Taiwan duo lose in Austria
Taiwanese pair Chen Szu-yu and Cheng Hsien-tzu lost in the final of the women’s doubles at the International Table Tennis Federation Austrian Open on Saturday, failing to win the title, but recording their best performance this season. The duo lost the first two games, but rallied to tie the match 2-2 against Japanese Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki. However, they were unable to sustain their momentum in the deciding fifth game, losing the match 2-3. The final score was 8-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 4-11. In the men’s singles Taiwan’s Lin Yun-ju lost 2-4 in the quarter-finals to Fan Zhendong of Chna at the TipsArena Linz, while in the women’s singles Cheng I-ching was ousted 4-1 by Japan’s Mima Ito.
Henley gets bizarre penalty
Russell Henley incurred a bizarre eight-stroke penalty in the second round at the Mayakoba Classic on Saturday after realizing that one of the balls he had played was different from the rest. Henley was signing balls for fans when he noticed the discrepancy and received a two-stroke penalty for each of the holes he played the different ball. Henley “suffered a 2-stroke penalty on holes 9-12, 8 strokes in total, for breach of Rule 20-3,” the PGA Tour announced in a tweet. Under the “one-ball rule” used on most professional tours, golfers must use the same brand and make of ball throughout a round. With the eight strokes added, Henley shot a six-over-par 77 and missed the cut. Harris English led after back-to-back birdies in the second round in Mexico. Taiwan’s C.T. Pan was in a share of 31st after a 70.
Kids’ coach fired over rout
The coach of an Italian junior-league team was sacked on Saturday for inflicting a 27-0 defeat on their opponents. Paolo Brogelli, president of Invictasauro, a team based in Grosseto, Tuscany, described as “disrespectful” his team’s win over rivals Marina Calcio. “We learned with amazement and regret the score of the match in which our junior team scored 27 goals,” Brogelli said in a statement reported in the Italian press. “The values of youth team football are antithetical to such a thing. The opponent must always be respected and today it has not happened... Our board has decided, unanimously, to sack [coach] Mr Riccini. Our coaches have a duty to train and, above all, to educate children. This has not happened today.”
Hamilton not eyeing honor
Lewis Hamilton says he is not expecting his sixth Formula One world championship to be recognized with a knighthood at the end of the year. The Mercedes driver’s supporters are pushing for him to join other British sporting knights. Hamilton, by far his country’s most successful racing driver with twice as many titles as the knighted great Jackie Stewart, doubted that would happen. “I don’t really like to think too much about it,” he told reporters at the Brazilian Grand Prix. “Just the fact that people have mentioned it, it’s already an honor, but it’s not been something that I’ve been chasing in my life.” Even if he played it down, the prospect of him getting a knighthood tickled the fancy of Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel. “Do you get a sword? That would be cool if you get to keep the sword,” Vettel said.
Kamaru Usman put on a Fight Island masterclass yesterday to retain his UFC welterweight world title by grinding down a brave Jorge Masvidal in Abu Dhabi. “I’m at the top of the mountain and everyone’s looking at me,” said the 33-year-old Usman after scoring a unanimous points decision 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46 on the three judges’ cards. The Nigerian-American Usman (17-1) looked the fresher fighter, with Masvidal (35-14) having taken the UFC251 headline bout at just six days’ notice when Brazil’s Gilbert Burns (19-3) tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to travel. The Las Vegas-based UFC pulled off a power-packed schedule with
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there
Thailand international Pitsamai Sornsai, a new arrival for Inter Taoyuan, is to lead her team against Taipei Bravo tomorrow in the 10th round of the Taiwan Mulan Football League. Sornsai, who is nicknamed Pui, has attracted interest from media and fans as the first foreigner signed to play in Taiwan’s women’s league. Inter are among six teams battling for the title this year. The addition of Sornsai is a boost for the international profile of women’s soccer in Taiwan and elevates the competition. The 31-year-old brings a wealth of experience, including from the Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Championship, the Southeast Asian Games and
HOTSHOT: Luis Suarez scored his 194th goal for Barca, tying him with Ladislao Kubala as the club’s third-highest scorer, behind Cesar Rodriguez and Lionel Messi With another decisive penalty from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid on Sunday extended their perfect run after the COVID-19 suspension and moved closer to their first Spanish title in three years. Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to maintain a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat fifth-placed Villarreal 4-1. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were among the scorers for Barcelona after assists from Lionel Messi. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty to give Madrid their seventh straight victory and they remain the only team with a perfect record since La Liga resumed. “These three points are very