Taiwan men win bronze
Taiwan on Thursday won bronze in the men’s team event at the Artistic Gymnastics Asian Championships in Qatar to earn a spot in the World Gymnastics Championships in October. Taiwan scored 249.211 points to place third, behind winner China (255.299) and Japan (249.5). Taiwanese Tang Chia-hung, who was competing in his first international event since the Tokyo Olympics last year, finished finishing fourth in the men’s individual all-around competition, with a score of 83.6 on six apparatuses. The Asian Championships are a qualifying event for the World Championships, scheduled for Oct. 29 to Nov. 6 in Liverpool, England.
Black Ferns win Pacific Four
New Zealand winger Ayesha Leti-I’iga yesterday scored a hat-trick as the Black Ferns continued their preparations for hosting the women’s World Cup with an emphatic 50-6 win over the US to wrap up the Pacific Four title in Whangarei, New Zealand. Leti-I’iga crossed for her first try in the opening minute and six more followed from the home side despite the rainy conditions at the Northland Events Centre, where the US are to start their World Cup campaign against Italy on Oct. 9. Three victories in similar conditions over the past three weeks gave the world champion New Zealanders the title. Canada came second, overhauling a 10-0 deficit for a 22-10 victory over Australia in their third game.
Sainz dodges groundhog
Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz on Friday had to take evasive action at the Canadian Grand Prix when a groundhog ran out onto the circuit. Sainz was traveling at high speed during opening practice for today’s race when the animal appeared between turns two and three. “Whether you want to call it a marmot, a groundhog or a beaver, a cute little brown furry animal was very lucky not to be squashed by a Ferrari during FP1,” Sky Sports F1 wrote on Twitter. It came close to the Ferrari’s right wheel before Sainz managed to avoid a messy encounter. Appearances by groundhogs at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit on Montreal’s Isle Notre Dame, where they are indigenous and protected, have become common on race weekends. In 2018, French driver Romain Grosjean damaged the nose of his Haas car when he hit one in practice. “It was a big impact. It was a big animal,” Grosjean said at the time.
UCI changes trans eligibility
Transgender cyclists’ eligibility period before racing in women’s races would be doubled under new regulations outlined by International Cycling Union (UCI). The move prompted Sandy Sullivan, the mother of British transgender cyclist Emily Bridges, to accuse the body of “moving the goalposts.” UCI said their decision was based on information from the latest scientific publications. “Given the important role played by muscle strength and power in cycling performance, the UCI has decided to increase the transition period on low testosterone from 12 to 24 months,” it said in a statement. “As you can imagine this uncertainty and moving of goalposts has created a significant amount of distress and upset to Em, to us as a family & the wider trans community,” Sullivan wrote on social media.
Standout Filipino college basketball player Ricci Rivero said he wants to start his professional career by playing in the P.League+ as opposed to other leagues in Asia because of the sizeable Philippine community in Taiwan, his new team the Taoyuan Pilots said on Monday. “There are nearly 150,000 Filipinos living and working in Taiwan, the mere thought of playing in front of them and being the first to represent them in one of Taiwan’s best basketball leagues is already a big motivation for me to choose Taiwan over other Asian basketball leagues,” Rivero said in a Taoyuan Pilots statement. Although
Taipei Municipal Fulin Elementary School’s baseball team yesterday beat South Korea in the regional final to win the right to represent the Asia-Pacific region in this year’s Little League Baseball World Series. The Taiwan team’s 1-0 victory over hosts South Korea was largely down to the excellent performance of starting pitcher Liao Kuan-shu, who pitched six scoreless innings, in which he only gave up two hits at Hwaseong Dream Park in South Korea. After Taiwan earned a single in the bottom of the second inning, Liao in the third hit a two-out double, helping to eke out a 1-0 victory, as they
Taiwanese badminton ace Tai Tzu-ying was knocked out of the Malaysia Open yesterday, losing her women’s singles semi-final against Chen Yufei of China 19-21, 21-13, 21-15. Despite two previous victories for second-seeded Tai against Chen this season — including her win in the final of the Thailand Open — fourth-seeded Chen dispatched the world No. 2 in 1 hour, 8 minutes at Kuala Lumpur’s Axiata Arena, securing a spot in the Super 750 tournament’s final. Tai won the opening game of the last-four matchup, scoring two consecutive points after the score was tied 19-19. However, she had a horrific points drought after the
Tennis star Nick Kyrgios is due to face a court in Australia after being summonsed to face a charge of assaulting a former girlfriend. The 27-year-old Australian is to appear in court in the capital, Canberra, next month. Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Policing on Tuesday confirmed that Kyrgios had been summonsed to face a charge of assaulting his former girlfriend. It relates to an incident in Canberra in December last year. “ACT Policing can confirm a 27-year-old Watson man is scheduled to face the ACT Magistrates Court on [Aug. 2] in relation to one charge of common assault following an incident in December 2021,”