Names In The News
The PGA Tour has cleared VIJAY SINGH, a three-time major winner, of doping offenses after the World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed the deer antler spray Singh admitted to using was not "prohibited unless a positive test results" (THE NATIONAL, 5/1). ... Boxer AUDLEY HARRISON has announced his retirement at the age of 41 (EUROSPORT, 5/1). ... Toyota Motor Corp. President AKIO TOYODA "will take the wheel in the Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race" May 19-20 (JAPAN TIMES, 5/2). ... Former Terengganu football player YAHYA JUSOH, 61, died due to prostate cancer (THE STAR, 5/1).
FOOTBALL NAMES: Retired French footballer ZINEDINE ZIDANE has reflected that while EPL Tottenham midfielder GARETH BALE could command as much as €60M ($79.2M) as a transfer fee, "four or five clubs" will not be put off. Zidane: "Tottenham could command €40M ($52.8M), €50M ($66M), maybe even €60M for him. It is a lot of money -- but there are maybe three or four teams in the world that can pay that sort of transfer fee -- and it won't put them off" (FOOTBALL ESPAÑA, 5/1). ... Borussia Dortmund CEO HANS-JOACHIM WATZKE revealed how he coped with the final few minutes against Real Madrid. Dortmund endured a nervous end to its Champions League semifinal second leg against Real Madrid. Dortmund lost 2-0, but advanced thanks to a 4-3 aggregate. Watzke: "It seems like we only can do it with drama. I went to the toilet for the last minutes, locked myself in, covered my ears and looked at my watch" (FOOTBALL ESPAÑA, 5/1). ... Former Barcelona and newly hired Bayern Munich coach PEP GUARDIOLA will lead a sold-out conference Thursday on "leadership, motivation, passion and teamwork" in Buenos Aires (ESPN, 4/30). ... Former Barcelona midfielder DECO tested positive for a banned diuretic in Brazil and says he will appeal the result, saying it likely stemmed from contaminated vitamins (AP, 4/30).
MISSING TIME: Six-time Olympic Gold Medalist USAIN BOLT has been ruled out of Saturday's Jamaica Int'l Invitational meeting "because of a slight hamstring strain" (REUTERS, 5/1). ... National Rugby League Penrith front-rower SAM MCKENDRY played 14 minutes of Monday night's match against division rival Parramatta with a broken neck (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 5/2).