Taiwan team take bronze
A Taiwanese team made up of 16-to-18-year-olds trounced the Philippines 10-0 yesterday in the bronze-medal match in the Asian AAA (under-18) Baseball Championship. A strong performance on the mound by Taiwanese starter Li Kang-sheng and reliever Li Yen-chang ushered the team to a victory in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Coach Wang Yi-min said his team, made up mainly of players from Taoyuan County, could have won the championship if they had performed well during extra time at the semi-finals on Wednesday. Wang said staying calm during the excitement of a match is what his team needed to improve on.
Marquez trains for Pacquiao
Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez has started training and promoting his November fight with Manny Pacquiao in Manila. Fans snapped pictures of Marquez jogging in a downtown Manila park only hours after arriving from Los Angeles yesterday. His third matchup with Pacquiao in what has already been an epic series is set for Nov. 12 in Las Vegas. Marquez said he’s preparing mentally and working on his speed and power. The Mexican told reporters he’s friends with Pacquiao outside the ring and “inside the ring he’s a great fighter.” The two are scheduled to hold a joint news conference on Saturday.
Geale retains IBF title
Australian Daniel Geale retained his IBF middleweight crown with a unanimous points decision over American Eromosele Albert over 12 rounds in Hobart, Australia, late on Wednesday. It was 30-year-old Geale’s first successful defense since winning the title from Sebastian Sylvester in a split points decision in Germany in May. The victory improved Geale’s record to 26 wins (15 KOs) with one defeat in 27 bouts, while Albert fell to 24 wins (12 KOs), five defeats and a draw. Geale said he would take some time off before deciding on his next title defense.
De La Hoya hits bottom
Former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya said in Los Angeles he has contemplated suicide and has been going to rehabilitation to treat drug and alcohol dependency. In an interview with Spanish-language network Univision that aired on Tuesday, De La Hoya said he has been sober for three months after hitting rock bottom over the past two years. “Rock bottom was recently,” De La Hoya said, according to an English-language transcript provided by the network. “Within a couple of years, just thinking if my life was even worth it. I don’t have the strength, I don’t have the courage to take my own life, but I was thinking about it.” De La Hoya says he has been sober for three months after undergoing treatment and joining Alcoholics Anonymous. He said he was unfaithful to his wife and that they temporarily separated. “We are obviously not talking a Tiger Woods here, but I was unfaithful,” De La Hoya said. De La Hoya retired in 2009 after a 16-year career in which he won 10 world titles in six divisions and became boxing’s most popular fighter. De La Hoya was thoroughly beaten by Manny Pacquiao in his last fight. “There were drugs, my drug of choice was cocaine and alcohol. Cocaine was recent. The last two years, last two-and-a-half years, and I depended more on the alcohol than the cocaine,” De La Hoya said. “It took me to a place where I felt safe, it took me to a place where I felt as if nobody can say anything to me, it took me to a place where I just can reach out and grab my mom.”
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
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