Swimmer Koga booted out for positive test
TOKYO • Former swimming world champion Junya Koga has been dropped from the Japan squad for the Asian Games after failing a drug test, officials said yesterday.
The 30-year-old, who won the 100m backstroke world title in 2009, tested positive for traces of banned muscle-building substances, according to the Japan Swimming Federation .
Koga, who faces a maximum ban of four years, failed a test conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency in March. He denied consuming the substances knowingly but admitted to taking a diet of supplements which could have led to the failed test.
Rooney arrives for talks at DC United
LONDON • Everton forward Wayne Rooney is scheduled to land in Washington DC today for negotiations with Major League Soccer side DC United, according to Sky Sports.
His proposed £12 million (S$21.5 million) move has been in the pipeline for the past few weeks and, while there has been no agreement on a transfer fee, the 32-year-old former England captain's visit represents another step closer towards the Toffees' exit door.
Brunei snatch late draw with Young Lions
The Young Lions continued their renaissance under Fandi Ahmad with a 1-1 draw against Brunei DPMM at the Jalan Besar Stadium last night. Ikhsan Fandi scored from 25m in the 66th minute before Shafie Effendy (87th) equalised for DPMM.
Both teams are on 10 points as DPMM rose to third in the nine-team Singapore Premier League, with the Young Lions one spot behind on goal difference.
Rowett tasked to lead Stoke back into EPL
LONDON • Stoke City have appointed Derby County boss Gary Rowett as their new manager, as they eye an immediate return to the Premier League after being relegated last season.
The Championship football club's website said the 44-year-old had signed a three-year contract after Stoke agreed on a compensation package with Derby, who Rowett led into the Championship play-offs before falling to Fulham.
Fifa boss can't help Guerrero on ban
LAUSANNE • Fifa president Gianni Infantino has delivered a hammer blow to Peru captain Paolo Guerrero's hopes of overturning a 14-month doping ban to play at the World Cup by underlining the supremacy of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Despite Guerrero meeting Infantino on Tuesday, a statement from world football's ruling body said it was virtually powerless to change final decisions by the CAS.
US Gymnastics boss says sorry to victims
WASHINGTON • Kerry Perry, the head of USA Gymnastics, appeared before Congress yesterday to apologise to hundreds of female athletes who were abused by Larry Nassar, their Olympic team doctor.
He has since been convicted and jailed in the largest scandal in the sport's history, and the chief of the sport's governing body in the United States expressed her disgust at the 54-year-old's "despicable crimes".