Arsenal win FA WSL Cup
Dutch forward Vivianne Miedema’s first-half goal on Wednesday helped Arsenal Women beat defending champions Manchester City Women 1-0 and clinch a record fifth FA Women’s Super League (WSL) Cup title. Miedema latched on to a deep cross from defender Dominique Janssen on 32 minutes and held off her marker to slot past City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck at Adams Park, Wycombe. Favorites City, holders of the Women’s FA Cup and Women’s Super League One title, went close to restoring parity through forwards Nikita Parris and Jane Ross, but Arsenal held on. “It really is a huge achievement,” Miedema said. “We’ve got a load of respect for them because they’re an amazing team. I’m really happy we managed to beat them today.”
Jones ‘sorry’ over comments
England coach Eddie Jones on Wednesday apologized for offensive comments he made last year about Wales and Ireland. The Australian, speaking at a sponsor’s event in July last year, talked about how disappointed he was by his team’s Six Nations loss to the “scummy Irish” and described Wales as a “shit little place.” “No excuses. I shouldn’t have said what I did,” Jones told the BBC. “I am very sorry for any offense caused.” The English Rugby Football Union said it would apologize to the sport’s ruling bodies in Ireland and Wales and a spokesperson described Jones’ comments as “inappropriate.” England, whose defeat by Ireland last year was their first under Jones, play Ireland at Twickenham tomorrow.
Bayern breeze into last eight
Treble-chasing Bayern Munich on Wednesday eased past Besiktas JK 3-1 to breeze into the Champions League quarter-finals with an 8-1 aggregate win. It was a record 11th straight victory in the competition for coach Jupp Heynckes, who had led Bayern to the title in 2012-2013 before retiring and returning this season. The German side went ahead through Thiago Alcantara in the 18th minute to kill off any lingering hopes of a miracle recovery by the Turkish team after Bayern had crushed them 5-0 in the first leg in Munich. Bayern, who could secure their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title at the weekend, went 2-0 up seconds after the second-half restart when Gokhan Gonul volleyed a Rafinha cross into his own net. Besiktas, who were missing their entire central defense, offered little resistance despite controlling possession.
Two skiers banned for life
South Korean freestyle skiers Choi Jae-woo and Kim Ji-hyon, who competed at last month’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, have been banned for life for allegedly assaulting female teammates, the Korea Ski Association said yesterday. The two are accused of “physically and sexually abusing female athletes” at a competition in Japan this month, an association spokesman said. After an investigation, “we decided to ban Choi and Kim permanently,” the spokesman said. The spokesman said that Choi, 24, and Kim, 23, drank together in their hotel room during the Freestyle Skiing World Cup in Akita. They asked female athletes in the next room to join them and multiple media reports say they assaulted them when the offer was refused.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given
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