Iranian kills rival for scoring
Tehran: An Iranian footballer killed a player from the opposing side — who had just scored a goal — by punching him in the head, it was reported here on Monday.
The Yas-e No daily said an amateur match in Ahwaz in the south-west last Friday turned ugly when a defender punched an opposing forward who had just scored.
The victim was carried from the pitch and when his death was announced over loudspeakers the attacker was detained by the opposing team and handed over to the police.
Don’s cap in record sale
Melbourne: Don Bradman’s last baggy green cap has sold for A$425,000 ($285,235), smashing the world record for a cricket cap.
The cap, which was originally due to be offered at auction next month, went to an anonymous Australian buyer who plans to put it on public display. Bradman wore the cap on his final tour of England in 1948. He was wearing it when he scored his final Test century and also his last-innings duck. The price eclipsed the previous world record for a cricket cap of $58,690 that was paid last week for Bradman’s 1947-48 cap. Bradman, who averaged 99.94 in his 52-Test career, died in 2001 aged 92.
Gazza not to return
London: Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne will not return to Chinese B-League team Gansu Tianma until he is paid back-dated wages, his agent said on Monday.
“Paul is owed money by Gansu and will not be going back until the matter is resolved,” Wes Saunders said.
Gascoigne, who entered an Arizona clinic in April after suffering from depression, signed a one-year renewable contract to become player-coach at Gansu in January.
The 36-year-old was due back at the club on June 10 but has not returned to China, prompting Gansu on Monday to ask the Chinese Football Association to investigate what they consider a breach of contract.
Shane Warne comeback on TV
Sydney: Shane Warne will make a comeback of sorts next month when he joins Channel Nine’s commentary team for Australia’s cricket series against Bangladesh, the network said on Monday.
It will be the 33-year-old leg-spinner’s first commentary role since being suspended from cricket for a year in February for taking a banned diuretic. The first Test starts in Darwin on July 18.
River Plate champions
Buenos Aires: River Plate clinched the Argentine championship with one game to spare on Sunday as they beat Olimpo 2-0 while second-placed Velez Sarsfield were beaten 0-1 at home by Estudiantes.
River struck with two goals in the last ten minutes after Olimpo had dominated the match. Victor Zapata opened the scoring four minutes after coming on as a substitute, and the second goal came from Diego Armando Barranda.
Rumsas fails test
Vilnius (Lithuania): Raimondas Rumsas has failed a second doping test taken during the Giro D’Italia cycle race, the Lithuanian Sports Federation said on Monday. Rumsas now faces a two-year ban. Rumsas tested positive for an unspecified drug during the Giro that ended June 1. He finished sixth.
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