Ice vests for PSL players
Pakistan Super League (PSL) cricketers will have to contend with soaring temperatures when the Twenty20 competition resumes far from home in Abu Dhabi today. With daytime temperatures hitting 40°C, some players plan to wear ice vests on the field, while bowlers have been told to drink coconut water, a natural coolant. The T20 cricket league was halted in Pakistan in March, after seven players and support staff tested positive for COVID-19, and restart efforts stalled as the country was hit by a third wave of the virus. The PSL is now to be completed in the intense heat of the Gulf summer, but with the earliest games starting at 5pm, the conditions were not “unplayable,” Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive Wasim Khan said. “There will be ice vests, packs, ice collars, regular drink intervals to make sure that players are kept safe and healthy,” Khan said. “It’s 38 to 40 degrees, but by five o’clock in the evening it cools down a little bit.”
Thibodeau voted best coach
Tom Thibodeau got the New York Knicks back to the playoffs, guiding the team to its second-best record in 20 years, and in the eyes of the voters, that coaching job was the best in the NBA. Thibodeau was on Monday revealed as the NBA’s Coach of the Year for 2020-1021, as determined by a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the league. It was the closest balloting since this version of voting was introduced 19 years ago. Thibodeau got 43 first-place votes and finished with 351 points in total, while the Phoenix Suns’ Monty Williams got more first-place votes with 45, but finished with 340 points.
Goodes refuses top honor
Retired Aboriginal footballer Adam Goodes, who quit the Australian Football League (AFL) in acrimony in 2015, has declined induction into the sport’s Hall of Fame, the league said yesterday. Goodes played a team record 372 games for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Rules top flight and was named Australian of the Year in 2014 for his community work, but he was booed by stadium crowds throughout his final AFL season in one of the country’s darkest sporting sagas. “Adam remains a great champion and leader of our game who has given more to our sport than he received in return,” AFL Commission chairman Richard Goyder said in a statement. “Failure to call out racism and not standing up for Adam let down all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players, past and present.”
Boks pair in fire pit accident
South Africa’s Damian de Allende and R.G. Snyman were burned in a “fire pit accident” along with Munster teammates Mike Haley and C.J. Stander last weekend, the PRO14 club said. World Cup-winning duo De Allende and Snyman, who were last week named in the Springboks squad to face the British and Irish Lions next month, sustained burns to their legs, hands and faces, Munster said in a statement on Monday. They would miss their respective training and rehab sessions this week and see a specialist. Haley and Stander sustained burns to their hands, but might return to training this week, with their availability for Friday’s game to be reviewed, Munster said. “We are hugely relieved that the lads are all OK,” Munster coach Johann van Graan said.
Taiwan on Monday lost their seventh consecutive qualifying match for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar, falling 1-5 to Australia in Kuwait. The loss means that Taiwan will finish last in the five-team Group B with one match left to play in the second round of Asian qualifiers on Tuesday next week against Kuwait. Australia lead the group with six straight wins and appear certain to clinch the top spot and an automatic berth in the next qualification round. Taiwan head coach Henry Von said his team showed fighting spirit against the group’s best team, improving from their 0-2
OPPORTUNITY: After winning a Symetra Tour title last month, Lee was in position to become the first to follow a Symetra victory with an LPGA Tour win in her next start Taiwan’s Min Lee on Saturday capped a stellar outing by rolling in a 15-foot putt for a birdie on 18 to grab a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the LPGA Mediheal Championship. Lee birdied three of her final four holes, including the par-five 18th, for a four-under-par 68 and a total of nine-under 207. “I just tried to play my game and tried to be smart on the golf course, because the golf course is very hard,” Lee said. “There are some pin placement that you want to be on the fat side of the green if you miss
Shohei Ohtani on Tuesday hit the longest homer of his major league career in the first inning, and the surging Los Angeles Angels pounded a season-high five homers in an 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Ohtani’s 17th homer of the season was a 470-foot (143.25m) shot deep into the outfield bleachers off Kansas City starter Kris Bubic (1-1). Angels manager Joe Maddon, who first arrived at Angel Stadium in 1994 as a coach, had never seen anything like it. “That’s the farthest ball I’ve ever seen hit here,” Maddon said. “I’ve never seen one hit there before... It has an impact
Naomi Osaka on Monday pulled out of next week’s Berlin WTA 500 grasscourt tournament, raising doubts about the four-times Grand Slam champion’s participation at Wimbledon later this month. The decision comes after Japanese world No. 2 Osaka pulled out of the French Open last week on mental health grounds. “We have received notification Naomi Osaka cannot start in Berlin. After consulting her management, she will take a break,” Berlin organizers said in a statement ahead of the event which begins on Monday. Osaka has not revealed when she plans to play next, casting doubt on her participation at Wimbledon, which starts on June