Valencia rebut ex-VP's claims
VALENCIA • Spanish La Liga football side Valencia on Thursday rejected accusations made by a former vice-president of the club, Miguel Zorio, who presented a paper to a supporters' meeting alleging mismanagement of the club's finances.
"Valencia CF wish to strongly express that accusations made today by Mr Migual Zorio are completely false," read a club statement on their official website.
"The club reserve the right to take the appropriate legal action in court against Mr Zorio so as to ensure that such conduct does not go unpunished."
S-League matches called off once more
•Both S-League games last night were delayed and then postponed till further notice, after the three-hour Pollutant Standards Index stood at 154 at 9pm.
Frequent breaks bad for fans, says Hansen
LONDON • New Zealand coach Steve Hansen fears World Cup supporters could run out of goodwill if games are blighted by the kind of stoppages, faulty scrums and endless television match official interventions witnessed during their defeat of Namibia on Thursday.
The All Blacks ran in nine tries against the African outsiders, who tackled like their lives depended on it. But despite the 58-14 Pool C victory, it often proved a frustrating night for players and fans.
Sports minister quits over 2020 fiasco
TOKYO • Japan's sports minister said yesterday that he had resigned over abandoned plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics main stadium after the venue's US$2 billion (S$2.8 billion) price tag sparked a public backlash.
But Mr Hakubun Shimomura added that he would stay in the job until a Cabinet reshuffle expected next month.
The stadium fiasco has pushed back a new venue's completion date, embarrassing Japanese sport officials who have also been forced to find an alternate showpiece site for Rugby World Cup matches in 2019. Japan is hosting the event.
Bosh can start pre-season training
MIAMI • All-Star forward Chris Bosh is fully cleared to begin pre-season practice with the Miami Heat, after missing the second half of last season when a blood clot was found in his left lung.
Without Bosh, the Heat missed the National Basketball Association play-offs last season, finishing with a 37-45 regular-season record.
Lakers can enjoy World Peace again
LOS ANGELES • The Los Angeles Lakers inked veteran National Basketball Association forward Metta World Peace, 35, to a reported one-year, non-guaranteed contract on Thursday.
He played for them between 2009 and 2013 and won an NBA title with the Lakers in 2010. He also played for the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks.