Argentina bids for Cup
Argentina, the top-ranked Latin American rugby nation, has launched a bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2027. The office of Argentine President Mauricio Macri issued a statement late on Monday saying he had announced the bid to World Rugby executives, who were in Buenos Aires for the Pumas’ Rugby Championship match against New Zealand on Saturday. Argentina lost to the All Blacks 36-17. Argentina is the first nation to launch a bid to host the 11th edition of the tournament. Japan is to stage the event in 2019, while the 2023 edition has yet to be assigned.
Di Matteo backs Villa
Roberto Di Matteo said it is just a matter of time before Aston Villa begin reaping the rewards of his rebuilding efforts, though the Italian will not be around to take credit for any improvement after he was sacked by the club on Monday. Di Matteo took over in June after the club were relegated from the Premier League last season, but lasted only 124 days in the job, managing one win in 11 Championship matches. “I am deeply disappointed to be leaving Aston Villa so soon,” Di Matteo told the League Managers Association in a statement. “My coaching staff and I have worked tirelessly to rebuild the squad and I fully expect the players we have brought in to start delivering results in the weeks and months to come.” Di Matteo’s side also lost in the first round of the League Cup to fourth-tier Luton Town in August. “I have seen enough over the opening games of the season to suggest that the team we have built will start converting draws into wins and climb the table towards the play-off places,” he said. Assistant coach Steve Clarke will take charge as caretaker manager during the search for a new boss.
Broad seeks Cup return
Fast bowler Stuart Broad has fallen out of contention for a regular starting place in England’s one-day international side, but the Test stalwart is “desperate” to represent his country at the 2019 World Cup on home soil. Broad, who climbed to the top of the Test bowlers rankings earlier this year, was part of the England side who made an embarrassing group-stage exit at World Cup last year and has barely featured since. England have prospered in white-ball cricket after making sweeping changes to their tactics and personnel in the wake of the disastrous showing in Australia and New Zealand, but Broad has only played in two matches during that rebuilding period. England and Wales are hosting the 2017 Champions Trophy and the World Cup two year after that, and the 30-year-old Broad is determined to do everything necessary to fight his way back into the side. “I’m desperate, as I think every England cricketer would be, to play at the 2019 World Cup in England,” Broad, who has taken 178 wickets in 121 ODIs, told Sky Sports. “It is a long way away, but it will creep up. The tricky part of playing a lot of Test cricket — I’ve played 48 on the bounce now — is you don’t actually get a lot of time to play white-ball cricket, so it’s quite hard to keep up with the standard in a game that moves forward so quickly.” Since last appearing in those two ODIs in South Africa in February.
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
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
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