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Chan Hao-ching eyeing second title

By Dave Carroll

Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching on Saturday was eyeing her second doubles title of the season when she advanced to the final of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England. Chan and Zhang Shuai took just 59 minutes to see off US duo Raquel Atawo and Christina McHale 6-2,FULL STORY

China may face sanction after top player no-show

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) on Sunday threatened to slap sanctions on China’s national team after three top players quit a tournament in apparent protest at their head coach’s removal. The ITTF received a public apology from the Chinese team, but it said it wasFULL STORY

Leicester City striker shares skills in Taipei

By Jason Pan

English Premier League title winner Shinji Okazaki wrapped up his whirlwind visit to Taiwan this weekend by hosting two training and instruction events for young players, and met with sports officials to help build closer ties between Taiwanese and Japanese soccer development. The Japanese striker forFULL STORY

Lamigo win first half league title

By Jason Pan

The Lamigo Monkeys celebrated in front of a capacity crowd at their home Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium, with a hard-earned 5-3 win over the Brothers Baseball Club to capture the first-half Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) title. First baseman Chen Chun-hsiu sealed the victory with theFULL STORY

Antetokounmpo brothers speak about migrant origins

Rags to riches NBA All-Star player Giannis Antetokounmpo on Saturday spoke openly of his Nigerian origins and of eking out a living trading on the streets of Athens long before his US$100 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis appeared on stage at the Onassis CulturalFULL STORY

French president puts on game face to support Paris bid

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday tried his hand at sports including boxing and wheelchair tennis to support Paris’ bid to host the 2024 Olympics. Paris and Los Angeles are vying for the Games and as part of the French capital’s campaign organizers staged an OlympicFULL STORY

Relaxed India too strong for England in Cup opener

India on Saturday beat hosts England by 35 runs on the opening day of the 2017 Women’s World Cup at Derby in England. India piled up an imposing 281 for three in their 50 overs thanks to 50s from Smriti Mandhana (90) and Punam Raut (86),FULL STORY

Omar McLeod sets Jamaican 110m hurdles record

Olympic gold medalist Omar McLeod on Saturday set a Jamaican national record in the 110m hurdles with a blistering time of 12.9 seconds at the 2017 Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association National Senior Championships. McLeod said he is dedicating the next few weeks to setting is sightsFULL STORY

Homophobia rife in Spain’s La Liga

Death threats and insults: Homophobia remains omnipresent in Spain’s sacred soccer world, where players do not dare “come out” in an otherwise gay-friendly country, whose capital is hosting the WorldPride until Sunday. “First, they refused to take their showers with me,” said Jose Manuel Garoz, whoFULL STORY

Wet winter ups the ante for hikers on popular US trail

Anya Sellsted scaled scary snow-covered passes and forded frightening rivers during her solo hike from Mexico to Canada when the hazards of California’s gargantuan winter finally caught up to her. While crossing a partly submerged log in Yosemite National Park in California, Sellsted was sucked underFULL STORY

Vikings backing receiver’s alcohol-in-tea court claim

Minnesota Vikings officials are backing receiver Michael Floyd’s fight against a house arrest violation that could land him in jail, one he said was caused by tea that contains alcohol. Floyd said in a sworn affidavit, according to the St Paul Pioneer Press newspaper, that theFULL STORY


RUGBY UNION Concerns over concussions Damian McKenzie has been brought into the All Blacks squad for the British and Irish Test series after fullback Ben Smith on Saturday was forced off with concussion. Smith left the field in the first half of the 30-15 victory after makingFULL STORY

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