Chuang edged by Mizutani
World No. 9 Chuang Chih-yuan of Taiwan fell just short of the title at an invitational men’s table tennis tournament in Greater Kaohsiung on Sunday, losing 4-0 to Japan’s Jun Mizutani in the event’s title match. Mizutani won US$40,000 in prize money and Chuang won US$20,000 in the US$105,000 tournament held in the K-Arena. Mizutani only managed to beat the 32-year-old Chuang 4-3 in a match on Saturday, but the Taiwanese player unable to muster as much resistance in the final. Chuang had earned a shot at the title by beating Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany 4-1 in the semi-finals earlier in the day.
Lewandowski pledges best
Robert Lewandowski attempted to reassure Borussia Dortmund fans on Sunday that he is fully committed to their Bundesliga ambitions, despite having already agreed to move to bitter rivals Bayern Munich at the end of the season. The Polish international took to social media to tell supporters that he will “give everything to BVB [Dortmund]... I want to address you directly. I have six months left here during which we all have the objective of achieving together.” The 25-year-old is the joint top-scorer in the Bundesliga this season with 11 goals. “Even if some of you do not agree with my decision, I hope to have your support. I will give everything for BVB,” he said. Lewandowski had a deal with the club only until June. “We have known for a long time that Robert will be playing for another club in the summer. The confirmation of the transfer changes nothing,” Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said.
Clippers’ Paul out injured
All-Star point guard Chris Paul will be sidelined for up to six weeks because of a separated right shoulder, but will not require surgery, the Los Angeles Clippers said on Sunday. The Clippers announced the prognosis after Paul, 28, had a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam earlier in the day and was re-evaluated by team doctors. Paul incurred the injury during the third quarter of the Clippers’ 119-112 win against the Mavericks in Dallas, Texas, on Friday when he tripped over guard Monta Ellis. He has since been diagnosed with a joint separation and “will be out up to six weeks,” the Clippers said in a statement. Paul, a six-time All-Star, has appeared in 34 games for the high-flying Clippers this season, averaging 19.6 points, a league-high 11.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds.
Shiffrin rebounds in Bormio
Mikaela Shiffrin recovered her winning ways in Bormio, Italy, on Sunday to boost the US women’s team, as doubts over Lindsey Vonn’s fitness for next month’s Winter Olympics intensified. The slalom world champion beat in-form Swede Maria Pietilae-Holmner and France’s Nastasja Noens to emerge as the US women’s team’s best chance of a gold medal in Sochi, Russia. Asked if she would be the only female US contender at the Games, Shiffrin said: “I’m sure the speed team will return to form in January, but at the same time, we all race for ourselves.” Shiffrin was 12th in Courchevel, France, and second to Marlies Schild in Lienz, Austria, after clinching the season’s inaugural FIS World Cup slalom in Finland in November last year. At the finish area in Bormio, US Ski Team coaches Patrick Riml and Alex Hoedelmoser said defending Olympic downhill champion Vonn might not be seen back in action before the Games. “Her knee is very swollen and it’s impossible for her to consider skiing for now,” Hoedlmoser said.