Tanaka struck by ball
Japanese pitching ace Masahiro Tanaka was transported to a New York hospital on Saturday after being drilled in the head by a line drive during a New York Yankees training session. Tanaka was felled by a hard shot up the middle off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton and was transported to New York Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation. The incident happened on the MLB team’s first official day of workouts ahead of the start of the delayed US baseball season. The 31-year-old walked off the field at Yankee Stadium after being down on the turf for about five minutes while the team trainer attended to him. The Yankees said that Tanaka was “alert, responsive and walking under his own power.”
Mendis arrested after crash
Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis was arrested yesterday after allegedly being involved in a fatal crash with a cyclist, who died instantly, just outside the country’s capital, Colombo, police said. The 25-year-old batsman was driving an SUV in Panadura before dawn when the incident happened, police said. Mendis had been named in the 16-player squad for a two-match home Test series against England in March, but the tour was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bayern II win 3. Liga
Bayern II, Bayern Munich’s reserve team, won the 3. Liga, the German third division, on their first attempt on Saturday, but will not be promoted due to league rules. The team coached by Sebastian Hoenes finished one point ahead of the Wurzburger Kickers and Eintracht Braunschweig, despite losing against Kaiserslautern in the final round, when none of the top three won their games. Bayern II are the first reserve team to win the division, one season after they earned promotion from the fourth-tier Regionalliga Bayern. However, they cannot progress any further, as Bayern is already represented in the top two divisions. Second-placed Wurzburger and third-placed Eintracht were promoted to the second division 2. Bundesliga.
HOT DOG EATING
Chestnut, Sudo dominate
The COVID-19 outbreak moved the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest from the Coney Island boardwalk in New York to an undisclosed indoor location, but the results were familiar: Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo repeated as men’s and women’s champions of the annual gluttony fest on Saturday. Chestnut downed 75 wieners and buns in 10 minutes and Sudo downed 48.5 in the same span, setting new world records for the men’s and women’s events. “I’m always pushing for a record,” Chestnut said before the contest started. “I know that’s what the fans want.” The annual July 4 hot dog contest normally takes place outside Nathan’s flagship shop in Brooklyn, but was held indoors without in-person spectators on Saturday. Just five women and five men competed and clear plastic barriers separated them as they chowed down. “Minute six is where I really missed the crowd, and I hit a wall and it took me a little bit more work to get through it,” Chestnut said on ESPN, which broadcast the competition. It was Chestnut’s 13th Nathan’s Famous win and Sudo’s seventh. They each won US$10,000.
‘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
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given
‘COMPLICATED’: The 34-year-old from Spain called sitting out the tournament ‘a decision I never wanted to take,’ but added that he would ‘rather not travel’ Defending champion Rafael Nadal has said that he would skip the US Open because of the COVID-19 pandemic, putting on hold his bid to equal Roger Federer’s men’s record for Grand Slam titles. On Tuesday, Nadal explained his decision in a series of tweets sent in Spanish and English. “The situation is very complicated worldwide. Coronavirus cases are increasing. It looks like we still don’t have control of it,” Nadal wrote. The 34-year-old from Spain called sitting out the tournament scheduled to begin on Aug. 31 in New York “a decision I never wanted to take,” but added that he would “rather not
The Braves were dealt a double blow as the Mets’ Jacob deGrom struck out 10 in six innings to help New York snap a five-game skid with a 7-2 victory on Monday, and as Atlanta top pitcher Mike Soroka went down with a torn Achilles tendon in the third inning. “There’s no sugarcoating this night,” Atlanta slugger Freddie Freeman said. “It stinks. It really does.” Soroka crumpled to the ground on a seemingly routine play, breaking toward first to cover the bag on a grounder to Freeman’s right. “When you lose, in my mind, one of the top pitching arms in this entire