Chen debuts for Shenzhen
Chen Po-liang, Taiwan national team captain, the first Taiwanese to join a China League team, made his debut for Shenzhen Ruby on Saturday. Shenzhen won 1-0 at Beijing Baxi in their season opener. Chen’s performance was below his true potential and he was substituted in the 67th minute. His two shining moments in the game were when he made a remarkable pass to set up the striker for a one-on-one with the Beijing goalkeeper in the first half and at the beginning of the second half when he missed a clear chance, firing over the bar from inside the penalty area. Chen Ao-wei, a 19-year-old who played for Taipei Physical Education last year, the other Taiwanese to join the China League, was left out of the Beijing Baxi squad and he watched the game from the stands. Liu Fu-tsai, CTFA vice president, attended the game, wearing a Beijing Baxi hat and scarf. He did not arrange to meet with Chen Po-liang during his visit.
Mechelen fall at Waregem
Taiwan international Xavier Chen’s KV Mechelen lost 2-0 away at SV Zulte Waregem on Sunday to remain in ninth place in the Belgian Jupiler League as the hosts pulled away from the relegation places. Jens Naessens opened the scoring for Waregem in the 19th minute at the Regenboogstadion and Brian Hamalainen doubled their lead with seven minutes remaining. Defender Davy De Fauw was man of the match for the hosts. Chen played the full 90 minutes.
Muamba still in hospital
Bolton Wanderers’ Fabrice Muamba remained in “critical condition” as he continued his fight for life on Sunday. Muamba was rushed to a hospital after collapsing toward the end of the first half of an FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. It was later confirmed the 23-year-old had suffered a cardiac arrest.
Berbatov to leave squad
Manchester United’s Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov will leave the club at the end of this season to play elsewhere in Europe, agent Emil Danchev said on Sunday. “I had three meetings with [Manchester United manager] Alex Ferguson. We accept that he is trying to build a new team, change the playing style, introduce more speed,” Danchev told Bulgarian Canal 3 television. He said Manchester United would not oppose Berbatov’s move in the summer even if they chose to extend his contract by an extra year. Berbatov joined Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008.
Lokomotiv sorry for banana
A Russian soccer club has expressed its disappointment over an “idiotic” banana-throwing incident with its Congolese-born defender. Chris Samba had a banana thrown at him from the stands after his club Anzhi Makhachkala lost to Lokomotiv in Moscow late on Sunday. Samba tossed the banana back. Anzhi called on Lokomotiv security services yesterday to identify and punish the individual who threw the banana. Samba said in a statement that the incident was “an act of a stupid person.” Racism is common among some Russian fans, which include ultranationalists and neo-Nazis. Last year, Anzhi’s Roberto Carlos had bananas thrown at him twice. In 2010, Lokomotiv Moscow fans unfurled a banner showing a banana.
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