FIFA slaps Colombian with two-match suspension
LONDON – FIFA imposed a two-match ban on Colombia player Lady Andrade after U.S. forward Abby Wambach said she was “sucker-punched” by her opponent in an Olympic soccer match.
FIFA said its disciplinary committee suspended Andrade for a group match against France today and for the quarterfinals if Colombia advances.
Wambach said she was hit in the right eye by Andrade in the 39th minute of a 3-0 win over Colombia on Saturday.
After the game, Wambach called for FIFA to take action, while Andrade said it was “an accident.”
The U.S. team did not file a formal complaint against Andrade, but it did contact FIFA.
Strict parent penalizes son at Olympic kayak event
LONDON – Talk about strict parenting.
New Zealand kayaker Mike Dawson made the semifinals of the kayak slalom at the Olympics despite being given a two-second penalty by his mother Kay – who is a judge at the games.
Dawson touched the fifth gate when going down the 18-gate Olympic course on Sunday, and his mother didn’t hesitate to penalize her son.
It was one of two two-second penalties Dawson received, but he still advanced to the semifinals.
Dawson joked in an email to The Associated Press on Monday that he was tempted to get his coach to put in a protest.
That would have made dinner time at the Dawsons even more awkward. His coach is his father, Les.
Dawson said his mother’s penalty “definitely dispels any hint of bias, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
He said he’ll be trying his best to keep his mother “unoccupied” in his semifinal run Wednesday.
Burton U.S. Open moving from Vermont to Vail
VAIL – Burton’s U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships are moving from Vermont to Colorado.
Vail Mountain said Monday it will host the 31st annual competition Feb. 25 to March 2, after years of the championships being held at Stratton Mountain in Vermont.
Burton chief creative officer Greg Dacyshyn said Burton wanted to have the event at a venue with the amenities, facilities and passion to take the contest to the next level.
Vail marketing director Adam Sutner said the partnership marries two iconic winter brands and allows Vail to reach audiences it doesn’t usually reach.
Vail said it will host the competition at Golden Peak and transform the peak’s base area into a festival-like village with activities including free, live music concerts for riders and spectators.
First Penn State player transfers to N. Carolina St.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Backup Penn State safety Tim Buckley became the first player to transfer from Penn State in the wake of NCAA sanctions, while the future of a more prominent player, star tailback Silas Redd, remains in question.
Redd, a 1,200-yard rusher who would be a focal point of O’Brien’s reconfigured Penn State offense, visited Southern California over the weekend. Another good season could have the junior with the dazzling open-field spin move headed to the NFL draft a year early next spring.
Still, the majority of coach Bill O’Brien’s core players appear to be sticking with Penn State, determined to weather out what could be a stormy season after the NCAA meted out landmark punishments on the program for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Buckley won’t be part of Breneman’s future team.
North Carolina State released a statement Monday announcing Buckley, a North Carolina native, would join the Wolfpack for the team’s first practice Tuesday.