Pole vaulters vie at drive-in
Athletics fans in Germany are to have the rare chance of watching a live, elite field event on June 12: a men’s pole vault competition hosted in a drive-in cinema in Duesseldorf, the Autokino. Among the athletes competing would be 2013 world champion Raphael Holzdeppe and Bo Kanda Lita Baehre, who finished fourth at last year’s worlds in Doha. “Finally — I am very much looking forward to the first showdown after the lockdown,” Lita Baehre said. “I am sure that this event will also be a real highlight due to the special location. I don’t think a pole vaulter ever jumped in a drive-in cinema.”
US$40m ground scrapped
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday scrapped plans for a US$40 million cricket stadium after former captains Senath Jayasuriya and Mahela Jayawardene slammed the proposed grounds near the capital, Colombo, saying that the money would be better spent supporting young players. From 2005 to 2010, during Rajapaksa’s decade as president, he built a stadium in his home constituency, but no Test matches have ever been played there.
Caddyless play amid virus
Players are being given the option of carrying their own golf bags for the remainder of this season as part of the LPGA Tour’s new safety guidelines, the Golf Channel reported on Thursday. Individual tournaments often provide local caddies. “This temporary option is meant primarily to avoid the local caddie situation where a player may have health concerns working with someone who they don’t know,” tour spokesperson Kelly Schultz said. “We fully expect the overwhelming number of players to be using caddies and are encouraging them to do so.
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Shortstop longs to get ‘KO’d’
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa knows the energy of attending a live UFC event, but he is pining to get a little bit closer to the action, as in stepping into the octagon. “Getting KO’d, I would love to know what that feels like in the octagon,” Correa said earlier this week in an interview with the MMA Junkie podcast. “It’s hard to speak about it and talk about the adjustments fighters need to make when you’re on the sidelines,” Correa said. “It will be a different perspective if you’re able to get in that octagon.” The 25-year-old, who is under contract to the Astros for US$8 million this season, said he would love to cross over into UFC.
Match hosts 13,000 cutouts
Nearly 13,000 cardboard cutouts of Borussia Moenchengladbach supporters are set to welcome the team today for their Bundesliga match against Bayer 04 Leverkusen behind closed doors. ’Gladbach hosted the first Bundesliga game ever played without fans on March 11, shortly before the German season was put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the club’s supporters’ groups — Fanprojekt Moenchengladbach — subsequently came up with the idea of allowing fans to print life-sized images of themselves to line the stadium’s otherwise empty stands, with season ticket holders able to have their cardboard lookalike allocated to their regular spot.
Red Bull team chief Christian Horner has welcomed Ferrari’s U-turn to support a Formula One engine freeze from 2022. The move gives Red Bull a chance to continue using Honda power after the Japanese supplier exits next year. Speaking ahead of yesterday’s final practice for today’s Bahrain Grand Prix, Horner said that Ferrari’s decision was encouraging for F1 and everyone involved in the business end of the sport. “It’s positive news,” he said. “I think all the manufacturers, all the CEOs of the automotive industry, they all recognize the investment and cost of these engines, particularly with the new technology coming for 2026,
‘ONE LAST APPLAUSE’: An homage of cheers resounded through Buenos Aires on Wednesday night, while earlier a contingent met at the Obelisk to remember their hero Stunned Argentines were on Wednesday plunged into grief by the death of the country’s favorite son Diego Maradona, a sublimely gifted sporting hero they saw as “the most human of gods.” The news fell like a hammer blow to a nation beaten down by months of economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, but one where soccer is seen as a panacea for all ills. At 10pm, Buenos Aires exploded in cheers, horns, sirens and lights for the man who famously wore the No. 10, after a viral social media message called for “one last applause.” The homage resounded throughout the night in all
Argentina’s Pablo Matera yesterday said that he was “deeply ashamed” as he was stripped of the captaincy and suspended along with two other players over messages he wrote on Twitter in 2011 to 2013. Just weeks after leading the Pumas to their first win over the All Blacks, the Argentina Rugby Union “revoked” Matera’s captaincy and suspended him, along with lock Guido Petti and hooker Santiago Socino. “The Argentina Rugby Union forcefully rejects the discriminatory and xenophobic comments published by members of the Pumas squad on social media,” a statement read. In the tweets, since deleted, Matera spoke of “running over blacks” with
Taiwan Steel on Sunday celebrated with the Taiwan Football Premier League trophy, despite a 3-1 loss in their final match of the season, while Taipower claimed second place and Tatung’s Ange Samuel scored on a breakaway to claim the Golden Boot with 20 goals. Ahead of all four of Sunday’s matches players, coaches and fans observed a minute’s silence prior to kickoff in honor of Argentine great Diego Maradona, who died aged 60 on Wednesday last week, following a directive received from FIFA. Already assured the title, Taiwan Steel manager Lo Chi-chong fielded a second-string team against defending champions Tatung in Taoyuan. Lo