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  1. Departing trainer John Moore will aim former Hong Kong Derby placegetter Sunny Speed at the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups upon his return to Australia.With just three race meetings left in his Hong Kong career, Moore is well into preparations to make the move Down Under and hopes he can make a splash in the upcoming Spring Carnival.Moore produced a remarkable training effort to get Sunny Speed to run third in the 2019 Hong Kong Derby behind Furore and Waikuku at $87 off a limited preparation but…
  2. A South Korean triathlon coach and an athlete have been banned for life over their involvement in the abuse scandal that culminated in Choi Suk-hyeon, a young female triathlete, committing suicide last month.Choi, 22, jumped to her death at her dormitory in the southern city of Busan after complaining of abuse she suffered while with the semi-pro club Gyeongju City Hall, forcing the country to reckon once again with its brutally competitive sporting culture.Coach Kim Kyu-bong and team captain…
  3. Addressing your thoughts, questions and statements about Hong Kong racing. Have something to say? Send a tweet to @SCMPRacingPost.[Hong Kong Jockey Club] member charged with offering $10,000 to betting booth staff – Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) media releaseIt had all the elements of a scandalous story – Hong Kong’s feared ICAC issuing a bribery charge against an owner of one of the best horses in the city stemming from his incredible Group One victory at the 2018 Hong Kong…
  4. Nate Diaz has weighed in on the late-notice replacement fight between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 this weekend.American Diaz (20-12), who last fought in a loss to Masvidal (35-13) via third-round doctor’s stoppage in November last year, tweeted: “Real fights are better fights 100 [per cent]”.The comment came following news that welterweight champion Usman’s (16-1) original opponent, Gilbert Burns (19-3), pulled out last week after testing positive for Covid-19.Diaz, 35, has long…
  5. Title-leading trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai has called for an increase in the Hong Kong jockey population as he struggles to book the top riders to help him land his first championship.Yiu, who has 64 winners for the term, has been hanging onto his lead at the top of the trainers’ premiership for dear life since Francis Lui Kin-wai’s four-timer just under a fortnight ago.He takes a one-win buffer over Lui into Wednesday night’s meeting at the city circuit, but won’t have the services of any of the…
  6. While Jon “Bones” Jones has not fought since February, he has offered no shortage of news via his social media accounts.On the Fourth of July, the American (26-1, one no contest) posted a photo with his hand on a man’s chest stating: “We found this man laying in the middle of a field today, he was suffering from severe dehydration. The group honestly believe we saved that man’s life. It felt amazing, those men and women were heroes out there today.”UFC light heavyweight champion Jones posted a…
  7. Jorge Masvidal has passed his Covid-19 test and is officially scheduled to face Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 on Fight Island, Abu Dhabi this weekend.“Gamebred” Masvidal’s manager teased that the “BMF” champion was “negotiating” for the replacement fight on Sunday, with UFC president Dana White releasing the new, makeshift fight promo on Monday.Welterweight champion Usman’s (16-1) original opponent, Gilbert Burns, was whisked off the card on Friday after he and two cornermen tested positive for Covid…
  8. Bryson DeChambeau pounded protein shakes and lifted iron to transform his body, adding 40 pounds of mass, and changed his game to put a premium on power.The plan is working.With jaw-dropping drives and some clutch putts, DeChambeau won the Rocket Mortgage Classic by three strokes on Sunday for his first victory of the season and sixth overall. He became the first PGA Tour player since 2004 to lead a tournament in driving distance, along with shots gained off the tee and putting.“This is a…
  9. Max Holloway revealed he has done “no sparring at all” and has only received coaching over Zoom ahead of his rematch against featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski this weekend.Former champion Holloway (21-5), who lost his belt to Australian Volkanovski (21-1) via unanimous decision in December last year, only saw his coaches in person for the first time on the flight to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, where his UFC 251 co-main event will be held on Sunday.“It was challenging indeed,” the 28-year…
  10. Liverpool are on course to beat Manchester City’s mark of 100 points in a Premier League campaign but the champions are not focused on breaking records, manager Jurgen Klopp has said.Liverpool, who won 2-0 at Aston Villa on Sunday thanks to goals by Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones, need 12 points from their final five games to beat City’s tally from the 2017-18 season.“We didn’t come here and have the numbers we have because we thought about breaking records. We were always focused 100 per cent on…