Agarwal leads India
India opener Mayank Agarwal hit his second century in successive matches yesterday to push South Africa onto the back foot on the opening day of the second Test. Agarwal, who made a double-century in India’s opening win, completed another ton with a boundary off Vernon Philander in Pune. He took the lead role despite being hit on the helmet from a bouncer by debutant paceman Anrich Nortje. He went on to hit Nortje for three glorious off drives in one over before lunch. He made 108, with India reaching 273-3 when bad light stopped play.
Canucks get first win
The Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller had a goal and three assists to lead them to an 8-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. Miller finished Vancouver’s home opener with a career-high four points, while Brandon Sutter had two goals and an assist, and Chris Tanev added a goal and an assist. Elias Pettersson, Josh Leivo and Alex Edler also scored for Vancouver, who had dropped their first two games. Rookie defenseman Quinn Hughes scored his first NHL goal. “We needed a win,” Canucks coach Travis Green said. “Not necessarily because it was two losses. You just want to get a win. And when you have a new group as well, you’re not expecting to score eight goals. We’ll take it.” Tyler Toffoli and Sean Walker scored for the Kings. In other games on Wednesday, the Buffalo Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4, while the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the New Jersey Devils 4-0.
Stores pull Rockets’ goods
Sneakers and other merchandise featuring the NBA’s Houston Rockets were pulled from several Nike stores in major Chinese cities yesterday amid the furor surrounding a tweet by the team’s general manager in support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Managers at five Nike stores in Beijing and Shanghai told reporters during visits that they had been told in recent days via a memo from management that all Rockets merchandise had to be removed. Although Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has since apologized for his tweet last week, NBA commissioner Adam Silver angered Chinese authorities when he said the league backed Morey’s right to exercise his freedom of expression. Despite the controversy, the NBA pressed ahead with an exhibition game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai yesterday, which the Nets won 114-111.
Korean broadcast uncertain
South Korea yesterday said it was unclear whether North Korea would allow a live broadcast when it hosts the South’s national team for a World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang on Tuesday next week. The South Korean Ministry of Unification said that Pyongyang has been ignoring South Korean calls for discussions on broadcasting the game live and allowing South Korean spectators to attend. South Korea’s Korea Football Association last month said it had been informed by the Asian Football Confederation that North Korea would host their Group H game against the South as scheduled.
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