Jeremy Lin leaving Beijing
Jeremy Lin yesterday said that he is leaving the Beijing Ducks after one season in China and wants to return to the NBA, where he sparked the “Linsanity” craze of 2012. The 32-year-old guard, who as a Toronto Raptors player last year became the first Asian-American to win an NBA championship, signed for Beijing as an unrestricted free agent last year. Lin helped Beijing reach the semi-finals of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league. “This decision has really been the hardest in my life,” Lin, who has complained about the rough-house treatment he received in the CBA, told his 7 million followers in a video on Sina Weibo. “In the end, although Shougang [the Ducks] has treated me incredibly well ... I feel that I still have NBA dreams... Why was this decision so difficult? Yesterday, when I shared this with my family and friends, when I told them I would have to leave China, I cried.”
Nantou event going ahead
The annual Sun Moon Lake International Swimming Carnival in Nantou County is to be held on Sept. 27 as scheduled, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the county government announced yesterday, adding that it would cooperate with the Centers for Disease Control and the Sport Administration. All participants would be required to carry at least two surgical masks with them and maintain social distancing, and would also be required to provide identification, the county government said. Swimmers would need to wear a mask from when they report to the reception center until they enter the water, it said. During the swim, they would need to keep their masks in a waterproof bag, and put one on again when they complete the swim, it added.
Messi named top earner
Lionel Messi was denied a potentially money-spinning move away from Barcelona this month after a contract dispute, but the Argentine maestro remains the world’s richest soccer player. A list compiled by Forbes showed that Messi’s total earnings this year are US$126 million — US$92 million from his salary and US$34 million in endorsements. Not surprisingly Cristiano Ronaldo came in second, although his earnings of US$117 million are likely to soften the blow for the Juventus forward, as will his status as the most followed soccer player in the world on social media.
Bledisloe Tests decided
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) confirmed the All Blacks are to host Australia for two Bledisloe Cup Tests next month after officials relaxed COVID-19 quarantine rules to ensure the series went ahead. The Bledisloe Tests would take place in Wellington on Oct. 11 and Auckland on Oct. 18, NZR said. Wallabies coach Dave Rennie had raised concerns that rules preventing his squad training together while undergoing two weeks’ quarantine in New Zealand would leave them underprepared for a clash against the All Blacks, but New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that health authorities had agreed to amend the rules so the full squad could train together six days into the quarantine period. “Everyone’s pulling out all stops to make it work,” she told Radio New Zealand.
Taiwanese-American Jeremy Lin has signed for the Golden State Warriors’ G League affiliate, Santa Cruz Warriors, ahead of the 2020-2021 season, the team said on Saturday. Lin spent the 2019-2020 season with the Chinese Basketball Association’s Beijing Ducks and guided them to the semi-finals, before they lost to eventual champions Guangdong Southern Tigers. He left the team in September. The 32-year-old began his NBA career with the Warriors in 2010 before joining the New York Knicks, where his strong performance in the 2011-2012 season gave rise to the term “Linsanity.” Lin also had spells with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets,
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VIRUS RISK: India’s Saina Nehwal tested positive for COVID-19 at the Yonex Thailand Open, while three other players were being retested after receiving conflicting results Taiwanese badminton star Tai Tzu-ying yesterday returned to international competition after an eight-month break with a victory at the Yonex Thailand Open in Bangkok. Twenty-six-year-old Tai, 26, the top-seeded player at the tournament, met 18-year-old Thai player Benyapa Aimsaard in the opening round and narrowly won 21-18, 26-24. Her previous tournament was the Yonex All England Open in March last year, where she won the women’s singles title, before the BWF World Tour was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Benyapa was a last-minute replacement after another Thai player pulled out of the event. It was a rollercoaster match for Tai.
NO FAIRY TALE: Non-league Marine tried to bridge the biggest gap between opponents in FA Cup history, but the part-timers fell to a 5-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur Leeds United on Sunday suffered a humiliating FA Cup exit against Crawley Town as the League Two side swept to a stunning 3-0 win, while eighth-tier Marine’s hopes of causing the competition’s greatest shock were crushed in a 5-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur. After the spiking COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc with matches across the third round on Friday and Saturday, the FA Cup was back on more familiar ground on Sunday as Leeds became the competition’s latest big name to be knocked out by feisty underdogs. While Marine’s romantic adventure was cut short by a Carlos Vinicius hat-trick, and Chelsea and Manchester