Euro 2020 logo to bridge the hosts' common links
LONDON • New Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin unveiled the logo for Euro 2020 at the tournament's official launch in London yesterday.
The logo shows multi-coloured fan silhouettes standing on either side of the quadrennial football competition's Henri Delaunay Trophy on a green bridge, representing the links between the 13 host countries.
The 2020 European Championship is being staged in 13 cities across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the competition, with the semi-finals and final to take place at London's Wembley Stadium.
Spanish football chief hit by kidnap tragedy
MADRID • A niece of Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar was found dead on Tuesday in Mexico after she was abducted and held for ransom for several days, Spain's foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo said.
Her captors had forced her to withdraw money from bank machines and demanded money from her family to ensure her release, he added.
The body of the unnamed woman was found at a morgue in the central city of Toluca, which is about 60km south-west of Mexico City.
Prison term begins for former tennis champion
NEW YORK • Former Grand Slam doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt has handed himself over at the St Albans Correctional Facility in Port Elizabeth to start his six-year prison sentence, Eyewitness News reported, citing Women and Men Against Child Abuse director Miranda Friedmann.
Hewitt, 76, a South African who was born in Australia, was found guilty on two charges of rape and one of indecent assault in March last year. He was then sentenced to six years in prison.
His attempts to appeal against the conviction and the sentence were turned down.
Ashton's England return hit by 13-week biting ban
LONDON • Saracens and England wing Chris Ashton was handed a 13-week ban on Tuesday for biting Northampton's Alex Waller during their Premiership rugby union match last weekend.
The punishment sidelines Ashton until Dec 19 and rules him out of four upcoming internationals, denting his hopes of returning to the England side.
A three-member panel found that Ashton bit Waller on the arm in the 24th minute of the Saracens' 27-12 win, but ruled against a charge that he bit him again one minute later.