Taiwan makes U-18 final
Taiwan on Friday secured a spot in the final of the U-18 Baseball World Cup in Busan, South Korea, after the US edged the hosts in earlier in the day. Taiwan are second in the standings with three wins and one loss, behind the US with 4-1. Taiwan and Canada were to play the last game of the super round yesterday, while Taiwan are to play the US in the final today.
Women picked to officiate
The NHL for the first time selected four female officials to work on the ice at prospect tournaments this weekend. Katie Guay and Kelly Cooke were selected as referees, while Kirsten Welsh and Kendall Hanley are to work on the line, the league announced on Friday. It is to be the first time women have officiated at the pre-training camp prospects tournament level. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman previously said he envisions a woman officiating at the league level, without providing a timeline. Guay is the most experienced of the four, having refereed women’s games last year at the Winter Olympics.
Chester Williams dead at 49
Chester Williams, the left winger in South Africa’s side that won the 1995 World Cup, died on Friday, aged 49, a relative said. It is believed that Williams had a heart attack in Cape Town, where he lived and worked as a rugby coach. Williams was the only black player in the World Cup-winning side that defeated New Zealand 15-12 after extra time at Ellis Park. Williams died less than two months after the death of James Small, the other winger on the team. “The news of Chester’s passing is devastating and hard to believe, as he was still young and seemingly in good health,” South Africa Rugby president Mark Alexander said. “Chester was a true pioneer in South African rugby and his performances at the World Cup in 1995 will forever be etched in the hearts and minds of our rugby public.”
Man defeats elevator
It might not match the feeling of winning a world championship, but Polish climber Marcin Dzienski’s feat of racing and defeating an elevator up 23m will certainly have given him a lift. The 2016 world champion who is regarded by many as one of the top speed climbers, took 12.12 seconds to achieve the feat as part of a Red Bull event in Warsaw. Few would have given Dzienski a fighting chance in the man-versus-machine battle up six floors, but the 26-year-old defied all expectations to climb up a specially designed wall and pip the elevator in a close contest. Dzienski, who honed his skills as a youngster scaling apple trees in his grandfather’s orchard, is raising awareness about sport climbing, which is to make its Olympic debut next year.
Correa in induced coma
Juan Manuel Correa is in an induced coma in a London hospital after suffering complications following a crash in which Anthoine Hubert was killed at last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix. Correa, 22, broke his legs and sustained a spinal injury when he crashed with Hubert during a Formula Two race. Correa, grandson of former Ecuadorian president Rodrigo Borja, was moved to London from a Belgian hospital, where he underwent four hours of surgery. The racer’s parents, Juan Carlos and Maria Correa, said in a statement: “On his arrival to London, Juan Manuel was diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome” and had fallen into acute respiratory failure before being put into an induced coma.
STANDINGS: The Uni-President Lions’ victory pushed the CTBC Brothers to first place after they won their third straight game, beating the Fubon Guardians 6-3 The big bats of the Uni-President Lions were on fire in the CPBL yesterday as they crushed the Rakuten Monkeys 21-5 in Taoyuan, with outfielder Lin An-ko driving in seven runs on five hits and two homers. The result enabled the CTBC Brothers to take the No. 1 spot after they beat the Fubon Guardians 6-3. It was a highlight reel for the Taiwanese-Argentinian star Lin, who drilled two homers amid a heated home-run race between himself, now on 16 for the season, and Lions teammate Su Chih-chieh, who is on 18. Lin performed outstandingly, collecting five hits at six at-bats to drive
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
WOLFSBURG BEATEN: Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski scored from a penalty, his 34th league goal this season, finishing as the top Bundesliga scorer for the fifth time Werder Bremen gave themselves hope of avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga by thrashing Cologne 6-1 to grab a playoff place on the last day of the season, while champions Bayern Munich routed VfL Wolfsburg before lifting the trophy on Saturday. Japan striker Yuya Osako scored twice as Bremen stole the lifeline of the relegation/promotion playoff place from Fortuna Duesseldorf, who lost 3-0 against Union Berlin and were relegated with SC Paderborn, finishing one point behind Bremen. “We put in a great performance under pressure, but we are aware that we haven’t achieved anything — in the relegation playoff, the emotions will be
Alexis Lafreniere was supposed to walk on stage on Friday night in Montreal as the top pick in the NHL draft. After the COVID-19 pandemic paused the hockey season and postponed that possibility, Lafreniere was supposed to find out Friday night where he would be going when the league held its draft lottery. Instead, he must wait a little bit longer. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing among the eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs — if play resumes. “We all knew