Andrew McNicol

Hong Kong

Andrew McNicol

Reporter, Sport

Andrew McNicol is a sports writer with a particular interest in football, rugby and mixed martial arts. He also enjoys covering local athletes and niche sports in the region. He has a master's degree in Media and Communications Governance from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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England number one Tin-Tin Ho on her table tennis-obsessed father from Hong Kong: ‘My brother is called Ping, I was going to be called Pong’

Four-time national champion and two-time Commonweath Games silver medallist Tin-Tin Ho describes training in Hong Kong and China during her rise to England’s top.

14 Aug 2020 - 8:00AM

Four-time national champion and two-time Commonweath Games silver medallist Tin-Tin Ho describes training in Hong Kong and China during her rise to England’s top.

England number one Tin-Tin Ho on her table tennis-obsessed father from Hong Kong: ‘My brother is called Ping, I was going to be called Pong’
Bayern Munich’s Sarpreet Singh on learning from Robert Lewandowski and breaking barriers in Germany’s Bundesliga

Sarpreet Singh, who joins Nurnberg on loan this season, recounts his unlikely journey to making his senior debut for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich last year.

12 Aug 2020 - 8:00AM

Sarpreet Singh, who joins Nurnberg on loan this season, recounts his unlikely journey to making his senior debut for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich last year.

Bayern Munich’s Sarpreet Singh on learning from Robert Lewandowski and breaking barriers in Germany’s Bundesliga
Hong Kong women’s triathlete Bailee Brown on giving up her Canadian passport and dreams of being city’s Gwen Jorgensen

Asian Games medallist Bailee Brown confirms she will represent Hong Kong throughout her athletic career as she waits for international circuit to return.

8 Aug 2020 - 9:00AM

Asian Games medallist Bailee Brown confirms she will represent Hong Kong throughout her athletic career as she waits for international circuit to return.

Hong Kong women’s triathlete Bailee Brown on giving up her Canadian passport and dreams of being city’s Gwen Jorgensen
Hong Kong women’s footballer Wai Yuen-ting leaves Albanian champions Vllaznia after history-making season

Wai Yuen-ting helped seven-time reigning Albanian champions Vllaznia to a league and cup title, as well as Uefa Champions League qualification.

4 Aug 2020 - 2:58PM

Wai Yuen-ting helped seven-time reigning Albanian champions Vllaznia to a league and cup title, as well as Uefa Champions League qualification.

Hong Kong women’s footballer Wai Yuen-ting leaves Albanian champions Vllaznia after history-making season
Hong Kong Sevens cancellation leads to HK$151 million loss, but HKRU says it has reserves to weather Covid-19 storm

Hong Kong Rugby Union chief executive Robbie McRobbie says ‘fragility’ of its commercial model exposed as the Sevens accounts for 95 per cent of revenue.

30 Jul 2020 - 10:32PM

Hong Kong Rugby Union chief executive Robbie McRobbie says ‘fragility’ of its commercial model exposed as the Sevens accounts for 95 per cent of revenue.

Hong Kong Sevens cancellation leads to HK$151 million loss, but HKRU says it has reserves to weather Covid-19 storm
How Hong Kong athletes Jake Smith and Wong Tsz-to went from arch rivals to Olympic hopefuls

Team GB’s Jake Smith recalls always losing to Hong Kong triathlete Wong Tsz-to in their school days as the pair aim for postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

30 Jul 2020 - 1:39PM

Team GB’s Jake Smith recalls always losing to Hong Kong triathlete Wong Tsz-to in their school days as the pair aim for postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

How Hong Kong athletes Jake Smith and Wong Tsz-to went from arch rivals to Olympic hopefuls
Tokyo 2020: Team GB record-breaker Jake Smith reminisces over Hong Kong upbringing as Olympic dream edges closer

Hong Kong-raised Smith earns senior debut for Team Great Britain at the World Half Marathon Championships in October and dreams of Tokyo 2020.

28 Jul 2020 - 8:00AM

Hong Kong-raised Smith earns senior debut for Team Great Britain at the World Half Marathon Championships in October and dreams of Tokyo 2020.

Tokyo 2020: Team GB record-breaker Jake Smith reminisces over Hong Kong upbringing as Olympic dream edges closer
NBA G League president praises Filipino basketball star Kai Sotto – ‘The best young player from Asia’

Kai Sotto begins his NBA G League adventure with a message from president Shareef Abdur-Rahim; says he will ‘stay humble’ in historic NBA mission.

22 Jul 2020 - 4:14PM

Kai Sotto begins his NBA G League adventure with a message from president Shareef Abdur-Rahim; says he will ‘stay humble’ in historic NBA mission.

NBA G League president praises Filipino basketball star Kai Sotto – ‘The best young player from Asia’
Hong Kong women’s football in safe hands as promising teen Sneha Limbu outlines top-flight dream

Hong Kong women’s youth footballer Sneha Limbu looks to emulate Neymar’s Samba skills after graduating to Citizen’s senior team set-up; aims for Asian Games success.

22 Jul 2020 - 10:02PM

Hong Kong women’s youth footballer Sneha Limbu looks to emulate Neymar’s Samba skills after graduating to Citizen’s senior team set-up; aims for Asian Games success.

Hong Kong women’s football in safe hands as promising teen Sneha Limbu outlines top-flight dream
Judo helps to create not just fighters but footballers, according to Japan under-23 goalkeeper Louis Yamaguchi

Japan U-23s footballer Louis Yamaguchi recalls practising judo in the prestigious Kodokan school alongside ONE Championship’s Itsuki Hirata in Tokyo.

17 Jul 2020 - 1:07AM

Japan U-23s footballer Louis Yamaguchi recalls practising judo in the prestigious Kodokan school alongside ONE Championship’s Itsuki Hirata in Tokyo.

Judo helps to create not just fighters but footballers, according to Japan under-23 goalkeeper Louis Yamaguchi
Hong Kong footballer Wai Yuen-ting becomes first Hongkonger ever to win a European league title with Vllaznia Shkoder

Wai helps Albanian outfit Vllaznia to Champions League qualifier spot after undefeated season.

14 Jul 2020 - 5:26PM

Wai helps Albanian outfit Vllaznia to Champions League qualifier spot after undefeated season.

Hong Kong footballer Wai Yuen-ting becomes first Hongkonger ever to win a European league title with Vllaznia Shkoder
UFC 251: ‘I’ll fight Jorge Masvidal for free’ says former teammate and flatmate Colby Covington

Colby Covington exposes former American Top Team teammate Jorge Masvidal, saying ‘last time we trained, he got knocked down with a high kick’.

13 Jul 2020 - 7:32PM

Colby Covington exposes former American Top Team teammate Jorge Masvidal, saying ‘last time we trained, he got knocked down with a high kick’.

UFC 251: ‘I’ll fight Jorge Masvidal for free’ says former teammate and flatmate Colby Covington
UFC 251: Dana White lauds ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas after suffering black eye in Jessica Andrade war

Dana White posts photo of Rose Namajunas’ nasty-looking shiner as she compares Jessica Andrade fight to fight-of-the-year favourite Weili Zhang vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

13 Jul 2020 - 7:06PM

Dana White posts photo of Rose Namajunas’ nasty-looking shiner as she compares Jessica Andrade fight to fight-of-the-year favourite Weili Zhang vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

UFC 251: Dana White lauds ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas after suffering black eye in Jessica Andrade war
UFC 251: Dana White feels for ‘devastated’ Max Holloway as he questions judging in Alex Volkanovski fight

Dana White sympathises with Max Holloway after his narrow split-decision loss to UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski on Fight Island.

12 Jul 2020 - 8:28PM

Dana White sympathises with Max Holloway after his narrow split-decision loss to UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski on Fight Island.

UFC 251: Dana White feels for ‘devastated’ Max Holloway as he questions judging in Alex Volkanovski fight
UFC 251: Dana White slams ‘horrible’ refereeing in Petr Yan vs Jose Aldo fight – ‘looks like we have to tighten up’

Dana White believes Petr Yan’s fifth-round TKO win against Jose Aldo ‘should have been stopped sooner’ by referee Leon Roberts at UFC 251 on Fight Island.

12 Jul 2020 - 7:48PM

Dana White believes Petr Yan’s fifth-round TKO win against Jose Aldo ‘should have been stopped sooner’ by referee Leon Roberts at UFC 251 on Fight Island.

UFC 251: Dana White slams ‘horrible’ refereeing in Petr Yan vs Jose Aldo fight – ‘looks like we have to tighten up’
UFC 251: Dana White tells Paige VanZant to ‘test free agency’ after first-round loss to Amanda Ribas

UFC president Dana White compares Paige VanZant’s performance against Amanda Ribas on Fight Island to that of ‘stupid’ heavyweight Curtis Blaydes.

12 Jul 2020 - 6:55PM

UFC president Dana White compares Paige VanZant’s performance against Amanda Ribas on Fight Island to that of ‘stupid’ heavyweight Curtis Blaydes.

UFC 251: Dana White tells Paige VanZant to ‘test free agency’ after first-round loss to Amanda Ribas
UFC 251: Jorge Masvidal insists he has ‘formula’ to beat Kamaru Usman in rematch

Jorge Masvidal says he ‘let a lot of people down’ and made mistakes during UFC 251 loss to welterweight champ Kamaru Usman – ‘I wanna take his head off even more now’.

12 Jul 2020 - 7:31PM

Jorge Masvidal says he ‘let a lot of people down’ and made mistakes during UFC 251 loss to welterweight champ Kamaru Usman – ‘I wanna take his head off even more now’.

UFC 251: Jorge Masvidal insists he has ‘formula’ to beat Kamaru Usman in rematch
UFC 251: Alexander Volkanovski edges Max Holloway in controversial split decision to retain featherweight title

Alexander Volkanovski returns from losing first two rounds and suffering two knock-downs to beat Max Holloway in their UFC 251 rematch and defend his featherweight title.

12 Jul 2020 - 6:37PM

Alexander Volkanovski returns from losing first two rounds and suffering two knock-downs to beat Max Holloway in their UFC 251 rematch and defend his featherweight title.

UFC 251: Alexander Volkanovski edges Max Holloway in controversial split decision to retain featherweight title
UFC 251: Amanda Ribas submits Paige VanZant with slick first-round armbar on Fight Island

Amanda Ribas takes a swipe at her critics after beating Paige VanZant with a slick arm bar at UFC 251 on Fight Island, saying ‘people did not trust that I could beat her’.

12 Jul 2020 - 6:23PM

Amanda Ribas takes a swipe at her critics after beating Paige VanZant with a slick arm bar at UFC 251 on Fight Island, saying ‘people did not trust that I could beat her’.

UFC 251: Amanda Ribas submits Paige VanZant with slick first-round armbar on Fight Island
UFC 251: Kamaru Usman sad his father won’t see him ‘break’ Jorge Masvidal ‘internally’

UFC 251 bittersweet for Kamaru Usman, who says ‘it would’ve meant a lot’ if his father – released from jail earlier this year – could have been cageside to see him fight Jorge Masvidal.

10 Jul 2020 - 12:14PM

UFC 251 bittersweet for Kamaru Usman, who says ‘it would’ve meant a lot’ if his father – released from jail earlier this year – could have been cageside to see him fight Jorge Masvidal.

UFC 251: Kamaru Usman sad his father won’t see him ‘break’ Jorge Masvidal ‘internally’
UFC 251: Amanda Ribas wants to steal some of ‘crazy’ Paige VanZant’s fans on Fight Island

Brazilian flyweight Amanda Ribas looks to win over some of Paige VanZant’s impressive social media following with victory on Fight Island, as she outlines ‘champ champ’ dream.

9 Jul 2020 - 5:06AM

Brazilian flyweight Amanda Ribas looks to win over some of Paige VanZant’s impressive social media following with victory on Fight Island, as she outlines ‘champ champ’ dream.

UFC 251: Amanda Ribas wants to steal some of ‘crazy’ Paige VanZant’s fans on Fight Island
UFC 251: Fight Island ‘doesn’t feel like an island’ says Rose Namajunas

Former strawweight champ Rose Namajunas says Fight Island in Abu Dhabi ‘like a ghost town’ but preparation for UFC 251 fight vs Jessica Andrade has been ‘peaceful’.

9 Jul 2020 - 4:47AM

Former strawweight champ Rose Namajunas says Fight Island in Abu Dhabi ‘like a ghost town’ but preparation for UFC 251 fight vs Jessica Andrade has been ‘peaceful’.

UFC 251: Fight Island ‘doesn’t feel like an island’ says Rose Namajunas
UFC 251: ‘I can beat Nate Diaz even with Covid-19’ – ticked off Gilbert Burns responds to Usman vs Masvidal ‘real fight’ comments

Gilbert Burns is infuriated by Nate Diaz insinuations that he is not a ‘real fighter’, saying he could ‘easily slap’ Diaz up for what he feels is ‘clout chasing’ antics.

8 Jul 2020 - 6:02PM

Gilbert Burns is infuriated by Nate Diaz insinuations that he is not a ‘real fighter’, saying he could ‘easily slap’ Diaz up for what he feels is ‘clout chasing’ antics.

UFC 251: ‘I can beat Nate Diaz even with Covid-19’ – ticked off Gilbert Burns responds to Usman vs Masvidal ‘real fight’ comments
UFC 251: Kamaru Usman ‘terrorising’ Dana White to put Jorge Masvidal’s ‘BMF’ belt on the line

Kamaru Usman is desperate for Jorge Masvidal’s BMF belt to be added to the mix at UFC 251 on Sunday – but ‘Gamebred’ says he’s fighting the ‘dorkiest’, not the ‘baddest’.

8 Jul 2020 - 4:05PM

Kamaru Usman is desperate for Jorge Masvidal’s BMF belt to be added to the mix at UFC 251 on Sunday – but ‘Gamebred’ says he’s fighting the ‘dorkiest’, not the ‘baddest’.

UFC 251: Kamaru Usman ‘terrorising’ Dana White to put Jorge Masvidal’s ‘BMF’ belt on the line
UFC 251: Jorge Masvidal says Dana White will ‘treat me accordingly moving forward’ after ‘lowballing’ him

Jorge Masvidal making ‘very close’ to asking price after taking UFC 251 fight vs Kamaru Usman on six days’ notice, but laments being ‘undercut’ by Dana White in original negotiations.

8 Jul 2020 - 12:05PM

Jorge Masvidal making ‘very close’ to asking price after taking UFC 251 fight vs Kamaru Usman on six days’ notice, but laments being ‘undercut’ by Dana White in original negotiations.

UFC 251: Jorge Masvidal says Dana White will ‘treat me accordingly moving forward’ after ‘lowballing’ him
UFC 251: Colby Covington says Kamaru Usman will ‘body bag’ Jorge Masvidal – ‘the easiest bet of all time’

Colby Covington recalls living with former teammate Jorge Masvidal, saying he will ‘load the house’ on champion Kamaru Usman winning at UFC 251.

8 Jul 2020 - 12:06PM

Colby Covington recalls living with former teammate Jorge Masvidal, saying he will ‘load the house’ on champion Kamaru Usman winning at UFC 251.

UFC 251: Colby Covington says Kamaru Usman will ‘body bag’ Jorge Masvidal – ‘the easiest bet of all time’
UFC 251: Kamaru Usman not fooled by Jorge Masvidal’s six days’ notice narrative – ‘been training whole time’

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman warns fans not to fall for Jorge Masvidal’s short-notice ‘excuses’ or ‘gangster’ personality.

8 Jul 2020 - 12:07PM

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman warns fans not to fall for Jorge Masvidal’s short-notice ‘excuses’ or ‘gangster’ personality.

UFC 251: Kamaru Usman not fooled by Jorge Masvidal’s six days’ notice narrative – ‘been training whole time’
UFC 251: Nate Diaz calls Usman vs Masvidal ‘a real fight’; Covid-19 pull-out Gilbert Burns says he will ‘slap’ Diaz

Nate Diaz says the late replacement Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal match-up is a ‘better fight’ than original title contest with Gilbert Burns, who snaps back.

6 Jul 2020 - 5:00PM

Nate Diaz says the late replacement Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal match-up is a ‘better fight’ than original title contest with Gilbert Burns, who snaps back.

UFC 251: Nate Diaz calls Usman vs Masvidal ‘a real fight’; Covid-19 pull-out Gilbert Burns says he will ‘slap’ Diaz
UFC 251: Jorge Masvidal passes Covid-19 test to make Kamaru Usman replacement fight official

BMF winner Jorge Masvidal takes on UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on six days’ notice as they prepare to fly to Abu Dhabi for more Covid-19 tests.

6 Jul 2020 - 9:16PM

BMF winner Jorge Masvidal takes on UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on six days’ notice as they prepare to fly to Abu Dhabi for more Covid-19 tests.

UFC 251: Jorge Masvidal passes Covid-19 test to make Kamaru Usman replacement fight official
UFC 251: Max Holloway has done ‘no sparring’ and trains ‘through Zoom’ for Alexander Volkanovski rematch

Max Holloway says he saw his coaches for the first time at the airport on the way to ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi and likens waiting for Covid-19 tests to fighting.

6 Jul 2020 - 11:42AM

Max Holloway says he saw his coaches for the first time at the airport on the way to ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi and likens waiting for Covid-19 tests to fighting.

UFC 251: Max Holloway has done ‘no sparring’ and trains ‘through Zoom’ for Alexander Volkanovski rematch