Chou advances to quarters
Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen yesterday advanced to the final eight of the men’s singles at the China Open in Changzhou after defeating Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand in straight sets in just 27 minutes. Chou took a 15-14 lead in the first set and scored six consecutive points to finish the set 21-14. He then took a commanding 6-0 lead at the beginning of the second set and went on to win 21-11. Chou last month defeated Wangchareoen at the Asian Games in Indonesia. In the women’s singles on Wednesday, world No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan was upset by unseeded Gao Fangjie of China, who won 21-17, 21-16. In other competitions, Taiwanese Lee Yang and Lee Jhe-huei crashed out in the men’s doubles, as did Hsu Ya-ching and Wu Ti-jung in the women’s doubles.
Red Sox banner returned
The Boston Red Sox have not clinched this year’s American League East division championship, but a banner marking the accomplishment has already been accidentally unveiled. Boston-area friends Louie Iacuzzi, James Amaral and Randy Baldasarri said they found the banner on a road on Monday morning after it apparently fell off a delivery truck in Somerville, Massachusetts. However, the trio held onto the banner for two days, hoping they would be rewarded with game tickets or a chance to meet their favorite players. Instead, the men took the banner to Fenway Park on Wednesday afternoon and went home empty-handed, the Boston Globe reported. Iacuzzi said he always intended to return the banner and rejected accusations that he stole it.
Ravens fined US$200,000
The NFL on Wednesday fined the Baltimore Ravens US$200,000 for pre-season breaches of the league’s coach-to-player communications policy. The Ravens were fined because several players wore helmets with coach-to-player communications while on the field at the same time, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said. “The Ravens’ equipment staff misunderstood that this league rule applied in the preseason. Ravens coaches were unaware that multiple players had communication devices in their helmets while on the field at the same time,” Baltimore said on Twitter. In June, an undisclosed infraction forced the team to forfeit two organized team activities and owner Steve Bisciotti and coach John Harbaugh were fined US$100,000 and US$50,000 respectively.
Sampdoria, Fiorentina draw
UC Sampdoria and ACF Fiorentina on Wednesday both missed out on taking second in the Serie A table, as Gianluca Caprari secured a 1-1 draw for the hosts in a match delayed due to a bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy. The match was originally scheduled for the opening weekend of the season, but was pushed back after the incident, which killed 43 people on Aug. 14. The two teams went into the game with two wins from three matches and hoping to cut the gap to early leaders and reigning champions Juventus, who have won all four of their games. Giovanni Simeone headed the visitors into a 13th-minute lead in Genoa, but Caprari picked out the top corner on the hour mark to level. Sampdoria are fourth in the early table, ahead of Fiorentina on goal difference, two points adrift of SPAL and SSC Napoli.
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