Saving its best for last, Team A for Taiwan humbled the visiting South Koreans by an 81-74 margin in the final game of this year’s Jones Cup at the Taipei County Sinjhuang Gymnasium on Sunday.
The win over the all-stars from South Korea’s KBL not only restored the faith of hoop fans who had questioned the national team’s work ethic and its desire to win, but also earned the hosts a respectable fourth-place finish in the annual mid-summer basketball classic.
Chang Chih-fong (Dacin Tigers) followed his performance against Kazakhstan on Friday with a game-high 21 points in the tournament finale, while Saturday night’s hero against a heavily favored Iran squad, Tseng Wen-ding (Yulon Luxgens), chipped in 17 on the night.
Also contributing was Taiwan Beer forward Lin “the Beast” Chih-jeh, who nailed several clutch shots from the field and played great defense down the stretch to help his team pull off the minor upset win.
TAIWAN TEAM B 97 JAPAN 91
Team B for Taiwan topped Japan with a valiant second half to pocket a 97-91 win earlier on Sunday, earning it a surprising seventh-place finish with a 2-6 record.
The local boys took advantage of a shorthanded Japanese crew who dressed only eight and played all five of their starters for the entire game because three other players had been sidelined by stomach flu.
‘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