Manchester United were named as the wealthiest soccer club in the world last week -- but all their riches will appear to account for nothing if they are knocked out of the Champions League this week. \nThere could also be somewhat untimely European exits for Bayern Munich and last season's runners-up Juventus after the second legs of the first knockout stage of the competition takes place tonight and tomorrow. \nIt is the point of no return for Europe's leading clubs with the field cut from 16 to eight teams following the introduction of the first knockout stage this season after only one group stage. \nBut European champions AC Milan, nine-times champions Real Madrid and London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea all look likely to make it into the quarterfinals. \nManchester United, bidding to reach the quarter-finals for the eighth successive season, are likely to face a tough task against Portuguese rivals Porto who came from behind to win the first leg 2-1 with goals from South African striker Benni McCarthy. \nAlthough they have a poor record over the years in England, having lost all six European matches they have played, including a 5-2 defeat at Old Trafford in 1977 and a 4-0 defeat there in 1997, coach Jose Mourinho saw Porto largely dominate United in the first leg. \nHis side will also be strengthened by the return of Costinha, who was suspended for the first leg while United will be without their skipper Roy Keane, suspended after being sent off for stamping on Porto keeper Vitor Baia. \nUnited prepared for the match with a 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final win over Fulham on Saturday, with two goals from Ruud Van Nistelrooy. \nBayern Munich, who last won the European Cup in 2001, face a tall order in Madrid against Real, who escaped from Germany with a fortunate 1-1 draw after a mistake from goalkeeper Oliver Kahn allowed Roberto Carlos to equalize Roy Makaay's goal for Bayern. \nKahn, who symbolically left his gloves in the center-circle after the match as a sign of disgust with himself, has vowed to win the match "single-handedly" for letting his team mates down at home. But both sides are depleted for the return. \nReal will miss Ronaldo, who injured a thigh in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Racing Santander, and the suspended Roberto Carlos. \nBayern will almost certainly be without defender Willy Sagnol who broke his left arm in Bayern's 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. Fellow French defender Bixente Lizarazu will also miss the match -- the 16th between the two clubs in European competition, a European record. \nBayern's coach Ottmar Hitzfeld believes that if Bayern win it will restore their reputation in Europe where they have struggled for the last three years -- and it is not beyond Bayern to do so. \nWhile one big club will definitely be eliminated in Madrid, Juventus will be hoping they are not shown the exit door at home against Deportivo Coruna. \nThe Spaniards won the first leg 1-0 two weeks ago and all seven matches between the two sides in the last four years have been close. \nJuve will be without the suspended Antonio Conte and warmed up for the match with a 3-2 Serie A win at Brescia on Saturday. \nEuropean champions AC Milan beat Sampdoria 3-1 to stay six points clear of Juve at the top and should be too strong for Sparta Prague in Milan. \nArsenal, on a high both domestically and in Europe, should also see off Celta Vigo following their 3-2 win in Spain in the first leg. Chelsea should continue their advance with a win over VfB Stuttgart at home following their 1-0 away leg victory. \nMonaco have to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit against a tricky Lokomotiv Moscow team to keep their hopes alive, but they will have to do so without skipper Ludovic Giuly who has not recovered in time from a broken bone in his foot. \nOlympique Lyon start their return against Real Sociedad having won the first leg 1-0 in Spain and look capable of building on that lead at home.
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
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
TAIWANESE TO PLAY: Jason Jung faces Frederico Coria in the men’s singles first round today, while in the women’s singles, Hsieh Su-wei is to take on Barbara Haas Novak Djokovic is to renew his love-hate relationship with Roland Garros in the knowledge that it is himself rather than seemingly unsettled 12-time champion Rafael Nadal who could pose the greatest threat to winning a second Paris title and 18th Grand Slam crown. The only man to beat Djokovic this year is Djokovic after the Serb’s hair-trigger temper prompted a sensational disqualification from the US Open. The 33-year-old arrives in the French capital with a 31-1 record this year after his New York brain-fade was followed by a record 36th Masters title in Rome. Djokovic’s 2016 triumph at Roland Garros allowed him to
Taiwan’s Jason Jung was knocked out of the first round of the French Open in straight sets on Sunday, while Andy Murray said it was going to be “difficult” for the former world No. 1 to reach his level of old after he also fell to a lopsided defeat by fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka. Jung fell to a 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3) defeat to Argentina’s Federico Coria in 3 hours, 19 minutes at Roland Garros, despite hitting 55 winners. Jung served for both the first and second sets, then failed to convert two set points at 5-4 in