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Taiwan bats punish Thailand

By Paul Huang

Taiwan won their second game in as many days by a wide margin by defeating Thailand 13-1 in seven innings in the preliminary round of the Asian Games at the Mokdong Baseball Stadium in Incheon, South Korea, to remain unbeaten with a 2-0 record. Aided byFULL STORY

Taiwan downed by Kazakhstan

By Paul Huang

After a failure to take advantage of a technical foul by Kazakhstan in the fourth quarter that could have been a five-point turnaround, Taiwan’s men’s basketball team fell to a 74-68 defeat in their opener at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, yesterday afternoon. WhatFULL STORY

Serena Williams withdraws as seeds continue to tumble

World No. 1 Serena Williams withdrew from the Wuhan Open yesterday after falling ill midway through the first set of her second-round match against Frenchwoman Alize Cornet. The American top seed was leading 6-5 after breaking Cornet’s serve with a smash, only for the doctor toFULL STORY

Murray disappointed over independence Twitter row

Former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, who was abused on social media for tweeting his support for Scottish independence last week, was disappointed over the matter, but did not “regret giving an opinion” he told the BBC yesterday. The 27-year-old Scot tweeted his support for the “Yes”FULL STORY

Chen Wei-yin falls to Yankees

MAJOR LEAGUES Taiwanese pitcher Chen Wei-yin’s quest to improve on his career-high season-win total stalled on Monday night as the Baltimore Orioles lost to the New York Yankees 5-0 at Yankee Stadium. Chen, who fell to 16-5 for the season after allowing four runs (two earned) inFULL STORY

Chicago Bears hold on to beat Jets 27-19

The Chicago Bears took advantage of early mistakes by the sloppy New York Jets, then held on for a 27-19 victory on Monday night. Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes to Martellus Bennett and Ryan Mundy returned an interception 45 yards for a score. Cutler finishedFULL STORY

Cricket teams trek to world’s highest game

Map, tent, water, food: check. All needed to scale the snow-capped peak of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. Bat, ball, stumps, pads: check. Also needed when you are hoping to break the world record for the highest game of cricket ever played. Two teams are taking part inFULL STORY

Wiggins confident he can beat Martin in time trial

Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins is confident he can dethrone reigning three-time titlist Tony Martin when the world championship time trial takes place in Ponferrada, Spain, today. Twice in the past three years, Wiggins has finished runner-up to Martin at the world time trial event, with thoseFULL STORY

No Qatar World Cup: Zwanziger

Qatar will not host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, according to Theo Zwanziger, the German member on the executive committee of world soccer’s governing body. “I think that at the end of the day the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar,” ZwanzigerFULL STORY

Valencia down Getafe to jump to second place

Valencia continued their solid start to the season and climbed to second in La Liga when recent Spain recruit Paco Alcacer set them on their way to a 3-0 win at Getafe on Monday. Forward Alcacer, who scored on his competitive Spain debut in this month’sFULL STORY

PSG’s Blanc eyes Norman conquest to ease tensions

Tensions are high as Paris Saint-Germain head to Normandy today desperate for a win to keep in touch with the Ligue 1 leaders after a fourth draw in six league games at the weekend. The two-time defending champions are three points behind Olympique de Marseille andFULL STORY

Napoli’s Benitez feeling the heat ahead of Palermo visit

Pressure is mounting on SSC Napoli coach Rafael Benitez ahead of US Citta di Palermo’s visit to the Stadio San Paolo today as the Serie A club continue to reel from early-season setbacks. Napoli’s hopes of competing in this season’s UEFA Champions League ended with eliminationFULL STORY

Messi returns, but Tevez snubbed by ‘Albiceleste’

Argentina captain Lionel Messi was called up Monday by new coach Gerardo Martino for friendlies against Brazil and Hong Kong, but Juventus striker Carlos Tevez was snubbed again. Messi, 27, returns for the Albiceleste after a groin injury saw him miss out on his former BarcelonaFULL STORY

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