Siegemund defeats Flipkens
Laura Siegemund of Germany on Thursday defeated Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the Luxembourg Open. Siegemund only qualified for the main draw as a “lucky loser” in qualifying, and advanced to the second round when top seed Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland pulled out injured during their first-round encounter late on Wednesday. In a quarter-final yesterday, Siegemund was scheduled to play another Swiss, Stefanie Voegele, who defeated Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany 6-3, 7-6 (7/4). Seventh-seeded Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic beat Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-2, 7-5.
Hearn shares Shriners lead
Canada’s David Hearn and the US’ Michael Thompson and Mark Hubbard on Thursday each fired seven-under-par 64 to share the lead in the darkness-halted first round of the Shriners Hospital for Children Open. The US’ Tyler Aldridge, level with the leaders at seven-under through 16 holes, was among 13 players unable to complete the opening round due to darkness and was scheduled to finish round one yesterday. Like the others clustered atop the leaderboard, he was seeking his first PGA title at TPC at Summerlin. Hubbard, trying to become the first alternate entrant to win a PGA event since 2013, made back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15 and a 30-foot birdie at the par-five 16th before a bogey at 17 dropped him into only a share of the lead. “I’m just happy to get in this week,” Hubbard said. “My game has been good. I’ve been waiting for the scores to match. It’s perfect conditions. Greens are soft and pins aren’t too tough.”
Champagne files for election
Jerome Champagne said he has filed papers to enter the FIFA presidential election. Champagne, who previously served as FIFA director of international relations, told reporters: “I sent my application letter and eight nomination letters to FIFA on Monday night.” The former French diplomat’s manifesto plans to modernize how FIFA is run, cut European places at FIFA and the World Cup, as well as trial use of video review to help referees. Champagne did not get nominated for the previous election, won in May by his ally, Sepp Blatter. He now joins Michel Platini, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein and David Nakhid in meeting Monday’s deadline to enter the Feb. 26 poll. More contenders are expected. Platini, who helped force Champagne’s FIFA exit in 2010, is unlikely to be accepted as a candidate.
Oceania body rejects appeal
The Oceania Football Confederation has rejected New Zealand’s appeal against disqualification from the region’s Olympic qualifying tournament for using an ineligible player. New Zealand’s under-23 team was ejected from the tournament in Papua New Guinea in July after its semi-final opponents, Vanuatu, protested that South African-born defender Deklan Wynne did not meet FIFA eligibility regulations. Vanuatu was awarded New Zealand’s place in the tournament final, which it lost to Fiji, who are to represent Oceania at the Olympics in Rio de Janiero next year. Wynne, 20, was declared ineligible for New Zealand because he did not meet FIFA’s requirement of having lived in an adoptive nation for five years. He moved to New Zealand with his family at the age of 14 and does not become eligible for New Zealand until 2018.
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen
Max Verstappen informed his Red Bull team that he would not be driving “like a grandma” in Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday — and he was as good as his word. The Dutch 22-year-old seized his opportunity at Silverstone, ending dominant Mercedes’ run of four successive wins this season and moving up to second place overall, 30 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen’s confidence shone through early on, after slotting into third place behind the two Mercedes, when he was told by race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase to take care of his tires. “Mate, this is the only chance of being
FULL GAME: Henry Sosa pitched nine innings for the Guardians, allowing only six hits all night, while the Monkeys’ offense were also shut out of their game Outfielder Lin An-ko carried a big bat this week — before his Uni-President Lions ran into the Fubon Guardians last night — blasting four home runs, including a grand slam as his side won four games in a row and moved into second on the CPBL table. However, the Lions could not sustain their super-charged offense for the whole week, as they were shut out 4-0 by the Guardians in New Taipei City. Fubon’s rookie catcher, Jhang Jin-de, took a page from Lin’s playbook. With two men on, Jhang smacked a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Henry Sosa of the Dominican Republic