Jeremy Lin leaving Beijing
Jeremy Lin yesterday said that he is leaving the Beijing Ducks after one season in China and wants to return to the NBA, where he sparked the “Linsanity” craze of 2012. The 32-year-old guard, who as a Toronto Raptors player last year became the first Asian-American to win an NBA championship, signed for Beijing as an unrestricted free agent last year. Lin helped Beijing reach the semi-finals of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league. “This decision has really been the hardest in my life,” Lin, who has complained about the rough-house treatment he received in the CBA, told his 7 million followers in a video on Sina Weibo. “In the end, although Shougang [the Ducks] has treated me incredibly well ... I feel that I still have NBA dreams... Why was this decision so difficult? Yesterday, when I shared this with my family and friends, when I told them I would have to leave China, I cried.”
Nantou event going ahead
The annual Sun Moon Lake International Swimming Carnival in Nantou County is to be held on Sept. 27 as scheduled, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the county government announced yesterday, adding that it would cooperate with the Centers for Disease Control and the Sport Administration. All participants would be required to carry at least two surgical masks with them and maintain social distancing, and would also be required to provide identification, the county government said. Swimmers would need to wear a mask from when they report to the reception center until they enter the water, it said. During the swim, they would need to keep their masks in a waterproof bag, and put one on again when they complete the swim, it added.
Messi named top earner
Lionel Messi was denied a potentially money-spinning move away from Barcelona this month after a contract dispute, but the Argentine maestro remains the world’s richest soccer player. A list compiled by Forbes showed that Messi’s total earnings this year are US$126 million — US$92 million from his salary and US$34 million in endorsements. Not surprisingly Cristiano Ronaldo came in second, although his earnings of US$117 million are likely to soften the blow for the Juventus forward, as will his status as the most followed soccer player in the world on social media.
Bledisloe Tests decided
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) confirmed the All Blacks are to host Australia for two Bledisloe Cup Tests next month after officials relaxed COVID-19 quarantine rules to ensure the series went ahead. The Bledisloe Tests would take place in Wellington on Oct. 11 and Auckland on Oct. 18, NZR said. Wallabies coach Dave Rennie had raised concerns that rules preventing his squad training together while undergoing two weeks’ quarantine in New Zealand would leave them underprepared for a clash against the All Blacks, but New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that health authorities had agreed to amend the rules so the full squad could train together six days into the quarantine period. “Everyone’s pulling out all stops to make it work,” she told Radio New Zealand.
KEY GOAL: Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei is now free to focus on taking her fourth doubles title of the year with Barbora Strycova; they are due to face Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei on Monday returned to the court for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the WTA Tour, falling to a 6-3, 6-1 defeat to US Open quarter-finalist Elise Mertens, who made a solid transition from the hard courts in New York to the clay at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. “I’m not sure how well I adapted, to be honest,” Mertens told the WTA Web site. “I just feel like I might still be struggling a little. It was also [Hsieh’s] first match of the week, so that was a bit of an
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7
Neymar on Sunday claimed that he had been the victim of racism as he was one of five players sent off in a mass brawl at the end of Olympique de Marseille’s 1-0 win over Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain. PSG’s Brazilian star appeared to accuse Alvaro Gonzalez of calling him a “monkey” in a series of furious tweets after he was sent off in stoppage-time for slapping the Marseille defender on the back of the head. “Look at the racism. That’s why I hit him,” Neymar, who was returning from COVID-19 quarantine, said as he left the pitch. “The only regret I