Sports Digest

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 August, 2012, 1:13am


Lomu expects to have second transplant

Legendary All Black Jonah Lomu, treated twice for renal problems in hospital recently, said in an interview published yesterday that he feels better but still expects to undergo another kidney transplant. "I'm trying to live my life as normal while knowing that I will maybe have to have another transplant. I'm on dialysis three times a week," the 37-year-old was quoted as saying in France's Le Figaro newspaper. The powerful former New Zealand winger, who was diagnosed with a rare renal disorder in 1995, had a transplant eight years ago and fell ill again last September during the Rugby World Cup in his home country. He was in hospital for a fortnight. Medical tests revealed that his body was rejecting the new kidney donated by a friend and that he would eventually require a second transplant. AFP

Arsenal's Santos held after police chase

Arsenal defender Andre Santos was arrested and later released on bail after it was claimed the Brazilian drove his car at up to 210km/h in a bid to escape from police, British media reported. He was eventually stopped by officers close to Arsenal's training ground at London Colney, north of the capital, on Friday, the day before the side's opening Premier League soccer match of the season. The 29-year-old Santos was on the bench for the match against Sunderland but did not play in the 0-0 draw. Reuters

S Korea eases penalties on badminton players

Badminton authorities in South Korea eased penalties against four players who tried to lose their last group matches at the London Olympics. A Badminton Korea Association disciplinary committee had earlier barred the two women's doubles pairs from international and domestic play for two years after they were ejected from the Olympics for trying to deliberately lose to gain an easier path to the final. The players had appealed for leniency. The association lowered the punishment to six months. AP

Ban upheld for Juventus coach

An Italian soccer tribunal yesterday confirmed a 10-month ban for Juventus coach Antonio Conte, rejecting his appeal against a verdict handed down earlier this month. Conte, who led an undefeated Juventus to the Italian title in his first season in charge last term, was accused of failing to report incidents of match-fixing in two games in the 2010-11 season when he was coach of then Serie B side Siena. The matches were against Novara and AlbinoLeffe in May last year. Siena have already been fined. Reuters