June 17, 2012 |
At the European Championship on Friday, England's Theo Walcott came on as a substitute to score one goal and set up a brilliant strike by Danny Welbeck for a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over Sweden in Kiev, Ukraine. The result eliminated the Swedes and leaves the English needing only a draw in their final Group D match against cohost Ukraine to ensure a spot in the quarterfinals. For that match, England striker Wayne Rooney will be back from suspension. England had wasted a halftime lead and fell behind, 2-1, but Walcott came on in the 61st minute and made it 2-2 in the 64th.
June 12, 2012 |
Andriy Shevchenko is determined to turn the European Championship into a farewell performance to remember, and so far he's putting on quite a show. The 35-year-old, the oldest striker in the tournament, one-upped Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Monday in a battle of past and present stars, scoring two great headers to give co-host Ukraine a 2-1 win over Sweden in their opening match at Euro 2012 in Kiev. After Ibrahimovic had given Sweden the lead in the 52d minute, Shevchenko responded by heading in the equalizer just three minutes later and then added the winner in the 62d. It was an unexpectedly upbeat start for the cohost's home event, which is Shevchenko's last in Ukraine's yellow-and-blue uniform.
June 10, 2012 |
Denmark pulled off the first huge surprise of the European Championship with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in Group B action Saturday in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Denmark's Michael Krohn-Dehli provided the lethal finishing that the Dutch inexplicably lacked, scoring against the run of play when he picked up a loose ball close to the penalty area in the 24th minute, left two defenders standing, and shot through the legs of Maarten Stekelenburg from a tight angle. "It was the only dangerous action of Denmark," Netherlands captain Mark van Bommel said.
June 2, 2012
Trainer Dale Romans is criticizing the New York State Racing and Wagering Board's decision to establish a detention barn for Belmont Stakes starters by saying regulators "think we're all crooks. " Romans, who will saddle Dullahan in an effort to thwart I'll Have Another 's bid to become the first Triple Crown champion in 34 years, said Friday that the decision failed to put the welfare of horses first. "They are not cars that you can just go and move from one garage to the next," he said.
May 30, 2012
Boxer Paul Williams was driving his modified sport motorcycle too fast for conditions when he crashed into an embankment and was partially paralyzed, police said Tuesday. Williams has no movement from the waist down after Sunday's crash in Marietta, northwest of Atlanta, his manager George Peterson said. The 30-year-old severed his spinal cord after falling on his back and head when he was thrown from the motorcycle, Peterson said. Williams was driving at a rate of speed too fast for conditions, Marietta police said.
May 10, 2012 |
KHARKIV, Ukraine - Yulia Tymoshenko ended a nearly three-week-long hunger strike Wednesday as the imprisoned former Ukrainian prime minister was moved from jail to a hospital for treatment of a severe back condition under the supervision of a German doctor. The news was likely to allay at least some Western concerns over Tymoshenko's health and handling in prison. EU officials and some governments from the 27-nation bloc have vowed to boycott the European Championship soccer tournament, which begins in June and is cohosted by Ukraine and Poland.
May 5, 2012 |
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's jailed and ailing former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko tentatively agreed Friday to have her back condition treated at a local hospital under the supervision of a German doctor. Tymoshenko lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko said the treatment of Tymoshenko's herniated disc will start Tuesday at a hospital in the eastern city of Kharkiv, where she is jailed. He said she will give her final approval after meeting with her attorneys next week. Karl Max Einhaeupl, a doctor with Berlin's Charite clinic, who arrived to examine Tymoshenko, said his colleague will observe the treatment.
April 29, 2012 |
KIEV, Ukraine - Four explosions rocked an eastern Ukrainian city on Friday, injuring 27 people. Authorities say it was a terrorist attack but an opposition lawmaker claims it could be a government plot to divert attention from the imprisonment of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. Top law enforcement officials rushed to Dnipropetrovsk, 250 miles southeast of Kiev, to investigate but there was no immediate claim of responsibility. The violence undermined Ukraine's security just weeks before it co-hosts the European soccer championships in June.
April 27, 2012 |
KIEV, Ukraine - Facing deepening Western criticism, Ukraine's president on Thursday ordered a thorough probe into the alleged beating by prison officials of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Tymoshenko, 51, the country's top opposition leader, launched a hunger strike nearly a week ago to protest the alleged violence. She claims that prison guards punched her in the stomach and twisted her arms and legs while transporting her to a hospital against her will to be treated for a spinal condition.
April 22, 2012 |
KIEV, Ukraine - Jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been transferred, possibly against her will, from prison to a local hospital with severe back pain, her lawyer said Saturday. Tymoshenko, 51, the country's top opposition politician, is serving a seven-year prison sentence on charges of abuse of office, which the West has condemned as politically motivated. She also faces other investigations. Tymoshenko was taken to a hospital late Friday in the eastern city of Kharkiv, where she is imprisoned.