Ince calls for Serbia football ban
BELGRADE – Former England international Paul Ince has called for Serbia to be banned from international competition after today’s Under-21 qualifier was marred by violent scenes.
England’s achievement of qualifying for next summer’s European Championships in Israel was overshadowed as Stuart Pearce’s team suffered racist abuse at the hands of a volatile Serbian crowd.
Conor Wickham’s winning goal deep into injury time sparked violent clashes between the two sides which resulted in Danny Rose receiving a red card for reacting to abuse from the stands.
Thomas Ince was among the players involved in the late bust-up, and his father Paul said that Serbia should face a lengthy suspension for their behaviour. He said: “If it was me they [Serbia] would be kicked out for the next five tournaments.
“It is absolutely disgraceful to see these scenes, something needs to be done.”
England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce confirmed after the match that the Football Association has reported a number of incidents to UEFA.
Lara joins Bangladesh league
Brian Lara has joined Bangladesh Premier League team Chittagong Kings as its new brand ambassador.
The West Indian batting legend is set to sign a three-year contract with the franchise in November.
“I am excited and honoured to announce that Brian Lara has agreed to join us as the brand ambassador of the Chittagong Kings,” Sameer Quader Chowdhury, the franchise’s owner, said.
Lara is expected to be a part of the Chittagong management for the player auctions which is scheduled to be held on December 7.
“He will also be with us throughout the BPL campaign, which starts on January 17. Before the tournament starts, he will be present for our corporate dealings and marketing activities. Apart from this, he will do social work and be involved in team’s activities and selection,” said Chowdhury.
Quick-Step lets Leipheimer go
NEW YORK – American rider Levi Leipheimer has been sacked by the Quick-Step Cycling Team after admitting he took banned substances as part of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigation into doping in the sport.
The 38-year-old Leipheimer was one of 11 former team mates of Lance Armstrong to testify against the seven-times Tour de France winner who was stripped of those titles and banned for life by USADA in August.
“Quick-Step Cycling Team announces that the contract with Mr Leipheimer has been terminated, effective immediately,” the team said in a statement today.
“We commend the rider for his open co-operation with USADA and contribution to cleaning up the sport of cycling.
“However, in the light of the disclosures made by Mr. Leipheimer in his public statement on 10th of October the team has decided to terminate the contract.”
Leipheimer’s best results include finishing second in the 2008 Vuelta and third in the 2007 Tour de France. He also won a road time trial bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Manning leads Broncos comeback
SAN DIEGO – Peyton Manning orchestrated the biggest comeback of his career as the Denver Broncos erased a 24-point halftime deficit to beat the San Diego Chargers 35-24 at Qualcomm Stadium last night.
Manning endured a miserable opening half that included an interception return for a touchdown, before the quarterback climbed out of a 24-0 hole with a vintage display after the break as the Broncos went on a rampage.
He threw for three touchdowns and completed 24-of-30 passes on the night for 309 yards as Denver also added two defensive scores of their own to post 35 unanswered points and join the Chargers at the top of the AFC West on identical 3-3 records.
The four-time league MVP and 2006 Super Bowl winner completed 13-of-14 passes for 167 yards and three scores after the break, hitting everything in a Denver jersey with precision.