Taiwan wins to forfeit
Asia-Pacific Zone champions Taiwan on Friday grabbed their first victory at the Bronco World Series, after the Dominican Republic, champions of the Caribbean Zone, forfeited by failing to show up for the game. With the victory, the team from Kaohsiung took the first step in defending their 2016 Bronco title. Although the Dominican Republic did not show up, the Taiwanese players, all 11 and 12 years old, still took fielding drills and posed with fans for photographs before leaving the field. Taiwan head coach Yen Meng-chan said that although his players might not be as tall or strong as US players, he always tells them they can beat anyone. Yen, who was also head coach in 2016, added that the team has some good pitchers this year, who have been training since they were in fourth grade. Taiwan yesterday was to play North Zone champion Chicago at the Los Alamitos Youth Baseball complex.
US thrashes Taiwan 7-0
Alison Aguilar and Delaney Spaulding yesterday drove in three runs each as the US beat Taiwan 7-0 to improve to 2-0 in Group A at the Women’s Softball World Championship, a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Aguilar hit a bases-loaded double in a five-run second inning, when Spaulding doubled in a pair of runs. Spaulding completed the scoring with a two-run homer in the fourth and the game was called after five innings on the tournament’s mercy rule. The winner of the tournament is to be awarded an Olympic berth. Also in Group A, Puerto Rico beat South Africa 9-0. In Group B games, Australia edged Italy 3-2 and China shut out Britain 1-0. Japan, who beat the US to win the gold medal in Beijing, thrashed Botswana 20-0 in three innings on Friday to improve to 2-0 in Group B.
FIFA incumbent loses
England’s reigning FIFA eWorld Cup champion Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing on Friday failed to make the final four after losing to Malta’s Kurt “Kurt0411” Fenech. Yesterday’s Xbox One semi-final was to see Fenech take on Saudi Arabia’s Group B winner Mosaad “Msdossary” Aldossary. Manchester City’s Danish gamer Marcus “Marcuzo” Joergensen was to play Belgian Stefano “StefanoPinna” Pinna in the PlayStation 4 semi. The winner of the cross-console grand final at London’s 02 Arena is to take home US$250,000, an invitation to the Best FIFA Football awards next month and a gleaming trophy. “I’m expecting everything when I get back; red carpet, I can even run for president,” Fenech joked. None of the nations represented in the eWorld Cup semi-finals have ever won the real World Cup, although Belgium finished third in Russia last month.
Trump lashes back at James
US President Donald Trump sniped back at LeBron James on Friday, days after the player and philanthropist accused him of fueling racial divides. “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, [CNN presenter] Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do,” Trump said on Twitter. In an interview with CNN that aired on Friday, James said: “He’s kind of used sport to ... divide us and that’s something I can’t relate to, because I know that sport was the first time I ever was around someone white. You know?” James also told CNN that he would “never sit across” from Trump, whom he accuses of emboldening racists. “I think [racism’s] always been there, but I think the president in charge now has given people — they don’t care now, they throw it to your face,” he said.
‘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
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on
The Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens, with the fewest wins of any NHL playoff teams, ignited the rink returning from a COVID-19 hiatus with upset triumphs in Saturday openers. NHL Rookie of the Year candidate Dominik Kubalik inspired the Blackhawks to a 6-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in game one of their best-of-five qualifying series at Edmonton, Alberta, scoring two goals and assisting on three others. “We were ready to go, and I think the game was pretty good,” Kubalik said. “I felt pretty good and everything went my way, so it’s nice, but it’s just the first game,