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Monday 23 October 2017

Selfie scourge a new hazard on Le Tour

THE recent blanket coverage of the Tour de France has highlighted a hidden scourge of the sport.

Not doping or the malign influence of Lance Armstrong but those idiotic spectators who crowd the roads and run in front of the riders. Chris Horner of Lampre-Medida says: "It's insane. They step into the road and leave their small children and handicapped behind. It's really bad."

This year's race has witnessed an ugly new phenomenon, spectators who risk causing a crash in their attempts to grab a selfie as the peloton bears down on them. "A dangerous mix of vanity and stupidity," is how BMC Racing's captain Tejay van Gerderen describes the trend.

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Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier three times, the last being the legendary Thrilla in Manilla, which Ali won.

The pair's first fight, a world title bout in 1971, was such a hot ticket that Frank Sinatra had to take a job as a press photographer to get see the action. With both fighters unbeaten, that fight was dubbed the Fight of the Century.

On July 31, the Everlast gloves worn by Ali (pictured) will be auctioned in Cleveland. Also originally from the collection of Angelo Dundee. Ali's glove from his first Sonny Liston fight were expected to sell for $500,000 in February. They made $836,500.

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The winner of the British Open, which tees off at Royal Liverpool on July 17, will earn €1,229,350, an increase of €37,830 on last year's figure. In total, this year's prize money will be €6.81 million, a fund that ensures that even players who finish low on the leaderboard won't leave empty-handed. Seventieth will earn €15,635.

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Television sports commentators be warned. Glib remarks about spectators caught on camera could prove costly.

In America, a fan who dozed off during a match between the Red Sox and the Yankees is suing ESPN and Major League Baseball for an on-air slagging he describes as an "unending verbal crusade". His lawyers are seeking $10 million on his behalf for humiliation and emotional distress.

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England's Howard Webb is the least annoying of the referees under consideration for Sunday's World Cup final.

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