Matsuzaka injured by fan
Daisuke Matsuzaka has dealt with numerous arm injuries during his career as a pitcher in Major League Baseball and Japan, but none quite like this. The Chunichi Dragons said that Matsuzaka is experiencing pain in his right shoulder after an overzealous fan pulled his throwing arm during a fan event at spring training in Okinawa. Matsuzaka was diagnosed with inflammation in his throwing arm as a result of the incident and the Dragons on Tuesday told him not to throw for the time being.
Sri Lanka slow Proteas early
Vishwa Fernando yesterday took three wickets as underdogs Sri Lanka undermined South Africa’s batting at the start of the first Test in Kingsmead, with the hosts 181-7 at tea. Quinton de Kock was unbeaten on 44 at the interval and held the key to the hosts posting a respectable total after they picked five bowlers, leaving room for only six specialist batsmen. Left-arm opening bowler Fernando took 3-49. He and new-ball partner Suranga Lakmal shocked South Africa in the first 40 minutes. Temba Bavuma and captain Faf du Plessis rode out the early storm and gradually started to change the momentum in a 72-run partnership that was ended in the final over before lunch when Du Plessis was caught down the leg-side for 35. Bavuma looked the most assured of the South Africa batsmen, but was run out for 47 off 68 balls, with seven fours, when a straight drive by De Kock ricocheted off Fernando’s boot into the stumps at the bowler’s end.
Fenerbahce defeat Zenit 1-0
Fenerbahce are to take a 1-0 lead to Zenit Saint Petersburg in the UEFA Europa League last 32 after Islam Slimani scored the only goal of the first leg on Tuesday. Slimani struck in the 21st minute after being set up by Victor Moses, who is on loan at the Istanbul-based club from Premier League side Chelsea. Zenit squandered a chance to equalize before halftime when Robert Mak’s penalty-kick was saved by Harun Tekin. The other round-of-32 games are scheduled for today. The Fenerbahce-Zenit match was played early for security reasons to avoid it clashing with Istanbul rivals Galatasaray hosting SL Benfica.
Opelka, Jung advance in NY
Reilly Opelka on Tuesday ousted French fifth seed Adrian Mannarino, a semi-finalist last year, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in the first round of the New York Open. Opelka upset fellow American John Isner at the Australian Open last month. Isner is the No. 1 seed this week in the indoor tournament on Long Island. Sixth seed Sam Querrey, who beat Mannarino in last year’s semi-finals before losing to Kevin Anderson, beat Lloyd Harris of South Africa 7-6 (7/2), 6-2. Brayden Schnur eased past fellow Canadian Jack Mingjie Lin, a Columbia student who earned a wild card into the tournament, 6-1, 6-3. In other first-round matches at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Taiwan’s Jason Jung beat India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-3, 3-6, 6-1; American Ryan Harrison swept Canada’s Peter Polansky 6-3, 6-4; Christopher Eubanks of the US beat Adrian Menendez-Maceiras of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (7/4); and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain ousted Australian Alexei Popyrin 7-6 (8/6), 6-3.
China wants to unite its 1.4 billion people through soccer, while also using the sport as “a bridge to work with the rest of the world,” Chinese Football Association secretary-general Liu Yi told reporters in an interview published yesterday. Liu spoke about what lies behind the country’s push to become a major soccer power by 2050. Under Chinese President Xi Jinping — who is described by state media as an “avid soccer fan” — the world’s most populous country has grand plans to host and even one day win a World Cup. Liu spoke about “using football to motivate the whole nation.” “Football is
‘JOB NOT DONE’: The outfielder, who hit a homer and stole two bases, said that players ‘have to be good at all aspects of game all the time and not take plays off’ Los Angeles outfielder Mookie Betts put himself in rarefied company with a standout performance in the Dodgers’ Game 1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the 116th World Series on Tuesday. Betts sparked the Dodgers’ four-run fifth inning with a walk and two stolen bases, joining Babe Ruth as the only players in World Series history to record such an inning. After walking to lead off the inning, Betts stole second base. After Corey Seager walked, Betts reached third on a double steal, giving the Dodgers runners on second and third with one out. Betts took an aggressive stance off the bag
TENNIS Federer eyes Australia Roger Federer is practicing pain-free after undergoing two knee surgeries this year and said that he expects to return to the circuit at the Australian Open in January. The 39-year-old Swiss reached the semi-finals at Melbourne Park at the start of the year, but missed the rest of the season after undergoing a second arthroscopic procedure on his right knee. “I’m on the right track,” he told German-language magazine Schweizer Illustrierte. “I’m gradually coming back, but I’m going to take my time and don’t want to put any pressure on myself. I will only take part in a
Marcus Rashford once again sank Paris Saint-Germain after netting the decisive goal in a 2-1 Champions League win in the French capital. Rashford, who scored the winning spot-kick when United knocked PSG out two seasons ago, drilled home a low shot three minutes from the end, which won a thrilling Group H contest at a near-empty Parc des Princes. United had taken the lead in the 23rd minute when Bruno Fernandes slotted home from the spot at the second attempt, but Anthony Martial inexplicably headed Neymar’s corner into his own net 10 minutes after the break. The rest of the match was an