Taiwan’s Cheng eliminated
Taiwan’s Cheng I-ching yesterday exited in the quarter-finals at the International Table Tennis Federation Women’s World Cup in Chengdu, China, losing her women’s singles quarter-final to Liu Shiwen of China 4-0 at the Sichuan Province Gymnasium late on Saturday. Liu defeated compatriot Zhu Yuling 4-2 in yesterday’s final, while Singapore’s Feng Tianwei beat Lily Zhang of the US in the playoff for third and fourth.
Justin Thomas wins
Justin Thomas staved off a challenge by Danny Lee to claim his second CJ Cup title in three years with a two-shot victory over the South Korean-born New Zealander at Nine Bridges yesterday. The overnight leaders were level for the first 13 holes before Thomas surged ahead with a birdie on the 14th, while Lee bogeyed the 15th and 16th to effectively drop out of contention. Taiwan’s C.T. Pan had a final-round 71 to finish in 56th.
Kang holds off Korda
Danielle Kang capped her 27th birthday with a nailbiting win at the Buick LPGA Shanghai yesterday, fending off fellow American Jessica Korda for her second victory at the tournament. Both had finished the penultimate day six-under-par, but a bogey for Korda and a birdie for Kang flipped the lead on the first hole. Korda’s superior driving drew her level twice, but a narrow miss on the green of the 11th notched her third bogey and she trailed for the rest of the round. Taiwan’s Hsu Wei-ling shot a final-round 71 to finish in a share of 45th.
Murray reaches final
Andy Murray took a step closer to a first title in arguably the toughest year of his playing career, grinding out a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over Ugo Humbert on Saturday to reach the final of the European Open in Antwerp. He was to play Stanislas Wawrinka, who swatted aside Italian teenager Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the title clash, which began just after press time last night.
Mas claims fourth stage
Deceuninck Quick-Step’s Enric Mas yesterday won the fourth stage of the Tour of Guangxi with a time of 3 hours, 52 minutes, 53 seconds from Nanning to the Mashan Nongla Scenic Spot. EF Education First’s Daniel Martinez was second over the 161.4km route, while Diego Rosa of Team INEOS was third. Mas also had the overall lead.
Sharma dominates Day 2
Rohit Sharma struck his maiden double century in Test cricket to help India post 497-9 declared against South Africa on Day 2 yesterday. The opener reached the milestone with a six off paceman Lungi Ngidi in the third over after lunch to a standing ovation from the raucous home crowd in Ranchi. He hit another six off Ngidi before falling to paceman Kagiso Rabada for 212. Captain Virat Kohli declared, prompting tea, and was rewarded with two early wickets in the final session. South Africa opener Dean Elgar was caught behind off Mohammed Shami for 0 and opening partner Quinton de Kock fell to Umesh Yadav for 4 to leave the visitors on 9-2 at stumps.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker found himself in need of an assist to help the state fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He called on the New England Patriots. One of the team’s private airplanes on Thursday evening landed in Boston after returning from China carrying more than 1 million masks critical to healthcare providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard met the airplane and offloaded the containers of masks onto waiting trucks for transport to warehouses for distribution. Baker secured the N95 masks from Chinese manufacturers, but had no way of getting them to the US. He
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MEDIA RUMORS? With no pay agreement secured and players’ representatives calling for more financial information ahead of talks, the sport had another week of bad press Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle could be sacked in a matter of days, media reported yesterday, as the embattled governing body struggles to deal with a financial crisis compounded by a shutdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Castle this week took a 50 percent pay cut and laid off 75 percent of Rugby Australia (RA) staff members, saying that the body would face losses of up to A$120 million (US$71.95 million) if no more rugby was played this year. With no pay agreement secured with the players and their representatives calling on RA to provide more financial information ahead of negotiations, the
OLYMPICS Delay pushes rower to retire British rowing gold medalist Tom Ransley on Friday announced his retirement after deciding that the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games to next year was a step too far. The 34-year-old was part of the men’s eight who won gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics and also a bronze in the 2012 London Games. “I have used up everything I had and I know that to get myself in the necessary condition to compete for a seat in 2021 is a step too far,” he told the BBC. The years of early starts, of three training