Japan shocks Wales for breakthrough win

Rugby minnows Japan claimed a first win over Six Nations champions Wales yesterday after a clinical display against an inexperienced Welsh side sealed a 23-8 victory that tied their two match series. Wales, shorn of the majority of their first team who have been selected to tour Australia with the British and Irish Lions, dominated possession and territory in the opening half but struggled to turn that into points with Japan, who will host the Rugby World Cup in 2019, defending resolutely. Japan has won just one match in seven World Cups. ‏(Reuters‏)

Jamaican sprint star tests positive

Jamaican three-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown has tested positive to doping, a Jamaican newspaper reported Friday. The Gleaner said that the 31-year-old tested positive at a meet on May 4 to the use of a diuretic, which is a masking agent and is on the banned list of the World Anti-Doping Agency. If confirmed, she could face a two-year ban from the sport. Campbell-Brown, who is considered a huge star in Jamaica, is a two-time world champion and has a total of seven Olympic medals and nine world championship medals. ‏(DPA‏)

Messi overtakes Maradona’s Argentina tally with hat-trick

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to help a second-string Argentina record an easy 4-0 away win over Guatemala in a friendly and overtake Diego Maradona’s international goals tally. Messi, who came on as a substitute in recent World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Ecuador, was given a place in the starting line-up and duly scored his third hat-trick for his country. Messi was substituted in the 67th minute after taking his tally of international goals to 35, which Argentine media said was one more than Diego Maradona’s total. Gabriel Batistuta holds the record with 56 goals. ‏(Reuters‏)

MLB suspends eight people over brawl

Eight people, including five players, were suspended while four others were fined for their part in Tuesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks, Major League Baseball announced yesterday. Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy received the longest suspension after he was banned 10 games for intentionally throwing at the head of Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke. ‏(Reuters‏)