Novak Djokovic mourns death of first coach Jelena Gencic

Jelena Gencic

After making up for a recent loss to Grigor Dimitrov by beating him 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the fourth round, the top-ranked Djokovic amazed the centre-court crowd by speaking to them in decent French.

Monday, 3 June, 2013, 3:53am

Pressure to reform mounts on China sports system

Foreign-coached Li Jinzhe's winning long jump at the Diamond League meet in Shanghai.

As the focus shifts to China's next showcase sporting event, the 2015 World Athletics Championships in the capital, experts say that less intense foreign coaching schemes yield better results than the gruelling state training regimes.

2 Jun 2013 - 8:55am

Shen Jinkang tells Olympic bronze medallist Sarah Lee to improve

Shen Jinkang wins the coach of the year award. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Winner of the Coach of the Year Award, Shen Jinkang, has challenged his charge Sarah Lee Wai-sze to make the necessary improvements if the cyclist wants to stay competitive at the world's highest level.

22 Apr 2013 - 3:38am

Damien Martyn in mix for Hong Kong batting coach post

Damien Martyn

Former Australia batsman Damien Martyn is a frontrunner to take up the position of Hong Kong batting coach in the run-up to next year's ICC 2015 World Cup qualifying competition in New Zealand.

14 Mar 2013 - 4:27am

Low value lifts Coach takeover odds

Coach's handbags and shoes are being offered to buyers at one of the biggest bargains among luxury brands. Photo: Reuters

Shares of Coach have lost 17 per cent since faster-growing rival Michael Kors went public in 2011 and began an almost threefold rally. Even though Coach has the widest profit margins among peers, the US$14 billion company is trading for only 13.6 times earnings, lower than 96 per cent of similar-sized rivals.

7 Mar 2013 - 6:12am

Coach names new chief amid expansion push

Coach has appointed a new chief executive as the company undergoes strategic changes amid falling sales. Photo: Bloomberg

Coach, the largest luxury-handbag maker in the United States, named Victor Luis, the head of the company's international business, to succeed chief executive Lew Frankfort next year.

Frankfort, who was appointed chief executive in 1995, would become executive chairman as of January, the New York-based company said on Thursday.

16 Feb 2013 - 4:13am

Scotland names Gordon Strachan as new coach

Scotland soccer team head coach Gordon Strachan. Photo: Reuters

Gordon Strachan took over as Scotland coach on Tuesday, outlining his plans to qualify the underperforming team for a first major tournament since 1998 and make the team more famous than its bagpipe-blowing fans.

16 Jan 2013 - 8:54am

Coach Shen Jinkang set to guide Lee Wai-sze towards Rio 2016 medal

Lee Wai-sze

Shen Jinkang, Hong Kong's coach, wants to stay in the job for another four years to give Lee Wai-sze the best possible chance of winning another Olympic medal at Rio 2016.

The mainlander will soon reach the retirement age of 60 required by his employer, the Sports Institute, but said last night he would like to stay.

6 Oct 2012 - 2:52am

Tang on fire as HK stun Japan to book semis spot

Hong Kong boosted their hopes of winning another medal as the men's table tennis team upset third seed Japan to reach the semi-finals.

Yesterday's narrow 3-2 victory put Hong Kong one step closer to a second Olympic medal after Lee Wai-sze's bronze in the women's keirin on Friday.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Lee will provide a 'first-class challenge'

Being a medal contender has its perks. Just ask female rider Lee Wai-sze, who was upgraded to first class on her flight to London from Guangzhou.

Hong Kong coach Shen Jinkang revealed that Lee, a medal hope in the women's cycling track events and Hong Kong flag-bearer in the opening ceremony on Saturday, was bumped up to first class after the airline found out who she was.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Veteran Wong a near-certainty for fifth Olympics

Veteran Wong Kam-po is almost certain to secure a road race ticket to his fifth Olympic Games despite only finishing fifth in yesterday's national road race championship.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Our very own biggest loser

My husband and I decided it was time to lose a few kilos before the summer. In truth, a few kilos have found their way on to our frames and there they have stayed for more than a year. But I knew that to make a change, we needed a strategy.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Coach refuses to lift ban on Conca before make-or-break match

Not even the need to avoid defeat against Thailand's Buriram United in the final group match of the Asian Champions League has earned Dario Conca a reprieve as Guangzhou Evergrande go into their final group match tonight without the US$10 million Argentinian playmaker.

15 May 2012 - 12:00am

Kitchee make it hat-trick of wins

Kitchee continued their march towards the knockout phase of the AFC Cup yesterday, with a commanding 2-0 win over Vietnamese side Song Lam Nghe An at Tseung Kwan O Stadium.

The Hong Kong champions' third successive victory in group F upheld their position as one of only two teams with a 100 per cent record in the competition.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Perfect colours to carry

This spring/summer, it's not the size or shape of your bag that counts, it's the colour.

In addition to popular neutrals and acid brights, bags come in a rainbow of colours, most notably sea blues and fruity mandarins. Colour blocking in two or three tones is spring's most striking theme, as is pared-down boxy shapes.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am