VAR to be used at World Cup
Video assistant referees (VAR) are to be used at the World Cup for the first time and talks are under way with potential sponsor branding to appear when it is used, a FIFA executive said on Monday. “Definitely, VAR will happen,” FIFA chief commercial officer Philippe Le Floc’h said. “It’s great to have technology in football, because this is also a fair[ness] thing.” The final decision on allowing replays to become part of the rules of the game falls to the International Football Association Board on March 3, when its annual meeting is held.
Cyclist awakes from coma
Dutch cyclist Jelle van Gorkom has awoken from a coma and his life is no longer in danger, but he faces a long recovery, officials said on Monday. Van Gorkom, who won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, was hurt in an accident on Jan. 9 during training on a BMX track at the national sports center. He was placed in an induced coma for several days after breaking his ribs, fracturing his face and skull, and damaging his liver, spleen and kidneys.
US board members resign
Three top board members of USA Gymnastics on Monday resigned and 2012 Olympic team coach John Geddert was suspended after calls from angry gymnasts who say the organization did nothing to protect them after being abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar. Chairman Paul Parilla, vice chair Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley announced they were stepping down as testimony in Nassar’s sentencing hearing moved into its second week. Many Olympians have testified, sued the US Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, and called for the sports leaders to leave their jobs. “To believe in the future of gymnastics is to believe in change, but how are we to believe in change when these organizations aren’t even willing to acknowledge the problem?” gymnast Aly Raisman said last week.
Brewers offer Darvish deal
Pitcher Yu Darvish has received a contract offer from the Milwaukee Brewers, multiple reports said on Monday. The 31-year-old right-hander tweeted a Japanese report of the deal with a thinking-face emoji while MLB’s Web site also reported the submission. The Chicago Cubs are also having talks with Darvish, a person with direct knowledge of the discussions said. The talks come amid reports the Cubs have agreed to a minor league deal with Chris Gimenez, who regularly caught Darvish while they were in Texas and developed a trusted working relationship with the pitcher.
McAvoy has heart surgery
Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy on Monday underwent a heart procedure, team internist David Finn said in a statement. The procedure was to treat an abnormal heartbeat and McAvoy is expected to require two weeks to recover, Finn said. McAvoy originally notified the team of heart palpitations following the Bruins’ Nov. 26 game against Edmonton. He was diagnosed with a supraventricular tachycardia, but was able to play despite the condition. However, he decided to undergo the procedure after additional consultation with team physicians and cardiologists.
‘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