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Pliskova pummels Osaka in Tokyo

Former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova stunned Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka in straight sets to capture the Pan Pacific Open yesterday. The fourth seed took just 63 minutes to complete a clinical 6-4, 6-4 victory over the newly crowned US Open champion in Tokyo, bringingFULL STORY

Wolves hold United as Ferguson returns

English Premier League newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers turned party-pooper on the day Alex Ferguson made an emotional return to Old Trafford. The most successful coach in British soccer history was back at his former stamping ground on Saturday for the first time since undergoing emergency brain surgeryFULL STORY

Lions’ Liu Fu-hao retires after win over Brothers

By Jason Pan

The Uni-President Lions on Saturday gave star outfielder Liu Fu-hao an exuberant send-off, retiring his No. 56 playing shirt after Liu played his final game for the Lions, a 5-4 victory at home over the Brothers Baseball Club. Nicknamed “Little Pot” due to his apparent resemblanceFULL STORY

Athletics’ magic number at 1 after win over Twins

Stephen Piscotty’s alert baserunning helped the Oakland Athletics inch closer to their first playoff berth in four years. Piscotty doubled leading off the ninth inning and scored the winning run on Trevor Hildenberger’s bases-loaded wild pitch with two outs. The A’s cut their magic number toFULL STORY

Soccer friendlies against Vietnam, Indonesia delayed

By Jason Pan

Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) officials have announced that two international friendlies would be postponed, citing uncertainty over the head coach role. The national soccer body said in a statement on Thursday that two international friendlies the national men’s squad were to compete in had beenFULL STORY

SPORTS BRIEFS

TENNIS Team World rallies Kevin Anderson took down Novak Djokovic for a second straight night as Team World rallied to win the final two matches and reel Team Europe’s lead back to 7-5 after the second day of the Laver Cup in Chicago on Saturday. The SouthFULL STORY

Red-hot Osaka powers into Tokyo final2018-09-23

US Open champion Naomi Osaka yesterday stormed past Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 to reach the final of the Pan Pacific Open, where she is to face Karolina Pliskova. Osaka’s victory in front of an expectant home crowd was her 10th in a row and didFULL STORY

Team Europe secure 3-1 lead, despite doubles loss2018-09-23

Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock on Friday spoiled the doubles debut of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, but Team Europe still led Team World 3-1 after the first day of the Laver Cup. Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin and Kyle Edmund all won their opening singles matchesFULL STORY

Monaco draw with Nimes to prolong winless streak2018-09-23

AS Monaco’s home struggles continued on Friday night as they squandered a string of chances in a 1-1 draw with Nimes Olympique to stretch their winless run to six. Monaco have not won at the Stade Louis II all season. In their previous home LigueFULL STORY

RFEF refuses request for La Liga match in the US2018-09-23

La Liga’s plan to play a regular-season match in the US was on Friday put in serious doubt after the national soccer federation refused to give its approval, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) sent a letterFULL STORY

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