Fan shoots and kills player
An Iraqi fan shot dead a player of the opposing team as he tried to score an equalizing goal in the final minutes of a match, police said on Monday. The shooting on Saturday in Hilla, 100km south of Baghdad, during a match between local teams underscored the country’s propensity to lawlessness even as violence by militant groups falls to lows not seen since mid-2003. “As soon as Haider Kadhim [the player] was alone in front of the goalkeeper and close to equalizing, a fan in the crowd fired a pistol at him,” said a senior police officer in Hilla, who declined to be named. “We arrested this fan immediately, but unfortunately the player died,” he said. Iraqis love soccer and have often expressed hope the game would help reconcile warring ethnic groups and sects.
Jackson sets world record
Jo Jackson set a world record in the women’s 400m freestyle at the British swimming championships on Monday. The 22-year-old Olympic bronze medalist finished in 4 minutes, 0.66 seconds, lowering Federica Pellegrini’s mark by almost a second. Pellegrini swam 4 minutes, 1.53 seconds at an Italian meet earlier this month. Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington finished second, also under the old mark, touching in 4 minutes, 0.89 seconds. “To get a world record has just blown me away and for Becky to go under the world record as well, I’m so happy,” Jackson said. “I knew it was going to be so tough coming here because Becky is swimming amazing. She really pushed me there, I wanted it so much. I’ve never had the British record in the 400, so it’s my first British record in the 400 and the world record. It’s not a bad one.”
Scarponi takes the lead
Michele Scarponi took the overall lead in the Tirreno-Adriatico from Andreas Kloeden of Germany after winning the longest and the penultimate stage of the race on Monday. The Italian rider with the Diquigiovanni-Androni team out-sprinted Stefano Garzelli and Ivan Basso in an uphill finish after the three broke away on a major climb with 40km to go. Scarponi finished in 6 hours, 36 minutes, 12 seconds in the 235km leg from Civitanova Marche to Camerino. Scarponi now holds a 25-second lead over Garzelli in the overall standings, with Kloeden — who won Sunday’s time trial — 1 minute, 7 seconds behind in third.
England bid for 2018, 2022
The Football Association (FA) will bid to stage the World Cup in England in either 2018 or 2022, it was announced on Monday. Countries were asked by world soccer’s governing body FIFA to bid for one of the two tournaments or submit proposals to stage both events. The FA handed in their plans at FIFA’s Zurich headquarters on Monday. Afterwards, England bid and FA chairman Lord David Triesman issued a statement, saying: “Today marks another step forward on our journey to bring the FIFA World Cup to England and our team are focused on delivering the best bid possible to FIFA.”
Cano scan reveals bursitis
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano had an MRI on Monday that found bursitis in his right shoulder and he could play the field on Friday. Cano will pinch hit or be a designated hitter until then. He had a pinch-single during the sixth inning of New York’s 12-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. “It feels better,” Cano said. “I’ll be ready in a few days.”
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
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Michael Schumacher’s son Mick said that the prospect of Lewis Hamilton equaling the Ferrari great’s all-time record of 91 wins has given him something to aim for when he gets to Formula One. Hamilton, who replaced Michael Schumacher at Mercedes in 2013, can take his 91st victory in today’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi — a race he has won four times previously. “One sentence my dad always used to say was: ‘Records are there to be broken.’ It’s everybody’s aim in this sport to do that,” Formula Two championship leader Mick Schumacher said on Friday. “I think Lewis had a very, very