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Taiwanese bounce back at Wimbledon

By Dave Carroll

Chan Hao-ching advanced to the third round of the women’s doubles at Wimbledon on Thursday, while fellow Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei and Lu Yen-hsun were also victorious at the All England Club. Following a disappointing day on Wednesday, when four Taiwanese were knocked out in southwest London,FULL STORY

Federer, Nadal share link, despite divergent results

Long after they finish whipping topspin forehands for a living, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will share a link to Centre Court. It is the tennis nostalgia factory yet still essential place where Nadal beat Federer in the 2008 final that belongs on anyone’s shortlist ofFULL STORY

AFL’s Walsh dies after stabbing

Players and team officials in the Australian Football League (AFL) were in shock yesterday after Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh died after a stabbing incident at his home. His 26-year-old son was arrested and later charged with murder. Walsh, 55, died at the scene despite treatmentFULL STORY

Karunaratne leads, but Pakistan on top

Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne hit a century amid another rich haul by Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah as the decisive third and final Test began on a rousing note in Pallekele yesterday. The hosts, sent in to bat after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss for theFULL STORY

FIFA must reform and restore order, former official says

A former top FIFA official who left after criticizing the world soccer body’s president Sepp Blatter has warned that big sponsors will start leaving unless major reforms are undertaken. Michel Zen-Ruffinen, who succeeded Blatter as FIFA secretary-general from 1998 until 2002 when the latter was electedFULL STORY

Fernandez has rocky start, leads Marlins over Giants

Jose Fernandez’s comeback required a comeback. The precocious right-hander shook off a rocky start in his return from Tommy John surgery, pitching six innings and hitting a homer on Thursday to help the Miami Marlins rally past the San Francisco Giants 5-4 and complete aFULL STORY

Woods posts lowest score of season

For a change, Tiger Woods got off to a good start. Woods rebounded from a dismal US Open with a four-under-par 66 in Thursday’s opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, four shots behind leader Scott Langley. Helped by a morning rain that softened the Old White TPCFULL STORY

Mosley says Formula One heading for major crisis

Former FIA president Max Mosley has warned that Formula One risks serious difficulties unless it changes direction and cuts costs. “There are no two ways about it: If Formula One continues on its current path, it is headed for a major crisis,” the Briton, who stoodFULL STORY

Tour de France? More like Tour de-void of Americans

As the Tour de France drew near, Jonathan Vaughters was still poring over power outputs and training results, trying to determine the nine riders that he would send to represent Cannondale-Garmin at the start line in the Dutch city of Utrecht. Andrew Talansky was a given,FULL STORY

Dubuisson shares lead as storms hit French Open

Top French hope Victor Dubuisson, Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger and Jaco van Zyl of South Africa shared the first-round clubhouse lead on Thursday in the 99th French Open at le Golf National. The enigmatic Frenchman, the emerging Austrian talent and the latest South African prospect posted theirFULL STORY

West Ham gatecrash British summer

Soccer gatecrashed Britain’s summer sporting party scene on Thursday as West Ham United began their season just 39 days after their previous competitive match with a satisfactory 3-0 win over Andorran part-timers Lusitans in the Europa League. On the day former men’s singles champion Rafael NadalFULL STORY

Athletes ready to sweat it out amid Europe heatwave

As Europeans sweat it out and lose a few kilograms in a summer heatwave, the continents’ top athletes will be taking the rising temperatures in their stride as the mercury threatens to hit 40 degrees over the weekend. After record temperatures of 35.7oC at Wimbledon onFULL STORY

One eye better than none for Manu

New Zealanders often joke about their South Island brethren, particularly those from Canterbury, being one-eyed when it comes to their rugby and Nasi Manu is to give a graphic illustration of the old gag in today’s Super Rugby final. The Otago Highlanders co-captain, who played forFULL STORY

Time running out for ‘brand’ O’Connor

In October 2010, James O’Connor scythed through the tackles of Mils Muliaina, Keven Mealamu and Richie McCaw to score a last-minute try that he nervelessly converted to give Australia a first win over the All Blacks in 11 Tests. O’Connor was just 20, and with QuadeFULL STORY

Aussie great says Harris no big loss in England

Australia fast-bowling great Jeff Thomson said the expected absence of Ryan Harris from the tourists’ attack for the first Test against England in Cardiff next week will not hamper the team’s Ashes chances. He also played down suggestions that Australia would have the edge over EnglandFULL STORY

Namibia World Cup squad calls for unity after turbulent week

Namibia’s Rugby World Cup training squad has taken the unusual step of issuing a statement calling for unity and the public’s backing in the wake of a turbulent time off the field. Danie Vermeulen last week resigned as coach just months before the start of theFULL STORY

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OLYMPICS CONI endorses Rome’s bid Rome’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games was unanimously endorsed by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) on Thursday in what bid president Luca di Montezemolo described as an important signal of support. CONI’s 64 members all voted to back the candidacyFULL STORY

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