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Taiwan sweeps tournament

Taiwan won five of the six gold medals that were up for grabs at the Asia Pacific Tchoukball Championships in Singapore from Friday to Sunday, the leader of the squad said yesterday. The wins put Taiwan ahead of Switzerland as the world’s top ranked Tchoukball team in terms of accumulated score, according to Huang Chin-cheng, president of the International Tchoukball Federation, which is based in Kaohsiung County. Except for the boys’ under-12 category in which Taiwan did not compete, it won in all the other groups — men’s, women’s, boys’ under-18, girls’ under-18, and girls’ under-12. Huang said Taiwan gave an outstanding performance at the championships because of the endurance of its athletes, the devotion of its coaches and the fact that tchoukball has been played as sport in the country for 30 years. Tchoukball is an indoor sport that combines elements of volleyball and squash.


Vick fails to show up

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick missed his own celebrity golf tournament this weekend after probation authorities restricted his travel, a Vick spokeswoman said. Judy Smith said Vick’s travel has been at the discretion of his probation officer since he was released from federal prison after serving a sentence for his role in a dogfighting ring. The travel limits come after a Virginia prosecutor said that while Vick wasn’t involved in a shooting outside a restaurant after his 30th birthday party in Virginia Beach, the player was in a confrontation before the incident.


Netherlands victorious

The Netherlands swept to a second consecutive victory at the women’s Champions Trophy field hockey tournament in Nottingham, England, on Sunday, beating host nation England 3-0, while Germany drew 2-2 with Argentina. China beat New Zealand 3-1 in the day’s other match in the round robin stage of the six-nation competition at Nottingham Highfields Sports Centre. The Dutch team, which opened with a 3-1 win over New Zealand on Saturday, took the lead in the 23rd minute through Ellen Hoog. It went 2-0 up before halftime, with a close-range finish by Kelly Jonker after a rapid counter-attack following a penalty corner for England. Eva de Goede scored a late third goal. Germany led 1-0 at halftime in its match following a strike by Natascha Keller, but goals from Mariana Rossi and Noel Barrionuevo put Argentina in front. Captain Tina Bachmann leveled for the Germans with a penalty corner. Day two of the tournament ended with Fu Baorong scoring twice for China, either side of a strike by Song Qingling. Charlotte Harrison bundled home a late consolation goal for New Zealand.


Old-time announcer dies

Bob Sheppard, the New York Yankees’ public address announcer who welcomed fans to Yankee Stadium for more than 50 years, died on Sunday at the age of 99. “I am deeply saddened by the death today of Bob Sheppard, a good friend and fine man, whose voice set the gold standard for America’s sports announcers,” Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said in a statement. “For over a half century, fans were thrilled to hear his unforgettable voice and players were thrilled to hear his majestic enunciation of their names.”

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