England and France secured their expected Six Nations victories on Saturday but both sides looked disjointed as the world champions beat Scotland 35-13 in Edinburgh while the French overcame Italy 25-0 in Paris. \nEngland made it 15 wins from their last 16 games against the Scots to retain the Calcutta Cup but even though they scored four tries it was one of their least convincing performances of the last few years. \nIt was a similar story in a stuttering French display at the Stade de France where tries in either half by Imanol Harinordoquy and a late one from Pepito Elhorga secured victory over an Italian side who defended well all match. \nEngland and France both have four points from two wins but Wales could join them on Sunday with a win over Ireland in Dublin in what is likely to be the tightest game of the weekend. \nThe Murrayfield clash started messily and remained so for almost the entire 80 minutes as Scotland produced a much-improved performance after last week's poor 23-10 defeat by Wales. \nBen Cohen scored the opening try after a lucky bounce and Iain Balshaw added a second with the Scots appealing in vain for a knock-on in the build-up. \nFlyhalf Paul Grayson, again covering smoothly for the absent Jonny Wilkinson, converted both and added two penalties and with Chris Paterson landing two penalties for the hosts, England led 20-6 at the break. \nThe scruffy nature of the match continued in the second half, Josh Lewsey claiming England's third try after charging down a Chris Paterson kick and Simon Danielli replying for Scotland after another fortunate bounce. \nIt was Scotland's first try against England since Duncan Hodge scored in their 2000 victory but it counted for little as, with the hosts down to 10 men after a yellow card for Simon Taylor, lock Danny Grewcock charged over for England's fourth. \nIt was England's highest score in 133 years of playing in Scotland. \nIn Paris, rushed passes, dropped ball and a general impatience put paid to much of France's early dominance, though Harinordoquy finally found a way through on the left wing after 24 minutes. \nJean-Baptiste Elissalde, who scored an early penalty, converted for a 10-0 halftime lead, increased to 13-0 with a long-range penalty by Damien Traille early in the second. \nThe crowd were then treated to one of the biggest blunders of recent seasons when Christophe Dominici dropped the ball when trying to touch down one-handed after crossing the line unopposed. \nHarinordoquy was more secure when he dived over for his second try on the hour while Elhorga ran 50m down the right touchline for the third eight minutes from time.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017