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Asian Games: Taiwan starts off strong

By Jason Pan

Taiwan got off to a winning start in men’s basketball and handball at the Asian Games after defeating Japan and India respectively in the group stage. Basketball captain Ray Chen led by example with 18 points, while forward Liu Cheng added 14 to prevail over JapanFULL STORY

Asian Games: Asian title worth weight in gold for Spurs’ Son

Son Heung-min has lit up the World Cup and the Premier League, but unnervingly, it is the Asian Games in Jakarta that could make or break the career of the prolific South Korean forward. Anything less than gold and Son, 26, faces a compulsory stint ofFULL STORY

Serena eases through; Pouille ousts Murray

Serena Williams on Monday re-established her customary superiority, hammering Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 to reach the second round of the Cincinnati Masters in Mason, Ohio. The 23-time Grand Slam champion showed full recovery in her first match since suffering the worst defeat of her career twoFULL STORY

Waning interest in US soccer tours

Do not call it pre-season. Meaningless games are now a thing of the past, at least according to the International Champions Cup (ICC). Billed as “club football’s premier summer tournament,” this year’s edition was the largest to date, with 18 teams and 27 games played inFULL STORY

Australia enlists soldiers in drive for Olympic gold

Soldiers have been enlisted to help Australian athletes perform better under pressure in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as part of a drive to win more medals. It follows their smallest haul in 24 years at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where Australia finished 10thFULL STORY

SPORTS BRIEFS

BASKETBALL Harden under investigation Houston Rockets guard James Harden was allegedly involved in a nightclub incident that is under investigation by the Scottsdale Police Department in Arizona. The incident took place at about 2:30am on Saturday last week, police said. TMZ reported that a member of Harden’sFULL STORY

Asher-Smith bags 4x100 European win2018-08-14

British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith on Sunday powered to her third gold medal at the European Championships. Asher-Smith, who had already won the women’s 100m and defended her 200m title, led Britain to gold in the 4x100m relay. She overtook her Dutch and German rivals on theFULL STORY

Latisha Chan tops doubles ranking, despite Cup loss2018-08-14

Taiwanese tennis ace Latisha Chan and partner Ekaterina Makarova of Russia were overcome on Sunday by their opponents in the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada, but Chan will still hold the world No. 1 ranking in women’s doubles — for just aFULL STORY

Liverpool lay down gauntlet to Man City at opener2018-08-14

Liverpool lived up to their billing as the biggest threat to Manchester City retaining the Premier League title as both sides shone on the opening weekend of the season. So often outgunned by the oil wealth of Abu Dhabi-backed City or commercial giants-backed Manchester United inFULL STORY

Koepka holds off Woods to win 100th PGA Championship2018-08-14

Brooks Koepka, holding his nerve to fight off dramatic challenges from Tiger Woods and Adam Scott, on Sunday won a thrilling back-nine battle to capture the 100th PGA Championship. The 28-year-old two-time US Open champion sealed his third major title by firing a four-under-par 66 toFULL STORY

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