Wolves beat league leaders
The Taipei Wolves downed the league’s top team at the Taipei Arena on Saturday, with two goals from Adrian Nolan and a monster blast from Cullen Revel helping the Wolves over the Taipei Rhinos 4-3. Later the Hsinchu Raptors’ brothers Andy and Eric Shen racked up a combined 8 points to give their team an 8-6 win over the Sababa Bears. On Sunday the Taichung Lions clinched a playoff spot by beating the Taipei Tigers 4-3, with the winning goal coming from Xiao Guo with four minutes left in the game. Later the Rhinos avenged their loss the night before by edging the Bears 4-3, leaving the Bears pointless for the weekend.
Gerrard appeals to UEFA
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard on Sunday appealed to UEFA to make sure the club do not have to play on the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. The club has asked European soccer’s governing body not to schedule its Champions League quarter-final, second leg for April 15. The date will mark 20 years since 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, which was hosting the club’s FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest. Gerrard, who lost a cousin at Hillsborough, wrote on the club’s Web site: “We hope that UEFA show some common sense.”
Gascoigne talks about rehab
England soccer legend Paul Gascoigne said his heart stopped three times while he was in rehab for drink addiction last year, in an interview broadcast yesterday. Rumors that he had died were closer to the truth than most people realized, he said, telling Sky News television: “My heart failed on us a few times.” Gascoigne also spoke candidly about his attack on his ex-wife Cheryl, saying: “If you are sitting in a restaurant and somebody calls your mum a whore, which she did, and for no reason, I don’t like that — and yes, I got hold of her arms and I did put my head against her head. I didn’t headbutt her but I threw her to the floor, and I was disgusted with myself for what I did.”
Lee takes revenge on Lin
Malaysian world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei took his long awaited revenge over world and Olympic Champion Lin Dan with a 21-16, 21-16 victory in the final of the Swiss Open Super Series in Basel, Switzerland, on Sunday. It was their 15th head-to-head in individual events, as opposed to team competitions, but lifted Lee only to 4-11 after a frustrating 18-month spell against his big rival. The women’s title went to China’s rising force Wang Yihan.
Austrian clinches Cup title
Gregor Schlierenzauer won a ski flying meet in Vikersund, Norway, on Sunday and clinched the overall World Cup ski jumping title. The Austrian took a big lead by soaring 207.5m in the opening round. The other jumpers were not even close to the 200m mark. In the second round, Schlierenzauer hit 192m for a total of 386.4 points. Schlierenzauer failed to win an individual gold medal at last month’s Nordic World Ski Championships in the Czech Republic. Simon Ammann of Switzerland, the 2006 world champion and a former Olympic gold medalist, finished second with 379.7 points after jumps of 191 and 202.5m. With two events left, Schlierenzauer leads the overall standings with 1,938 points. Ammann is second with 1,676 points. Defending overall champion Thomas Morgenstern of Austria wound up 23rd and is sixth in the overall standings.
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
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
TAIWANESE TO PLAY: Jason Jung faces Frederico Coria in the men’s singles first round today, while in the women’s singles, Hsieh Su-wei is to take on Barbara Haas Novak Djokovic is to renew his love-hate relationship with Roland Garros in the knowledge that it is himself rather than seemingly unsettled 12-time champion Rafael Nadal who could pose the greatest threat to winning a second Paris title and 18th Grand Slam crown. The only man to beat Djokovic this year is Djokovic after the Serb’s hair-trigger temper prompted a sensational disqualification from the US Open. The 33-year-old arrives in the French capital with a 31-1 record this year after his New York brain-fade was followed by a record 36th Masters title in Rome. Djokovic’s 2016 triumph at Roland Garros allowed him to