Yankees sign China deal
The Yankees became the first Major League Baseball (MLB) club to enter into a sponsorship deal with a company from China, announcing an agreement on Monday with that nation's largest dairy company, the Yili Group, to advertise at Yankee Stadium and in Yankees Magazine. Earlier this year, the Yankees and the Chinese Baseball Association entered into a working agreement. On July 6, the Yankees will introduce left-handed pitcher Liu Kai and catcher Zhang Zhenwang, who became the first Chinese players to sign with an MLB organization.
Fan killed in brawl
A soccer fan was killed and several others were injured during a clash between rival fans in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, an emergency services official said on Monday. "A male of age 41 has been killed. He came in with severe head injuries ... Unfortunately he died," Alberto Crescenti, general director of SAME, the medical emergency services, told local radio. The brawl flared up when the referee awarded a penalty against home team Chicago, which was losing 1-2 against visiting El Tigre. Local TV broadcast images of the rival fans storming the field and throwing objects at each other.
Local youth excel
Young athletes from Taiwan won a total of six gold, four silver and four bronze medals at the just-concluded 41st International Children's Games (ICG) held in Reykjavik, Iceland, Taipei city government officials said on Monday. The 17-member team took park in four events -- judo, badminton, golf and swimming, the officials said, adding that the number of medals won by the team was five more than last year's figure. A total of 964 young athletes, mostly junior and senior high school students, from 64 cities in 33 countries took part in the ICG. According to city officials, China tried unsuccessfully to bar the Taiwanese students from wearing the Republic of China national flag to receive their trophies during the medal-presentation ceremonies.
Interleague attendance up
Major League Baseball interleague games averaged 34,905 fans per game this season, a 15 percent increase from games between teams in the same league. A record 8.8 million fans attended the 252 dates of interleague play, 200,000 more than last year, the commissioner's office said on Monday. Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki has this year's top interleague batting average at .486, and the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez and Cincinnati Reds' Ken Griffey tied in home runs with eight apiece. Detroit's Justin Verlander and Oakland's Dan Haren tied for the best pitching record at 4-0, and Philadelphia's Adam Eaton had the best ERA at 1.40.
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Jockey kicks horse
A jockey who kicked his horse in the stomach before a race was suspended for 30 days and fined US$1,000 by Philadelphia Park officials. Victor Molina's punishment was announced by his agent on Monday, three days after the rider's disciplinary hearing for kicking two-year-old colt Yes Yes Ohyes. Molina's agent, David Yannuzzy, said he was considering an appeal because the decision was too severe. Yannuzzy blamed the officials for overreacting because Molina's kick was televised, prompting fans who saw the act to call the track and complain.
DRIVING AMBITION: ‘I was excited by playing at the Olympics ... Who knows what’s going to happen? Hopefully, I could have a chance to win a medal,’ Tiffany Chan said After just three tournaments this year, a chance of Olympic glory postponed and two weeks alone in quarantine, golfer Tiffany Chan could be forgiven for feeling sorry for herself. Instead, Hong Kong’s first LPGA Tour player is sporting a broad grin and taking the positives from the game’s COVID-19 shutdown, determined to establish herself in the fiercely competitive world of women’s golf. The talented 26-year-old kept herself fit physically and mentally during the lockdown, and is happy to be back on the fairways since the easing of coronavirus restrictions last month. “When I came back to Hong Kong [in March], I actually did
Eleven-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown, who is hoping to become Britain’s youngest Olympian next year, fractured her skull and broke bones in her left hand after falling from a ramp during a training session in California. Brown posted a video of the accident on Instagram, but reassured supporters that she was fine. “I don’t usually post my falls or talk about them ... but this was my worst fall. I just want everyone to know that it’s OK — don’t worry, I’m OK,” she said. “I’m going to push boundaries for girls with my skating and surfing. I’m going for gold in 2021
It is the land of the world champions, but is it really a soccer country? That is the question that some in France have been asking this week while its European neighbors work to bring the sport back after the COVID-19 shutdown. Debate has raged ever since Ligue 1 decided in late April to bring a premature end to the season with 10 rounds of matches unplayed. By contrast, two weeks have passed since the Bundesliga restarted, while Italian Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora on Thursday confirmed that Serie A would return on June 20, and La Liga and the English Premier
A feel-good campaign allowing fans to have cardboard cutouts of themselves at Australian rugby league games has been hijacked by pranksters, with a notorious serial killer among those making an appearance — while one TV show edited an image of Adolf Hitler into the crowd. The NRL launched “Fan In The Stand” to coincide with the sport’s return at the weekend after its season was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporters are barred from stadiums under strict health protocols, but can pay A$22 (US$15) to have their photograph printed on a life-size cutout and placed in the stands of