Birdman lands in Taipei
Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen was scheduled to arrive in Taiwan on Tuesday for a visit during which he is to share his NBA experience with local players. Today, Andersen is to tell high-school and professional basketball players how his team won the 2012-2013 NBA Championship and encourage young players to pursue their dreams, according to local sports firm Bros Sports Inc. The “Birdman” is also to visit the Pavilion of Dreams at the Taipei Expo Park with children supported by a charity tomorrow.
Pumas skipper out of opener
Argentina captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe is to miss the opening match of the Rugby Championship Test against South Africa in Soweto on Saturday with a calf injury. Leonardo Senatore replaces Lobbe and is one of eight changes from the team beaten 27-6 by the Springboks in Cape Town at the same stage last year. The Rugby Championship was expanded last season to include Argentina, who proved competitive apart from a 54-15 home hiding from world champions New Zealand. Los Pumas prepared for Soweto by defeating the visiting New South Wales Barbarians 29-27 and 58-12 in a two-match series.
Demare seals Eneco stage
French rider Arnaud Demare won the second stage of the Eneco Tour on Tuesday in a sprint finish in Vorst, on the outskirts of the Belgian capital, Brussels. Demare, a former world junior champion riding for the FDJ team, edged ahead of world road race champion Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and the US’ Tyler Farrar at the end of the 176.9km stage from Ardooie. Demare took the overall leader’s jersey from Australia’s Mark Renshaw, who suffered a puncture in the final kilometer and is now 3 seconds behind Demare in the general standings, with Gilbert a further second adrift. Last year’s Tour de France winnner Bradley Wiggins, the star turn in this year’s Eneco Tour, finished well down the field, 1 minute, 22 seconds behind the leaders, and already finds himself lying 147th out of 164 riders, more than five minutes adrift of Demare.
Jacko joins Lennon, Gandhi
How about this for a soccer trio? A team with Michael Jackson playing alongside John Lennon and Mahatma Gandhi. Carlos Adriano, director of soccer for Brazilian Serie B side Atletico Goianiense, told reporters the club has signed a forward known as Michael Jackson — real name Carlos Adriano de Sousa Cruz. Like many Brazilian players, he goes by a nickname rather than his family name, or given name. Jackson could play with team members including John Lennon — full name John Lennon Silva Santos — and Mahatma Gandhi, whose full name is Mahatma Gandhi Heber Pio. Jackson has played with Brazilian clubs Palmeiras and Fluminense, and had a stint playing in China
Natalia hit with doping ban
Brazil’s sports tribunal has suspended national team player Natalia for 60 days for failing a doping test. Natalia allegedly tested positive for high levels of the banned substance prednisolone during a national league match in March. The substance is usually found in asthma medicine. The Brazil outside hitter had been initially cleared last month but the tribunal found her guilty on appeal on Tuesday, saying there were irregularities in the first trial. “I know that I’ve done nothing wrong,” Natalia said.
Kamaru Usman put on a Fight Island masterclass yesterday to retain his UFC welterweight world title by grinding down a brave Jorge Masvidal in Abu Dhabi. “I’m at the top of the mountain and everyone’s looking at me,” said the 33-year-old Usman after scoring a unanimous points decision 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46 on the three judges’ cards. The Nigerian-American Usman (17-1) looked the fresher fighter, with Masvidal (35-14) having taken the UFC251 headline bout at just six days’ notice when Brazil’s Gilbert Burns (19-3) tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to travel. The Las Vegas-based UFC pulled off a power-packed schedule with
MONKEYS ALSO WIN: The Rakuten Monkeys kept the Brothers from the first-half title as they dominated the Uni-President Lions, scoring four in the fourth The CTBC Brothers still need another win to clinch the first-half CPBL title, despite thrashing the hapless Fubon Guardians 17-0 yesterday, after the Rakuten Monkeys beat the Uni-President Lions 9-2. Fans of CTBC Brothers were hoping to celebrate the first-half title, with a crowd of more than 10,000 packed into the Taichung Intercontinental Stadium for their home game against the Guardians. The figure was an attendance record for this year, when baseball and most other major sports events worldwide have been played in empty venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Entering the game, CTBC had pushed their magic number down to 2, meaning
Thailand international Pitsamai Sornsai, a new arrival for Inter Taoyuan, is to lead her team against Taipei Bravo tomorrow in the 10th round of the Taiwan Mulan Football League. Sornsai, who is nicknamed Pui, has attracted interest from media and fans as the first foreigner signed to play in Taiwan’s women’s league. Inter are among six teams battling for the title this year. The addition of Sornsai is a boost for the international profile of women’s soccer in Taiwan and elevates the competition. The 31-year-old brings a wealth of experience, including from the Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Championship, the Southeast Asian Games and
Preparing to complete a ninth Serie A campaign without winning the scudetto, AC Milan decided that returning to the pinnacle of club soccer required a new approach. Roc Nation, the entertainment agency of US rapper Jay-Z is at the center of it, linking up with Milan to scour the world for sponsors, and use concerts and other high-profile events to attract new fans. And who better to ask about how to end a title drought than the team who just won their league for the first time in 30 years? “We have been talking to Liverpool, because they’ve been through the same path