Sports World: Uruguay World Cup hero Ghiggia dies

Uruguay World Cup hero Ghiggia dies

MONTEVIDEO • Alcides Ghiggia, the former Uruguay football striker who scored the goal which won the 1950 World Cup against hosts Brazil, died on Thursday - 65 years to the day after his famous strike in the Maracana Stadium that traumatised a nation.

Ghiggia, who was 88, died of a heart attack, his wife Beatriz confirmed.

He was the last surviving member of Uruguay's 1950 World Cup-winning team.


Swimmer Park maintains innocence

SEOUL • South Korea's Olympic swimming champion Park Tae Hwan maintains that he was not told about the contents of an injection that led to him failing a doping test. He says a doctor currently on trial for professional negligence had said the shot was safe.

His management team issued a statement late on Thursday saying the swimmer had been assured the injection did not contain anything on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of banned substances.

The 25-year-old tested positive for testosterone ahead of the Incheon Asian Games last September.


Motor trouble for Tour leader Froome

CHESTERMAN MURET (France) • Chris Froome has more to contend with than doping allegations as the Briton seeks a second Tour de France title. He is also facing accusations of using a motor hidden in his bike.

Froome is not the first person to face accusations of using a motorised bicycle, as Swiss Fabian Cancellara's 2010 victory in the Tour of Flanders also raised more than a few eyebrows.

On Thursday, Froome controlled a series of tentative attacks from his rivals as Joaquim Rodriguez won Stage 12. The Team Sky rider still holds a dominant 2min 52sec lead over American Tejay van Garderen .


Gatlin won't take it easy against Bolt

MONACO • Six-time Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt may be struggling with a pelvic injury but the Jamaican "showman" should not be underestimated come next month's World Championships, according to American arch-rival Justin Gatlin.

Bolt makes his comeback from an injury, that saw him travel to Munich for treatment, at the London Anniversary Games on July 24-25.

Gatlin was set to take to the track in Monaco in the Diamond League yesterday.


Milner scores in first start for Liverpool

BRISBANE • England midfielder James Milner scored the winner in his first start for Liverpool, as the English Premier League club overcame the A-League's Brisbane Roar 2-1 on their pre-season football tour of Asia and Australia yesterday.

The 29-year-old, who moved to Anfield on a free transfer from Manchester City at the start of the month, found the net 15 minutes from time to cap a fine performance and help his new club come from behind for the win.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 18, 2015, with the headline 'SportsWorld'. Print Edition | Subscribe