallied to defeat Sydney FC of Australia 2-1 yesterday in their postponed Group E match of the Asian Champions League. Midfielder Steve Corica led the Australian team to an early lead just eight minutes into the game, firing home a short pass from the left. Persik's defender Aris Budi Prasetya leveled the score in the 25th minute, heading home a long pass. Substitute Budi Sudarsono scored the winning goal for the host team in the 70th minute. The match was initially scheduled for Wednesday but was postponed due to a heavily waterlogged pitch.
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All Black admits assault
All Black rugby winger Sitiveni Sivivatu escaped a conviction yesterday which could have ended his World Cup dreams after admitting in court to a charge of assaulting his wife. Judge Phillip Connell said publicity surrounding the case was sufficient penalty and discharged Sivivatu without conviction, saying the assault was at the lower end of the scale of offending. Earlier, the court was told the star winger would be unable to play in this year's World Cup in France if convicted and would be unable to travel to some countries. But the judge refused a request by Sivivatu and his wife for his name to continue to be suppressed. "I'm really sorry about what I did, I totally regret it," Sivivatu told reporters.
‘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
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
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
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on