Navratilova, Safin jarred by Agassi revelations
New York (AP) -
Grand Slam champions Martina Navratilova and Marat Safin say Andre
Agassi should have owned up to a positive drug test when it happened 12
Agassi’s upcoming autobiography contains an admission he used crystal
meth in 1997 and failed a drug test - a result he says was thrown out
after he lied by saying he “unwittingly” took the substance.
Agassi talks during a news conference following his lost match against
Australia’s Patrick Rafter at the U.S. Open in New York in this Sept. 2,
1997 file picture. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
“Shocking,” Navratilova told the Associated Press last Thursday from
Sarasota, Florida, in a phone interview. “Not as much shock that he did
it as shock he lied about it and didn’t own up to it. He owned up to it
(in the book), but it doesn’t help now.”
According to an excerpt of Agassi’s autobiography “Open” published last
Wednesday in The Times of London, he blamed the positive drug test on
accidentally drinking a soda spiked with meth. Agassi wrote that the ATP
accepted his explanation and threw out the case.
“Andre lied and got away with it,” Navratilova said. “You can’t correct
that now. Do you take away a title he wouldn’t have won if he had been
suspended? He beat some people when he should have been suspended.”
Safin said the eight-time Grand Slam champion should have spoken up at
the time of the positive test or kept his mouth shut.
“One should know how to be silent, but if you are so smart you should
have spoken up earlier,” Safin said of Agassi after reaching the
quarterfinals at the St. Petersburg Open.
“You will never live to see such revelations from me.
“How they will escape this situation - this is the ATP’s and Agassi’s
problem,” Safin added.
Navratilova, a winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, said she found
Agassi’s decision to come out with the story now peculiar.
“How is it going to play out for him? I don’t know,” she said. “I don’t
know why he would come out now.”
Agassi retired in 2006. His autobiography will go on sale on Nov. 9 but
it will not be available as an e-book. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf has not
set a date for a digital version.
“We’re not releasing an e-book at this time but may consider releasing
one in the future,” Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards said last week.
Publishers worry that the growing e-market will take business from the
more expensive hardcovers.
New Zealand defeat Australia
32-19 to equal Bledisloe Cup record
New Zealand All
Blacks’ Conrad Smith (right) leaves Australia’s
Will Genia (left) and James O’Connor behind as
he runs in to score a try during their Bledisloe
Cup rugby test at the National Olympic Stadium
in Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, Oct. 31. (AP
Tokyo (AP) - Dan Carter scored 22
points to lead New Zealand to a 32-19 win over
Australia on Saturday, extending the All Blacks’
streak to seven in Bledisloe Cup tests.
Center Conrad Smith crossed for a try early in
the second half and Carter converted to give New
Zealand a 20-16 lead.
The All Blacks were always in front after that,
Carter adding four further penalties to Matt
“We didn’t have a lot of field position in the
first half,” All Blacks coach Graham Henry said.
“We got a lot more in the second half and that
gave us much greater opportunity to attack and
Carter became the all-time leading scorer
against Australia with 207 points, surpassing
Andrew Mehrtens who had 202.
The Tokyo test played before a near-capacity
crowd at the 50,000-seat National Stadium was
promoted as a chance to take the sport to
It was only the second Bledisloe Cup test played
outside of Australia or New Zealand following
last year’s match in Hong Kong, which the All
Blacks won 19-14.
Giteau opened the scoring for Australia with two
early penalties. Carter responded with a penalty
before winger Sivivatu scored the opening try of
the match in the 20th minute.
Sivivatu was sin-binned for tackling a player in
the air late in the half and Australia made the
most of an extra-man advantage with a try to
Peter Hynes in the right corner to give the
Wallabies a 16-13 lead.
It was the fourth Bledisloe Cup of the year and
was New Zealand’s fourth win, equaling their
1962 one-season record of four wins without a
loss in tests against Australia.
The last time the two teams played, New Zealand
beat Australia 33-6 in Wellington.
“Today was a better effort than our most recent
outing against them,” Australia coach Robbie
Deans said. “There was a lot more physicality
and our work around the break down was better.”
Both teams head for Europe for end-of-season
tours, with Australia missing playmaker Berrick
Barnes for their Grand Slam attempt against
England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Vice-captain Barnes was injured two days before
the Tokyo match and ruled out of the tour.
Chelsea thrash Bolton 4-0 to stay
top in English Premier League
London (AP) - Chelsea stay at the
top of the Premier League after outplaying
Bolton for a 4-0 win last Saturday, and
Manchester United remain two points behind
following a 2-0 victory over Blackburn.
Frank Lampard celebrates scoring the opening
goal from the penalty spot during the English
Premier League match at the Reebok Stadium,
Bolton, Saturday Oct. 31. Chelsea won the match
4-0. (AP Photo/PA, Barry Coombs)
On a day with a record eight red cards in the
Premier League, Liverpool ended with nine men in
a 3-1 loss at Fulham - their fifth loss of the
season — to slip further out of contention for a
league title they have not won since 1990. But
third-placed Arsenal stay just behind the
pacesetters with a game in hand after beating
north London rivals Tottenham 3-0.
Frank Lampard, Deco and Didier Drogba scored a
goal each for Chelsea, while Bolton defender Zat
Knight put in an own-goal. Bolton played the
second half with 10 men after J Lloyd Samuel was
sent off for giving away a penalty.
Dimitar Berbatov put Man United ahead in the
55th minute, collecting the ball with his back
to goal and spinning around to score. Wayne
Rooney, who has been mired in a spell of poor
form, skillfully turned home a cross from
Anderson in the 87th.
United now have 25 points, two fewer than
Robin van Persie scored twice and Cesc Fabregas
added the other in Arsenal’s win at the Emirates
Stadium. The Gunners scored two quick goals just
before halftime and now have 22 points, five
fewer than Chelsea.
After Bobby Zamora had given Fulham a
24th-minute lead against Liverpool, Fernando
Torres equalized from 25 yards with his 10th
goal of the season. Erik Nevland then made it
2-1 in the 73rd, Torres was soon taken off and
Philipp Degen and Jamie Carragher were sent off
before Clint Dempsey added a third for Fulham.
“I’m very disappointed because I felt we were
controlling the game,” Liverpool manager Rafa
Benitez said. “It was a one-sided game with
plenty of possession and we conceded a goal by
making one mistake. Then we made a massive
mistake with the second goal and the first red
card (Degen) was a surprise for me. I thought it
was only a yellow card. These two incidents at
the end changed everything.”
Aruna Dindane scored his first three goals of
the season as last-placed Portsmouth beat Wigan
4-0 for their first home victory. Portsmouth
stay last but are level on points with West Ham,
who drew 2-2 at Sunderland in a game where a
player from each side was red-carded.
After Guillermo Franco and Carlton Cole had
given West Ham a two-goal lead inside the first
36 minutes, Andy Reid pulled a goal back with a
free kick and Kieran Richardson equalized in the
Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones was sent off
for pushing West Ham’s Herita Ilunga in the
face, and the visitors’ Radoslav Kovac received
Two players were sent off as Everton and Aston
Villa drew 1-1. Dinyar Bilyaledtinov scored for
the home side but Villa substitute John Carew
equalized within 44 seconds of taking the field.
In the closing stages, Bilyaledtinov was sent
off for a late tackle and Carlos Cuellar was
ordered off for his second yellow card.
Burnley beat 10-man Hull 2-0 with a penalty and
a 25- yard shot from Graham Alexander to keep
the pressure on visiting manager Phil Brown.
Hull had Geovanni sent off for two yellow cards.
Stoke surrendered a two-goal lead and were held
to a 2-2 draw at home by Wolves. An own-goal by
George Ekokobi and Matthew Etherington’s strike
a minute before halftime put Stoke in control at
the Britannia Stadium. But Jody Craddock scored
twice in the second half to earn a point for