Japan's prizefighter bulls live a pampered life

Japan's prizefighter bulls live a pampered life

Bullfighting is a centuries old tradition in southern Japan featuring pampered prizefighters, called "yokozuna" like sumo wrestlers, in a bloodless combat with no matador or sword. (Photo: AFP) 

Monday, 27 July, 2015, 5:32pm

Chinese baseball players vie for spot in Major League Baseball

Chinese baseball players vie for spot in Major League Baseball

In the wake of the first player from Major League Baseball's three development centers in China signing with a Major League team, young players from MLB China look to impress scouts.

27 Jul 2015 - 9:43am

Hong Kong runner Andre Blumberg's Grand Slam quest

Blumberg in good form Just after the Robinson Flat aid station, or 30-mile mark. Photo: Michael Lebowitz

While Djokovic and co. fight it out at Wimbledon, there’s another Grand Slam taking place in the US that’s attracting a small but growing crowd – including the attention of Hongkongers.

4 Jul 2013 - 12:47pm 2 comments

The ultimate test of mettle

Triathlete Martin Lieberz has stamina in sport and business. Photo: David Wong

Growing up in a small village in Cologne, Germany, Martin Lieberz fell in love with sport at an early age.

9 Apr 2013 - 9:35am

Kai Tak Sports Hub

An artist's impression of the planned HK$19 billion Kai Tak sports hub.

When the Beijing Municipal Government invited bids to build the best Olympic swimming venue ever for the 2008 Games, the brief to architects was simple: give us a centre that meets the Olympic criteria for swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming; that would be a popular and well-used leisure and training facility after the Games; and that costs no more than US$100 million.

5 Apr 2013 - 10:49am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, February 3, 2013

Lance Armstrong symbolises sport’s demise. Photo: AP

Convert old sites to boost land supply

I wonder how many people are really happy with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's first policy address last month.

Leung's failure to address Hong Kong's housing problem has caused his popularity to drop to a new low.

3 Feb 2013 - 6:45am 2 comments

Learning curve: what to do when heroes become zeroes

Lance Armstrong's spectacular fall from grace serves as a cautionary tale for students. Photo: AP

It was always easy to spot Ken Ho at school. From Years One to Three he often wore a soccer strip with the number 9 and Fernando Torres' last name on it.

3 Feb 2013 - 2:58pm

Sprockets of resistance

Eric Lee, co-founder of Rodafixa, says sales of fixed-gear bikes have been picking up. Photos: Nora Tam

In this era of blinged-up, electronic-geared, ultralight carbon fibre bicycles that can cost as much as a car, it is ironic that the latest trend in the two-wheeled world is actually a case of less is more. We're talking a lot less: typically a metal frame, two wheels, one gear and, often, no brakes.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:35pm

Game on

Game on

Come out and play with the season's minimalist sports aesthetic.

17 Nov 2012 - 11:13pm

Lords of the rink

Photo: Corbis

The crowd gasps as the ice hockey player lunges towards the sliding puck, his stick almost colliding with another player's head. Seconds later, his opponent slams him against the barricade in retort, squashing his face against the glass. Before the imprint fades, the pair are already at the other end of the rink, fighting it out for the elusive puck.

13 Nov 2012 - 7:02pm

38,000 runners snap up 10km race places

It may be demanding to run 10 kilometres, but an online scramble for a highly sought-after entry ticket for a race in February was just as challenging.

More than 30,000 eager runners jammed the website of the 2013 Hong Kong Standard Chartered Marathon yesterday in a first-come-first-served registration exercise that opened at 7am.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:45am

Fit & Fab

Tania Harris started competing in triathalons to help with the depression she faced after a series of miscarriages. Photo: May Tse

Tania Harris' path to triathlons was paved with failure. After nine miscarriages, two stillbirths and a pulmonary embolism within four years, the executive coach embraced the sport as a way to experience success in her life.

"I was spiralling downwards without realising it," says the 50-year-old from France.

30 Oct 2012 - 9:59am

Armstrong gone, time to vanquish doping in all sports

Doping is unacceptable and it must be banished from every sport. Cycling must show how that can be done. Photo: AP

Lance Armstrong never existed. That is the message from cycling's governing body in the wake of overwhelming evidence that he was a drug cheat. And his disappearance is being fastidiously enforced, his every mention having been expunged from the record books.

27 Oct 2012 - 1:24am


It seems the French were right after all. After years of accusing American cyclist Lance Armstrong of taking performance-enhancing drugs, it now appears certain that Armstrong's record seven straight Tour de France titles were won through an intricately planned doping conspiracy.

23 Oct 2012 - 9:58am

My life: Mark Spitz

My life: Mark Spitz

The American Olympic swimmer tells Mathew Scott his secret to winning - and, no, it wasn't the moustache.

14 Oct 2012 - 1:28pm