Taiwan wins Masters medal
Hsu Yung-chung of Taiwan placed third in the 70-74 age group men’s 300m hurdles at the biennial World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon, France, on Tuesday. Hsu, 73, and Dietmar Steiner of Austria both finished in a time of 50.67 seconds behind the winner, Hans-Jurgen Fruhauf of Germany, but Steiner had a better record in the qualifying rounds and was judged second, while Hsu was awarded third place. In an interview after the event, Hsu said he had learned about the championships in 2013 and been training for the event for only 18 months. At the Asia Championships last year, Hsu won a gold medal in the 400m dash and a silver medal in the 300m hurdles. More than 8,000 athletes are competing in age categories ranging from 35 to 95 at this year’s event, which runs through Sunday.
Cotto to defend crown
Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto is to defend his WBC middleweight crown in a 12-round world title fight against former two-time world champion Canelo Alvarez on Nov. 21 in Las Vegas. The 34-year-old Cotto, who is the first boxer from Puerto Rico to become world champion in four weight divisions, has 40 wins, four losses and 33 knockouts. Mexico’s Alvarez, 25, has won 32 of his 47 bouts by knockout and has just one defeat. “I have always said during my whole career that I am here to fight the best names and the best fighters,” Cotto said on Thursday. “This fight has something more,” Alvarez said. “It will hold a special place in history as part of the big rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico.”
‘Men In Black’ make advert
New Zealand’s All Blacks have teamed up with former rugby rivals in a Men In Black-themed safety video produced for national carrier Air New Zealand. The video, shown on all the company’s domestic and international flights, features coach Steven Hansen, players Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Israel Dagg, along with former Wallabies winger David Campese and former England captain Martin Johnson. US actor Rip Torn, who appeared with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as the chief of the shadowy Men in Black agency in the franchise’s three movies, appears in that role.
Leicester fines Vardy
Leicester has fined striker Jamie Vardy after he was filmed apparently calling a Japanese man a “Jap” in a casino. Footage published by the Sun newspaper appeared to show Vardy using the derogatory word for a Japanese person three times to a fellow gambler in a Leicester casino last month. Vardy has issued an apology and Leicester says it has now handed him a “substantial fine and prescribed a program of diversity awareness training.”
British kit criticized
Olympic long-jump champion Greg Rutherford has criticized the lack of a British flag on the team’s world championships kit. Rutherford posted a picture of the vest on Twitter and said: “Well this isn’t right ... Where’s the Union Jack!?!?” The vest is emblazoned with the words “Great Britain” and also features the logos for British Athletics and Nike on a large white “V” section at the top. There are small red sections on the sides of the vest, which is mostly blue. Although the colors of the Union Jack feature, the flag itself is absent. Rutherford tweeted: “This new kit is ridiculous ... and wrong.” He added: “This isn’t a British kit anymore. It’s promoting British Athletics the company.”
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there
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
HOTSHOT: Luis Suarez scored his 194th goal for Barca, tying him with Ladislao Kubala as the club’s third-highest scorer, behind Cesar Rodriguez and Lionel Messi With another decisive penalty from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid on Sunday extended their perfect run after the COVID-19 suspension and moved closer to their first Spanish title in three years. Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to maintain a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat fifth-placed Villarreal 4-1. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were among the scorers for Barcelona after assists from Lionel Messi. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty to give Madrid their seventh straight victory and they remain the only team with a perfect record since La Liga resumed. “These three points are very