Gazza in the dock for off-colour joke
LONDON • Former England football star Paul Gascoigne is to appear in court later this month over an alleged "racist joke" he told during his one-man show.
The troubled 49-year-old has been accused of racially aggravated abuse after allegedly making the joke about a black bouncer at one of his An Evening With Gazza shows at Wolverhampton Civic Centre in November.
He has now been summoned to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court, in England's West Midlands, on June 17, the Crown Prosecution Service said on Saturday.
United may pay up to £30m for Bailly
LONDON • Manchester United are hopeful of completing the signing of Villarreal defender Eric Bailly after agreeing to pay a fee that could reach up to £30 million (S$59 million).
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic having agreed personal terms for a one-year contract at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho's attention has now turned to strengthening his central defence and the Ivorian is his primary target.
Phelps off the podium in 200 free
LOS ANGELES • Michael Phelps, aiming to add to his tally of 18 Olympic gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Games, was beaten again on Saturday at an invitational swimming meeting in Austin, Texas.
The 30-year-old finished fourth in the 200m freestyle won by Townley Haas in 1min 47.86sec, with Phelps clocking 1min 48.73. The setback came a day after he finished second to Singapore's Joseph Schooling in the 100m butterfly.
Lee's win signals deep Olympic run
JAKARTA • Lee Chong Wei beat Denmark's Jan Jorgensen in a hard-fought final to win the Indonesia Open yesterday, raising hopes the Malaysian badminton ace may be on course for Olympic victory.
World No. 2 Lee battled back from one game down to defeat Jorgensen 17-21, 21-19, 21-17.
EPL title for Jose in two years: Carvalho
LONDON • Jose Mourinho, Manchester United's new manager, will deliver the English Premier League (EPL) title within two years, predicted veteran defender Ricardo Carvalho on Sunday.
"Jose will have something to prove after what happened at Chelsea," the Portuguese international, who was coached by Mourinho at Chelsea, Porto and Real Madrid and now plays for Monaco, wrote in The Sun newspaper.
Mourinho's second stint at Chelsea ended last year.