Stars named for Taiwan tour
Major League Baseball named a 19-man squad featuring Miguel Cabrera of Detroit and Skip Schumaker of St Louis for an exhibition tour of Taiwan in November. Both teams are currently battling in their respective league championship series, trying to get into the World Series. Other marquee names on the tour roster include Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees. The major leaguers will play five games from Nov. 1 to 6. Cabrera’s participation will depend on how the Tigers fare in the rest of the post-season. The Cardinals’ Schumaker has been sidelined for the National League championship series with a strained right oblique muscle.
Chen third in Kalahari run
Taiwanese ultramarathon runner Tommy Chen finished third at an extreme marathon in the Kalahari Desert by completing the race in 36 hours and 16 minutes, his spokesperson said late on Friday. According to Nicole Chiang, Chen almost gave up on the sixth day of the 250km, seven-day Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon. He took eight hours to finish the 37km route on that day. “We couldn’t find the route signs while running. The signs could have been carried away by wind or animals in the desert, but many runners couldn’t find their way out,” Chen was quoted as saying. “I wanted to hurry on my way, but I really couldn’t find the checkpoints. I thought if I kept going, I would have died in the desert of dehydration,” he said. Chiang said the organizers later realized something was not right and escorted all disorientated runners back on the right track. The 25-year-old had been running with broken shoes and cracked skin under his feet since day one. He managed to borrow another pair of shoes to complete the race. The marathon, now in its 12th year, started on Oct. 8 with 29 runners. Chen has previously accomplished the 2009 Himalayan 160km Stage Race, the North Pole Marathon last year and the Antarctic 100km ultra race. He has four more races to go before he completes his goal of finishing eight races that span across seven continents within five years.
Horschel in McGladrey lead
Little-known Billy Horschel charged into a two-shot lead in Friday’s second round of the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island in Georgia, while fellow American Webb Simpson stayed on track for his third victory of the year. Former Walker Cup amateur Horschel eagled the par-five 15th on the way to a sizzling six-under-par 64, sinking a three-foot birdie putt at the last to post a 12-under total of 128. In hot pursuit after carding a 67 was Simpson, who has won twice in his last five starts and has a chance to beat British world No. 1 Luke Donald to the PGA tour money title. “I’ve played great this year,” Simpson said after ending a breezy day at the Seaside Course on 10 under, level with fellow American Michael Thompson (65). “Hopefully I can make a little dent in the [money list] gap this week,” he said. Simpson trails Donald by US$68,971 and both of them are scheduled to compete in next week’s season-ending Disney Classic at Lake Buena Vista, Florida. South African Louis Oosthuizen, who romped to a seven-stroke victory in last year’s British Open, fired a 67 to end the second round at eight under, along with Australian Nick O’Hern. The cut fell at one-under 139 with last year’s US Open champion Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland and former major winners Vijay Singh, Stewart Cink, Justin Leonard and David Toms among those failing to advance.
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