Ji Dong-won joins Augsburg
Sunderland’s South Korean international striker Ji Dong-won has joined German Bundesliga side Augsburg on a season-long loan, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday. “Sunderland striker Ji Dong-Won has completed a loan move to FC Augsburg. The South Korean international, who joined the Black Cats in the summer of 2011 from K-League side Chunnam Dragons, will remain with the German Bundesliga side until the end of the season,” a statement on the Sunderland Web site read. Ji made 21 appearances for Sunderland last season and scored two goals, including a famous late winner against eventual champions Manchester City in January last year, but he has failed to establish himself this season.
‘CMJ’ dies at age 67
Respected English cricket journalist and commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins has died of cancer at the age of 67, his former colleagues announced on Tuesday. Popularly known as “CMJ” in Great Britain, Martin-Jenkins was one of the voices of Test Match Special on BBC Radio and previously worked for the Daily Telegraph and the Times. “Desperately sad to tell you that CMJ died peacefully this morning,” his friend and colleague Jonathan Agnew said on Twitter. Martin-Jenkins also served as the president of Marylebone Cricket Club in 2010 and 2011. Martin-Jenkins was diagnosed with terminal cancer in January last year and released his memoir, entitled CMJ: A Cricketing Life, the following April. Former England all-rounder and current broadcaster Ian Botham tweeted: “Very sad to hear of the death of the ‘Major’ ... Christopher Martin Jenkins. Our thoughts are with the family. A true Gentleman!!”
Taylor claims world title
Britain’s Phil Taylor overcame a spirited Michael van Gerwen to claim his 16th world darts title at Alexandra Palace in London, England, on Tuesday. Taylor had to fight back from 2-0 and 4-2 down in the final against the young Dutchman before eventually running out a 7-4 victory. The 52-year-old Taylor, who had said after his semi-final victory over Raymond van Barneveld that he was feeling fatigued, appeared to get stronger the longer the match against the 23-year-old Van Gerwen went on. Taylor, who last won the title in 2010, said he was “chuffed” at the success, but was unsure as to how many more years he would remain in the top level of the game. “I really don’t know how much longer I can keep doing this,” Taylor said in a televised interview. “I’ll be 53 years old next year when coming back to defend this title.”
O’Connell out with injury
Ireland lock Paul O’Connell is to miss the Six Nations championship after a back operation on Monday, but hopes to return in early April in time for the British and Irish Lions’ tour of Australia starting in June. O’Connell, who captained the Lions during their last tour in South Africa four years ago, has played only two games for his provincial side Munster this season and last started for Ireland during last year’s Six Nations. The 33-year-old lock underwent surgery on his back for the second time on Monday and said the operation had gone well. Tommy Bowe has also been ruled out of the Six Nations championship, which Ireland begin in Wales on Feb. 2, because of a knee injury. However, the Ulster wing should also return in April in time for possible inclusion in Lions’ coach Warren Gatland’s squad for Australia.
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