Chen’s Mechelen go in first
Taiwan international Javier Chen’s KV Mechelen went atop the Belgian Jupiler League on Saturday night after a 2-1 victory at OH Leuven, despite being reduced to 10 men at the end of the first half. Alessandro Cordaro opened the scoring for the visitors after eight minutes, but a foul in the penalty area by Kenny van Hoevelen in the 43rd minute gave Leuven a penalty, which Jordan Remacle converted, and saw van Hoevelen given his marching orders. Despite being a man down, Julien Gorius gave Mechelen the lead in the 51st minute and the visitors held on to take home the three points. Mechelen top the table with nine points.
Taiwan scrape by in U16
A Taiwanese baseball team in the International Baseball Federation’s U16 Baseball World Championship avoided elimination by grabbing their first win in the tournament, beating Brazil 7-6 in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico, on Saturday. Starting pitcher Tu Chia-ming had a solid performance, allowing only five hits and one run over seven innings. Taiwan had a 4-1 lead by the bottom of the seventh, but relievers Huang Yi-hsin and Wang Tse-chun gave up five runs. Taiwan’s lineup earned the close win in the bottom of the ninth thanks to an uncaught third strike, opponent errors, walks and a hit in the final inning.
Taiwan destroy Aruba
Yang Chin-hao went 4 for 4 with three runs as Taiwan’s Greater Kaohsiung avoided elimination at the Little League World Series with a 20-3 rout of Oranjestad, Aruba, on Saturday. Taiwan pounded out 19 hits. Yang singled to load the bases before scoring on Hsu Chi-ling’s first-inning double. The 12-year-old Yang added a two-RBI double in the second, before making a leaping stab of Albert Pop’s line drive to save an extra-base hit in the third. The game ended after four innings because of the league’s 10-run rule.
Taiwan lose title at JLBWS
Taiwan failed to defend their championship title at the Junior League Baseball World Series (JLBWS), losing to the US 2-1 in the final in Taylor, Michigan, on Saturday. The team from Shing-Ming Junior High School in Taoyuan earned a spot in the championship after setting an unbeaten record in the international pool to compete against the winner of the US pool — the Palma Ceia team from Florida. Taiwan starter Lin Chen-fei went the distance, striking out six while allowing only four hits. Teammate Ou Chin had a two-out RBI double in the fourth inning to drive in the team’s only run. The US’ Patrick Kiszla hit a two-run homer in the second inning. He also pitched the final two innings in relief, retiring all six batters he faced.
Taiwan edged at Pony WS
Taiwan lost by a run to Laredo, Texas, in the final of the Pony League World Series in Washington, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, in what would have been their seventh win since 1993. The South Zone champs defeated Taiwan 10-9 with a series of home runs and hits from the fourth inning onward. The team of 13 and 14-year-olds from New Taipei City led the game 5-1 in the third inning. Although they managed to score another four runs in the sixth and seventh innings, the team could not hold on. Despite the team’s loss, rightfielder Tsai Chen-yu was named the top runner with the most stolen bases in this year’s tournament, while third baseman Wang Ku-fan was named best batter, smacking six hits in the championship game.
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on