Extreme sports star in suspected suicide
WASHINGTON • BMX star, X Games champion and former MTV host Dave Mirra died on Thursday in an apparent suicide, the authorities in the American state of North Carolina said. He was 41.
Police in Mirra's home town of Greenville said they discovered the former bike star's body in a truck with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Curry goes for distance mark again
NEW YORK • Stephen Curry, who is on pace to shatter his single-season three-point record, will attempt to retain his long-range shooting title at next week's NBA All-Star Game weekend in Toronto.
The announcement on Thursday came less than 24 hours after the Golden State Warriors superstar finished one three-pointer shy of matching the one-game National Basketball Association record of 12 three-pointers, in their 134-121 win over the Washington Wizards.
New Delhi may lose status as T20 venue
NEW DELHI • India's capital New Delhi could be stripped of its status as one of the hosts for cricket's World Twenty20 event unless it receives safety clearances in a matter of days, the country's cricket board said yesterday.
The Feroz Shah Kotla ground is scheduled to host four matches in the tournament which begins on March 8, including a semi-final on March 30.
Europe's top clubs want more say
ZURICH • Europe's biggest football clubs have been flexing their muscles, with talk of a so-called European Super League and criticism of the international calendar ahead of the general assembly of their umbrella group ECA in Paris next week.
The ECA meeting on Monday and Tuesday could show whether the elite clubs are seriously considering a power grab, or have merely been posturing to pressure European football's governing body Uefa into granting them a larger slice of the proceeds from their lucrative competitions.
Sharapova's Rio dream still alive
MOSCOW • Maria Sharapova remained on course for the Rio Olympics, as the five-time Grand Slam champion was yesterday named in Russia's doubles team for their Fed Cup first-round tie against the Netherlands in Moscow this weekend.
The Russian tennis team's skipper Anastasia Myskina said Sharapova, the country's top-ranked player and the world No. 6, will play in the tie's concluding doubles rubber alongside 18-year-old Darya Kasatkina.