Sports Digest, January 12, 2013

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 January, 2013, 3:19am

HK badminton star makes semis in Korea

Hong Kong's Wong Wing-ki stormed into the men's singles semi-finals at badminton's Korea Open in Seoul yesterday, the first time he has made it to the last four in a Super Series event. "The result will give him a big boost in his career," said coach Tim He Yiming. "It's more than a victory because he was able to change his tactics to overcome his opponent, showing he has matured a lot on the court." The 22-year-old beat Malaysian Chong Wei Feng in an hour-long three-game match, winning 21-5, 17-21, 21-1 to set up a meeting with world No 1 Lee Chong Wei for a place in the final. The Malaysian star ousted another Hong Kong shuttler, Hu Yun, 21-15, 21-17 yesterday. Chan Kin-wa


Fans can help pick HK squad for CNY event

Fans are asked to submit their picks for the Hong Kong League XI side for next month's Chinese New Year tournament on February 10 and 14, which features international teams Muangthong United of Thailand, Shanghai East Asia of China, and Korean League side Busan IPark. Online voting to pick 10 of the 18 members of the home team starts on Tuesday and runs until Sunday on The remaining eight players, including two goalkeepers, will be decided by coach Josep Gombau, from Kitchee. Chan Kin-wa


French rider killed in Dakar Rally

A French motorcycle rider competing in the Dakar Rally died yesterday after crashing into a Chilean police car, organisers reported. Thomas Bourgin, aged 25, was making his way to the start of the seventh stage when he hit the car, which was coming in the opposite direction on the link road to the start of yesterday's stage in Calama. Bourgin was in 68th place in the overall ranking of his first Dakar. His death follows that of two people killed in a head-on collision between a Dakar Rally support vehicle and a taxi near Peru's border with Chile on Thursday. AFP


Australia trounce Sri Lanka in one-dayer

Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 107 runs in the opening one-day international at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday. The Australians scored 305 for five off their 50 overs, with man-of-the-match debutant Phil Hughes hitting 112. Sri Lanka were bowled for 198 with Clint McKay taking four for 33. AFP


Amla and Smith notch up half-centuries

Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith compiled half-centuries as South Africa moved to 191 for three at tea on the first day of the second test against New Zealand at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth. Amla reached the break unbeaten on 70 while Smith, who was hit hard on his helmet by a delivery early on, was dismissed just after lunch for 54. Reuters