Salad knocks out Klitschko
A chicken salad has managed to do what none of his opponents has recently achieved in the boxing ring — to floor world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. The 36-year-old heavyweight champion was laid low for several days last week after eating a chicken salad in a Hamburg restaurant in the fashionable St Pauli district, German daily Bild reported. Having been taken ill after an evening meal, Klitschko had to call an ambulance during the night and was put on a drip by an emergency doctor. The IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight title holder, who lives in Hamburg, was part of a group of four who were all sick after eating the same food at the same restaurant. Klitschko was back on his feet two days after the illness.
Ward to face Pavlik
Super middleweight champion Andre Ward will defend his WBC and WBA belts against former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik on Jan. 26 next year at the Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles. Ward’s promoter, Dan Goossen, announced the bout between the two Americans on Tuesday. Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) is among the world’s top handful of pound-for-pound fighters, with a perfect career since winning a gold medal at the Athens Olympics. He is to make his sixth title defense against Pavlik, after stopping light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson in September. Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs) has revitalized his career with four straight victories since losing his two middleweight titles to Sergio Martinez in April 2010.
Phillies’ Ruiz suspended
Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was suspended for 25 games by Major League Baseball on Tuesday after testing positive for a banned amphetamine. The ban is to take effect at the start of next year’s regular season, allowing Ruiz to take part in spring training. “I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant. I apologize to my teammates, the Phillies organization and the Philadelphia fans,” Ruiz said in a statement issued shortly after the announcement.
Union pioneer Miller dies
Marvin Miller, the founding head of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) who changed the landscape of sports by pioneering free agency for players, died on Tuesday at the age of 95, the union said. Miller, who used the collective bargaining process and some stormy work stoppages to win players the right to become free agents along with vastly improved pensions, health benefits and pay, died at his New York home after a battle with liver cancer, the union said. “All players — past, present and future — owe a debt of gratitude to Marvin and his influence transcends baseball,” current union head Michael Weiner said in a statement.
Eagles release Babin
The Philadelphia Eagles, mired in a seven-game losing streak, have released two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin in a move to look toward the future, the club said on Tuesday. Babin, who had a career-best 18 sacks last year after joining the Eagles as a free agent from Tennessee, had just 5.5 sacks this season and with the Eagles floundering with a 3-8 mark, the club wanted to take a closer look at younger players. “We wish him all the best as he continues his career,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said about the 32-year-old Babin.
A sudden shortage of locks in Australian rugby union has opened the door for Matt Philip to reclaim his Wallabies jersey, but the Melbourne Rebels player says that the uncertainties wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic have left him with a difficult choice. The Australian yesterday named Philip among 16 Rebels players either set to leave the Super Rugby club or seriously considering it, underscoring the challenge Rugby Australia faces to retain talent. Linked with a move to Section Paloise Bearn Pyrenees, commonly referred to as Pau, in France’s Top 14, Philip said that he had yet to settle his playing future, and
The Rakuten Monkeys remained atop the CPBL table, despite a 5-7 loss to the Uni-President Lions in Taoyuan yesterday, while the CTBC Brothers fell to the Fubon Guardians at the Taichung Intercontinental Stadium. The visiting Guardians blasted three home runs in their 7-3 triumph, helping Dominican pitcher Henry Sosa pocket his second win of the season. Improving his record to 2-2, Sosa sailed through seven innings, allowing six hits while striking out five. He gave up one earned run in the opening frame, with two Brothers relievers mopping up the final two innings. Fubon’s marquee stars, designated hitter Hu Chin-lung and first baseman
When Chinese Super League club Tianjin Tianhai surprisingly thrashed Rafael Benitez’s Dalian Yifang 5-1 to stay in the league in November last year, disgruntled fans were quick to allege corruption — the legacy of a murky past that exploded into scandal 10 years ago. Benitez, who led Liverpool to the 2005 UEFA Champions League title, was perplexed by one of the heaviest defeats of his coaching career, saying: “This is a game that I don’t quite understand.” Despite fan complaints to the Chinese Football Association (CFA), no case was brought and there is no evidence of wrongdoing. However, the haste with which some
Georgian tennis star Nikoloz Basilashvili, ranked 27th in the world, was on Sunday charged with physically assaulting his ex-wife, prosecutors said. A court in Tbilisi charged Basilashvili with perpetrating “violence against a family member committed in the presence of a minor,” before releasing him on US$30,000 bail, prosecutor Natia Guruli said. He faces up to three years in prison if found guilty. Basilashvili’s ex-wife, Neka Dorokashvili, on Sunday told Mtavari TV that Basilashvili “physically assaulted” her on Friday in the presence of their five-year-old son. Basilashvili denied the charges, his lawyer Irma Chkadua said. The 28-year-old won his second ATP Tour title at the China