Tennis | Serena avoids bagel, then cruises at China Open

Serena Williams narrowly avoided a bagel against Spanish qualifier Silvia Soler-Espinosa, then won 13 of the next 15 games to pull out a 7-5, 6-2 victory yesterday in the first

Golf | Ryder Cup | They did it again: McIlroy, McDowell deliver for Europe in singles

Rory McIlroy delivered the first point of the day in dominant fashion yesterday and Graeme McDowell won the second with a big comeback as Europe closed in on another Ryder

Bleak future for New England thoroughbred racing

New England's storied thoroughbred racing industry looks like it's trotting to a close. Suffolk Downs, the region's lone remaining track, is shutting down this year, a victim of changes in a

Asian Games Macau swimmers enter finals

Macau's female swimmers were able to reach the final rounds of two swimming categories in the Asian Games. Lei On Kei was competing in the women’s 50 meters yesterday morning when

Asian Games | China stays top amid hijab flap

China widened its lead in the Asian Games medal race yesterday as the competition was overshadowed by the Qatari women’s basketball team withdrawing because of a ban against wearing Muslim

ASIAN GAMES | Badminton women’s doubles enters final eight

The Macau duo first defeated Singapore yesterday and entered the final 16, where they fought South Korea and defeated their opponents in two straight sets. They will next meet the

FIFA VP calls for Garcia probe to be published

An investigation into alleged World Cup bid corruption should be published in full, according to FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan. Prince Ali’s plea to lift FIFA secrecy

Briefs | TENNIS: Gasquet, Seppi reach Shenzhen Open quarters

Third-seeded Richard Gasquet of France saved all six break points he faced in defeating Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the Shenzhen Open quarterfinals yesterday. Gasquet, who

Qatar forfeits game in protest over hijab ruling

The Qatar women’s basketball team forfeited a match against Mongolia yesterday and is considering withdrawing from the Asian Games competition after players were refused permission to wear a hijab. Confusion over

Swimmer nabs Singapore’s first Asian Games gold

Joseph Schooling won Singapore’s first men’s swimming gold medal at the Asian Games in 32 years by cruising to victory in the 100-meter butterfly yesterday. The early leader, Schooling held on

This Day in History | 1988 – Gold for Johnson in 100m sprint

Johnson’s American rival Carl Lewis - chasing his 1984 Los Angeles medal tally of four golds - could only manage silver. Third place was claimed by Britain’s Linford Christie who

Cuban baseball opening runs into trouble

Cuba’s unprecedented effort to stop a devastating baseball talent drain doesn’t seem to be working, with a string of stars leaving for the major leagues in the year since the

David puts on a squash clinic for Olympic watchers

Nicol David has done just about everything she can to win over the Olympic movers and shakers. Now the squash luminary from Malaysia is hoping her performance in the finals

Sun wins 400 as China dominates Asian Games pool

Sun Yang powered to gold in the men’s 400-meter freestyle as a resurgent Chinese swim team cleaned up in the Asian Games pool yesterday, winning six of seven gold medals

The Buzz | Lunches dumped to avoid food-poisoning scare

Asian Games organizers discarded 76 packaged lunches prepared for athletes after inspectors found salmonella in meat samples on the weekend. Bruce Lee from the games’ organizing committee in Incheon said

Japan ahead of China in the pool at Asian Games

Kosuke Hagino set an Asian record in the 200-meter medley yesterday as Japan gained a 7-5 edge over rival China in the ultra-competitive battle for gold in the Asian Games

Macau claims third Wushu medal

Huang Junhua from the Wushu (martial arts) team of Macau won a silver medal yesterday at the Asian Games, currently taking place in Incheon.  This is the third medal for

TENNIS | France to host Switzerland on clay in Davis Cup

France will play the Davis Cup final against Switzerland on indoor clay in a bid to thwart Roger Federer’s quest for a first win in the team competition. The final