SoftBank raises Sprint offer, shareholder vote delayed

SoftBank Corp has sweetened its offer for Sprint Nextel Corp to US$21.6 billion (HK$167.7 billion). Photo: AFP

Japan’s SoftBank Corp said on Tuesday that it has agreed with Sprint Nextel Corp to raise its offer for the US wireless operator to US$21.6 billion (HK$167.7 billion) from a previous offer of US$20.1 billion.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 10:11am

Justin Gatlin retains Prefontaine 100m title

Justin Gatlin crosses the line ahead of Michael Rodgers and Ryan Bailey in the final of the 100m at the Prefontaine Classic. Photo: EPA

Veteran sprinter Justin Gatlin turned back the clock with a victory in the 100 metres at the Prefontaine Classic athletics meet. Gatlin, 31, won in a wind-aided time of 9.88 seconds, beating fellow Americans Michael Rodgers and Ryan Bailey.

3 Jun 2013 - 4:39am

Editor's picks: aerodynamics

Editor's picks: aerodynamics

The triathlon craze has spawned a new generation of high-spec apparel and equipment, writes Jamie Carter.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:12pm

Shibala has tactical speed to prevail

Shibala has had a career punctuated with problems, but there has been no doubt about his ability and the Manfred Man Ka-leung-trained sprinter is in the right form to snare a tricky Sports Club Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup at Happy Valley tonight.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Sprint Cup has scope to become an international

Possibly it has just been serendipity but the racing over the past two weekends has taken on a familiar appearance, albeit configured a little differently.

Across the April 29 and May 6 meetings, we have had Group race features over 1,200m, 1,600m (international), 2,000m (international) and 2,400m, which looks not unlike a certain meeting in December.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Sunrise primed to light up the night

The four next to Sunrise's name in the form guide will correctly signify his finishing position behind Lucky Warrior last start, but the number doesn't begin to describe the impossible task Dennis Yip Chor-hong's horse was set when he was beaten a head in a blanket finish.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Punters line up for happy score in TT

A HK$4.5 million jackpot should generate a big Triple Trio pool tomorrow night at Happy Valley, where barrier one on the 'C' course makes Almond Lee's Happy Score a solid banker in the final leg.

Officials estimate a payout of HK$7 million for the TT, and Lee's in-form five-year-old should be the first horse marked on tickets in the Class Four final leg.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Fortune smiles on Lucky Nine in a thriller

Fortune swung the way of the 'unlucky' Lucky Nine as the gutsy galloper re-ignited the international aspirations of trainer Caspar Fownes with a thrilling win in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint.

Despite a less than ideal run throughout, Lucky Nine prevailed in a gripping, three-way battle over the final furlong with Entrapment and Joy And Fun, who dead-heated for second.

12 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Little Bridge has solid foundations

The blink-and-you'll-miss it nature of the HK$14 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (1,200m) means everything has to go the winner's way.

A half-step slow out of the gates, jockey error or simple bad luck in running equals 'race over' in the most frantic and unpredictable of the Group Ones on International Day.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Moore hoping his full hand wins more than one trick

Hong Kong's leading big-race trainer, John Moore, has had his share of disappointments at recent Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Race days but has declared his team for the showpiece as his 'best ever'.

Two years ago, Moore turned up expecting multiple wins but had to settle for seconds in the Sprint, Mile and Cup, while he didn't even get as far as the races in 2010.

10 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Luck of the draw smiles on HK

Hong Kong prospects of reclaiming Sunday's HK$14 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint crown swelled at the barrier draw yesterday, but the foreign raiders lost no ground in the Mile and the Cup.

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Japanese give a glimpse into unorthodox methods

The Japanese visitors gave an insight into their training strategies at Sha Tin yesterday when three of their international contenders went head and head in a sharp breeze on the all-weather track.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Lee keeps her London dream alive for Hong Kong

Hong Kong's Lee Wai-sze has kept her Olympic hopes alive after a seventh-place finish in the women's sprint at the World Cup Track Classic in Cali, Colombia, yesterday.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Ambitious Owner can kick-start TT in style

Maxime Guyon will be in the hot seat when he reunites with Ambitious Dragon at Sha Tin on Sunday, but he will get a chance to warm up earlier in the day on the superstar's less illustrious stablemate Ambitious Owner.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Bullish Champion shows his true sprinting prowess

Gerald Mosse fell in love with Bullish Champion the moment he climbed aboard him and the colt lived up to the Frenchman's opinion with a giant-killing Class Two win.

Stepping back to 1,200m, Bullish Champion led all the way and dented a couple of reputations while enhancing his own.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am