Fri, Jul 15, 2011 - Page 19 News List

SPORTS BRIEFS

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BASKETBALL

Under-19s go to Chile

The Chinese Taipei women’s basketball team left for Chile yesterday to compete in the FIBA U19 World Championship, where they will challenge their first opponent, Slovakia, on Thursday next week. The Under-19 World Championships for women will be held in Chile from July 21 to July 31. Taiwan are in Group D in the preliminary round along with Brazil, Slovakia and Spain. The Taiwanese team face Slovakia on July 21, Spain on July 22 and Brazil on July 23.

BASEBALL

Wang Chien-ming delayed

Washington Nationals pitcher Wang Chien-ming’s fourth minor league rehabilitation start on Wednesday was postponed because of rainy weather in Woodbridge, Virginia. The right-hander from Taiwan was scheduled to start for the Single-A Potomac Nationals against the Kinston Indians as part of his recovery from surgery on his right shoulder in July 2009. He was to make his fourth rehab outing yesterday for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators, MASN Sports reported.

SOCCER

Liverpool close on Downing

Liverpool moved closer to signing England winger Stewart Downing from Aston Villa after the two Premier League clubs agreed a fee late on Wednesday. Former Middlesbrough favorite Downing, 26, has been a long-term target for the Reds and talks can now begin with the player. Villa had rejected bids of £12 million (US$19.3 million) and £15 million from Liverpool and manager Alex McLeish said he wanted Downing to stay in the Midlands. However, Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner said on Wednesday: “I can confirm that we have reached an agreement with Liverpool following an improved offer received earlier today [Wednesday] and the submission of a formal transfer request by Stewart Downing.” Villa have already lost one winger in Ashley Young, signed by Premier League champions Manchester United, and could find themselves on the lookout for another if Downing moves to Anfield. Liverpool’s latest offer, which has not been disclosed by either club, for Downing is understood to be worth £20 million.

CRICKET

Ireland computers stolen

Officials at Cricket Ireland are offering a shirt signed by their World Cup squad as a reward to anyone who can help them recover three stolen laptop computers and two hard drives. The equipment, which belonged to assistant coach and video analyst Pete Johnston, went missing after Ireland’s match against Namibia at the Stormont ground in Belfast last week. It contains what Johnston said was “irreplaceable” match footage and tactical information intended to help Ireland, who suffered a shock defeat by Scotland in Edinburgh on Tuesday, prepare for future fixtures.

MOTOR RACING

Red Bull to re-sign Webber

Australian Mark Webber will re-sign for Formula One champions Red Bull, team owner Dietrich Mateschitz was quoted as saying on Wednesday. The Austrian energy drink billionaire told autosport.com that there were no doubts about the 34-year-old despite the driver ignoring team orders at last weekend’s British Grand Prix. “Mark Webber will re-sign with us,” Mateschitz said. “This will happen for sure. He is very popular within the team, he feels very comfortable and it is an excellent relationship. He knows this and we know it.”

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