Mutu set to remain
Romanian striker Adrian Mutu will remain at Fiorentina because he has an ego and will be very useful for the club next season when, at the end of his 9-month suspension, he will team up with striker Alberto Gilardino, another important player Fiorentina is not willing to give up, Sandro Mencucci, the club’s delegated administrator, stated for fiorentinanews.com. Turkey’s Fenerbahce was expected to take the first concrete steps towards making official its EUR 7 M offer for a three-year contract with Romanian striker Adrian Mutu, the calciomercato.com website wrote on Monday. The anti-doping court of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) suspended Mutu for 9 months after he tested positive for sybutramine back in January. The suspension will expire on October 28.
Murray and Roddick find their feet on grass
Champion Andy Murray and Andy Roddick whacked away the clay from their tennis shoes and began their build up to Wimbledon by beating little-known opponents on a rain-blighted day at Queen’s Club on Tuesday. Murray, who last year became the first Briton to win the title in 71 years, kicked off his grasscourt campaign with a 7-6 6-3 win over Spaniard Ivan Navarro while Roddick was at his ruthless best in a 6-2 6-1 demolition of Russia’s Igor Kunitsyn. Third seed Murray initially seemed taken aback at the sight of a serve-and-volleying Spaniard but once he had got over that shock he found his groove to book a place in the third round. “Tricky play, not what you expect from a Spaniard coming forward on every point,” Murray said in a courtside interview.
Cycling: Haedo takes Criterium stage win
Argentine Juan Jose Haedo timed his effort to perfection to snatch the second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine in a mass sprint on Tuesday. The Saxo Bank rider surged ahead with some 50 metres left to pip German Martin Reimer of the Cervelo team and Lampre’s Grega Bole of Slovenia. It was another quiet day for Alberto Contador, who once again spared his team mates as the Spaniard is not looking to defend his overall leader’s yellow jersey. Twice Tour de France champion Contador is using the eight-day race as part of his preparations for the Tour and although he is the overwhelming favourite, he has no ambitions in the Dauphine. His Astana team protected him by the front of the peloton along the 177 kms from Annonay, leaving the chasing work to the sprinters’ teams.
Athletics: Merlene Ottey still surprising at 50
Jamaican-born Slovenian sprinter Merlene Ottey seems unaffected by passing years, finishing the 100-meter race of the Grand Prix meeting in Postojna (Slovenia) in 12 seconds and 72 hundreds of a second. The finishing time represents by far a world record for athletes over 50 years of age, AFP informs, being quoted by Agerpres. Merlene Ottey celebrated her 50th birthday on May 10. The sprinter who won the largest number of titles in history (20 medals at the World Championships and 9 medals at the Olympic Games) continues to amaze despite her age. After finishing 4th in the 100-meter final of the Sydney Olympic Games ten years ago, Merlene Ottey was recently awarded the Bronze medal after America’s Marion Jones admitted to having used performance-enhancing drugs.
Mutu set to remain