S. Korean police launch match-fixing probe
SEOUL • South Korean police yesterday announced a formal investigation into match-fixing and illegal gambling by more than two dozen current and former sportsmen, mostly basketball players and judokas.
Police said the probe had been triggered by an alleged game-rigging incident in February this year, involving a 29-year-old basketball player identified only by his surname Kim. The man was suspected of helping to throw a match by intentionally missing a number of baskets at the request of a fellow gambler and 28-year-old judoka, according to a police statement.
In addition, 24 other current and retired players - 11 in basketball, 12 in judo and one in wrestling - are also being investigated for alleged gambling on sports fixtures using illegal Internet betting sites, the statement said.
Parker overtakes Galis tally to take top spot
MONTPELLIER • France basketball superstar Tony Parker became the all-time points scorer in European Championship history when he scored a two-pointer against Poland on Monday to move to 1,032 points.
The 33-year-old San Antonio Spurs guard had drawn level with Nikos Galis on Sunday when he scored 11 points in the game with Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Parker took his overall tally to 1,046 points by the end of the game, as he recorded a total of 16 points in the 69-66 victory over Poland.