Star Privilege: More Ibrahimovic controversy after lockdown restaurant meeting

 Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off in AC Milan’s 3-1 win at Parma on Saturday Italian news website Fanpage published photos it says were taken at lunchtime on Sunday of the AC Milan forward with friends, all without masks and surrounded by wine glasses, in the restaurant which should have been closed to on-site diners. Sunday was the last day of lockdown in the Lombardy region where Milan is located and several other regions with improving contagion statistics. Lombardy will be reclassified from a “red zone” area to an “orange” area, where people face fewer travel curbs, shops can reopen, although … Continue reading Star Privilege: More Ibrahimovic controversy after lockdown restaurant meeting

French Open postponed by one week

The French Open has been postponed by a week in the hope that more spectators will be permitted to attend. The Grand Slam tournament at Roland Garros will now run from 30 May to 13 June with qualifying the week before. France is in a third nationwide lockdown amid a surge in coronavirus cases, which president Emmanuel Macron previously said he expected to end in mid-May. The French Tennis Federation (FFT) said postponing was the “best solution”. More to follow. Continue reading French Open postponed by one week

North Korea to skip Games over Covid-19 fears

North Korea has announced it will not take part in the Tokyo Olympics this year, saying the decision is to protect its athletes from Covid-19. The decision puts an end to South Korea’s hopes of using the Games to engage with the North amid stalled cross-border talks. In 2018, both sides entered a joint team at the Winter Olympics which led to a series of historic summits. Pyongyang says it has no cases of the virus but experts say this is unlikely. The country’s health system is thought to be completely inadequate for dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. The announcement … Continue reading North Korea to skip Games over Covid-19 fears

OMG: Belize national football team briefly held by gunmen in Haiti

Belize’s national football team, which is currently visiting Haiti for a World Cup 2022 qualifier, was briefly held up by armed gang in the capital Port-Au-Prince on Monday, the country’s football federation says. The central American country’s team, known as the Jaguars, were headed to their hotel from the airport when they were stopped by the armed gang, the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) said on Facebook. “Despite the four-man police escort, the team bus was stopped by an uproar of insurgents with assault rifles on motorcycles,” the FFB said in a statement, adding that their escorts then negotiated with … Continue reading OMG: Belize national football team briefly held by gunmen in Haiti

Ex-Rugby League star guilty of sexual assault in Australia

Australian Rugby League player Jarryd Hayne has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman in 2018. The 33-year-old former athlete had denied charges he attacked the 26-year-old woman in her house. Hayne was one of the sport’s most high-profile athletes and his conviction comes amid an intensifying debate about rape in Australia. A judge said Hayne would be sentenced at a later date, but that a jail term was “inevitable”. Prosecutors alleged Hayne sexually assaulted the woman in her bedroom, causing two injuries. The former National Rugby League (NRL) player insisted all sexual activity was consensual and that the … Continue reading Ex-Rugby League star guilty of sexual assault in Australia

What’s going on with Japanese men?: Tokyo Games creative head quits over ‘Olympig’ insult

There is a probability that the Tokyo Olympics may be overshadowed by the increasing reckless rate at which Japanese men display their male chauvinism and hatred towards women, as it has been revealed that the creative chief has resigned after calling a female comedian an “Olympig”, in the latest setback for the Games. Hiroshi Sasaki suggested having plus-size entertainer Naomi Watanabe appear at the opening ceremony wearing pig ears. He has apologised for his suggestions, calling it “a huge insult” to her, it comes after ex Games president Yoshiro Mori was forced to quit for making sexist remarks. “There was a … Continue reading What’s going on with Japanese men?: Tokyo Games creative head quits over ‘Olympig’ insult

OMG: PSG chief tells Pochettino to substitute Di Maria as his house was robbed during match

Paris Saint-Germain suffered a shock 2-1 home loss to Nantes on Sunday night as they missed the chance to go top of Ligue 1. Nantes, who are in the relegation zone, came from 1-0 down to pull off a huge shock at the Parc des Princes. However, the match has been overshadowed by a serious issue concerning Angel di Maria. There was confusion over the Argentine’s substitution in the 62nd minute with the scores level at 1-1. Not so much the substitution itself but how it came about. A match official spoke to PSG sporting director Leonardo in the stands, … Continue reading OMG: PSG chief tells Pochettino to substitute Di Maria as his house was robbed during match

McGregor ‘will earn £112m after selling stake whisky company’

Conor McGregor is reportedly set for a split of £112million after being bought out of his Proper 12 whisky company.  Notorious, who is still reeling from his crushing defeat against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 in January, helped create the brand which launched in September 2018 and quickly became a huge success, with Mexican firm Becle acquiring a 20 per cent stake before upping it to 50 per cent. And now Becle, who own tequila brand Jose Cuervo, are set for a full takeover of Proper 12, with the Irishman pocketing a huge windfall according to the Irish Mirror. He will share … Continue reading McGregor ‘will earn £112m after selling stake whisky company’

Ex-US Olympics coach found dead after sex assault charges

A former US Olympics gymnastics coach has killed himself hours after he was charged with sexual assault and human trafficking, officials say. The office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel confirmed the death of John Geddert on Thursday afternoon. In the morning, Ms Nessel had outlined 24 felony charges facing Geddert, Geddert was head of the women’s gymnastics team in 2012 and worked closely with team doctor Larry Nassar who abused hundreds of athletes. Nassar was sentenced to up to 300 years in jail in 2018 for abusing more than 250 girls. Geddert, 63, had owned the training facility in … Continue reading Ex-US Olympics coach found dead after sex assault charges

Update: Golfing champion will not face criminal charges

Tiger Woods will not face any criminal charges following the single-car crash he was involved in on Tuesday that left him with serious injuries. The US golfing champion was driving alone on a Los Angeles downhill stretch of road known for crashes, his SUV hit the central reservation, crossed into the opposite lane, rolled over several times and then plunged off the road and down an embankment. He is recovering after surgery to his fractured leg and shattered ankle. “A reckless driving charge has a lot of elements into it, this is purely an accident,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex … Continue reading Update: Golfing champion will not face criminal charges

Brisbane preferred bidder for 2032 Olympic Games, IOC announces

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has named Brisbane, Australia as the preferred bidder to host the 2032 Olympic Games. The IOC’s future host commission recommended the body enters “targeted dialogue” with Brisbane bid organisers and the Australian Olympic Committee. Several cities and countries had expressed an interest in hosting the Games, including Indonesia, Budapest, China, Doha and Germany’s Ruhr Valley. Sydney hosted the 2000 Olympic Games. The state of Queensland hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Brisbane was praised for its high percentage of existing venues, a good masterplan, experience in organising major events and its favourable weather. The IOC … Continue reading Brisbane preferred bidder for 2032 Olympic Games, IOC announces

Tiger Woods suffers serious leg injuries in car crash

American golfer Tiger Woods is in hospital with serious leg injuries after a vehicle he was driving went off the road and rolled over several times in a Los Angeles suburb on Tuesday morning, authorities said. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told a  news conference, the cause of the crash was still under investigation, but that Woods was travelling at a “relatively greater speed than normal. The PGA tour golfer was the sole occupant of the vehicle when it crashed at 7:12am local time (15:12 GMT), the sheriff’s office said. He was wearing a seat belt and was conscious when … Continue reading Tiger Woods suffers serious leg injuries in car crash