Marion Jones should quit, says sprint legend. There has probably never been a bigger sigh of relief in sporting history than when US sprinter Marion Jones’s B-sample came back as a negative, cancelling out the positive A-sample that threatened finally to prove the long-whispered rumours that she was on EPO, given her proximity to partners and coaches who have all been convicted. But if Jones thought she was in the clear after the B, she was wrong. One of the greatest names in athletics, world 200m and 400m world record holder Michael Johnson, has come out and said she should quit anyway. “I don’t believe she will ever be able to repair her image,” Johnson told English paper The Daily Telegraph. “For the sake of her own wellbeing and the sport, it would be best if she went away quietly.” Jones says she is still aiming for the Beijing Olympics.
Woods stops singing to talk to lawyers. The Australian Ashes team was forced to play soldiers in the Queensland bush and Shane Warne still hasn’t forgiven coach John Buchanan. Now the US Ryder Cup team has had a pre-event bonding session in Ireland that sounds like it did its best to have world number one and team spearhead Tiger Woods walk out. When all 12 players were asked to sing in front of their teammates, Woods was notable for his fast exit from the room. “He kind of bailed out when it got rowdy but when we all got back we put him on the spot and made him sing to us,” Scott Verplank told the BBC. “We got him a little embarrassed – which was good – and had a good laugh.” Yep, right up until they heard Tiger’s private jet taking off. Unfortunately, the hijinks ended when an Irish tabloid linked Tiger’s Swedish wife, Elin Nordegren, to online porn, a dodgy allegation that has Tiger furious and talking to his lawyers. He even called a press conference to rage against the false claim. Just when he was having fun.
India and Australia to fight for place in Tri-Nation final. If anybody cares, India beat the West Indies by 16 runs overnight to give itself a chance of making the Tri-Nation final in Kuala Lumpur, if it can beat Australia in the final match. India only made 162 but then managed to bowl out the Windies for 146 to snatch an unlikely win.
Get Crikey FREE to your inbox every weekday morning with the Crikey Worm.