By Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with ReutersTaiwanese sisters Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan on Thursday advanced to the semi-finals of the doubles at the Qatar Open, while top seed Simona Halep successfully continued her bid for the title in the singles. The Chan sisters took just 61 minutes to complete a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Lara Arruabarrena of Spain and Kaitlyn Christian of the US in their quarter-final at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex. The Taiwanese duo saved three of four break points and converted four of six, winning 58 of the 98 points contested, helped by winning 62 percent of their points on second service. In the singles, Halep battled past Germany’s Julia Goerges 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (8/6) to set up a semi-final against Ukrainian Elina Svitolina. Svitolina broke her opponent twice in each set, winning 78 percent of points on her first serve in a commanding display.
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AP, ARE, SwedenMikaela Shiffrin 1, Petra Vlhova 1: Over to the slalom to determine who is the queen of the skiing World Championships. Shiffrin took bronze to add to the gold medal she won in the super-G on the opening day. Aged 23 like Shiffrin, Vlhova is proving to be the biggest threat to the American’s dominance of Alpine skiing. There was already added external pressure on the American after she chose to skip the combined to preserve energy for the giant slalom and slalom. She even overcame crashing into a gate in between the second and third checkpoints of the second run, which saw her briefly lose control.
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In the early to mid-2000s, a big problem was the financial discrepancy between large-market teams such as the New York Yankees and small-market teams such as the Tampa Bay Rays. How could small-market teams compete? Over the ensuing 15 years, multiple changes have occurred to lower the on-field disparity between large and small-market teams. The growth of national TV contracts have given all teams a steady source of shared revenue, even when large-market teams are on TV much more frequently than small-market teams. A luxury tax on payrolls penalized spending by large-market teams, which has restrained spending on players.
ReutersSeven months after his Grand Slam debut, journeyman Jason Jung on Thursday recorded the biggest scalp of his career when he upset Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 7-5 in the second round at the New York Open. Second seed Tiafoe was a late entry into the New York Open. Next up for Jung was a quarter-final yesterday against American sixth seed Sam Querrey, who earlier defeated Radu Albot of Moldova 6-3, 6-4. Thursday’s evening quarter-final pitted American Isner against Australian Jordan Thompson. In other quarters, Italian Paolo Lorenzi meets Canadian Brayden Schnur, while Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez takes on American Reilly Opelka.
AFP, ADELAIDE, AustraliaTaiwan’s Hsu Wei-ling and Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom yesterday rocketed into a three-shot lead at the LPGA Tour Australian Open, as world No. “I struggled a bit with the irons today, some went short, but overall very good,” said Hsu, who at 24 is rapidly emerging as Taiwan’s top talent. “I just stayed really consistent, hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens,” said Korda, the world No. England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff, the joint overnight leader with Hsu, remains in contention, four off the frontrunners after carding a 73. She missed the cut, as did reigning British Open champion and world No.
AFP, WELLINGTONA 14-man Otago Highlanders yesterday came from behind to begin the Super Rugby season with a thrilling 30-27 win over Waikato Chiefs in Hamilton. All Black halfback Aaron Smith’s late try sealed the win for the Highlanders, who had Sio Tomkinson sent off for a high shot on Brodie Retallick. “It was a hell of a battle and what better way to set the tone for Super Rugby,” he said. The Chiefs hit back a few minutes later, when Tyler Ardron broke from the back of a scrum to score. His second came just after halftime when he gathered Orbyn Leger’s cross-field kick on the run before crossing the line.
AFP, PARISChelsea on Thursday claimed a 2-1 victory at Malmo FF in the Europa League last-32 first leg to ease some of the pressure on beleaguered coach Maurizio Sarri, while Arsenal suffered a shock loss to BATE Borisov. Visitors Chelsea desperately needed a response after back-to-back humiliating away losses, with last Sunday’s 6-0 thrashing by Manchester City following a 4-0 reverse at AFC Bournemouth. Chelsea face Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday, before facing City again in the League Cup final on Feb. 24. Stanislav Dragun put BATE ahead just before the break in Barysaw and Arsenal never threatened an equalizer, with Lacazette’s late dismissal also ruling him out of next week’s second leg in London. Salzburg, semi-finalists last season, lost 2-1 at Club Brugge, while 10-man Sporting Lisbon were beaten 1-0 by Villarreal in the Portuguese capital.
ReutersAthletes must be at the forefront of shaping the future of global sport, British Olympic cycling champion Callum Skinner said on Wednesday as he fronts a new athlete-led organization launched following scandals. Global Athlete, the creation of which comes after a Russian doping crisis and USA Gymnastics sexual abuse scandal, said it would empower Olympic athletes to speak up and work toward addressing a disconnect between competitors and sports leaders. It is time competitors had a greater role in decisionmaking after too many years of being on the sidelines, Koehler said. Global Athlete would be humble in its approach and it would take time before the movement bears fruit, he added. Global Athlete is being funded initially by independent foundation FairSport along with individual donors who would have no part in decisionmaking or operations.
1 Hsieh Su-wei on Wednesday crashed out of the second round of the singles at the Qatar Open, before returning to the hard courts to be dumped out of the first round of the doubles in a super tiebreak. 31 Hsieh fell 6-2, 6-4 to world No. In other singles matches, top seed Simona Halep eased into the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko. 3 Halep, who received a bye in the opening round, was next due to face ninth seed Julia Goerges. Svitolina began her campaign with a 6-4, 6-4 win over 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko, avenging her two previous losses to the Latvian.
AFP, AMSTERDAM and LONDONReal Madrid on Wednesday needed a late winner from Marco Asensio and the video assistant referee’s (VAR) debut in the UEFA Champions League to beat a spirited Ajax 2-1 in the first leg of the last 16. Hakim Ziyech’s equalizer at least keeps Ajax in touch heading into the second leg, but Asensio’s 87th-minute winner was a sucker punch in a match the Dutch team had largely dominated. Insisting his players deserved all the praise after emerging from a grueling schedule with their best result of the season, Pochettino said: “I want to congratulate my players one more time. Although Tottenham still have to survive the second leg at Signal Iduna Park on March 5, they have a golden opportunity to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2011. When you have a team in front of you like Dortmund, you need to respect them,” Pochettino said.
AFP, ADELAIDE, AustraliaTaiwan’s Hsu Wei-ling and England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff yesterday seized the early lead as top-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn struggled on day one of the LGPA Women’s Australian Open. Hsu and Ewart Shadoff shot 65s to be two clear of a group of three, including veteran Karrie Webb, who has 41 wins to her name. I played really steady today,” Ewart Shadoff said after her bogey-free round. Overall I just hit the ball well.”Hsu is looking for her maiden LPGA title after collecting four top-10 finishes last year. “Everything today was perfect, the driver, the iron shots, but especially the putting,” she said.
AP, SAN FRANCISCOAlphabet Inc’s Google plans to invest more than US$13 billion this year on new and expanded data centers and offices across the US. Chief executive Sundar Pichai in a blog post on Wednesday announcing the news said that the company is growing outside its Mountain View, California, home and across the midwest and south. Google is to build new data centers in Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia. It makes good political sense for Google to highlight its expansions outside coastal cities, CFRA Research analyst Scott Kessler said. It currently has locations in 21 states, and is expanding into Nevada, Ohio and Nebraska.
Exports last month rose 9.1 percent from January last year, Chinese customs data showed, defying economists’ expectations of a 3.2 percent drop and a marked turnaround from a 4.4 percent decline in December. Imports fell 1.5 percent, much better than the consensus forecast of a 10 percent slide and narrowing from a 7.6 percent drop in December. Net exports dragged on China’s growth by 8.6 percent last year, Reuters calculations showed. China’s trade surplus with the US last month narrowed to US$27.3 billion, the lowest since May last year, yesterday’s data showed. Exports to the US declined 2.4 percent year-on-year, while imports fell 41.2 percent.
BloombergApple Inc is planning to unveil video and news subscription offerings next month, the first major new digital services from the company since 2015. The video service is similar to Amazon.com Inc’s Prime Video and Netflix Inc products, and is to include TV shows and movies acquired or funded by Apple. Apple has been working on its streaming video service for a number of years under the guidance of former Sony Pictures executives Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. Along with an Apple subscription, there would be some free content. The updated Apple News app is to include a Magazines tab similar to the app Texture, which Apple acquired last year.
The company last year unexpectedly introduced a NT$499 (US$16.18) monthly subscription offering unlimited 4G mobile data, which triggered a price war among its competitors. While the company still aims to raise its average revenue-per-user performance by differentiating its offering, it is ready to respond if rivals take another step in the price war, Cheng said. CHT land in Taoyuan has been rezoned for industrial use and is to serve as a site for smart logistics development in the city, he added. CHT’s board of directors in 2017 approved plans to sell 260 million shares, representing 4.86 percent of China Airlines shares outstanding, and it would continue to offload its position, Kuo said. China Airlines shares yesterday dipped 0.49 percent to NT$10.15