Jockey fails drugs test
ROME – Jockey Frankie Dettori has failed a drugs test for a banned substance – believed to be cocaine.
The three-times champ, 41, faces an inquiry after the shock at Longchamp, France.
Dettori could face a worldwide horse-racing ban if he is found guilty.
The test happened on September 16 when the major trials for Europe’s richest race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, were being held at Longchamp in France.
Dettori – tested at random and famed for his spectacular “flying dismount” after races – will be hauled before the notoriously strict French racing authorities next week.
If the hearing goes against him, the Italian could face a global ban of up to six months.
That would cost potential rides in the season’s first four Classics, covering the 1000 Guineas, 2000 Guineas, The Oaks and The Derby.
A well-placed source said last night: “Frankie has failed a test for a banned substance which is thought to be cocaine. This is obviously very serious for him.”
Ibrahimovic sinks England
STOCKHOLM – Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four times to give Sweden a 4-2 win over England in the opening match at the Friends Arena today.
The hosts took the lead after 20 minutes when Ibrahimovic lashed his shot past Joe Hart at the second time of asking, netting the first goal in his country’s new stadium.
Sweden should have doubled this lead just after the half hour mark when Mathias Ranegie found himself with the whole goal to aim at, but the striker somehow fired his shot over the bar.
England punished the hosts for this miss just minutes later when Ashley Young beat his man before crossing to Danny Welbeck, who tapped home from close range.
It was soon 2-1 to the visitors as Steven Caulker got on the end of Steven Gerrard’s cross to poke home from a couple of yards out on his debut, completing a quickfire turnaround.
Gerrard looked determined to get a goal to his name in his 100th appearance for England, but Andreas Isaksson was equal to his efforts in the second half.
Sweden levelled the scores in the 77th minute as Anders Svensson floated a lofted ball to Ibrahimovic, who chested it down before smashing a volley past Hart.
Ibrahimovic then completed his hat-trick with just over five minutes on the clock, beating Hart with a low free kick from almost 30 yards.
The PSG striker put the icing on the cake in stoppage time as he took advantage of Hart being off his line to fire a bicycle kick in from all of 30 yards. In other friendlies today, France beat Italy 2-1; Romania defeated Belgium 2-1; Spain beat Panama 1-0; Germany drew 0-0 with Netherlands and Greece beat Republic of Ireland 1-0.
Cricket not so appealing
DHAKA – West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has said that cricket has not always presented a viable opportunity for youngsters in the region, but believes the Caribbean team’s recent title triumph at the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka will raise the appeal of the sport around the West Indies.
Samuels, who played a starring role in the West Indies’ inspiring 36-run victory over the host in the
final, noted that the region’s youngsters have had precious little to look forward to where cricket is concerned in recent years, but argued that the emergence of the Twenty20 format and the West Indies triumph will open more doors in the coming years. The format has come in for criticisms from the likes of legendary Jamaican and West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding.