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Taiwan rally to down South Korea

By Dave Carroll

Taiwan yesterday rallied from a 1-0 deficit to win their third straight Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Group I round-robin match and finish top of Pool B in Hua Hin, Thailand, setting up a final against Japan today for a place in the World Group II playoffsFULL STORY

Fowler, Lowry share first-round lead in Phoenix

World No. 4 Rickie Fowler bounced back from his missed cut at Torrey Pines, firing a six-under 65 on Thursday to share the Phoenix Open first-round lead with Hideki Matsuyama and Shane Lowry. “I made some great swings, made a lot of good putts — itFULL STORY

Bryant leads Lakers to second straight win

Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, hitting three pivotal three-pointers in the last six-plus minutes, and the Los Angeles Lakers won their second straight, 99-96 over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night. Bryant, who scored a season-high 38 points at Minnesota two nights earlier, held hisFULL STORY

Tigers’ Chou named SBL’s Player of the Month for January

By Paul Huang

January’s Player of the Month went to a deserving Chou Yi-hsiang of the Dacin Tigers, who narrowly edged December’s Player of the Month winner Lu “Male Model” Cheng-ju of the Yulon Luxgens to garner the coveted monthly honor. The emerging Cats superstar, who finished at theFULL STORY

Storms delay Coates Championship

Lydia Ko played enough golf on Thursday to catch up to the lead. She just did not play enough to finish the rain-delayed second round of the Coates Golf Championship. Ko, the No. 1 player in golf making her 2016 debut, was four-under par for herFULL STORY

Rory McIlroy lifted by birdie in Dubai

World No. 2 Rory McIlroy, boosted by an unlikely birdie four on his front nine, made an encouraging start to his title defense by shooting a 68 in the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday. The four-times major winner’s four-under-par effort left himFULL STORY

Ovechkin lifts Capitals to victory

Alex Ovechkin scored the winning goal in his return from a one-game suspension for skipping the All-Star Game, as the Washington Capitals avoided a third straight loss by beating the New York Islanders 3-2 on Thursday night. Ovechkin scored off a pass from Nicklas Backstrom withFULL STORY

Sevilla outplay Celta in Copa semis

French striker Kevin Gameiro scored twice after missing a first-half penalty to help Sevilla beat RC Celta de Vigo 4-0 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final on Thursday. Gameiro had his penalty saved by Celta goalkeeper Ruben Blanco in the 28th minute,FULL STORY

Saint-Etienne beat Rennes to move to fifth in standings

AS Saint-Etienne claimed their first away win in more than four months and moved up to fifth in the Ligue 1 standings with a 1-0 victory over Stade Rennais on Thursday. Both teams struggled to create chances before defender Moustapha Bayal Sall netted the winner inFULL STORY

Top two seeds in Sofia Open through to quarter-finals

Second-seeded Viktor Troicki reached the Sofia Open quarter-finals after defeating German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday. Troicki, through to his second quarter-final in three tournaments this year, said of Brands: “He has a very aggressive game, which I usually like to play against, andFULL STORY

Mali upset Ivory Coast to reach Africa final

Mali upset African champions Ivory Coast 1-0 to qualify to the finals of the African Nations Championships in Rwanda on Thursday. Malian substitute Yves Bissouma scored the 89th minute winner to set up a final clash with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) tomorrow. TheFULL STORY

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Formula 1 Schumacher ‘not good’ Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has expressed his sadness at the condition of Michael Schumacher, two years after the former Formula 1 champion was seriously injured in a skiing accident. Montezemolo was asked at a media event on Thursday in MilanFULL STORY

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