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ASIAN GAMES: Taiwan pistol team claims silver medal

Taiwan won silver in the 10m women’s air pistol event yesterday at the Asian Games, which opened in Incheon, South Korea, on Friday. It was Taiwan’s first medal at the Games. Wu Chia-ying, Tu Yi Yi-tzu and Tien Chia-chen scored 1,141 points in total to placeFULL STORY

ASIAN GAMES: Olympic boss says sports and politics do mix

Sports must acknowledge its relationship to politics and big business and work with those who run global society, while still maintaining its neutrality, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said yesterday. In a speech at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Bach said those relationshipsFULL STORY

ASIAN GAMES: South Korea cyclists win gold, Taiwan take bronze

There were jubilant scenes in the Incheon velodrome yesterday as South Korea beat China to gold in the Asian Games men’s cycling team sprint, while Taiwan took bronze in the women’s team sprint. The three-strong South Korea team — Son Je-yong, Im Chae-bin and Kang Dong-jinFULL STORY

Cross-strait pair snatch victory in Guangzhou

By Dave Carroll

Chuang Chia-jung of Taiwan helped grab victory from the jaws of defeat yesterday to capture the Guangzhou International Women’s Open doubles title. Chuang and her partner, China’s Liang Chen, lost the first set and then saved a match point at 5-6 in the second, before goingFULL STORY

Japanese clubs win both semi-finals

By Paul Huang

Bank of Taiwan’s bid to reach the title game hit a brick wall against Japan’s Chiba Jets as the financial wizards dropped an 81-68 decision in the semi-finals of the Probation Cup at the Hualien County Sports Complex yesterday afternoon. Slowed down by a sub-par firstFULL STORY

Monkeys overtake Lions to win series

By Paul Huang

Five unanswered runs by the Lamigo Monkeys in the bottom of the eighth turned a 0-2 deficit into a 5-2 lead as they held on with a perfect ninth to defeat the Uni-President Lions at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium last night to clinch theFULL STORY

LA Dodgers ride Kershaw’s 20th win

MAJOR LEAGUES Clayton Kershaw became Major League Baseball’s first 20-game winner and A.J. Ellis hit a pair of two-run homers, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 14-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Kershaw (20-3) pitched five shaky innings in his shortest start in 3.5FULL STORY

NFL vows to put ‘house in order’

Embattled National Football League boss Roger Goodell vowed on Friday to put the sport’s “house in order” amid a firestorm over the NFL’s handling of off-field violence involving players. In a bid to shore up wavering public trust after allegations of domestic violence and child abuseFULL STORY

Bordeaux down hapless Evian to grab league lead

Girondins de Bordeaux shrugged off their shock defeat to En Avant de Guingamp last weekend to beat rock-bottom Evian Thonon Gaillard 2-1 on Friday and take top spot in Ligue 1. Goals in either half from Diego Rolan and Wahbi Khazri gave Willy Sagnol’s pace-setters theFULL STORY

Eibar score second win of season, 2-0 over Elche

Goals by Dani Garcia and Raul Albentosa gave Sociedad Deportiva Eibar their second win of the season as they defeated Elche 2-0 on Friday. A poor clearance reached Garcia, who took two steps forward and unleashed a blistering right-foot shot that bounced in off the postFULL STORY

Ronny earns Hertha a 2-2 draw with SC Freiburg

Brazilian midfielder Ronny scored with two free-kicks, the second in injury time, to salvage a 2-2 draw for Hertha BSC against SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga on Friday. Marc-Oliver Kempf opened the scoring for Freiburg with a header from Jonathan Schmid’s corner on the half hour,FULL STORY

Pellegrini takes aim at ‘perfect’ Chelsea

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes ending Chelsea’s 100 percent Premier League record would mean his side had made a decent start to their defense of the English title. City have not won since overwhelming Liverpool, last season’s runners-up, 3-1 on the August Bank Holiday MondayFULL STORY

Toulon thrash 14-man Brive in French Top 14

Toulon put their kicking concerns to one side and maximized on a red card to surge to provisional number one spot in the Top 14 with a convincing, bonus-point 53-13 victory over Brive on Friday. Bernard Laporte’s expensively assembled team put aside last weekend’s defeat byFULL STORY

Paula Reto takes LPGA Classic lead

South Africa’s Paula Reto birdied her final hole on Friday for a 6-under 66 and a three-stroke lead in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Reto had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on her opening nine — the back nine on Capitol Hill’s Senator layout. TheFULL STORY

Gallacher misses cut in Wales Open before his first Ryder Cup this week

Shane Lowry shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Wales Open on Friday, while Stephen Gallacher missed the cut in his last tournament before his first Ryder Cup. Lowry did not drop a shot as he movedFULL STORY

Goffin beats top-seeded Tsonga in Moselle quarters

Eighth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium rallied to beat top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 Friday to reach the Moselle Open semifinals. Goffin next plays Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff for the first time. Struff advanced after third-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber retired when trailing 5-0 after 20 minutes. Second-seeded GaelFULL STORY

Rule change could allow baseball’s return to Games

The adoption of a more flexible approach to the Olympic program could allow for the return of baseball and other sports that have been dropped from the games, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said yesterday. Asked on the sidelines of meetings at the AsianFULL STORY

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BOXING Mayweather faces probe Boxer-promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr has been ordered to appear before Nevada boxing officials who want to question him about events in his gym that were aired recently on the Showtime sports network. The Nevada Athletic Commission says it wants to ask Mayweather aboutFULL STORY

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