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first_img Kuala Lumpur: Cancer-hit badminton star Lee Chong Wei announced his retirement Thursday, ending a brilliant career in which he collected a swathe of honours but never won a world or Olympic title. Lee, who spent a total of 348 weeks as world number one but lost six world and Olympic finals, wept as he called it quits months after suffering a cancer scare. “My decision to retire is a heavy one. I really love this sport. But it is a demanding sport. I thank all Malaysians for the past 19 years,” a tearful Lee, 36, told a news conference.    Lee, a father of two, was diagnosed with early-stage nose cancer last year and after intensive treatment in Taiwan, said he was keen to play again. But he hasn’t trained since April and after missing a series of self-imposed deadlines to return to competition, his hopes of being eligible for next year’s Tokyo Olympics were remote. The three-time Olympic silver medallist said he now wanted to rest and spend time with his family, and even take his wife on a “honeymoon”, a trip that has been delayed since their marriage in 2012.RELATED    Lee’s unsuccessful attempts to capture Malaysia’s first ever Olympic gold medal, reaching three consecutive finals, were followed avidly by his fans, as was his long-running rivalry with Chinese superstar Lin Dan. His last shot at the Olympic title at Rio 2016 ended in crushing disappointment when the Malaysian lost out to China’s Chen Long in a nail-biting final.    ‘Sad day’    Cancer proved the career-ending blow but it wasn’t the only low for Lee, who was banned after testing positive for a banned anti-inflammatory at the 2014 world championships. The long-time former world number one returned to the sport in 2015, after authorities accepted he took the drug inadvertently.    “I have no regrets. More important is my health, the decision to retire is very tough,” said Lee, adding that his cancer treatment was now over. “My plan to retire was originally after the Olympic Games. I made this decision due to my health. You know I got married in 2012. But we (have) never gone for a honeymoon. I owe this promise (to my wife), now I have to please her.”    As he began announcing his retirement, Lee paused for almost a minute as tears rolled down his cheeks. Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Norza Zakaria, who was at the news conference, described Lee as a “legend”.    “It is a sad day. Lee is a legend and very dependable. We accept his decision,” Norza said. Lee has slipped to 191 in the Badminton World rankings. “I fought for my country all the way,” he said, at one point, his voice choking. “It’s my retirement day.” highlights Lee Chong Wei was undergoing treatment for nose cancer.Lee Chong Wei lost in the 2016 Rio Olympics final to Lin Dan.Lee Chong Wei is a three-time Olympic silver medallist.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_imgOn Friday, the nation awaited the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the cases challenging California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Those expecting the court to make a decision Friday were left in suspense, however, as the court did not decide whether it would hear cases related to either of the laws.The justices met behind closed doors to decide which of the cases, including the appeal of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to strike down Prop. 8, would receive a full hearing next year. If it chooses to address the DOMA, the Supreme Court would be tasked with resolving differences in constitutionality in different courts. Appeals courts in New York and Boston struck down parts of DOMA as unconstitutional.“There are a number of conflicts among the lower courts in terms of the decisions that need to be resolved,” said Ange-Marie Hancock, associate professor of political science at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “One of those in particular is the level of scrutiny that is applied to laws that treat people differently on the bases of their sexual orientation. So the primary job of the Supreme Court is to resolve questions like when different federal circuits disagree about the level of scrutiny that should be applied.”If the court chooses to hear Prop. 8, it would be tasked with deciding if the Ninth Circuit’s ruling against same-sex marriage should stand.The courts could also decide not to hear any cases having to do with the two laws. Hancock said this is a strong possibility considering the background of the court.“The court is very divided politically about this issue, given earlier decisions in last year’s term. For example, the health care decision,” she said. “The court may not want to take on another political case like that right now because things are delicate in internal dynamics.”Those same dynamics could also cause the court difficulty in coming to a decision, Hancock said.“They don’t feel that they have a strong opinion, meaning they can’t come to an agreement about what the level of scrutiny should be,” she said. “They might just keep the status quo and in some cases, that means that same-sex marriage would become the law of the land, like in California.”If the Supreme Court chooses not to hear the case, the lower court’s decision will stand, ruling Prop. 8 unconstitutional and allowing same-sex couples to marry in California.Justice Kennedy is among those who could effectively decide the two cases were they to go to court. According to Hancock, Kennedy has often been the swing vote in the last 20 years and as a result, both sides are using his likelihood to side with them as the barometer of the cases’ outcomes.“My guess is some of the conservatives might think that they have a slightly better shot at swaying him, despite the fact that he has voted with the liberals in the past on a lot of general issues,” Hancock said.Students such as Emily Huang, a sophomore majoring in human biology and sociology, believe the case for Prop. 8 should be heard because of the opportunity to set a national precedent.“They should hear the case because it could possibly set the precedent for legalizing gay marriage in the entire U.S.,” Huang said. “Their inaction makes me think that they may not, which I find interesting because that will defer the decision to the Appeals Court, which would legalize gay marriage in California.”However, other students like Cameron Gilbert, a freshman majoring in biomedical engineering and East Asian languages and cultures, said they understand why the court might not take on the cases.“Given the current heated political climate and the hysteria over the incoming fiscal disaster, I can understand why it might get pushed to the side,” Gilbert said. “I don’t quite know exactly how the SC decides what to review, so it’s certainly possible that more pressing issues were on the table — especially as more and more states continue to legalize gay marriage every year it seems like it won’t be long before it’s defaulted into a non-issue.”This Friday, the court will once again meet to discuss which cases they will hear next year.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal Legend, Tony Adams, who was in the country to help launch the third season of Airtel’s grassroots football initiative, Airtel Rising Stars, paid a courtesy call on the Vice President, Kwesi Amissah – Arthur at his office at the Flagstaff House in Accra.The Arsenal Legend met with the Vice President in the company of the British High Commissioner, Managing Director and other Officials from Airtel Ghana.Tony Adams who played for the ‘Gunners’ for 22 years and captained them for 14 years was extremely delighted to be informed that the Vice President was an ardent fan of Arsenal FC. After much spirited talk among the whole group present about Arsenal and its performance so far, the football legend then added that his main purpose for being in the country was to launch the third season of the Airtel Rising Stars, and to interact with Arsenal fans through media interviews and a fan park where there was a live screening at the handball court at the University of Ghana, Legon of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal.The Managing Director of Airtel Ghana, Philip Sowah, stated that Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) was a football initiative sponsored by Airtel in partnership with Samsung which sought to unearth bright soccer talents from the grass roots level and nurture them into becoming football stars.According to him, the current Black Maidens team Captain Priscilla Okyere who led her team to a bronze medal at the FIFA U – 17 world football tournament was a product of the previous season of ARS as well as others who were now successfully playing for the country’s U-17 male and female football teams.The team from Airtel then presented the Veep with a framed jersey autographed by all current players of the Arsenal Football team. The Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur thanked the team for the kind gesture.last_img read more

first_imgST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Brock Nelson scored 1:04 into overtime and the New York Islanders beat Minnesota 3-2 to move into a tie atop the Metropolitan Division. Anders Lee scored for the fourth straight game and Jordan Eberle added a goal for New York, which has won five of seven. Thomas Greiss made 32 saves. The Islanders are tied with Washington with 91 points, but currently hold the tiebreaker with a better scoring differential. MOLINE, Ill. – The No. 21 Drake University women’s basketball team lost to Missouri State, 94-79, Sunday afternoon in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship game at the TaxSlayer Center.Drake (27-6), which had its 12-game winning streak stopped in its third-straight MVC championship game appearance, had four players finish in double-figures led by Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) who had 18 points and added seven assists, four steals and three rebounds. Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) scored 16 points while Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) finished with 14 points. Off the bench, Monica Burich (Urbandale, Iowa) provided 11 points and six rebounds. Bachrodt and Hittner earned MVC All-Tournament honors.Missouri State (23-9) also had four finish in double figures, led by Alexa Willard, who scored a game-high 30 points and was named the MVP of the tournament. The victory earned the Lady Bears the Valley’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. AMES — After beating Kansas on Saturday to win the Big 12 Tournament championship, Iowa State earned a 6th-seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face 11th-seeded Ohio State on Friday night in Tulsa. The #6 seed was about where Cyclones head coach Steve Prohm expected it.No matter what the seed, the opponent would be tough according to Prohm.For Nick Weiler-Babb, the focus has to be on Iowa State.Tipoff on Friday will be at approximately 8:50 PM. IOWA CITY — After losing to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Friday night, Iowa was awarded an at-large berth and the 10th-seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes will face off against 7th-seeded Cincinnati in Columbus, Ohio on Friday. It was a happy head coach Fran McCaffery when he spoke with reporters Sunday night.McCaffery has a little knowledge about the BearcatsMcCaffery says he’s not worried about a home court advantage with Cincinnati playing ninety minutes from their home.McCaffery sees similarities to foes from the Big TenMcCaffery says the key is for his Hawkeyes to prepare correctlyTipoff on Friday is scheduled for 11:15 AM, with the pre-game starting at 10 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul scored 25 points with 10 assists and tied a career high with six 3-pointers as the Houston Rockets used a big third quarter to pull away and get a 117-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The game was close throughout the first half and the Rockets were up by a point at halftime before using a 43-point third quarter, with 15 points from Paul, to extend the lead to 15 to start the fourth. Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves. MASON CITY — The North Iowa Bulls staved off elimination with a 4-1 win over Rochester in the Western Division semifinals on Sunday night at the North Iowa Ice Arena. North Iowa won the best-of-three series opener on Friday night in Mason City 4-2 but dropped the middle game of the series in Rochester on Saturday night 4-3. Last night, Jimmy McDermott had two third-period goals to compliment separate goals from Brendan Studioso and Nick Johnson in the second period. The Bulls will now face Alexandria in the Western Division championship series after the Blizzard knocked off the top-seeded Granite City in a three-game division semifinal. The opening game of the series takes place Friday night at the North Iowa Ice Arena at 7:30. NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints and former Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Nick Easton have agreed on a four-year contract. Easton’s agent, Joe Linta, confirmed the deal on Twitter. Easton became a free agent after spending the 2018 season on injured reserve, following neck surgery. Minnesota’s starter at left guard in 2017, Easton is a natural center who could fill the retiring Max Unger’s spot in the middle for the Saints.last_img read more