Taiwanese win bronzes
Taiwanese badminton players won two bronze medals at the Summer Universiade on Wednesday in Kazan, Russia, while rising star Tai Tzu-ying reached the gold medal round. Chen Hung-ling and Wang Pei-rong reached the mixed doubles semi-finals before losing to a Chinese pair, earning a bronze medal along with a Russian duo. In addition, Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan beat Goh Soon Huat of Malaysia in the quarter-finals of the men’s singles, but was defeated by Gao Huan of China in the semis, giving him a bronze medal. In the women’s singles, Tai beat Fabienne Deprez of Germany in the quarter-finals and then defeated Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand in the semis to reach the gold medal round.
Pakistan great has cancer op
Pakistan great Hanif Mohammad has had an operation for liver cancer, a family friend said on Wednesday. The 78-year-old underwent an operation in London on Tuesday that saw his right liver lobe and gall bladder removed. The operation was deemed a success, with surgeon Robert Hutchins saying: “It [the cancer] has been diagnosed at an early stage and it has not spread anywhere else.” The first star of Pakistan cricket following the country’s creation after the partition of India in 1947. Mohammad played the longest innings in Test history — a 970-minute, 337 against the West Indies at Bridgetown in 1958. He followed that a year later with what was then the record first-class score of 499, for Karachi against Bahawalpur in Karachi — a mark that stood for 35 years.
Doping may ‘help’ bid
The spate of doping cases in Turkey should help, rather than harm, Istanbul’s bid for the 2020 Olympics, the head of the country’s national Olympic committee said on Wednesday. “The increase in the number of doping cases ... shows that Turkey is fighting doping, and in my opinion, will affect the Olympic bid positively, not negatively,” Ugur Erdener said. The International Association of Amateur Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on Tuesday it “intensified” its drug-testing program in Turkey amid reports of dozens of positive cases in the country. Istanbul is competing against Madrid and Tokyo, with the International Olympic Committee vote to be held on Sep. 7. Turkish Athletics Federation president Mehmet Terzi acknowledged “that there regretfully has been an enormous number of tests with positive results recently” but that “the IAAF is satisfied of our fight against doping.” According to Terzi, “94 percent of these samples were taken in or out of competition tests locally, not at any international events.” Terzi agreed with Erdener that the chances of a successful Istanbul bid are enhanced “when a federation fights against doping and catches own athletes and penalizes them.”
Carpenter set for return
Chris Carpenter is set to make his first minor league rehabilitation start next week, an outing that once seemed in doubt for the former St Louis ace. Carpenter pitched a three-inning simulated game on Wednesday. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Carpenter will start on Monday for Double-A Springfield. “The timing and stuff to make consistent quality pitches down in the strike zone still has a little ways to go, but my stuff was there and I felt good and that’s key so I was excited about it,” Carpenter said. Nerve issues have sidelined the 38-year-old right-hander since before the start of spring training, and it seemed his career might be in jeopardy.