Australia fan banned for life
A fan who made a Hitler salute at a match in Australia was yesterday banned for life, with the sport’s governing body saying it had a zero-tolerance for “offensive behavior.” The man, who has not been named publicly, was among a group of supporters at the Australia Cup final in Sydney on Saturday caught on camera making fascist gestures and reportedly chanting far-right Croatian songs. Football Australia said one spectator has been identified and handed a lifetime ban from any future games it sanctions, including national team, A-League and Australia Cup fixtures. “The conduct in question relates to a fascist salute or similar gesture conducted during the match and captured on the host broadcast,” the governing body said.
Alcaraz stunned in Astana
Carlos Alcaraz’s first ATP Tour event as world No. 1 on Tuesday ended in a 7-5, 6-3 defeat to David Goffin at the Astana Open and the Spaniard said he would have to learn how to play against opponents who dial up the pressure and aggression. Alcaraz, the youngest player to top the men’s world rankings, was broken five times by lucky-loser Goffin. “He played better than me, really, really aggressive,” said 19-year-old Alcaraz, who won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open last month. Goffin said he had been confident of pulling off an upset despite not playing well in his last few tournaments. “When you play against the world No. 1 on a big stage, big crowd, the fire inside gives you so much power to play your best tennis because you don’t have any choice,” he said.
Woods to help US team
Tiger Woods is to be involved with the US Ryder Cup team in “some capacity” next year in Rome, captain Zach Johnson said on Tuesday. Woods, 46, has played in three majors this year following a car crash last year that nearly cost him his right leg. The 15-time major champion finished 47th at the Masters in April, withdrew in pain after the third round of the PGA Championship in May and missed the cut at The Open Championship in July — his most recent start. Woods has played at eight Ryder Cups and was vice captain in 2016. Johnson told reporters that even if Woods does not go with them to the tournament, he would be part of the team in some capacity. “He already is, practically. I can’t put this mildly — he loves the Ryder Cup,” Johnson said.
King Charles gets first win
King Charles III on Tuesday celebrated his first winner since he inherited the late Queen Elizabeth II’s horses when Just Fine eased to victory at Leicester. The 10-3 shot was ridden by Ryan Moore and trained by Michael Stoute — the same combination behind the queen’s win with Estimate in the Gold Cup at Ascot in 2013. “A winner for the King,” Stoute said. “It is great to have done that for him — and he was very impressive.” The king’s racing manager John Warren said he was “delighted that the king and queen consort [Camilla] have had their first winner and they’ll be delighted.” Just Fine, the sixth runner in the king’s name, won Leicester’s Premier Event Hire Venue Handicap by four-and-a-half lengths.
Germany forward Thomas Mueller on Thursday said that his country’s second successive first-round exit from the FIFA World Cup was an “absolute catastrophe,” which teammate Kai Havertz likened to “watching a horror movie.” Germany beat Costa Rica, but Spain’s defeat to Japan meant Germany finished third in Group E behind Spain, with the teams equal on four points and the positions decided only by goal difference. “It is unbelievably bitter for us because our result would have been enough,” Mueller said. “It’s a feeling of powerlessness.” Mueller was part of the 2014 World Cup-winning team and was also in the side who were
Taiwanese-American basketballer Jeremy Lin, who plays for a Chinese team, was fined 10,000 yuan (US$1,400) for “inappropriate remarks” on social media about quarantine facilities ahead of a game, the China Basketball Association said yesterday. Lin, who plays for the Loong Lions Basketball Club, made “inappropriate remarks about quarantine hotel-related facilities” where the team stayed on Wednesday ahead of a game, the association said. It said that “caused adverse effects on the league and the competition area.” The Chinese Communist Party is trying to crush criticism of the human cost and disruption of its “zero COVID-19” strategy, which has confined millions of people to
Normally, it would be horrible news to soccer fans anywhere that their team’s star player was injured. Yet even as they endured an anguished wait for a Neymar-less Brazil to score in their 1-0 win over Switzerland on Monday, some Brazilians found it hard to miss the injured superstar, who has promised to dedicate his first FIFA World Cup goal to far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Watching the match in a packed bar in central Rio de Janeiro, where fans decked out in yellow and green waited nervously for what turned out to be the lone goal — scored in the 83rd
‘ASIA CAN WIN’: Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu said their victories at the tournament so far against top sides show that Asian teams can win on the world stage Japan erupted in cheers and tears after the national team’s 2-1 win over Spain, with crowds in the early hours of yesterday in the nation packing public viewing areas shrieking with joy as they stunned another global soccer power at the FIFA World Cup. Japan, who had also shocked Germany in their opener in Qatar, finished top of Group E to reach the last 16, a stage where they have faltered three times before. They are to play 2018 runners-up Croatia for a place in the quarter-finals. “Doha Delights Again!” one newspaper headlined its online edition, evoking memories of what the media called