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SPORTS BRIEFS

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BASEBALL

Wang in rehab game

Taiwanese right-hander Wang Chien-ming is scheduled to start his next rehab game for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs today, the Chiefs announced on Sunday, a game that could finally land him back in the Major Leagues. Wang is hoping to secure a roster spot with the Washington Nationals after having been sidelined for the past two years following surgery on his right shoulder in July 2009. His outing against the Buffalo Bisons will be his fifth minor league rehabilitation game and represents the highest level of competition he has faced to date. His first official rehab game was on June 27 with the Class-A Hagerstown Suns, which beat the Lakewood BlueClaws 5-2. He then threw four scoreless innings for the Class A-Advanced Potomac Nationals on July 2 and another 11 scoreless innings in two outings for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators. Wang is currently 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in the minor leagues, according to the Chiefs’ Web site. If Wang performs well in his Triple-A outing, he could return to the big leagues by the end of this month at the earliest.

TCHOUKBALL

Taiwan bags three titles

Taiwan bagged several Tchoukball World Youth Championship titles in Traiskirchen, Austria, on Sunday, taking first place in the 12-year-old boys, 18-year-old boys and 18-year-old girls categories. Tchoukball, an indoor game involving a trampoline-like net, was developed by Swiss biologist Hermann Brandt in the 1970s with the aim of devising a game that would result in few injuries. The biennial tournament saw the inclusion of 24 national teams comprising 263 players from nine countries. In the final round of the 18-year-old girls category, a team from Datung High School in Pingtung County beat Italy to claim the first spot. San Min High School from New Taipei City defeated Italy to claim the 18-year-old boys title, while Fengtien Elementary School from Pingtung County overpowered the United Arab Enirates team to seize the 12-year-old boys’ title. Taiwan is the world’s top--ranking tchoukball country after five teams won the top titles at the Asia-Pacific Tchoukball Championship held in Singapore last year.

POOL

Ko claims Guinness title

Taiwan’s Ko Pin-yi defeated Shane Van Boening of the US 10-4, to claim the Guinness World Series of Pool Championship title in Jakarta on Sunday. The win was Ko’s second title in three years, his last victory coming at the 2009 Philippine Open Pool Championship WPA World Tour 10-Ball Challenge. Ko pocketed US$41,000 for winning the championship, the single largest pay day of his career. In the final against Van Boening, Ko quickly fell behind by two racks, but recovered to tie the match after four frames. He pulled away after that. He was also helped by van Boening’s failure to pocket any balls on his last three breaks in the match.

ICE HOCKEY

Sakic hits hole-in-one

Former NHL All-Star Joe Sakic made a US$1 million hole-in-one during a celebrity golf tournament on Sunday. Canadian Sakic aced the par-three 17th hole at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. The two-time Stanley Cup winner will keep US$500,000, with the other half going to former cyclist Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation. “Burnaby Joe” used an eight iron on the 162nd waterfront hole for his first hole-in-one in his golfing career. Sakic played 20 seasons in the NHL and won a gold medal with Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

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