CBF mandates vaccines
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on Friday said that players must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to take part in this year’s league championship. The CBF said that it was in constant contact with health bodies and had sent an updated list of requirements to member clubs. “One of these is the obligation to present a full vaccination certificate against COVID-19 to the CBF’s Medical Commission,” it said in a statement.
Wimmer stars for Arminia
Patrick Wimmer on Friday scored a goal and set up another as DSC Arminia Bielefeld beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 to boost their hopes of avoiding relegation this season. Frankfurt were slow to close down Bielefeld on the edge of the box for the opening goal in the fifth minute when a deflection found Wimmer in position to score past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. Later, Wimmer flicked a cross to the near post, which Alessandro Schopf knocked in.
Kalinic hits Verona winner
Hellas Verona on Friday beat Bologna 2-1, with Nikola Kalinic heading in the winner in the 85th minute to finish off a counterattack. In the first half, Gianluca Caprari equalized for Verona with a backheel flick following Riccardo Orsolini’s acrobatic opener for Bologna.
Sargent gets first goals
American forward Josh Sargent on Friday scored his first two Premier League goals to help lift Norwich City out of the relegation zone with a 3-0 win over 10-man Watford. The 21-year-old Sargent had not found the net in 18 previous games in the English top flight since his off-season move from Werder Bremen until his improvised backheel flick broke the deadlock in the 51st minute. Sargent later headed home from a Milot Rashica cross before Juraj Kucka diverted a ball from Adam Idah past Daniel Bachmann and into his own net near the end of the game.
Lyon score ugly win
Olympique Lyonnais on Friday eked out an ugly 1-0 victory over struggling neighbors AS Saint-Etienne with a 15th-minute penalty by Moussa Dembele.
Betis’ good form continues
Real Betis Balompie on Friday continued their good run with a 4-1 win against RCD Espanyol, strengthening their hold on third place. It was the third consecutive win for Betis in all competitions, and the fourth in their past five matches.
Madrid’s Paco dies
Francisco “Paco” Gento, a former Real Madrid great who is the only soccer player to win six European Cup titles, has died. He was 88. Madrid announced Gento’s death on Tuesday, but did not give a cause. Gento played with Madrid for 18 seasons, from 1953 to 1971, and his 23 titles with the club in official competitions is a record he shares with Brazilian defender Marcelo, who tied him on Sunday by winning the Supercopa de Espana. “Paco Gento truly represents all the values of Real Madrid, and has been and will continue to be a reference for madridistas and for the sporting world,” the club said in a statement.
Taiwanese badminton star Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) yesterday beat Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in their women’s singles semi-final match to advance to today’s final at the Thailand Open. The top-seeded Tai overcame a 10-21 first-game loss to seventh seed and former world champion Ratchanok to dominate the final two games 21-13, 21-19 in 58 minutes of play at the Impact Arena in Bangkok. World No. 2 Tai is today to face world No. 4 Chen Yufei of China. Chen yesterday bested Pusarla Venkata Sindhu 21-17, 21-16 to secure her spot in the final of the Super 500 tournament. On Friday, Tai overpowered China’s He Bingjiao 21-10,
Politicians are meant to kiss babies, not crash into children, but on the campaign trail yesterday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison barrelled into a young boy during a friendly kickaround, eliciting a chorus of stunned “ooohs” and “aaaws” from spectators. Morrison was playing five-a-side soccer in northern Tasmania, where he is trawling for votes ahead of Saturday’s election. At first, Morrison — shorn of his jacket, but still sporting a shirt and tie — sauntered around the field somewhat aimlessly, trying to get a toe on the ball here and there as it ping-ponged from boy to boy. However, then the 54-year-old stepped
Taiwan’s Chuang Chih-yuan on Sunday clinched the men’s singles title at the World Table Tennis (WTT) Feeder Westchester tournament in New York state after defeating Benedikt Duda of Germany in the final. Chuang, 41, known as Taiwan’s “godfather of table tennis,” edged out 25-year-old Duda 3-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7 in 55 minutes, 54 seconds at the Westchester Table Tennis Center. The win was Chuang’s first men’s singles title since he won the International Table Tennis Federation World Tour Hungarian Open in Budapest in 2016. It was his second title in Westchester following a victory in the mixed doubles final with
Wimbledon, widely regarded as the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament, was on Friday stripped of ranking points by the sport’s main tours in a move that threatens to reduce the Grand Slam to the status of a high-profile exhibition event. The decision by the ATP and WTA was in response to Wimbledon banning Russian and Belarusian players following the invasion of Ukraine. “It is with great regret and reluctance that we see no option but to remove ATP Ranking points from Wimbledon for 2022,” an ATP statement said. “Our rules and agreements exist in order to protect the rights of players as a