Moreno beats Urina
Anselmo Moreno scored a unanimous decision over William Urina on Saturday in Panama City to defend his WBA bantamweight title for the 11th time. The three judges scored the match 116-112, 118-110 and 118-110 for the Panamanian fighter. “This is the result of hard work in the gym and the hard work of my trainers,” Moreno said. “Urina is a heavy-hitting opponent, but tonight in the ring my physical condition was better.” Moreno received a cut on the right cheek that caused him to bleed after the seventh round, but the 28-year-old landed better shots and avoided most of Urina’s punches. “It’s hard to fight Moreno, even more so at home,” Urina said. Moreno improved 34-2-1. Urina fell to 24-3. Urina launched one of his few successful attacks in the ninth round, connecting with a left hook to the face, but the 27-year-old Colombian could not follow up with significant additional punches.
Discus thrower injured
Discus thrower Natalia Semenova of Ukraine was injured in qualifying on Saturday at the world championships in Moscow in a freak accident. Semenova was sitting on the bench in the infield when Zaneta Glanc of Poland spread her arms and imitated a throwing motion while holding the disc in her hand and hit Semenova on the nose. Semenova’s coach said the athlete’s nose may have been broken, but there was no immediate word from the Ukrainian team on the severity of the injury. She made one throw of 55.79m, but failed to reach yesterday’s final.
Chiefs offer Williams deal
The New Zealand Rugby Union says it has made an offer to code-swapping star Sonny Bill Williams to return to the Super 15 champion Waikato Chiefs next year. New Zealand media reports that the union has offered Williams a three-year deal that would see him return to rugby union next season and extend his 19-test All Blacks career. Chief executive Steve Tew confirmed the union had made the offer, saying: “The dialogue has been positive, but we don’t have any ink on paper.” Williams switched from rugby league to rugby union in 2008 and became an All Black in 2010. He returned to rugby league earlier this year, playing for the Sydney Roosters.
Crotty in All Blacks
Canterbury Crusaders center Ryan Crotty was rushed into the All Blacks squad yesterday as injury cover less than a week from their opening Rugby Championship game against Australia in Sydney. The uncapped Crotty will cover for Francis Saili, who suffered an ankle strain during an All Blacks’ practice match in Wellington on Friday and is out of action for at least a week, the New Zealand Rugby Union said in a statement. The 22-year-old Saili was one of three players selected to train with the All Blacks, but were outside the Rugby Championship traveling squad. Crotty will fill the same role in training this week. However, the statement was unclear whether he would also travel to Sydney given other injuries within the squad, particularly to Ma’a Nonu, who is also nursing an ankle problem. Crotty was called into the squad ahead of Rene Ranger, who made himself unavailable for the All Blacks ahead of his departure for France, but said he could play in an emergency.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017
TAIWANESE TO PLAY: Jason Jung faces Frederico Coria in the men’s singles first round today, while in the women’s singles, Hsieh Su-wei is to take on Barbara Haas Novak Djokovic is to renew his love-hate relationship with Roland Garros in the knowledge that it is himself rather than seemingly unsettled 12-time champion Rafael Nadal who could pose the greatest threat to winning a second Paris title and 18th Grand Slam crown. The only man to beat Djokovic this year is Djokovic after the Serb’s hair-trigger temper prompted a sensational disqualification from the US Open. The 33-year-old arrives in the French capital with a 31-1 record this year after his New York brain-fade was followed by a record 36th Masters title in Rome. Djokovic’s 2016 triumph at Roland Garros allowed him to
Taiwan’s Jason Jung was knocked out of the first round of the French Open in straight sets on Sunday, while Andy Murray said it was going to be “difficult” for the former world No. 1 to reach his level of old after he also fell to a lopsided defeat by fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka. Jung fell to a 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3) defeat to Argentina’s Federico Coria in 3 hours, 19 minutes at Roland Garros, despite hitting 55 winners. Jung served for both the first and second sets, then failed to convert two set points at 5-4 in