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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Japan’s Naomi Osaka and Kento Momota hold Asian hopes at Laureus World Sports Awards

Naomi Osaka will contend for Sportswoman of the Year after US Open triumph, while Kento Momota is nominated for best comeback having returned to world number one after car crash.

25 Feb 2021 - 6:21PM

Naomi Osaka will contend for Sportswoman of the Year after US Open triumph, while Kento Momota is nominated for best comeback having returned to world number one after car crash.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka and Kento Momota hold Asian hopes at Laureus World Sports Awards
Tiger Woods: Barack Obama, Donald Trump and sports world pay tribute to golf legend after crash leaves him with serious leg injuries

Mike Tyson, Stephen Curry, Serena Williams and more send thoughts and prayers to the 45-year-old ‘fighter’ Tiger Woods.

24 Feb 2021 - 7:52PM

Mike Tyson, Stephen Curry, Serena Williams and more send thoughts and prayers to the 45-year-old ‘fighter’ Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods: Barack Obama, Donald Trump and sports world pay tribute to golf legend after crash leaves him with serious leg injuries
Canadian-Hong Kong footballer Marcus Choy pursues Spanish dream despite Covid-19 risks and worried parents – ‘Are you mad?’

New CD Maspalomas signing Marcus Choy convinces his parents to let him move to Spain – ‘They thought I’d last a month’ – despite the high Covid-19 cases and ongoing studies at the University of Toronto.

24 Feb 2021 - 6:41PM

New CD Maspalomas signing Marcus Choy convinces his parents to let him move to Spain – ‘They thought I’d last a month’ – despite the high Covid-19 cases and ongoing studies at the University of Toronto.

Canadian-Hong Kong footballer Marcus Choy pursues Spanish dream despite Covid-19 risks and worried parents – ‘Are you mad?’
UFC: South Korean fighter Choi Seung-woo’s journey from DMZ to featherweight fairy tale

Choi Seung-woo dreaming of UFC featherweight title after Las Vegas triumph marks turning point in fighting mission forged in hills by the North Korean border.

20 Feb 2021 - 10:00AM

Choi Seung-woo dreaming of UFC featherweight title after Las Vegas triumph marks turning point in fighting mission forged in hills by the North Korean border.

UFC: South Korean fighter Choi Seung-woo’s journey from DMZ to featherweight fairy tale
Australian Open: Naomi Osaka speaks out about race and gender inequality because she was also ‘misunderstood’, says coach

Naomi Osaka, who seeks her fourth grand slam title this weekend, speaks ‘from her heart’ when she condemns anti-Asian, -black or -female sentiment, says fitness coach Yutaka Nakamura.

23 Feb 2021 - 9:12PM

Naomi Osaka, who seeks her fourth grand slam title this weekend, speaks ‘from her heart’ when she condemns anti-Asian, -black or -female sentiment, says fitness coach Yutaka Nakamura.

Australian Open: Naomi Osaka speaks out about race and gender inequality because she was also ‘misunderstood’, says coach
UFC: Kamaru Usman wants middleweight title – but only if Israel Adesanya vacates it

UFC welterweight champ Kamaru Usman would ‘rather two Africans with belts’ but is open to moving up if Israel Adesanya stays at 205 pounds.

18 Feb 2021 - 4:48PM

UFC welterweight champ Kamaru Usman would ‘rather two Africans with belts’ but is open to moving up if Israel Adesanya stays at 205 pounds.

UFC: Kamaru Usman wants middleweight title – but only if Israel Adesanya vacates it
Kau Sai Chau golfers claim ongoing unfair privileges for 1010 callers

Hong Kong Telecom operating ‘about 100 lines’ into the system allowing ‘bigger chance’ of playing as agents appear again selling tee times – golf course promises new online system will ‘redefine the booking experience’.

14 Feb 2021 - 12:08PM

Hong Kong Telecom operating ‘about 100 lines’ into the system allowing ‘bigger chance’ of playing as agents appear again selling tee times – golf course promises new online system will ‘redefine the booking experience’.

Kau Sai Chau golfers claim ongoing unfair privileges for 1010 callers
Australian Open: Meet Naomi Osaka and Maria Sharapova’s dream-chasing Japanese fitness guru, Yutaka Nakamura

Tokyo-born Yutaka Nakamura, who has coached Maria Sharapova and Kei Nishikori, will come full circle if he and Naomi Osaka compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

13 Feb 2021 - 5:45PM

Tokyo-born Yutaka Nakamura, who has coached Maria Sharapova and Kei Nishikori, will come full circle if he and Naomi Osaka compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Australian Open: Meet Naomi Osaka and Maria Sharapova’s dream-chasing Japanese fitness guru, Yutaka Nakamura
Japan star Naomi Osaka ‘understanding her mission’ to dominate tennis world, says coach Yutaka Nakamura

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka starts Australian Open with a bang, ‘looking forward to opening a new chapter’ after turning a physical and mental corner.

11 Feb 2021 - 10:49AM

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka starts Australian Open with a bang, ‘looking forward to opening a new chapter’ after turning a physical and mental corner.

Japan star Naomi Osaka ‘understanding her mission’ to dominate tennis world, says coach Yutaka Nakamura
Hong Kong racer Antares Au on why he risks it all in name of motorsport ahead of Asian Le Mans outing

Amateur driver Antares Au weighs missing his wife’s birthday and family Lunar New Year celebrations for a Covid-19-impacted endurance series in Dubai.

9 Feb 2021 - 12:25PM

Amateur driver Antares Au weighs missing his wife’s birthday and family Lunar New Year celebrations for a Covid-19-impacted endurance series in Dubai.

Hong Kong racer Antares Au on why he risks it all in name of motorsport ahead of Asian Le Mans outing
Floyd Mayweather ignites Jake Paul boxing feud and says he wants to face brother Logan and 50 Cent

Floyd Mayweather says he will face ‘fake professional fighter’ Jake Paul if YouTuber beats retired MMA star Ben Askren, as social media exchanges turn sour.

5 Feb 2021 - 12:16AM

Floyd Mayweather says he will face ‘fake professional fighter’ Jake Paul if YouTuber beats retired MMA star Ben Askren, as social media exchanges turn sour.

Floyd Mayweather ignites Jake Paul boxing feud and says he wants to face brother Logan and 50 Cent
Explainer | Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Top 10 Asian prospects who can break the ice

Will Yuzuru Hanyu win his third gold medal? Can Eileen Gu put China on the snow sports map? Is the Japanese women’s ice hockey team about to make history?

7 Feb 2021 - 11:25AM

Will Yuzuru Hanyu win his third gold medal? Can Eileen Gu put China on the snow sports map? Is the Japanese women’s ice hockey team about to make history?

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Top 10 Asian prospects who can break the ice
Former Hong Kong footballer Calvin Harris joins FC Cincinnati after starring in 2021 MLS Superdraft

Calvin Harris, who spent four years in Hong Kong, will play under Dutch manager Jaap Stam after being picked second overall in the 2021 MLS Superdraft.

1 Feb 2021 - 3:30PM

Calvin Harris, who spent four years in Hong Kong, will play under Dutch manager Jaap Stam after being picked second overall in the 2021 MLS Superdraft.

Former Hong Kong footballer Calvin Harris joins FC Cincinnati after starring in 2021 MLS Superdraft
Chinese-Canadian racing driver Samantha Tan leaves ‘bad Asian drivers’ stereotype in dust after historic wins in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Samantha Tan has been ‘trying to prove that stereotype wrong my entire life’ after becoming the first Asian, Canadian and female to win Dubai and Abu Dhabi races.

28 Jan 2021 - 3:59PM

Samantha Tan has been ‘trying to prove that stereotype wrong my entire life’ after becoming the first Asian, Canadian and female to win Dubai and Abu Dhabi races.

Chinese-Canadian racing driver Samantha Tan leaves ‘bad Asian drivers’ stereotype in dust after historic wins in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Taiwanese-American golf sisters Isabelle and Kaitleen Shee on short skirts, viral videos and Asian upbringing

The ‘Shee Sisters’, Isabelle and Kaitleen, proving a big hit in the social media world – ‘We’re in a new era but golf is still a very conservative sport’.

1 Feb 2021 - 11:04AM

The ‘Shee Sisters’, Isabelle and Kaitleen, proving a big hit in the social media world – ‘We’re in a new era but golf is still a very conservative sport’.

Taiwanese-American golf sisters Isabelle and Kaitleen Shee on short skirts, viral videos and Asian upbringing
Hong Kong racer Shaun Thong becomes first Chinese driver to win Japan’s Super Taikyu Series

The 24-year-old Shaun Thong helps debuting Team Hirix through fires, crashes and hospital visits as final series round cancelled because of Covid-19 state of emergency in Japan.

27 Jan 2021 - 6:52PM

The 24-year-old Shaun Thong helps debuting Team Hirix through fires, crashes and hospital visits as final series round cancelled because of Covid-19 state of emergency in Japan.

Hong Kong racer Shaun Thong becomes first Chinese driver to win Japan’s Super Taikyu Series
UFC: Floyd Mayweather reignites Conor McGregor feud, complains of racism and fans of double standards

Floyd Mayweather calls Conor McGregor a ‘con artist’ who ‘can steal everything from me and be loved but I’m hated’, then rips into the Irishman’s potential Manny Pacquiao crossover bout.

26 Jan 2021 - 5:05PM

Floyd Mayweather calls Conor McGregor a ‘con artist’ who ‘can steal everything from me and be loved but I’m hated’, then rips into the Irishman’s potential Manny Pacquiao crossover bout.

UFC: Floyd Mayweather reignites Conor McGregor feud, complains of racism and fans of double standards
UFC: Nate Diaz rips Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, laughs at state of lightweight division

Nate Diaz claims retired UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘ran off’ and ‘didn’t want’ to fight him.

26 Jan 2021 - 3:23PM

Nate Diaz claims retired UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘ran off’ and ‘didn’t want’ to fight him.

UFC: Nate Diaz rips Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, laughs at state of lightweight division
Chinese-born jiu-jitsu black belt Grace Gundrum beating world champions at just 18

‘The Silent Assassin’ trains under Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet system and has already beaten multiple world champions.

25 Jan 2021 - 8:00AM

‘The Silent Assassin’ trains under Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet system and has already beaten multiple world champions.

Chinese-born jiu-jitsu black belt Grace Gundrum beating world champions at just 18
As axing of Hong Kong Rugby Union Elite Rugby Programme sinks in, reality bites for local stars

Top players Luke van der Smit, Sam Tsoi Kin-san, Josh Henderson and Jack Parfitt underline uncertain future but insist World Cup goal still alive.

23 Jan 2021 - 10:41PM

Top players Luke van der Smit, Sam Tsoi Kin-san, Josh Henderson and Jack Parfitt underline uncertain future but insist World Cup goal still alive.

As axing of Hong Kong Rugby Union Elite Rugby Programme sinks in, reality bites for local stars
Hong Kong Rugby Union axes professional men’s 15s elite programme as Covid-19 continues to crush budgets

The Elite Rugby Programme, comprising 30 professional athletes and five staff, will not have their contracts renewed after June, but men’s and women’s sevens and the women’s 15s escape cutbacks.

18 Jan 2021 - 3:37PM

The Elite Rugby Programme, comprising 30 professional athletes and five staff, will not have their contracts renewed after June, but men’s and women’s sevens and the women’s 15s escape cutbacks.

Hong Kong Rugby Union axes professional men’s 15s elite programme as Covid-19 continues to crush budgets
UFC: Conor McGregor ‘certainly a viewer’ of YouTuber Jake Paul’s venture into boxing world

UFC icon Conor McGregor praises YouTuber Jake Paul’s ‘good business’ with former NBA star Nate Robinson – ‘if it makes dollars, it makes sense’.

16 Jan 2021 - 8:53PM

UFC icon Conor McGregor praises YouTuber Jake Paul’s ‘good business’ with former NBA star Nate Robinson – ‘if it makes dollars, it makes sense’.

UFC: Conor McGregor ‘certainly a viewer’ of YouTuber Jake Paul’s venture into boxing world
UFC: Diego Maradona face-off tribute paid by Argentine Santiago Ponzinibbio and Chinese opponent Li Jingliang

Santiago Ponzinibbio unfurls a banner of late Argentine football legend Diego Maradona ahead of UFC welterweight fight with China’s Li ‘The Leech’ Jingliang.

16 Jan 2021 - 7:30PM

Santiago Ponzinibbio unfurls a banner of late Argentine football legend Diego Maradona ahead of UFC welterweight fight with China’s Li ‘The Leech’ Jingliang.

UFC: Diego Maradona face-off tribute paid by Argentine Santiago Ponzinibbio and Chinese opponent Li Jingliang
UFC: Tony Ferguson quotes ‘funny’ Hong Kong film ‘Kung Fu Hustle’ amid lightweight comeback grind

Tony Ferguson recalls legendary fight scene between main characters and ‘The Beast’, played by Bruce Leung Siu-lung, and says he is still ‘in that space where people tap’.

16 Jan 2021 - 7:45PM

Tony Ferguson recalls legendary fight scene between main characters and ‘The Beast’, played by Bruce Leung Siu-lung, and says he is still ‘in that space where people tap’.

UFC: Tony Ferguson quotes ‘funny’ Hong Kong film ‘Kung Fu Hustle’ amid lightweight comeback grind
UFC: Dana White elaborates on illegal streamers warning – ‘I look forward to the crying and begging’

UFC president Dana White says he’s already ‘caught a lot of people’ and while he can’t shut down entire illegal streaming industry, he warns ‘watch what happens’.

14 Jan 2021 - 4:30PM

UFC president Dana White says he’s already ‘caught a lot of people’ and while he can’t shut down entire illegal streaming industry, he warns ‘watch what happens’.

UFC: Dana White elaborates on illegal streamers warning – ‘I look forward to the crying and begging’
UFC: Nate Diaz fight in works; will put him ‘in a really good position’ says Dana White

UFC president Dana White is working on a fight at lightweight for Nate Diaz, and says it will put him ‘in a really good position’.

14 Jan 2021 - 3:16PM

UFC president Dana White is working on a fight at lightweight for Nate Diaz, and says it will put him ‘in a really good position’.

UFC: Nate Diaz fight in works; will put him ‘in a really good position’ says Dana White
Explainer | Jeremy Lin: bio, ‘Linsanity’, earnings, an NBA championship and his return from China

From the Knicks’ 2011-12 NBA era to becoming an All-Star in his only CBA season, Jeremy Lin managed to scale the heights despite no scholarship, no draft pick and racial discrimination.

14 Jan 2021 - 4:15PM

From the Knicks’ 2011-12 NBA era to becoming an All-Star in his only CBA season, Jeremy Lin managed to scale the heights despite no scholarship, no draft pick and racial discrimination.

Jeremy Lin: bio, ‘Linsanity’, earnings, an NBA championship and his return from China
UFC: Dana White will push retired Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘as hard as I can’ for a 30-0 comeback fight

UFC president Dana White hopes to talk Khabib Nurmagomedov into Octagon return and complete late father’s wish; Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov died from Covid-19 last year.

11 Jan 2021 - 9:00PM

UFC president Dana White hopes to talk Khabib Nurmagomedov into Octagon return and complete late father’s wish; Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov died from Covid-19 last year.

UFC: Dana White will push retired Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘as hard as I can’ for a 30-0 comeback fight
UFC: Conor McGregor vows to KO Dustin Poirier ‘inside 60 seconds’ as Dana White dangles Khabib title fight

Conor McGregor says opponent Dustin Poirier is ‘a great fighter, but great is still levels below me’ ahead of the UFC 257 card in Abu Dhabi on January 23.

11 Jan 2021 - 8:00PM

Conor McGregor says opponent Dustin Poirier is ‘a great fighter, but great is still levels below me’ ahead of the UFC 257 card in Abu Dhabi on January 23.

UFC: Conor McGregor vows to KO Dustin Poirier ‘inside 60 seconds’ as Dana White dangles Khabib title fight
UFC: Conor McGregor in ‘the best shape he’s ever been’ ahead of Dustin Poirier rematch, says nutritionist and coaches

Conor McGregor’s nutritionist explains his ‘phenomenal’ body composition ahead of UFC 257 match-up against Dustin Poirier this month.

11 Jan 2021 - 7:00PM

Conor McGregor’s nutritionist explains his ‘phenomenal’ body composition ahead of UFC 257 match-up against Dustin Poirier this month.

UFC: Conor McGregor in ‘the best shape he’s ever been’ ahead of Dustin Poirier rematch, says nutritionist and coaches