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  1. Hong Kong’s Angus Ng Ka-long is on course to qualify for the season-ending BWF World Tour finals after his best performance in a Super 1000 tournament on Sunday in Bangkok.The 26-year-old was beaten 21-14, 21-14 by Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen in the final of the Thailand Open, surpassing his semi-final appearance at the 2019 All England Championships in Birmingham.Ng was ranked ninth in the World Tour standings before the Bangkok event but his impressive run to the final boosts his chances of…
  2. After saddling up 150 runners without success, Michael Chang Chun-wai is a winner again.The happy-go-lucky trainer put on a brave face for much of the season with just one win next to his name, but the roar he let out – which echoed around Sha Tin when Family Folks put his head down on the line to win the Class Four Sea Eagle Handicap (1,200m) – suggested a weight had been lifted off his shoulders.While the veteran handler said the theatrics were more to do with a savvy piece of betting, he…
  3. The numbers say it was 480,742-1 chance but jockey Antoine Hamelin has defied the odds to record a career-best five victories in a stunning display at Sha Tin.The likeable Frenchman was the toast of Hong Kong racing on Sunday evening after an incredible performance which saw him collect his first quintet – with each winner jumping at a double-figure price.It started with Golden Link ($15.65) in the second race before things really picked up in the back-half of the card as Family Folks ($14.85),…
  4. Trainer Tony Millard is dreaming big after his dirt specialist Elusive State put an overseas trip squarely on the agenda with a dominant display in the Class One Egret Handicap (1,650m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.Aided by a brilliant ride from star jockey Joao Moreira, Elusive State bounced back to his best to take out the first 1,650m Class One on the all-weather track in more than five years, a race put on as a launching pad for those horses targeting features abroad.With a dearth of options for…
  5. The news of why Sun Yang’s eight-year ban from the Court of Arbitration for Sport was overruled by the Swiss Supreme Court was met with mixed reaction in China, as fans backed the star swimmer while the media warned of another defeat at the new hearing.In a media statement issued on Friday, the Swiss Supreme Court explained that their December decision was based on the tweets of Italian president of the panel Franco Frattini, who had used racial and violent language towards China over animal…
  6. After putting on a clinic against Calvin Kattar in the UFC Fight Island 7 main event on Sunday, Max Holloway floated the idea of getting the golden ticket to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov.“Khabib wanted somebody to impress him,” the former featherweight champ said, following a unanimous decision that saw 10-8 rounds galore and even one 50-42 scorecard on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.A fight between the two fell out in April 2018 but UFC president Dana White is not intending to match them up again, if…
  7. New Santa Cruz Warriors signing Jeremy Lin has said that people think he is “crazy” for turning his back on fame and riches in China to chase his NBA dream with the G League team.“They treated me like a rock star out there,” Lin said of his season in China with the Beijing Ducks in an interview with The San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor LeTourneau published on Friday. “It was a pretty surreal experience.”“In China, I had so much fan support and so many amazing things going on,” Lin said, a week…
  8. Rowers Mark Slats’ and Kai Weidmer’s performance in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is already becoming stuff of legend. The world-record setting pair, competing in team Row4Cancer, won overall – beating even the four-person teams despite having half the manpower.They left from La Gomera on December 12, and arrived in Antigua after 32 days 22 hours, 13 minutes. It is five days faster than the former pairs record set in the 2017-18 race by Dave Spelman and Max Thorpe in team Resilient: X…
  9. The Houston Rockets made a losing start to life without former franchise star James Harden, falling 103-91 to the San Antonio Spurs, but centre Christian Wood matched a Yao Ming record.Wood, who was signed by the Rockets in the close season, scored 24 points and had 18 rebounds, along with three assists and three blocks. He is averaging 23.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game as a Rocket, significantly up on his stats last season with the Detroit Pistons.That was Wood’s sixth game with at least…
  10. Chinese snooker star in the making Yan Bingtao is into the Masters snooker final on his first appearance in the prestigious, invite-only tournament after beating top seed Stuart Bingham in Saturday’s semi-final.The 20-year-old did it the hard way once again, coming from behind to seal the deciding frame for a 6-5 victory over the reigning champion in Milton Keynes, sealing victory with a steely 74 break in that final frame.Yan has now beaten fourth seed world No 2 Neil Robertson, ninth seed…