Lin set for Asian tour
Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday that he is looking forward to an Asian tour upon which he will embark next month. Lin is scheduled to arrive in Taiwan on Aug. 14 for a week-long stay. During his visit, Lin plans to attend various activities and charity events arranged by his sponsors, and will spend his remaining time with local children at a basketball camp. A devout Christian, he also plans to take part in evangelical services. Lin, the first NBA player of Taiwanese descent, has a great following in Taiwan. He will return to Taiwan in October for an NBA exhibition game between the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers, which will be played as part of the NBA Global Games series. The game on Oct. 13 is to be played at the Taipei Arena, with tickets priced between NT$800 and NT$28,000.
Emile Griffith dies aged 75
Former welterweight champion Emile Griffith, best known for the brutal 1962 world title fight that claimed the life of bitter rival Benny Paret, died on Tuesday. He was 75. Griffith, who suffered from dementia, died at a care facility in New York, the International Boxing Hall of Fame confirmed in a statement. Griffith’s infamous rivalry with the Cuban-born Paret ended in a fatal third meeting between the two boxers at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 24, 1962, for the welterweight title. According to a 2005 documentary, Paret had allegedly enraged Griffith prior to the bout by taunting him in Spanish with the homophobic slur maricon (faggot). Griffith, who was married, but later admitted to being bisexual, claimed victory over Paret with a savage 12th-round assault. Paret never regained consciousness and died in hospital 10 days later. Griffith was ambiguous about his sexuality throughout his life and he told Sports Illustrated in 2005 he was bisexual. “I like men and women both ... I don’t know what I am. I love men and women the same, but if you ask me which is better ... I like women,” he said.
NZ team clinch victory
Emirates Team New Zealand defeated Luna Rossa Challenge on Tuesday to clinch the round-robin stage of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the selection series to decide the challenger for the America’s Cup. The New Zealanders completed the 15.43 nautical mile (28.58km) course in San Francisco in 46 minutes, 53 seconds, comfortably ahead of an Italian team that were deemed not to have finished because they were more than five minutes behind. New Zealand’s win ensured they will finish at the top of the standings in the round-robin phase of the challenger series. By winning the round-robin stage New Zealand has the option of advancing directly to the Louis Vuitton Cup Final or picking an opponent for the semi-final round, starting on Aug. 6.
Fans to pick pin position
Golf fans will play a direct role in course setup for the first time in a major at next month’s PGA Championship in Rochester, New York, organizers said on Tuesday. Through the “PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge Hosted by Jack Nicklaus,” fans will be able to choose online one of four designated pin positions at the par-three 15th for the final round. The 181-yard 15th is a downhill hole with a narrow green guarded by water on the right and by two bunkers on the left. Fans will make their selections via the PGA of America Web site until Aug. 10. The final round is scheduled for Aug. 11.