De Villota crashes, loses eye
Test driver Maria de Villota lost her right eye in a crash during a testing session, and remains hospitalized in Britain, with her teammates describing her condition as critical, but stable. The 32-year-old Spaniard suffered serious injuries to her head and face after colliding with a team vehicle at the end of one of her straight-line test runs at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire, north of London. She underwent a lengthy procedure by neurological and plastic surgery teams, her team said, adding that de Villota was in the operating theater from Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday morning. De Villota was testing the team’s racing car for the first time on Tuesday after joining Marussia in March. She is the sport’s first full-time female driver since Italy’s Giovanna Amati raced in 1992.
Wang Chien-ming injured
Asian star pitchers Wang Chien-ming and Daisuke Matsuzaka and have been put on Major League Baseball’s injured reserve list by their clubs. The Washington Nationals dropped Wang, 32, onto the injured list with a right hip strain. Wang is 2-3 with a 7.61 earned-run average over seven appearances, four of them starts, for the Nationals. He missed 42 games at the start of the season after suffering a left hamstring injury in pre-season workouts. The Nationals, 47-32, have the best record in the National League while the Red Sox, 42-39, stand fourth in the American League East Division but only three games out of a wild-card playoff position at mid-season. Boston Red Sox standout Matsuzaka of Japan is out with a right upper arm muscle strain. He has struggled to an 0-3 record with a 6.65 earned-run average in five starts this season. Matsuzaka, 31, threw only 28 pitches in his most recent appearing on Monday, the shortest outing of his career, lasting just over one inning. He surrendered five runs on four hits and two walks.
Tseng eyes Grand Slam
World No. 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan will try to complete a women’s golf career Grand Slam this week by capturing the US Women’s Open, which started yesterday at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin. The 23-year-old LPGA star could literally do one better than golf legend Tiger Woods, who did not complete a career Slam until age 24. Tseng owns five major titles, the most recent won at age 22 at last year’s Women’s British Open. “It’s hard to not think about, because everybody is talking about it,” Tseng said. Australian star Karrie Webb is the youngest woman to complete the career Grand Slam, having done so at age 26 by capturing the 2001 LPGA Championship.
LBF acts against British body
The Luxembourg Boxing Federation (LBF) says it has started legal action to prevent the British boxing authority “intimidating” its members over involvement in the David Haye versus Dereck Chisora heavyweight fight. The Luxembourg body issued legal proceedings on Wednesday after the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) threatened to rescind the licenses of members involved in the bout, which is scheduled for July 14 in east London. The LBF said it was left with “no option.” Haye and Chisora infamously traded blows at a press conference following Chisora’s loss to Vitali Klitschko in Munich in February, leading to the BBBC stripping Chisora of his license. Haye was unlicensed because he had retired. The Luxembourg body sanctioned the fight after the BBBC refused to do so and said 28,000 tickets have been sold.
‘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