Swedish game postponed over fixing attempt
STOCKHOLM • The Swedish Football Federation postponed yesterday's top-flight game between IFK Gothenburg and AIK, following a match-fixing attempt that included "veiled threats".
An AIK player, identified as Greek-Canadian goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos, had been offered "a large sum of money" in exchange for trying to ensure that his team loses.
"This is a very serious attack against Swedish football and we will never, never accept this," Hakan Sjostrand, secretary-general of the federation, said.
Blackmailer threatened to kill Schumi's kids
BERLIN • A man has been sentenced by a German court after he threatened to kill the children of stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher unless paid €900,000 (S$1.4 million).
The man, who cannot be named, was handed a suspended jail sentence, a fine of €4,500 and 50 hours of community service. He has also been ordered to seek psychiatric help.
"If the money doesn't reach us by March 31, 2016, your children will be killed in some way," he wrote to Schumacher's wife Corinna last year. Police traced him after he included his bank details.
Ainslie sorry for rear-ending rival boat
LONDON • Ben Ainslie, the skipper and chief executive officer of his self-named British syndicate Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR), has apologised to Emirates Team New Zealand after his Land Rover BAR boat crashed into the back of its rival at the start of a practice sailing race in Bermuda on Wednesday, causing damage to both.
There are only seven days until the start of racing for the 35th America's Cup and the teams are competing in their final series of practice races.
The incident happened as both boats vied for position at the start.
THE TIMES, LONDON