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Asashoryu accused of match fixing
TOKYO, Japan
Sumo grand champion Asashoryu is to be investigated by the organizing body of the Japanese traditional sport over media allegations of fixing matches. Asashoryu, a Mongolian national who is one of most successful sumo wrestlers in the modern era, will be interviewed by the Japan Sumo Association in the coming week, along with other top wrestlers, media reports said.
Asashoryu yesterday denied fixing matches during a tournament in November, when he won all the 15 matches to collect his 19th trophy. The Shukan Gendai magazine said that only four of the 15 matches were serious, with the rest of his victories bought for as much as 800,000 yen (US$6,600) each.
Ice dancing gold
WARSAW, Poland
French veterans Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder finally struck gold, taking the ice dancing title at the European figure skating championships on Friday.
Russia's Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin took silver with world champions Albena Denkova and Maxim Staviski of Bulgaria taking bronze after the free dance final.
It was the first major title for the French duo, who have been skating together for 17 years.
Swede takes slalom
KITZBUEHEL, Austria
Jens Byggmark beat the favorites to win a slalom yesterday for his first career World Cup victory. The 21-year-old Swede, who surprised the field with the fastest time in the opening leg, delivered a second brilliant run down the Ganslern course to win with a combined time of 1 minute, 43.74 seconds.
In the women's downhill in San Sicario, Italy, Renate Goetschl won her third straight downhill and moved atop the overall World Cup standings. It was the second win in two days for Goetschl, who won a super-G here Friday. She led an all-Austrian podium.


Updated : 2021-04-12 12:48 GMT+08:00