Regional Sports News
Fifa World Cup: Switzerland stun Serbia as Xherdan Shaqiri strikes at the death in comeback win in K
A last-minute Xherdan Shaqiri breakaway goal handed Switzerland World Cup victory Friday as they came from behind to defeat Serbia 2-1 in Kaliningrad. The win puts Switzerland in pole position to make it out of a tough Group E that contains five-times winners Brazil but they were pushed all the way by the Serbs. It was a sweet victory for Shaqiri and fellow Swiss goalscorer Granit Xhaka, who along with teammate Valon Belrami were booed relentlessly by Serbia’s fans throughout....
A last-minute Xherdan Shaqiri breakaway goal handed Switzerland World Cup victory Friday as they came from behind to defeat Serbia 2-1 in Kaliningrad. The win puts Switzerland in pole position to make it out of a tough Group E that contains five-times winners Brazil but they were pushed all the way by the Serbs. It was a sweet victory for Shaqiri and fellow Swiss goalscorer Granit Xhaka, who along with teammate Valon Belrami were booed relentlessly by Serbia’s fans throughout. Shaqiri,...
Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 on Friday to revive their hopes of advancing into the knockout stages of the World Cup in Russia, as striker Ahmed Musa dramatically marked his return to the team with two fine second-half goals. The result left both sides, and struggling Argentina, still in the hunt to go through from Group D along with already-qualified Croatia. But Argentina and World Cup debutants Iceland have to win their respective games against Nigeria and Croatia next week to have a chance of...
Fifa World Cup: Neymar and Philippe Coutinho goals see off Costa Rica to put Brazil closer to knocko
Philippe Coutinho and Neymar broke down dogged Costa Rica in injury time on Friday, sealing a 2-0 win for Brazil that propels the five-time champions towards the World Cup last 16. The Central Americans looked likely to hold on for a hard-earned draw, particularly after Neymar had a penalty award chalked off by referee Bjorn Kuipers after he consulted the Video Assistant Referee. But Coutinho and Neymar finally broke through, scoring in the 91st and 97th minutes to put Tite’s side on the...
Hong Kong fencer Coco Lin apologises after traditional Chinese medicine nearly ruins her Asian Games
Upcoming fencer Coco Lin Yik-hei has apologised after a doping incident almost ruined her dream of competing in the Asian Games in Indonesia this summer. Lin was part of the Hong Kong women’s team that took silver after losing a nail-biter to China 35-34 in the final of the women’s épée at the Asian Fencing Championships in Bangkok on Friday night. After spraining her right ankle in April, Lin enlisted the services of a bonesetter to accelerate her recovery, a move...
John Moore will be doing his best Japanese rain dance to ensure Werther gets a soft track for Sunday’s Group One Takarazuka Kinen. The champion trainer likes what has seen from the 2015-16 Horse of the Year in preparation for the Hanshin feature and is hoping favourable conditions can help give him an extra edge. “I’ll be singing in the rain,” Moore said in Osaka on Friday morning. “The weather report for the weekend is rain and he loves wet tracks. He is a much...
Both home-crowd favourites on Saturday night’s One Championship: Pinnacle of Power card in Macau are excited for fight night, where they will each break new ground in their careers, but admitted they had their eyes on bigger fights down the line. China’s first One champion Xiong “The Panda” Jingnan will embark on the first defence of her newly minted strawweight championship belt in the co-main event, while Hong Kong’s own Alain “The Panther” Ngalani...
When Xie Zhenye became China’s fastest man this week by breaking Su Bingtian’s national record, there were many left asking – who is he? He may not be a huge name outside the mainland, but Xie is well-known at home for his big stride and imposing gait as he steams down the track. The 24-year-old is still adjusting to the spotlight, however, and has been quoted as saying his appearance on variety show Day Day Up – or Tiantian Xiangshang in Chinese – was more tiring...
After Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup hat-trick heroics stifled Spain, the South China Morning Post thought it made sense to go to Macau to join the local Portuguese community for his, sorry, the team’s next game against Morocco. We were greeted with a lukewarm reception. Fisherman’s Wharf, which was packed to its faux-ruin rafters for Euro 2016 and Portugal’s unexpected win according to our local sources, was dead. Admittedly, the game was some hours away and all signs...
Will Hayward survived Hong Kong’s 298km Four Trails Ultra Challenge (HK4TUC) non-stop run but his experience is a double-edged sword as he heads to the world famous Western States 100 (WS100) miler (160km) with a crew he met online. “Surviving something like the Four Trails gives you a lot of confidence,” said Hayward, 50. “But you have to be careful you don’t think, ‘Well, I did 298km and this is only 160km’. But you know if you are in a hole you can...