Australia won gold in women's basketball at the World University Games yesterday, beating Russia 85-65 in the final. After losing its opening game to Brazil, Australia won five in a row to take the title.
"We played our best game of the tournament when it mattered," Australia coach Carrie Graf said. "We proved that we were typical of an Aussie team. We played great defense and were relentlessly persistent."
Sam Richards, a member of the Australian Olympic team, scored a game-high 26 points to go with eight rebounds, four steals and three assists. Guard Jess Foley added 21 points and point guard Nat Hurst 15.
Taiwan beat the US women's team 71-62 to take fifth place. Tsai Pei-chen led Taiwan with 16 while Danielle Burgin had 18 for the Americans, represented by the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
The US men's basketball team, represented by the University of Northern Iowa, beat Israel 63-57 to finish in ninth place. Lithuania plays Serbia in the men's gold medal game today.
Unbeaten Canada scored five runs in its last at-bat -- the bottom of the seventh inning -- to beat Taiwan 5-4 in the softball gold medal final.
Taiwan, which beat Japan 7-0 earlier yesterday to advance to the final, went ahead 3-0 after the first inning and led 4-0 before Canada staged its late rally.
Less than five months after Chinese divers won nine of 10 gold medals at the world championships in Melbourne, Australia, the country is doing similar in Bangkok.
Yesterday, 2004 Athens Olympic gold medalist Lao Lishi won the women's 10-meter platform and Peng Bo and Luo Yutong finished one-two in the men's 3-meter springboard.
That followed up Zhang Xinhua's win Thursday in the men's 1-meter event.
Peng and Zhang combined later yesterday to win the men's synchronized 3m springboard, giving China its fourth diving gold of the Games.
The dive wins helped China, host of the Beijing Olympics in less than a year, move past Russia and into first place in the gold medal race.
China, which has 30 golds, is expected to add to its total when four more dive events are contested on the final day today.
Danielle McVeigh of Ireland won the women's golf gold, shooting a 4-over 76 yesterday in the final round to finish the tournament at 4-over 292.
Diana Cantu of Mexico finished four strokes back to win the silver, closing with a 71 Friday, while Hiroko Ayada of Japan took the bronze, shooting a 73 yesterday and finishing another stroke back overall.
Mexico won gold in the tight women's team competition, finishing with a 601 aggregate total, one better than Ireland.
The US took the bronze, another stroke back. American Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana had a closing 71, Mary Ellen Jacobs 75 and Selanee Henderson 85.
Montenegro beat Italy 11-8 to win the men's water polo gold medal, while Hungary edged Spain 9-8 to take bronze.
Elsewhere today, Canada plays Turkey for the men's volleyball gold -- Italy takes on the US for bronze -- ahead of the closing ceremonies of the 24th summer edition of the University Games.
‘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
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
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen