JACKSON QUITS AFTER WEAK KNEES SCUPPER RIO BID
AUSTRALIAN basketball great Lauren Jackson announced her retirement yesterday after doctors said her battered knees were not up to the rigours of contesting for a fifth Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro.
The 34-year-old power forward, who won two Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) championships with the Seattle Storm, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in December with her knee joint later becoming infected.
Doctors told her last week she would not make the Rio Games in August and had advised her to undergo reconstruction surgery, meaning a 14th operation on her knees and no chance of adding to her three Olympic silvers and one bronze.
KIWI STAR WILLIAMS BACK FOR HONG KONG SEVENS
SONNY Bill Williams was named yesterday in New Zealand's squad for next week's Hong Kong Sevens after shaking off a knee injury that sidelined him for two tournaments.
The cross-code superstar is participating in this year's World Sevens series with an eye on making the Rio Olympics when the shortened version makes its Games' debut.
Coach Gordon Tietjens said the 30-year-old was raring to go after a swollen knee kept him out of the Las Vegas and Vancouver legs of the World Sevens Series.
KENYA ANTI-DOPING BILL RISKS MISSING DEADLINE
KENYAN lawmakers have held the preliminary reading of a bill criminalising sports doping, just days before a deadline to avoid threatened Olympic expulsion.
The World Anti-Doping Agency gave Kenya until April 5 to tighten its anti-doping law and provide funding for a proposed Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya, after the east African track giants missed an earlier Feb 14 deadline.
The Anti-Doping Bill establishes the anti-doping agency and proposes a US$1,000 (S$1,350) fine, and/or a year in jail for offenders.
Those caught smuggling or administering banned substances face a US$30,000 fine or a three-year jail term.