Takayuki Shimizu drove in a pair of runs Sunday to lead the Yomiuri Giants to a 6-1 victory over the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome. \nShimizu gave the Giants a 5-0 lead with a single up the middle as Yomiuri erupted for five runs in the second inning to take an early 6-0 lead. Yomiuri rookie Hiroshi Kisanuki went the distance and improved to 5-3 as the Giants snapped a three-game losing skid. Despite the victory, the Giants failed to gain ground on the league-leading Hanshin Tigers, who defeated the Yokohama BayStars 6-2. \nIn an earlier game, George Arias belted a three-run homer in the fourth at Yokohama Stadium and Shinjiro Hiyama added a solo shot in the eighth as the front-running Tigers defeated Yokohama 6-2. With the victory, Hanshin won their 50th game of the season and their 16th straight over the last-place BayStars. The Tigers opened up a commanding 12-1/2-game lead over the Dragons in the Central League standings. \nIn Hiroshima, Noriyuki Shiroishi drove in the winning run with a single in the top of the 10th inning to lift the Yakult Swallows to a 10-9 win over the Hiroshima Carp. \nCanadian Todd Betts hit a two-run homer and Katsuyuki Dobashi added a solo shot as the Swallows rallied for five runs in the top of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. \nIn the Pacific League, Takashi Tachikawa drove in the winning run in the first inning as the Lotte Marines edged the Orix BlueWave 3-2 to hand the struggling Pacific League team their 23rd straight Sunday loss. Orix scored two runs in the top of the first at Chiba Marine Stadium. \nKazuya Fukuura and Jose Fernandez had back-to-back RBI hits before Tachikawa gave the home team the lead for good with a single to left off Orix starter Hiroshi Kobayashi. \nIn Tokyo, Tetsuya Matoyama and Daisuke Masuda both connected for homers to power the Kintetsu Buffaloes to a 2-1 victory over the Nippon Ham Fighters.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017