Wallace back in the game
NORTH CAROLINA – Rasheed Wallace, the 38-year-old 6-foot-11 power forward, who last played for the Boston Celtics in the 2009-10 NBA season, has been lured out of retirement by New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson. Terms of his contract were not announced, but the Knicks could offer only the veteran’s minimum of about US$1.7 million.
Wallace said he decided in late August after a few conversations with Woodson to attempt the comeback. He cited his respect for the laid-back Woodson who was an assistant coach at Detroit Pistons when he played there. Woodson is credited with calming down Wallace who once racked up 40 technical fouls in a single season. Wallace averaged 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 15 seasons.
The temperamental former NBA star has been whistled for an overall 308 technical fouls but Wallace said his clashes with referees and the media were a thing of the past.
“I’m too old for that. My kids are older now, so I’m too old for that.”
Charged in betting probe
LONDON – Three footballers are among a group charged by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) over an investigation into “suspicious betting activity”.
Ipswich’s Michael Chopra, Nottingham Forest loanee James Coppinger, ex-Manchester United player Mark Wilson and six others are accused of “serious breaches of the rules of racing”.
Jockey Andrew Heffernan is also among those charged by the BHA.
The allegations focus on betting on horses to lose on betting exchanges.
The BHA said the races at the centre of the investigation took place between 1 November 2010 and 31 March 2011.
Schumacher to quit again
BERLIN – Michael Schumacher has announced that he will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton is to replace the seven-time world champion at Mercedes from next
year. Schumacher was linked with a move to Sauber for
2013 but has decided to end an F1 career that began in 1991.
“Although I am still able to compete with the best drivers, at some point it is good to say goodbye,” said the 43-year-old German.
“During the past month, I was not sure if I still had the motivation and energy which is necessary to go on. It is not my style to do something that I’m not 100 per cent for. With today’s decision, I feel released from those doubts. In the end, my ambition to fight for victories and the pleasure of driving is nourished by competitiveness.”
Schumacher won 91 races in 19 seasons, helping to revive Ferrari’s fortunes after he joined them in 1996.
Yup, I’m gay
SAN JUAN – Top boxing contender Orlando Cruz revealed publicly yesterday that he is gay, making him one of the first athletes to come out while playing professional sports. He is believed to be the first openly gay boxer in the sport’s history.
Cruz made his announcement through a press release distributed last night.
“I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself,” said Cruz. “I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.”
He is a former Olympian who competed for Puerto Rico at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, and is currently ranked as the WBO’s No. 4 featherweight contender.