Taiwan faces Australia
Taiwan last night was to face unbeaten Australia in their World Cup qualifier in Kuwait City. Australia coach Graham Arnold said he would look to pick players who were rested for last week’s 3-0 win over Kuwait after arriving late to the squad’s camp in the Middle East. “We’ll freshen the team up and play some players that are fresh and ready to go and add some great energy into the team,” he said. Australia thumped Taiwan 7-1 when they last met in October 2019. Winless from six games, Taiwan are already eliminated from qualifying. Australia are top of Group B in Asian qualifying on 15 points, five clear of Kuwait and Jordan.
Official killed by train: media
A senior official at the Japanese Olympic Committee jumped in front of an underground train in Tokyo in an apparent suicide on Monday morning, Nippon Television said, citing Tokyo metropolitan police sources. The police are investigating the details surrounding the death of Yasushi Moriya, 52, who worked in the committee’s accounting department, viewing it as an apparent suicide, the television network said. News of the incident was one of the top trending topics on Twitter in Japan.
‘Buck’ Shelford knighted
Former All Blacks captain Wayne “Buck” Shelford was awarded a knighthood in New Zealand’s honors list published yesterday. Making his debut in 1985, Shelford played 48 games for New Zealand, including 22 tests, and captained the team on 31 occasions before being controversially axed in 1990. The 63-year-old, who is credited with revitalizing the performance of the All Blacks’ traditional haka, was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to rugby and the community. “It’s a great accolade, a great honor,” said Shelford, part of the All Blacks’ 1987 squad that won the World Cup. “It’s one of those things you never think will happen — I’d never thought about it before.” “I’ll wear it with pride for the family and all the organizations I work with,” he added.
Canada wins 27th world title
Nick Paul on Sunday night scored in overtime on a 2-and-1 break with Ottawa Senators teammate Connor Brown, as Canada won its 27th world title, beating Finland 3-2. Brown slid the puck over to Paul and he beat goaltender Jussi Olkinuora 6 minutes and 26 seconds into the extra frame. Maxime Comtois and Adam Henrique also scored for Canada, which looked down-and-out after losing its first three games in Riga before going on an improbable run to the top of the podium. Earlier, the US beat Germany 6-1 to claim the bronze. Cal Petersen made 33 saves for the Americans.
Clippers advance to round 2
Kawhi Leonard on Sunday finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, as the Los Angeles Clippers won game seven at home with a 126-111 win over the Dallas Mavericks to punch their ticket to the second round of the NBA playoffs. Los Angeles withstood a 46-point performance from Mavericks star Luka Doncic to take the Western Conference series 4-3. The Clippers are the sixth team in NBA history to lose the first two games of a series at home and win a series.
Kanako Murata seemed destined to represent Japan at the Tokyo Olympics as a freestyle wrestler, but that all changed when she saw MMA icon Ronda Rousey fight. “It was then that I knew what I wanted to do and I have never regretted it for a moment since,” said Murata, now a rising star with the Las Vegas-based UFC. First inspired by Japan’s Olympic wrestling queen Saori Yoshida, Murata had by her early 20s emerged as a junior world freestyle wrestling champion. Then came the night in 2015 that Murata saw the explosive American former UFC bantamweight champion Rousey in action, and
LACKING HEIGHT: With Indonesia hosting a qualifying tournament for the third-placed teams before the Asia Cup begins, Taiwan have one more opportunity to get a berth The Taiwan men’s national basketball team on Sunday lost to China 91-73, making it more difficult for the squad to qualify for the FIBA Asia Cup. The defeat at the Angeles University Foundation Gym in Pampanga Province, Philippines, followed Taiwan’s losses to China (115-66) on Thursday and Japan (98-61) on Friday. This third and final window of the qualifiers was held in a “competition bubble” to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With the loss, Taiwan (1-4) finished third in Group B, which included China, Japan and Malaysia. Third place does not automatically give them a berth in the Asia Cup, which is scheduled
‘A LITTLE EUPHORIA’: Germany managed to turn things around before halftime, to stave off a defeat that would have left them at the brink of elimination in Group F Germany on Saturday breathed life into their Euro 2020 campaign with a stunning 4-2 win over holders Portugal in Munich, despite Cristiano Ronaldo moving closer to the all-time international goals record, after world champions France were forced to settle for a draw with Hungary. Saturday also saw Spain stumble to a 1-1 draw with Poland in Seville, as the second round of group games at the tournament drew to a close. Germany knew a defeat against Portugal at the Allianz Arena would leave them on the brink of being eliminated from Group F, following their failure to make it beyond the group
Whether watching from Jamaica, Japan or the US, it was hard to miss the shock of flowing, orange hair that came streaking across the finish line first in Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday night. It belonged to Sha’Carri Richardson. After the eye-opening show she put on at the US Olympic trials — blowing away the field in the 100m semi-finals in a wind-aided 10.64 seconds, then again in the final in 10.86 seconds — she figures to grab her fair share of attention next month in Tokyo. With her performance, the 21-year-old out of Louisiana State University picked up a spot in the