Rookie Taylor wins Jackson
Nick Taylor fired eight birdies in a six-under-par 66 on Sunday to capture his first PGA Tour title, winning by two strokes at the Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi. The Canadian’s 16-under-par total of 272 gave him a two-shot victory over Americans Boo Weekley and Jason Bohn. Weekley also closed with a 66, while Bohn closed out the US$4 million Sanderson Farms Championship with a 69 for 274. “It’s pretty surreal,” Taylor said of erasing a four-stroke overnight deficit to capture his first Tour title. John Rollins, who started with a two-shot lead, settled for a one-over-par 73 to head a group on 275 alongside Justin Thomas, who posted a 67, and Peter Uihlein, who rocketed up the leaderboard with a seven-under 65.
Kramer error lifts Dortmund
Christoph Kramer’s incredible own-goal from almost halfway gifted Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 win at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach to break a five-match losing streak and lift them off the bottom on Sunday. It was Dortmund’s first Bundesliga win in eight matches — their worst-ever start to a season — and took them out of the bottom three. “It’s been such a long time without a win that I can hardly find the words,” Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said. “Christoph Kramer unwittingly took his place in our little story, but he’s an exceptional player and this goal will be just a side note in his life.” However, the win failed to mask another poor display of finishing from Dortmund. They again failed to transfer their stunning UEFA Champions League goal-scoring form, where they have netted 13 in four games to reach the last 16, to domestic action. They failed to convert any of their 22 shots on goal, while restricting Moenchengladbach to just a single chance, before Kramer’s decisive error.
Mallon triumphs at Seagate
The US’ Meg Mallon won the Walgreens Charity Championship at rainy Seagate on Sunday for her first LPGA Legends Tour title, beating Juli Inkster by a stroke. The 51-year-old Mallon closed with an even-par-72 for a three-under 141 total in Florida. “It was not my best golf today, but I hung in there and, fortunately, nobody went low,” the 18-time LPGA Tour winner said. “That last putt was actually a big knee-knocker that snuck into the left side. I was about one roll away from being in a playoff.” Inkster finished with a 71. “It’s always fun to compete, but you want to win. I just messed up on the greens,” the American said. Michele Redman (68), Rosie Jones (70), Liselotte Neumann (71) and Danielle Ammaccapane (73) tied for third at one-under.
De Bruyne dazzles again
Former Chelsea winger Kevin de Bruyne produced another top-class performance in VfL Wolfsburg’s 2-0 win over strugglers Hamburg SV to trim Bayern Munich’s lead to four points from seven at the top of the Bundesliga. The 23-year-old Belgium international provided superb passes for veteran striker Ivica Olic and attacking midfielder Aaron Hunt to score either side of halftime as die Wolfe earned their eighth straight win in all competitions. De Bruyne also created two goals in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League win at home to Russsia’s Krasnodar and last week’s 4-0 league win at VfB Stuttgart. The Belgian has provided assists for nine league goals this season since joining Wolfsburg from Stamford Bridge after a season on loan at Werder Bremen. Werder’s 2-0 win at home to VfB Stuttgart lifted them up to 16th, while the visitors finish the weekend bottom of the table.
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