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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
As they celebrated Naomi Osaka’s victory in the final of the US Open in New York City’s Flushing Meadows on Saturday, Tokyoites were eager to embrace their heroines’ stand against racial injustice. Osaka, who won her third Grand Slam title with a victory over Victoria Azarenka, has used her platform to support the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, wearing a mask bearing the name of a different African American before each of her seven matches in the championship. She had donned masks bearing the names of Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd and Philando Castile. On Saturday, she walked
KEY GOAL: Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei is now free to focus on taking her fourth doubles title of the year with Barbora Strycova; they are due to face Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei on Monday returned to the court for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the WTA Tour, falling to a 6-3, 6-1 defeat to US Open quarter-finalist Elise Mertens, who made a solid transition from the hard courts in New York to the clay at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. “I’m not sure how well I adapted, to be honest,” Mertens told the WTA Web site. “I just feel like I might still be struggling a little. It was also [Hsieh’s] first match of the week, so that was a bit of an
THOROUGH THRASHING: Hualien City beat Taichung Blue Whale 2-1, ending their three-year winning streak with one round of matches left and eight points to spare Hualien City on Saturday clinched this year’s Taiwan Mulan Football League title with one game to spare, by beating Taichung Blue Whale 2-1 at Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City. Hualien City have scored 38 points this season. Blue Whale are second on the scoreboard with 30 points, while Taipei Bravo are third with 23 points. One final round of matches is to be played on Saturday. It is the fourth league trophy for Hualien City, and ends Blue Whale’s three-year winning streak. Hualien had won the title from 2014 to 2016. Both teams defended well, leaving few chances in front
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7