SPORTS DAY: Wigan to probe crowd ruckus against City
A roundup of the sporting highlights of the day
Wigan to probe crowd trouble
Wigan announced a full investigation on Tuesday into crowd disturbances that marred the club’s dramatic FA Cup victory over Premier League leaders Manchester City. City striker Sergio Aguero became involved in a physical exchange with a Wigan supporter as thousands of fans spilled onto the pitch following the League One side’s 1-0 victory in the fifth-round tie. A number of fans also headed towards the end where City supporters were sitting to continue celebrations, sparking further disorder.
Rocker-turned-mogul energises English football
On Sunday evening an ageing Thai rock star with hooped earrings, signature bandana and a wispy moustache will be at the home of English football to present the Carabao Cup to either Arsenal or Manchester City. His prominence will baffle many football fans, not to mention some of the players celebrating the first silverware of the season at London’s Wembley Stadium. But in Thailand, the 63-year-old Yuenyong Opakul is a legend. He is the lead singer of the band Carabao, and co-founder of the energy drink company now sponsoring the English Football League cup.
Villarreal player arrested after ‘violent incident’
Villarreal’s Portuguese defender Ruben Semedo was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of holding somebody against their will and causing injury. The alleged victim said he was “tied up, beaten and held by Semedo and two other men at the player’s villa in Betera”, Valencia newspaper Las Provincias reported.ATHLETICS
Top sprinter and coach get R8m sponsorship boost
Sprinter Akani Simbine will finally have the luxury of having his coach travel with him throughout the European summer‚ thanks to an R8-million‚ three-year sponsorship deal announced on Tuesday. Simbine was a schoolkid when he joined Werner Prinsloo in 2010‚ but for much of the past few seasons he’s headed into the heat of battle without his trusted second at his side.
‘Magic Heinzi’ gives Vonn the edge
Just before Lindsey Vonn embarks on her run in the Olympic downhill on Wednesday, a nervous 55-year-old Austrian will hand her a pair of skis that he believes will be the fastest on the mountain. Heinz Haemmerle, or “Magic Heinzi” as Vonn calls him, is the American’s service rep and in a sport that can be decided by hundredths of a second, his work in preparing her skis can be the difference between winning and losing.Haemmerle will spend six to seven hours a day in his workshop during the Pyeongchang Olympics, carefully applying two or three layers of fluorocarbon wax to the wooden bottom of the skis and sharpening the metal edges. For all the metal brushes and waxes on his bench, a large part of his work is digesting the information provided by the wax companies, coaches and his own trips up the mountain to determine what kind of snow and temperatures can be expected.
Tears and cheers as unified Korean team bows out
The joint Korean women’s ice hockey team ended their historic Olympic run on Tuesday with a crushing 6-1 defeat to Sweden, but still received an emotional standing ovation from the crowd. The team was hastily assembled following a landmark deal between South and North Korea only a few weeks before the Pyeongchang Games, and has 12 North Koreans on its roster. They have found little success on the ice, shipping 28 goals and scoring only twice in five games.
Ice hockey player fails drug test
Slovenian ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic failed a drugs test and has been kicked out of the Pyeongchang Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Tuesday, in the third doping case to rock the Games. The 29-year-old was suspended and ordered to leave the Olympic Village within 24 hours after testing positive for the banned drug fenoterol, which can be used to treat breathing difficulties.
Games ‘killing’ rental business, say owners
Visitors coming to Phoenix Snow Park for the Winter Olympics’ freestyle skiing and snowboarding events are being stopped in their tracks by a jarring red banner that marks the frontlines in a battle between local business owners and Games organisers. Nearby equipment rental outlets have been hit hard by the loss of ski and snowboard revenues and the mountain will not reopen for public use until next season. The shop owners say they have received no compensation for the loss of business and many workers are now without a job during the usually profitable winter months. “There are no customers even if I have the shop open. All business is stopped,” said Bae Sang-beom, who has run a ski rental shop in Pyeongchang for seven years.
Skater apologises for shaming teammate
A tearful South Korean speed skater apologised on Tuesday for shaming a team-mate in a live television interview, triggering a flood of calls for her to be booted off the Olympic team. After Kim Bo-reum and her team finished a lowly seventh in Monday’s 500m team pursuit, failing to qualify for the semifinals, she blamed Noh Seon-yeong on live TV. “We were skating well,” Kim said, before sniggering and adding: “But the last skater (Noh) couldn’t keep up and we had a disappointing score.” Park Ji-woo, also on the team, chipped in: “It wasn’t that we didn’t think this would happen with Seon-yeong ...” Television footage showed Noh bursting into tears after the race as Kim and Park completely blanked her.
Broadcasters’ output up by 14%
Broadcasters around the world have beamed 14% more hours of programming from the Pyeongchang winter Olympics compared to the Sochi Games in Russia four years ago, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday. The IOC’s director of television and marketing, Timo Lumme, said preliminary data showed overall output from the Games in South Korea was bigger than at any previous winter Olympics with an average of 130 hours of programming per rights-holding broadcaster. “The amount of content on digital platforms is also up and expected to be double that aired on television, so two parts digital to one part television. Over five billion people will have access to TV coverage of the Pyeongchang Games,” Lumme told reporters.