Dacin Tiger reserve forward Kao Cheng-kan (高正侃) made the most of the 16 minutes he played in Saturday's contest against Bank of Taiwan by scoring 14 points as the Tigers cruised to an easy 75-54 win. \nThe 21-year-old graduate of the National Taiwan University of Arts matched his previous points total for the season in just one game with a brilliant effort, making a strong case to coach Liu Chia-fa (劉嘉發) for more playing time in the future. \nAs for the rest of the Tiger lineup, it was a typical night where team leader Tien Lei (田壘) got his usual double-double (18 points and 16 rebounds) and the defense held the opposition to less than 40 percent shooting from the floor. \nShying away from its "tough-guy" style of play, Bank of Taiwan lost its dominance with a 16-point rebounding deficit (34 to 50), something it had not seen since the early days of the season. \nYulon 71, Jeoutai 85 \nKicking off the Lunar New Year with a bang, the Jeoutai Elephants beat the previously undefeated Yulong Dinos with 85-71 in Saturday night's prime time matchup. \nIt took the Elephants a perfect game to accomplish what many had considered impossible as they took control of the game early on and sustained the intensity for the entire contest. In addition to converting an unbelievable 26 of the 52 two-pointers taken, the Elephants also held an edge over the Dinos in the rebounding and turnover department. \nYang Yu-ming (楊玉明) followed his stellar performance in Friday night's All Star Game with another fine effort, leading the Elephants with 28 points. \nThe shooting wiz cut several of the Dinos' comeback rallies short by draining key baskets to preserve the lead for his team. \nSina 81, Taiwan Beer 80 \nIn the most exciting game of the weekend by far, the Lions overcame first-half deficits as large as 12 points to beat the Beer men by one point in Game 1 on Sunday afternoon. The victory kept the Lions' eight-game winning streak intact and narrowed the Dinos' (11-1) lead over the Lions (8-3) to just two-and-a-half games. \nVeteran center Huang Chuen-hsiung (黃春雄) led the way for the Lions with 24 points, none more critical than the two from the free-throw line which helped put the Lions up by four in the closing seconds of the game. The four-point lead that made it a two-possession game for Taiwan Beer turned out to be the difference because Lin "the Monster" Chih-jeh's (林志傑) three-pointer at the final buzzer would have forced a tie. \nThe defeat left the Beer men in a difficult position as they struggle to keep their postseason hopes alive. \nBank of Taiwan 62, BCC 81 \nStriking early and often, the BCC Mars concluded the weekend with an easy win over the Bank of Taiwan, with eleven different Mars players taking the floor. \nThe Mars took a 22-12 lead after the first period and extended it to 42-23 at the half, as they took advantage of a Bank of Taiwan squad that was missing two of its top five players [Chu Yung-hung (朱永弘) and Luo Da-wei (駱大偉)] due to injury. \nCoupled with Saturday's 54-point effort, Bank of Taiwan hit an all-time low for least points scored in back-to-back games, a distinction it would rather forget. \nDisgusted with his team's lack of spirit and desire to win, coach Wei Chen-ming (韋陳明) skipped the post-game press conference and later insisted on a new weekly practice routine that he hopes will change his team's losing ways.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given