Stoke City marked their first European tie in 37 years with a 1-0 home victory over Croatia’s Hajduk Split in their Europa League third qualifying round first-leg tie on Thursday.
Jon Walters headed the only goal of the game after three minutes at the Britannia Stadium from a Matthew Etherington cross, but Tony Pulis’ side were unable to add to their advantage with a tough second-leg tie to come.
Fulham, the previous runners-up, drew 0-0 at another Croatian side, RNK Split, with manager Martin Jol saying he was satisfied with the result.
“They had probably as much possession as we had, maybe a bit more, but nil-nil away from home against a good side — I’m not happy, but I’m satisfied,” Jol said. “They had probably three or four good chances, that is the only thing we have to work on. We didn’t do enough with the ball in their half, but we will do better at home. I expect that we will have more initiative — we have to play better to score.”
Atletico Madrid, the winners in 2009-2010, saw off Stromsgodset of Norway 2-1 at the Vicente Calderon, with former Arsenal star Jose-Antonio Reyes scoring both goals just hours after the Spaniards had sold Sergio Aguero to Manchester City for 38 million pesos (US$62 million).
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017
TAIWANESE TO PLAY: Jason Jung faces Frederico Coria in the men’s singles first round today, while in the women’s singles, Hsieh Su-wei is to take on Barbara Haas Novak Djokovic is to renew his love-hate relationship with Roland Garros in the knowledge that it is himself rather than seemingly unsettled 12-time champion Rafael Nadal who could pose the greatest threat to winning a second Paris title and 18th Grand Slam crown. The only man to beat Djokovic this year is Djokovic after the Serb’s hair-trigger temper prompted a sensational disqualification from the US Open. The 33-year-old arrives in the French capital with a 31-1 record this year after his New York brain-fade was followed by a record 36th Masters title in Rome. Djokovic’s 2016 triumph at Roland Garros allowed him to
Taiwan’s Jason Jung was knocked out of the first round of the French Open in straight sets on Sunday, while Andy Murray said it was going to be “difficult” for the former world No. 1 to reach his level of old after he also fell to a lopsided defeat by fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka. Jung fell to a 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3) defeat to Argentina’s Federico Coria in 3 hours, 19 minutes at Roland Garros, despite hitting 55 winners. Jung served for both the first and second sets, then failed to convert two set points at 5-4 in