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Arrieta silences Pirates in playoff win

Chicago’s Jake Arrieta pitched a shutout to steer the Cubs to their first win in a playoff game for 12 years, beating Pittsburgh 4-0 on Wednesday in the National League wild-card game. Arrieta struck out 11 without a walk and was also at the heart ofFULL STORY

Rangers spoil Blackhawks’ banner party

The New York Rangers spoiled Chicago’s banner-raising by winning 3-2 against the Blackhawks on Wednesday as the new NHL season got under way. The Blackhawks rolled out the banner after their sixth NHL title last season, but the Rangers quickly dampened celebrations for the sellout crowdFULL STORY

Taiwan’s Chans advance

The Chan sisters rallied from a set down to keep their bid for a fourth WTA Tour doubles title of the year on track at the China Open yesterday. Sixth seeds Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan, who claimed the titles in Pattaya, Cincinnati and Tokyo thisFULL STORY

Brothers victorious in second-half race after Monkeys win

By Paul Huang

The Chinatrust Brothers on Wednesday evening clinched the second-half title with a convincing 10-5 win over the Lamigo Monkeys in Hsinchu, earning a rematch — the Taiwan Series between the two title holders. The series is to be a rematch of last year’s annual Fall Classic,FULL STORY

Lin Wen-tang, Hung Chun-kang lead

Taiwanese hopeful Lin Wen-tang yesterday fired a sizzling five-under-par 67 to share the opening-round lead with countryman Hung Chun-kang at the US$500,000 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship. One shot behind were Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines, who finished second last year, Shaun Norris of South Africa, PanupholFULL STORY

Ethics committee suspends Blatter, Platini for 90 days

FIFA’s ethics watchdog yesterday suspended the two most powerful men in soccer, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, for 90 days in a sensational new blow to the sport’s scandal-tainted governing body. While it said the bans were “provisional,” the action almost certainly signals the end ofFULL STORY

Rugby World Cup: Habana ties Lomu in big victory

Bryan Habana equaled Jonah Lomu’s record of 15 Rugby World Cup tries when he crossed for a hat-trick that helped South Africa to a 64-0 win over the US on Wednesday and secured top spot in Pool B. His three were among 10 tries for theFULL STORY

Rugby World Cup:: Meyer just relieved Japan not quarter-final opponents

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer does not care which side the Springboks play in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, as long as it is not Japan. His sides rout of the US on Wednesday mean the 1995 and 2007 world champions can more confidently look forwardFULL STORY

Rugby World Cup:: Georgia ‘conquer their Everest’ with qualifying win

Georgia’s victory over Namibia, which will likely ensure automatic qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, was likened by their coach Milton Haig to having scaled Mount Everest. Georgia came back from a 6-0 halftime deficit to stop Namibia from winning their first-ever WorldFULL STORY

Rugby World Cup:: New Zealand looking to sharpen up against Tonga

Even without a limping Richie McCaw, the All Blacks go into their final group game against Tonga insisting they are ready for the World Cup knockout rounds. Their final Pool C game is their last chance to erase any anxieties before the competition goes into suddenFULL STORY

Rugby World Cup:: Bastareaud battles back after difficult start with France

If Mathieu Bastareaud lifts the World Cup trophy on Oct. 31 it will complete one of the the most extraordinary tales of redemption and courage in sports. The barrel-chested French center is the man Sunday’s opponents Ireland fear most. However, six years ago Bastareaud feared himselfFULL STORY

Rio Games hinging on down-to-wire subway

Deep under the streets of Rio de Janeiro, just a few blocks away from Ipanema’s famed beaches, construction crews are working around the clock to complete a new subway extension critical to the success of next year’s Olympic Games. The deadline to finish the ambitious 16kmFULL STORY

Torres scores in 65th minute, Mexico beat Honduras

Erick Torres scored in the 65th minute to help Mexico beat 10-man Honduras 2-1 on Wednesday night and wrap up Group B in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament. Defending Olympic champions Mexico are to face Group A runner-up Canada in a semi-final match tomorrow in Sandy,FULL STORY

Klitschko on schedule for Tyson Fury next month

Wladimir Klitschko is on schedule in his recovery from an injured left calf, and the heavyweight champion says he will be ready to defend his title belts against Tyson Fury next month. Klitschko will begin training in less than two weeks at his usual camp inFULL STORY

Fantasy sports companies’ ambitions tested by scrutiny from lawmakers

The world of fantasy sports is having to grow up fast. Everything seemed to be going great for rapidly growing companies whose customers, after paying an entry fee, draft fantasy player lineups from a range of sports for periods as short as a day in theFULL STORY


SOCCER S Sudan debut rained out Torrential rain spoilt the World Cup debut of South Sudan in Juba on Wednesday with play abandoned early in the first half after they leveled at 1-1 against Mauritania. Officials hoped to resume play yesterday morning. South Sudanese supporters last monthFULL STORY

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