Ogre II search called off
The families of two well-known Utah climbers who went missing on an icy mountain peak in Pakistan have called off the search for them. Jonathan Thesenga, a representative for one of the climbers’ sponsors, on Saturday said that the families of Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson made the “extremely difficult decision” based on how much time had passed and the continuously stormy weather. Search team members, as well as expert observers, agreed the chances of finding any sign of the two were extremely slim, said Thesenga, global sports marketing manager for Utah-based Black Diamond Equipment, which was sponsoring Dempster. A rescue effort was launched on Sunday last week near northern Pakistan’s Choktoi Glacier after the men failed to return to base camp on Aug. 26. They were attempting to climb the north face of a peak known as Ogre II.
Chappell leads in Boston
Kevin Chappell did just about everything right on Saturday, even when making his lone bogey, on his way to a seven-under-par 64 that gave him a one-shot lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship and another chance at his first PGA Tour victory. Chappell pitched in for eagle on No. 7 and made a 10.67m birdie putt on the next hole. Even better was the 4.57m bogey putt on the 13th hole, and his great escape from a bad shot when trying to lay up on the par-five 18th. He was at 11-under 131, one shot ahead of PGA champion Jimmy Walker (64) and Paul Casey (66). Dustin Johnson was poised to join Chappell in the lead until an approach into the woods led to a double-bogey on the par-five closing hole.
Honda berates teammates
Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda has berated his younger teammates after their shock loss to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and demanded more effort from them in their next World Cup qualifier against Thailand on Tuesday. A profligate Japan lost 2-1 at home to 74th-ranked UAE in their Group B opener on Thursday and defeat in Bangkok would be another serious setback to their hopes of advancing from a section that includes heavyweights Australia and Saudi Arabia. “A surprising number of players watch and read the news so they know what I say,” Honda, who scored his team’s only goal against the UAE, told Japanese media after training in Bangkok. “I do not think they are going to change straight away, but maybe become aware of the fact that they have to make more of an effort,” he said. “I want to give them the opportunity to change their mindset. I have to pull the team forward when it needs pulling.”
Officers threaten boycott
The Santa Clara Police chief on Saturday vowed to continue providing a safe environment at San Francisco home games after the union representing his officers threatened to boycott policing the stadium if the 49ers do not discipline Colin Kaepernick for criticizing police and refusing to stand during the national anthem. Police chief Michael Sellers said in a statement that he would urge union leadership to put citizens’ safety first. Kaepernick’s “blanket statements disparaging the law enforcement profession are hurtful and do not help bring the country together,” Sellers said. “As distasteful as his actions are, these actions are protected by the [US] Constitution. Police officers are here to protect the rights of every person, even if we disagree with their position.”
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
Coming from the business world, New York Liberty owner Joe Tsai (蔡崇信) did not understand why his WNBA franchise did not have a chief executive officer similar to the team’s NBA counterpart the Brooklyn Nets, which Tsai also owns. For Tsai, it was about equality, so he did something about it. The 56-year-old Taipei-born billionaire businessman and philanthropist promoted Keia Clarke to the position last week — making her the first chief executive officer in the team’s history. The WNBA veteran became the third black woman to currently be in charge of a franchise in the league, joining Los Angeles Sparks president
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
MONEY MATTERS: While COVID-19 played a major role in the decision, the CTBA also found it hard to secure sponsorship, and ticket sales would have been affected The Yonex Taipei Open badminton tournament has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a funding shortfall, the CTBA said yesterday. This was the first time that the tournament, a Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Super 300-level competition, has been canceled since it began in 1980. The Taipei Open has been held annually since 1980. The tournament was to be played at the Taipei Arena from Sept. 1 to Sept. 6, with total prize money of US$500,000. The CTBA said that it was deeply concerned about whether the Taipei Open would proceed as scheduled after the BWF announced changes