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Kvitova races as Wimbledon sweats

Defending champion Petra Kvitova took just 35 minutes to reach the Wimbledon second round yesterday as the tournament sweltered in near record-breaking heat. Second seed Kvitova raced to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Kiki Bertens, the world No. 138 from the Netherlands, on Centre Court. Kvitova, alsoFULL STORY

Taiwan’s Lu crashes, Hsieh cruises

By Dave Carroll

Lu Yen-hsun crashed out of the men’s singles at Wimbledon in London yesterday, while fellow Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei cruised into the second round of the women’s singles late on Monday. Taiwanese world No. 61 Lu started well against world No. 102 Dustin Brown, winning the firstFULL STORY

Wimbledon set for heat breaks, but only for women

Wimbledon, long associated with depressing rain delays, is introducing emergency playing rules for hot weather for the first time today, as temperatures are expected to reach the mid-30s. Organizers say a heat rule, which allows for a 10-minute break between the second and third sets ofFULL STORY

Germany, US set for ‘very heated’ World Cup semi

The German juggernaut is set to run into the US wall when the top-ranked nations clash this morning Taiwan time at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, with a spot in the Women’s World Cup final on the line. Top-ranked Germany and the world No. 2 US team bringFULL STORY

Australia, NZ to contest first day-night Test match

Australia and New Zealand are to play the first day-night match in Test cricket’s 138-year history, cricket heads announced yesterday, in a bid to drive up dwindling spectator numbers for the five-day game. Despite misgivings among players, officials from both countries decided to proceed this yearFULL STORY

Chile beat Peru to reach Copa final

Striker Eduardo Vargas scored twice to lead Chile to a 2-1 win over 10-man Peru in the semi-finals of the Copa America on Monday, keeping alive the host’s hopes of winning the South American tournament for the first time. Vargas scored the winner with a long-rangeFULL STORY

ANALYSIS: Qatar’s troubled ‘kafala’ system proves stubborn

Despite claims of its imminent demise, Qatar’s controversial kafala sponsorship system — which critics say is a direct cause of misery and abuse for many foreign workers — clings stubbornly to life. On Monday, in a sign of how entrenched the issue has become, Qatar’s normallyFULL STORY

Fitting effort by Hewitt in Wimbledon farewell

On one side of the net on Monday was Lleyton Hewitt, playing in his final Wimbledon. On the other side of the net was Jarkko Nieminen, playing in his final Wimbledon. Someone’s sentimental journey had to end, and it turned out to be Hewitt’s, even thoughFULL STORY

Chelsea goalkeeper Cech joins London rival club Arsenal

Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech ended a highly successful 11-year spell at English champions Chelsea when he moved to Premier League rivals Arsenal on Monday. Cech, who made more than 400 appearances at Stamford Bridge and won the Champions League and four Premier League titles, joinsFULL STORY

Indians beat Rays to end losing streak

Rookie Cody Anderson took a bid for a perfect game into the seventh inning in his second major league start as the struggling Cleveland Indians snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. Anderson (1-0) did notFULL STORY

Fans snub Yankees in vote for All-Star Game starters

Back-to-back seasons without the playoffs, declining TV ratings and plummeting road attendance are signs that the New York Yankees have lost some luster. However, another is about to arrive: For the first time in 16 years and the second time since 1992, it is all butFULL STORY

Kenyan athletes to lead 836km ‘walk for peace’

A dozen world-famous Kenyan athletes, including Ezekiel Kemboi, Paul Tergat and Tegla Loroupe, are to lead a 22-day “walk for peace” across northern Kenya aimed at curbing rising interethnic violence. The 836km walk is being organized by Commonwealth Gold medalist John Kelai, who decided to takeFULL STORY

Chris Froome ready for Tour de France

Chris Froome struggled for form then crashed, but the Briton looks ready just in time to compete for a second Tour de France title, although micromanagers Team Sky will struggle to control the race like they usually do. Froome, who claimed the 2013 Tour having wonFULL STORY

SPORTS BRIEFS

BASKETBALL Lin craves night market time Jeremy Lin, the first NBA player of Taiwanese descent, on Monday said that he hopes to spend more time at Taiwan’s night markets — his favorite places in the nation. Visiting Taiwan for the fourth consecutive year as part of anFULL STORY

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