Taiwan defeat Netherlands
Taiwan continued to gain momentum at the International Baseball Federation’s Under-16 Baseball World Championship, soundly defeating the Netherlands 7-2 on Friday in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico. The win extended Taiwan’s record to 3-2, keeping them alive for at top-four finish. However, Taiwan’s hopes of making it to the finals were dashed when Cuba and the US secured their spots with wins on Friday. Taiwan jumped out to an early lead, scoring a run in the bottom of the first, but the Netherlands answered in the second to level the game at 1-1. In the fourth, Taiwan broke the tie with an RBI single by Peng Ming-yu, before a wild pitch allowed Wang Tse-chun to score from third. Taiwan added two more in the sixth and one run each in the seventh and eighth to pad their lead. Starter Chang Yu-cheng pitched a stellar game, striking out 15 and scattering nine hits over eight innings of work.
Chan labors into US Open
Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan earned a spot in the US Open women’s singles main draw after pulling out a three-set win in the final round of women’s singles qualifiers in New York on Friday. The 13th-seeded Chan beat Regina Kulikova of Russia 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 after a three-hour, 14-minute marathon to secure a place in the main draw, where she will face 24th seed Nadia Petrova of Russia. “It was tough, but I was real happy,” Chan said in a Facebook post after the match. Chan said she was exhausted, but hoped she would be better the following day. Two other Taiwanese tried to qualify for the main events but failed. Chang Kai-chen fell to Naomi Broady of Great Britain 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in the second round of the women’s singles qualifiers, and Yang Tsung-hua lost in the second round of the men’s qualifiers to Conor Niland of Ireland in straight sets. Singles players have to win three consecutive matches in the qualifiers to earn a slot in the main draw. The only Taiwanese player to earn direct entry into a US Open singles draw this year was Lu Yen-hsun in the men’s singles. In the opening round, he will face 11th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, who has defeated Roger Federer twice in the past two months.
QPR sign Joey Barton
Midfielder Joey Barton has become Queens Park Rangers’ first signing since their takeover by Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes, the Premier League club said on Friday. Barton, who was released by Newcastle United in the close-season, signed a four-year deal with the west London outfit, who were promoted to the top flight as second tier champions last season. “It’s been quite a whirlwind, so to get things finally sorted and draw a line under it all is a great relief,” Barton said on the club Web site.
Crittenton a murder suspect
Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a 22-year-old woman in Atlanta, police said on Friday. Crittenton, who was once suspended by the NBA in connection with guns in a locker room, is wanted in connection with the death of Jullian Jones on Aug. 19 in Atlanta. A police spokesman said a murder warrant has been issued for the arrest of Crittenton, while the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper reported that Crittenton is believed to be in the Los Angeles area. Crittenton last played for the Wizards in the 2009-2010 season, but was involved in a locker room altercation with Gilbert Arenas involving guns.