Josh Ball

Hong Kong

Josh Ball

Deputy News Editor - Sport & Racing

A journalist for 25 years, Josh arrived in Hong Kong in March 2018 having spent the previous 10 years in Bermuda. He has worked all over the world in a variety of roles, while covering some of the biggest events in international news and sport.

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2022 World Cup: China slip to another defeat, as Japan ease to victory in Saitama

Osako penalty and Ito header enough to separate the sides in Group B clash. China fail to muster a single shot on target in game they had to win.

Osako penalty and Ito header enough to separate the sides in Group B clash. China fail to muster a single shot on target in game they had to win.

5 hours ago
Korn Ferry Tour: wayward Dou left ruing costly bogeys in The Bahamas as he lets victory slip from his grasp

Dou loses playoff at The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic after final round 69, with dropped shots at 16 and 18 allowing Brandon Harkins to claim victory.

Dou loses playoff at The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic after final round 69, with dropped shots at 16 and 18 allowing Brandon Harkins to claim victory.

27 Jan 2022 - 2:18PM
Winter Olympics: IOC leaving ‘no stone unturned’ to ensure safe Beijing Games as Omicron threatens Chinese capital

Christophe Dubi, the International Olympic Committee’s executive director says he can never relax in the run-up to the Games.

Christophe Dubi, the International Olympic Committee’s executive director says he can never relax in the run-up to the Games.

25 Jan 2022 - 9:21PM
Malaysian badminton star Lee Zii Jia agrees deal to have 2-year ban lifted after ‘heart to heart’ with game’s bosses

Suspension was imposed last week by Badminton Association of Malaysia after world No 7 quit the national team. In Instagram post, Lee says he know has blessing of governing body’s president Norza Zakaria.

Suspension was imposed last week by Badminton Association of Malaysia after world No 7 quit the national team. In Instagram post, Lee says he know has blessing of governing body’s president Norza Zakaria.

25 Jan 2022 - 6:42PM
Hong Kong cricketer Betty Chan part of South Coast Sapphires squad for FairBreak Invitational Women’s T20 tournament

Hong Kong spinner Betty Chan named in team for FairBreak Invitational Women’s T20 tournament in Dubai in May

Hong Kong spinner Betty Chan named in team for FairBreak Invitational Women’s T20 tournament in Dubai in May

25 Jan 2022 - 6:09PM
Asian Tour: Sadom Kaewkanjana’s takes SMBC Singapore Open and place at Open Championship with bogey-free round

Thai golfer fires two-under par 69 to finish three shots ahead of the field at Sentosa Golf Club. South Korea’s Joohyung Kim finishes top of order of merit with season earnings of US$507,553.

Thai golfer fires two-under par 69 to finish three shots ahead of the field at Sentosa Golf Club. South Korea’s Joohyung Kim finishes top of order of merit with season earnings of US$507,553.

23 Jan 2022 - 9:00PM
Netflix: the perfect chaos behind Neymar leaves us wondering is he man, monster or supreme moneymaking machine?

Three-part Netflix series on Brazilian star does give the viewer a look inside the life and times of a football player who always seems to polarise opinion, but just how much is debatable.

Three-part Netflix series on Brazilian star does give the viewer a look inside the life and times of a football player who always seems to polarise opinion, but just how much is debatable.

23 Jan 2022 - 11:35AM
Australian Open: Medvedev cruises into last 16, as China’s Zhang Shuai ends rough 24 hours with a win

Chinese player loses in women’s singles in straight sets to Elise Mertens, but wins first mixed doubles match. The triumph ended tough 24 hours on high note for Zhang, who was knocked out of the women’s doubles on Friday.

Chinese player loses in women’s singles in straight sets to Elise Mertens, but wins first mixed doubles match. The triumph ended tough 24 hours on high note for Zhang, who was knocked out of the women’s doubles on Friday.

22 Jan 2022 - 4:20PM
Omicron restrictions force Hong Kong’s women to end Rugby World Cup dream, decision ‘incredibly disappointing’ union says

Women’s 15s team was expected to play Kazakhstan in Dubai on February 13, with the winners then entering the final global repechage tournament the following week.

Women’s 15s team was expected to play Kazakhstan in Dubai on February 13, with the winners then entering the final global repechage tournament the following week.

22 Jan 2022 - 4:36PM
PGA Tour: Cantlay, Hodges and Lee make hay while the sun shines in the California desert

Lee shoots eight-under par 64 at Stadium Course during first round of The American Express PGA Tour event. Patrick Cantlay and Lee Hodges lead at 10-under.

Lee shoots eight-under par 64 at Stadium Course during first round of The American Express PGA Tour event. Patrick Cantlay and Lee Hodges lead at 10-under.

21 Jan 2022 - 2:59PM
Australian Open: Naomi Osaka suffers early exit; Ash Barty, Rafael Nadal roll on – day five, as it happened

Naomi Osaka's comeback ends in third round at hands of Amanda Anisimova, while Ash Barty and Rafael Nadal seal victories in Melbourne night session.

Naomi Osaka's comeback ends in third round at hands of Amanda Anisimova, while Ash Barty and Rafael Nadal seal victories in Melbourne night session.

21 Jan 2022 - 11:58PM
Hong Kong Football Club coach Jack Wiggins to join San Diego Legion in the MLR, in opportunity he ‘couldn’t pass up’

Wiggins is heading to America as assistant coach ahead of new season which starts next month, will be responsible for side’s defence and academy.

Wiggins is heading to America as assistant coach ahead of new season which starts next month, will be responsible for side’s defence and academy.

21 Jan 2022 - 8:45AM
Ok’s eagles help him grab share of the lead in Singapore, Carl Yuan left ruing costly bogeys in The Bahamas

Taehoon Ok and Suradit Yongcharoenchai shoot matching five-under par 66s for early clubhouse lead. Thailand’s teen sensation Ratchanon Chantananuwat among group of players who finished on three-under.

Taehoon Ok and Suradit Yongcharoenchai shoot matching five-under par 66s for early clubhouse lead. Thailand’s teen sensation Ratchanon Chantananuwat among group of players who finished on three-under.

20 Jan 2022 - 8:01PM
Korn Ferry Tour: ‘aggressive approach’ propels China’s Carl Yuan into second, has sights set on maiden win in Bahamas

A 6-under 66 moves Chinese golfer Carl Yuan to within a shot of the lead heading into final round at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic.

A 6-under 66 moves Chinese golfer Carl Yuan to within a shot of the lead heading into final round at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic.

19 Jan 2022 - 1:02PM
Australian Open: Emma Raducanu gets off to winning start, Medvedev, Murray, Kyrgios all triumph - day 2 as it happened

Emma Raducanu wins on her debut in the tournament, seeing off Sloane Stephens in three sets. Earlier, China's women continued to find form, with Zhang Shuai winning her opening match against Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic, and Wang Xinyu defeating America's Ann Li in straight sets.

Emma Raducanu wins on her debut in the tournament, seeing off Sloane Stephens in three sets. Earlier, China's women continued to find form, with Zhang Shuai winning her opening match against Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic, and Wang Xinyu defeating America's Ann Li in straight sets.

18 Jan 2022 - 9:00PM
Winter Olympics: IOC says Tokyo 2020 Delta experience will help keep Omicron out as China battles surge in new cases

IOC Executive Director Christophe Dubi says organisers’ pre-Games regime is ‘incredibly robust’ and they do not fear an Omicron outbreak.

IOC Executive Director Christophe Dubi says organisers’ pre-Games regime is ‘incredibly robust’ and they do not fear an Omicron outbreak.

17 Jan 2022 - 8:44PM
PGA Tour: China’s Li Haotong finishes Sony Open full of confidence as he looks to get career back on track

Chinese golfer finishes in a tie for 12th in Hawaii after putting lets him down in final round. Li looking to climb back up the rankings after a difficult two years that saw him fall to 460th.

Chinese golfer finishes in a tie for 12th in Hawaii after putting lets him down in final round. Li looking to climb back up the rankings after a difficult two years that saw him fall to 460th.

17 Jan 2022 - 4:12PM
PGA Tour: Matsuyama rallies for dramatic playoff victory at Sony Open, joins KJ Choi as most successful Asian golfer

The Masters champion eagled the first playoff hole to come from behind and beat Russell Henley. He is now tied with KJ Choi for the most career PGA Tour wins by an Asia-born player with eight.

The Masters champion eagled the first playoff hole to come from behind and beat Russell Henley. He is now tied with KJ Choi for the most career PGA Tour wins by an Asia-born player with eight.

17 Jan 2022 - 1:13PM
Australian Open: China's women make strong start in Melbourne, while Nadal, Osaka and Barty all win - day 1, as it happened

The first grand slam of the year finally got under way, and there were some big wins for China's women, with Wang Qiang knocking out 18th seed Coco Gauff, Zheng Qinwen dispatching Aliaksandra Sasnovich, and Wang Xiyu beating Viktoria Kuzmova. Elsewhere, Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka and Ash Barty won their first round matches with ease. 

The first grand slam of the year finally got under way, and there were some big wins for China's women, with Wang Qiang knocking out 18th seed Coco Gauff, Zheng Qinwen dispatching Aliaksandra Sasnovich, and Wang Xiyu beating Viktoria Kuzmova. Elsewhere, Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka and Ash Barty won their first round matches with ease. 

17 Jan 2022 - 6:33PM
Asian Tour: South Korea’s Joohyung Kim holds nerve to claim stunning Singapore International win

Kim recovers from squandering two-shot lead to beat Thailand’s Rattanon Wannasrichan on first extra hole. Teenage amateur sensation Ratchanon Chantananuwat finishes third after final round 69 at Tanah Merah Country Club.

Kim recovers from squandering two-shot lead to beat Thailand’s Rattanon Wannasrichan on first extra hole. Teenage amateur sensation Ratchanon Chantananuwat finishes third after final round 69 at Tanah Merah Country Club.

16 Jan 2022 - 7:12PM
Australian Open: Omicron wave forces officials to slash number of fans at grand slam by 50 per cent

Ticket sales for the Melbourne Park event will be paused at 50 per cent of capacity. In a statement, the Victoria government cites rise in ‘Covid-19 hospitalisations and cases’ as reason for decision.

Ticket sales for the Melbourne Park event will be paused at 50 per cent of capacity. In a statement, the Victoria government cites rise in ‘Covid-19 hospitalisations and cases’ as reason for decision.

13 Jan 2022 - 10:06AM
Cazoo Masters: defending champion Yan Bingtao ‘happy’ despite first-round exit, says it’s ‘best I’ve played all season’

Yan beaten 6-4 by two-times winner Mark Williams in opening game at Alexandra Palace. Welshman could face Zhao Xintong in quarter-finals if Chinese star beats John Higgins on Monday night.

Yan beaten 6-4 by two-times winner Mark Williams in opening game at Alexandra Palace. Welshman could face Zhao Xintong in quarter-finals if Chinese star beats John Higgins on Monday night.

10 Jan 2022 - 9:52AM
Asian Tour: Thailand teen golf sensation Ratchanon ‘nervous but excited’ ahead of Singapore International

14-year-old Ratchanon “TK” Chantananuwat will play in his first professional tournament overseas next week when he takes part in the Singapore International. He has also been invited to play in the SMBC Singapore Open later this month, with the two events marking the end of the Asian Tour’s 2020-21 season.

14-year-old Ratchanon “TK” Chantananuwat will play in his first professional tournament overseas next week when he takes part in the Singapore International. He has also been invited to play in the SMBC Singapore Open later this month, with the two events marking the end of the Asian Tour’s 2020-21 season.

7 Jan 2022 - 11:36AM
Beijing 2022: IOC president Thomas Bach urges people to be extra vigilant, says Covid-19 playbooks should be ‘way of life’

In series of calls with various stakeholders, Bach says Games have “started now for all of us” and urges all participants to be extra vigilant before arriving in China.

In series of calls with various stakeholders, Bach says Games have “started now for all of us” and urges all participants to be extra vigilant before arriving in China.

6 Jan 2022 - 12:04PM
Omicron: Hong Kong sport facing 2-week shutdown as government tightens Covid-19 controls in face of fifth wave threat

Governing bodies left scrambling to rearrange matches with preparations for overseas competitions also hit.

Governing bodies left scrambling to rearrange matches with preparations for overseas competitions also hit.

5 Jan 2022 - 10:02PM
Asian Tour: Masters champion Patrick Reed, Tony Finau, added to star-studded field for US$5 million Saudi International

Increased prize purse of US$5 million attracts game’s biggest stars, with tournament to feature strongest field ever on the Asian Tour.

Increased prize purse of US$5 million attracts game’s biggest stars, with tournament to feature strongest field ever on the Asian Tour.

3 Jan 2022 - 6:56PM
NFL Hall of Fame coach, television icon, John Madden dies at 85

Hall of Fame coach and voice of football to many died on Wednesday (Hong Kong time) in the US.

Hall of Fame coach and voice of football to many died on Wednesday (Hong Kong time) in the US.

29 Dec 2021 - 9:29AM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong losing another major sporting event, Fairbreak Invitational Women’s T20 going to Dubai

Fairbreak Invitational Women’s T20 had been pencilled in for May next year, but sources say tournament is now being moved to Dubai over Hong Kong’s travel restrictions.

Fairbreak Invitational Women’s T20 had been pencilled in for May next year, but sources say tournament is now being moved to Dubai over Hong Kong’s travel restrictions.

22 Dec 2021 - 12:19PM
Two China tournaments part of record-breaking 2022 European Challenge Tour season

Road to Mallorca to make back-to-back stops on mainland, with Foshan Open pencilled in for October 20 to 23. Total prize money for next year reaches HK$70 million, the most since tour’s inception in 1989.

Road to Mallorca to make back-to-back stops on mainland, with Foshan Open pencilled in for October 20 to 23. Total prize money for next year reaches HK$70 million, the most since tour’s inception in 1989.

20 Dec 2021 - 7:05PM
Hong Kong’s cricketers put through paces in Epic Group All Stars Series as squad waits for international calendar to resume

The All Stars Series winds up with HK Islanders taking a three-game victory against Kowloon Lions.

The All Stars Series winds up with HK Islanders taking a three-game victory against Kowloon Lions.

23 Dec 2021 - 9:31AM