HK shuttlers strike gold at junior worlds
Badminton doubles pair Ng Ka-long and Lee Chun-hei achieved the best-ever junior result for Hong Kong when they lifted the men's world title in Chiba, Japan, yesterday. The joint third seeds made no mistake with a 21-16, 21-17 victory over Japan's Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko in the final. Ng and Lee also teamed up to win a bronze medal in the junior world championships in Mexico two years ago when they were just 16 years old. Hong Kong head coach Tim He Yiming said the victory would give the duo a boost ahead of the prestigious Hong Kong Open two weeks from now. Chan Kin-wa
English refs 'mulling Chelsea boycott'
Several English Premier League referees are debating the merits of boycott matches involving Chelsea in the wake of the club alleging fellow referee Mark Clattenburg made racist remarks in last Sunday's game with Manchester United, according to former referee Clive Wilkes. Clattenburg, 37, is the subject of investigations by both the police and the Football Association over claims by Chelsea he used inappropriate language including a racial slur aimed at their Nigerian midfielder Jon Obi Mikel. "I keep in touch with a lot of the lads and there is such a strength of feeling about what is happening to Mark," Wilkes told The Sun. "I know a few referees who are even talking about boycotting Chelsea games because of all this." AFP
Chinese teen closes in on Masters berth
Guan Tianlang of China is one round away from becoming the youngest golfer to play in the Masters. Guan, 14, has a two-shot lead over Oliver Goss of Australia going into the final day of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Thailand. "Everybody looked nervous to start with, and there was not much talking," Guan said. "I then started to focus on my own game and felt pretty relaxed on the back nine, got a few birdies, so it was all right." The winner gets an invitation to play in the Masters, along with an exemption to the final stage of qualifying for the British Open. The youngest competitor in Masters history was Italain Matteo Manassero, who was 16 when he competed in 2010. AP
No podium but HK cyclists keep team lead
Hong Kong cyclists maintained their overall team classification lead in the Tour of Taihu despite failing to achieve a podium position in yesterday's third leg from Wujin to Xitaihu. Choi Ki-ho, in 40th place, was the best finisher of the six Hong Kong riders. He completed the 114-kilometre stage in two hours, 31 minutes and two seconds, finishing in the peloton. The stage was won by Alexander Serebryakov of Russia. Choi, 21, stayed fourth overall, just 14 seconds behind overall leader Milan Kadlec of the Czech Republic. Another Hong Kong rider, Cheng King-lok, is seventh overall, followed by Yeung Ying-hon in 11th place. The eight-stage tour continues today with a 155-kilometre circuit race in Liyang. Chan Kin-wa
Vinokourov 'paid his way to 2010 Liege win'
An Italian newspaper has printed e-mails and details of bank transfers that allegedly demonstrate how Alexandre Vinokourov paid off breakaway companion Alexandr Kolobnev to win the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege cycling classic. Corriere della Sera reported that Vinokourov allegedly paid Kolobnev €150,000 (HK1.49 million) to win the race. The victory was Vinokourov's biggest after returning from a two-year suspension for blood doping at the 2007 Tour de France. Vinokourov also won the road race at the London Olympics. AP
Ye Shiwen splashes to second gold in Beijing
China's swimming golden girl Ye Shiwen stole the show at Beijing's short-course World Cup meet yesterday, clinching the 400m medley, her second victory at the two-day event. The teenage swimming sensation - who claimed before the competition that she was only 85 per cent fit - followed on from her stunning victory in the 200m medley on Friday with an equally impressive display in the 400m race. Ye finished the race in four minutes and 26.93 seconds, ahead of Hungarians Katinka Hosszu and Zsuzsanna Jakabos. The 16-year-old stunned the sporting world with two gold medals in the 200m and 400m individual medley at the London Olympics. AFP
Lakers' season goes from bad to worse
The Los Angeles Clippers piled more misery on their cross-town NBA rivals with a 105-95 win over the Lakers at the Staples Centre. Despite the addition of high-profile recruits Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, the Lakers were 0-8 in pre-season and have started the regular season with three straight defeats - their worst start since the 1978-79 campaign. Nash did not start this game because of injury and the Lakers could not break down the Clippers, who improved to 2-0. Reuters