Police hold Olympic gold medallist
PARIS – Double Olympic gold medal winner Nikola Karabatic is one of five handball players arrested in France over match-fixing allegations.
Karabatic, 28, is considered one of the greatest players of the game and won gold medals with the French team at London 2012 and in the 2008 Games in Beijing.
The Montpellier left-back was picked up by police yesterday evening at the end of a match in Paris, along with four other players and several officials and their friends.
The investigation centres on betting made during a match between Montpellier and a team from Brittany in May.
Montpellier, who have dominated French handball for years, lost 31-28 to Cesson-Sevigne.
At the time, Montpellier were already guaranteed a 13th league title in 15 seasons, while the Breton club were in eighth place in the league.
Europe takes Ryder Cup
CHICAGO – Europe produced a stunning final-day comeback to win the Ryder Cup at a shell-shocked Medinah yesterday.
The United States required only four-and-a-half points from the 12 on offer, but the Europeans secured eight and a half to clinch a historic 14?-13? win.
Martin Kaymer sank a five-foot putt on the 18th green to get his team to the 14 points needed to retain the trophy.
Then a Tiger Woods bogey on the final green of the final match gifted Jose Maria Olazabal’s side overall victory.
The victorious European captain said: “To the 12 men of Europe, what you did out there was outstanding. All men die but not all men live and you made me feel alive again this week.
“I don’t know how heaven feels, but it must be close to this.”
The win matches the record recovery of Ben Crenshaw’s US team in Boston in 1999 and is the best from a European side in the Ryder Cup.
Aguero lashes out at refs
LONDON – Manchester City’s Argentine striker Sergio Aguero has accused English referees of bias against foreign players in Premier League matches.
Aguero, who scored his first goal of the season to equalise against Fulham in City’s 2-1 victory over the London side on Saturday, said home referees treated foreign players differently and were more likely to ignore them on penalty appeals.
He also said foreign players were more likely to be punished for penalties that should not be given against them.
His compatriots Pablo Zabaleta and Carlos Tevez both had penalty appeals turned down at Craven Cottage and asked by reporters after the match if foreign players had it tougher than English players, he said: “Yes, always. It happens everywhere.
“Here in England, there are almost as many foreign players as English players and it’s not right that some have a privilege that others don’t.
“There is a little bit of privilege with players who come from that country, but that is normal. “We just play our game, and the referee’s job is to know who is tricking him and who is not.”