Sport Digest, September 26, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 September, 2012, 2:46am

Loss of defender blow to HK soccer squad

Hong Kong's soccer team suffered a serious blow prior to their friendly against Malaysia as veteran defender Lee Chi-ho decided to pull out after a practice match yesterday. The South China player cited personal reasons, but it is believed he is not happy with the team's management style and the selection of so many inexperienced players. Hong Kong play Malaysia home and away next month as part of their build-up for the East Asian Championship qualifiers in December. Chan Kin-wa


Hong Kong canter to win over Footscray

Hong Kong were six-wicket winners over the touring Footscray Edgewater CC team from Melbourne at Kowloon Cricket Club yesterday. Skipper Jamie Atkinson scored 101 off 78 balls as the hosts notched up 189 for four in 28 overs in reply to the visitors' 186 in 43 overs. Staff Reporter


Avram Grant slams FA over Terry hearing

Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant yesterday slammed the FA for taking action against John Terry. Terry returned to FA headquarters at Wembley yesterday for the second day of a disciplinary hearing over a charge he used racist language towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. "Nobody thinks John Terry is a racist, so the FA need to leave it," Grant said "John likes to fight and he's very passionate about the national team so I was surprised [he retired] . But he's not a child - he knows what he's doing. One thing I must say about JT is that he's not a racist." AFP


Yi Jianlian headed back to Guangdong Tigers

Yi Jianlian has secured a one-year deal to return to his old club back home after the Chinese international failed to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks in the US. The move to Guangdong Tigers leaves no Chinese-born players in the NBA, potentially threatening the league's efforts to build up its following in the huge Asian market. AFP