Bernal withdraws from Tour
Last year’s winner Egan Bernal has withdrawn from the Tour de France, his Ineos team said yesterday, after the young Colombian fell out of contention and complained of back trouble. “This is obviously not how I wanted my Tour de France to end, but I agree that it is the right decision for me in the circumstances,” Bernal said in a team statement. Jumbo rider Primoz Roglic leads the Tour from fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar ahead of stage 17.
Coles undaunted by schedule
All Blacks hooker Dane Coles yesterday said that he has no concerns about heading to Australia for more than two months for the Rugby Championship, joking that he could use the time away from his three children. The All Blacks are to head to Australia for the Nov. 7 to Dec. 12 southern hemisphere competition after two Bledisloe Cup Tests against the Wallabies in New Zealand next month. Biosecurity protocols mean players are to be away from their families for about nine weeks. “I’ve got three kids, I’ll be on that first plane out of here,” Coles told reporters in Wellington while laughing. “It’s our job and we’ve got to go over there, and playing for the black jersey sometimes takes a little bit of sacrifice.”
Old player sent off
Montpellier HSC captain Vitorino Hilton became the oldest player in a Ligue 1 match since 1956 when the 43-year-old lined up against Olympique Lyonnais on Tuesday, but the Brazilian defender almost had his day ruined by a red card late on. According to Opta statistics, he is the oldest player to feature in the French top flight since former France striker Roger Courtois played for Troyes AC at the age of 44. Hilton received a yellow card in the 71st minute then a red 10 minutes later after conceding a penalty with Montpellier leading 2-0. Lyon substitute Memphis Depay converted from the spot, but Hilton’s side held on for the win.
Cubs beat the Indians
Willson Contreras and Cameron Maybin were plunked by consecutive pitches from Cleveland reliever Nick Wittgren in the ninth inning, forcing home the winning run as the Chicago Cubs beat the Indians 6-5 on Tuesday. Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor hit a tying, two-run homer in the top of the ninth. Oliver Perez (1-1) allowed a one-out walk to Kris Bryant in the bottom of the inning. Anthony Rizzo followed with a single that advanced Bryant to third. Wittgren drilled Contreras with a 1-1 fastball then hit Maybin with a bases-loaded changeup. Wittgren said he tried to induce a groundball for a potential double play. “Last pitch, changeup, I was just trying to throw it middle to going into him, so then he gets on top of it and rolls it over and then we have a chance for the double. Obviously I just let it go way too soon,” Wittgren said. In other games, the Diamondbacks beat the Angels 9-8, the Padres lost 3-1 to the Dodgers, the White Sox defeated the Twins 6-2, the Rays downed the Nationals 6-1, the Yankees trounced the Blue Jays 20-6, the Red Sox beat the Marlins 2-0. the Rockies downed the Athletics 3-1, the Astros beat the Rangers 4-1, the Reds bested the Pirates 4-1, the Brewers thrashed the Cardinals 18-3, the Phillies defeated the Mets 4-1, the Tigers blanked the Royals 6-0 and the Braves beat the Orioles 5-1.
Taiwanese-American Jeremy Lin has signed for the Golden State Warriors’ G League affiliate, Santa Cruz Warriors, ahead of the 2020-2021 season, the team said on Saturday. Lin spent the 2019-2020 season with the Chinese Basketball Association’s Beijing Ducks and guided them to the semi-finals, before they lost to eventual champions Guangdong Southern Tigers. He left the team in September. The 32-year-old began his NBA career with the Warriors in 2010 before joining the New York Knicks, where his strong performance in the 2011-2012 season gave rise to the term “Linsanity.” Lin also had spells with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets,
‘NEED TO WIN’: World No. 292 Anastasia Gasanova said she was ‘really surprised’ after recording her first victory over a top 100 player in defeating Karolina Pliskova Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei on Saturday endured a grueling schedule at the Abu Dhabi WTA Women’s Tennis Open, losing a tight three-set second-round singles match, before bouncing back to edge a nail-biter and advance to the quarter-finals of the doubles. After her shock defeat of eighth seed Marketa Vondrousova in the first round on Thursday, Hsieh fell to a 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 defeat to world No. 99 Marta Kostyuk in 2 hours, 14 minutes. The Taiwanese world No. 67 converted six of eight break points, but could only save six of 14 as the 18-year-old Ukrainian edged her first encounter on the
VIRUS RISK: India’s Saina Nehwal tested positive for COVID-19 at the Yonex Thailand Open, while three other players were being retested after receiving conflicting results Taiwanese badminton star Tai Tzu-ying yesterday returned to international competition after an eight-month break with a victory at the Yonex Thailand Open in Bangkok. Twenty-six-year-old Tai, 26, the top-seeded player at the tournament, met 18-year-old Thai player Benyapa Aimsaard in the opening round and narrowly won 21-18, 26-24. Her previous tournament was the Yonex All England Open in March last year, where she won the women’s singles title, before the BWF World Tour was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Benyapa was a last-minute replacement after another Thai player pulled out of the event. It was a rollercoaster match for Tai.
NO FAIRY TALE: Non-league Marine tried to bridge the biggest gap between opponents in FA Cup history, but the part-timers fell to a 5-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur Leeds United on Sunday suffered a humiliating FA Cup exit against Crawley Town as the League Two side swept to a stunning 3-0 win, while eighth-tier Marine’s hopes of causing the competition’s greatest shock were crushed in a 5-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur. After the spiking COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc with matches across the third round on Friday and Saturday, the FA Cup was back on more familiar ground on Sunday as Leeds became the competition’s latest big name to be knocked out by feisty underdogs. While Marine’s romantic adventure was cut short by a Carlos Vinicius hat-trick, and Chelsea and Manchester