Matsuzaka injured by fan
Daisuke Matsuzaka has dealt with numerous arm injuries during his career as a pitcher in Major League Baseball and Japan, but none quite like this. The Chunichi Dragons said that Matsuzaka is experiencing pain in his right shoulder after an overzealous fan pulled his throwing arm during a fan event at spring training in Okinawa. Matsuzaka was diagnosed with inflammation in his throwing arm as a result of the incident and the Dragons on Tuesday told him not to throw for the time being.
Sri Lanka slow Proteas early
Vishwa Fernando yesterday took three wickets as underdogs Sri Lanka undermined South Africa’s batting at the start of the first Test in Kingsmead, with the hosts 181-7 at tea. Quinton de Kock was unbeaten on 44 at the interval and held the key to the hosts posting a respectable total after they picked five bowlers, leaving room for only six specialist batsmen. Left-arm opening bowler Fernando took 3-49. He and new-ball partner Suranga Lakmal shocked South Africa in the first 40 minutes. Temba Bavuma and captain Faf du Plessis rode out the early storm and gradually started to change the momentum in a 72-run partnership that was ended in the final over before lunch when Du Plessis was caught down the leg-side for 35. Bavuma looked the most assured of the South Africa batsmen, but was run out for 47 off 68 balls, with seven fours, when a straight drive by De Kock ricocheted off Fernando’s boot into the stumps at the bowler’s end.
Fenerbahce defeat Zenit 1-0
Fenerbahce are to take a 1-0 lead to Zenit Saint Petersburg in the UEFA Europa League last 32 after Islam Slimani scored the only goal of the first leg on Tuesday. Slimani struck in the 21st minute after being set up by Victor Moses, who is on loan at the Istanbul-based club from Premier League side Chelsea. Zenit squandered a chance to equalize before halftime when Robert Mak’s penalty-kick was saved by Harun Tekin. The other round-of-32 games are scheduled for today. The Fenerbahce-Zenit match was played early for security reasons to avoid it clashing with Istanbul rivals Galatasaray hosting SL Benfica.
Opelka, Jung advance in NY
Reilly Opelka on Tuesday ousted French fifth seed Adrian Mannarino, a semi-finalist last year, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in the first round of the New York Open. Opelka upset fellow American John Isner at the Australian Open last month. Isner is the No. 1 seed this week in the indoor tournament on Long Island. Sixth seed Sam Querrey, who beat Mannarino in last year’s semi-finals before losing to Kevin Anderson, beat Lloyd Harris of South Africa 7-6 (7/2), 6-2. Brayden Schnur eased past fellow Canadian Jack Mingjie Lin, a Columbia student who earned a wild card into the tournament, 6-1, 6-3. In other first-round matches at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Taiwan’s Jason Jung beat India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-3, 3-6, 6-1; American Ryan Harrison swept Canada’s Peter Polansky 6-3, 6-4; Christopher Eubanks of the US beat Adrian Menendez-Maceiras of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (7/4); and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain ousted Australian Alexei Popyrin 7-6 (8/6), 6-3.
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