Taiwan U10s beat All Stars
The Taiwan U10s need one more win to qualify for today’s final at the Mega 5’s tournament in Hong Kong after a 4-3 win over Taiwan’s All Stars side yesterday in the Squirts division. They are to face the Sunshine Dragon Fire’s A team today, with the final to be played tonight. The All Stars had a 2-0 loss to Sunshine A on Wednesday. “[We] came out flat with heavy legs,” All Stars coach Cullen Revel said of the Wednesday loss by e-mail. “[We] controlled the play for most of the game, but just couldn’t generate any positive offensive attacks while having a couple defensive lapses that cost [us] a couple goals.” The U10 side are to play Sunshine A today with a win securing them a spot in the final later tonight. The All Stars are to play the HK Selects today. A win will give them a chance at playing in the final depending on goal difference. Other results for Taiwanese teams saw the U12 side lose 7-0 to the HK Typhoons on Wednesday. Early yesterday morning Taipei’s Silver Monsters downed the HKAIH team 3-0 in the Bantam division and later yesterday the Taiwan U12 side beat the Thunderbirds 3-2. The U12s were to play the Feiyang Eagles at press time.
SANZAR searching for team
Super Rugby organizer SANZAR said yesterday that it has begun a global search for an 18th team after this week’s decision to expand the competition from 2016. The unions of South Africa, New Zealand and Australia on Thursday announced they were backing a new four-conference, two-group model that is to include three new clubs from South Africa, Argentina and possibly Asia or the US. The Port Elizabeth-based Southern Kings will be one of new teams from South Africa. Organizers are looking to the addition of an 18th team to take its competition to new markets with interest already received from the US, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan. “Our strong preference is for the 18th team to come from Asia, as we believe this will attract significant commercial opportunities for us in the future,” Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver said.
NBA moves on Sterling
NBA owners took their first concrete step on Thursday toward removing Donald Sterling from their ranks after the disgraced real-estate tycoon’s racist remarks. Hours after the league’s advisory/finance committee held a meeting to discuss NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s recommendation that Sterling be forced to sell the team, reports surfaced that the 80-year-old Sterling is battling cancer. ESPN.com said on Thursday that unnamed sources had confirmed Sterling’s illness, first reported by the New York Post. A move to force Sterling to sell would require the approval of three-quarters of the other 29 NBA owners, and Silver said on Tuesday he was confident of gaining the necessary votes.
Haas wins first match
Tommy Haas made light of his 36 years to open the defense of his Munich Open title with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Colombia’s Alejandro Falla on Thursday. Haas, the second seed and ranked 16 in the world, took his career dominance over the South American to 5-1 with a 74-minute win in his first match since a fourth-round exit to Roger Federer at Indian Wells in March. He had been sidelined in recent weeks with a right shoulder injury. Top seed Fabio Fognini of Italy also made the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 win over German wild card Dustin Brown.