Nicolas Atkin

Nicolas is a production editor on the South China Morning Post's sport desk. He was previously a sports writer for ESPN, and can be found on most days trying to think of ways he can pretend professional wrestling is a sport so that he can write about it.
Nicolas Atkin
Nicolas is a production editor on the South China Morning Post's sport desk. He was previously a sports writer for ESPN, and can be found on most days trying to think of ways he can pretend professional wrestling is a sport so that he can write about it.

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Naomi Osaka cries over coach split controversy after Dubai defeat as Asia’s first world No 1 shrinks in the spotlight

Japanese star loses first match since shock split from coach Sascha Bajin after Australian Open win, and says ‘I feel like people are staring at me, not in a good way’

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Naomi Osaka cries over coach split controversy after Dubai defeat as Asia’s first world No 1 shrinks in the spotlight

Japanese star loses first match since shock split from coach Sascha Bajin after Australian Open win, and says ‘I feel like people are staring at me, not in a good way’

Tottenham heading to Singapore and Shanghai for preseason tour in July

English Premier League side travelling to Asia as part of preseason plans with first visit to mainland China in a decade

19 Feb 2019 - 5:05PM
Tottenham heading to Singapore and Shanghai for preseason tour in July

English Premier League side travelling to Asia as part of preseason plans with first visit to mainland China in a decade

Naomi Osaka wins Laureus award for Breakthrough of the Year as fallout from firing coach Sascha Bajin rumbles on

Asia’s first world No 1 wins Breakthrough of the Year at Laureus World Sports Awards with search for new coach continuing after shock Sascha Bajin split

19 Feb 2019 - 10:43AM
Naomi Osaka wins Laureus award for Breakthrough of the Year as fallout from firing coach Sascha Bajin rumbles on

Asia’s first world No 1 wins Breakthrough of the Year at Laureus World Sports Awards with search for new coach continuing after shock Sascha Bajin split

Chinese football club Guangzhou Evergrande to demote players based on ratings in bizarre turn
Opinion | Naomi Osaka buries former coach Sascha Bajin as she breaks silence on split – and it’s no more Miss Nice Girl

World No 1 working with Japan Tennis Association coach Masashi Yoshikawa in Dubai and says she wasn’t willing to sacrifice her happiness for Sascha Bajin

18 Feb 2019 - 10:31PM
Naomi Osaka buries former coach Sascha Bajin as she breaks silence on split – and it’s no more Miss Nice Girl

World No 1 working with Japan Tennis Association coach Masashi Yoshikawa in Dubai and says she wasn’t willing to sacrifice her happiness for Sascha Bajin

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Formula E: Felipe Massa’s dismal start is baffling – where has it all gone wrong for the F1 star?

New poster boy hoping for turnaround in fortunes ahead of Hong Kong in March, but is rock bottom of drivers standings after struggling with car

15 Feb 2019 - 1:06PM
Formula E: Felipe Massa’s dismal start is baffling – where has it all gone wrong for the F1 star?

New poster boy hoping for turnaround in fortunes ahead of Hong Kong in March, but is rock bottom of drivers standings after struggling with car

Opinion | Jeremy Lin used to ‘run’ from role of representing Asia but says he now embraces it after Toronto Raptors debut

Taiwanese-American NBA star opens up on struggling with pressure of being Asian role model, but Toronto Raptors guard is now proudly embracing his status in a city and franchise that is a perfect fit

17 Feb 2019 - 2:11PM
Jeremy Lin used to ‘run’ from role of representing Asia but says he now embraces it after Toronto Raptors debut

Taiwanese-American NBA star opens up on struggling with pressure of being Asian role model, but Toronto Raptors guard is now proudly embracing his status in a city and franchise that is a perfect fit

Opinion | Manchester United’s Champions League humbling by PSG shows Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must overhaul threadbare squad

First-half injuries to Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard leave United hopeless as PSG’s superior squad depth is hammered home by Angel Di Maria

17 Feb 2019 - 2:13PM
Manchester United’s Champions League humbling by PSG shows Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must overhaul threadbare squad

First-half injuries to Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard leave United hopeless as PSG’s superior squad depth is hammered home by Angel Di Maria

Naomi Osaka’s split with coach Sascha Bajin seems like a needless risk – did a rift open up at the Australian Open?

No reason given for departure of WTA Coach of the Year Sascha Bajin, but there were apparent signs of tension with the Japanese star in Melbourne

12 Feb 2019 - 9:15PM
Naomi Osaka’s split with coach Sascha Bajin seems like a needless risk – did a rift open up at the Australian Open?

No reason given for departure of WTA Coach of the Year Sascha Bajin, but there were apparent signs of tension with the Japanese star in Melbourne

Bruce Lee in MMA? Chinese fighter Xu Xiaodong criticises martial arts icon’s legendary Long Beach ‘performance’

Lee considered ‘the father of mixed martial arts’ by some, but Xu Xiaodong says famous 1964 Long Beach demonstration shows no real combat techniques

12 Feb 2019 - 5:46AM
Bruce Lee in MMA? Chinese fighter Xu Xiaodong criticises martial arts icon’s legendary Long Beach ‘performance’

Lee considered ‘the father of mixed martial arts’ by some, but Xu Xiaodong says famous 1964 Long Beach demonstration shows no real combat techniques

Emiliano Sala’s family gets closure but ugly legal battle just beginning for Cardiff City’s Malaysian owner

Club has barely had time to grieve death of record signing but Nantes are threatening legal action, with Cardiff facing possible transfer ban if they don’t pay first instalment of £15 million fee

9 Feb 2019 - 10:04AM
Emiliano Sala’s family gets closure but ugly legal battle just beginning for Cardiff City’s Malaysian owner

Club has barely had time to grieve death of record signing but Nantes are threatening legal action, with Cardiff facing possible transfer ban if they don’t pay first instalment of £15 million fee

Wu Lei’s Espanyol debut attracts 40 million viewers in China – despite striker playing just 12 minutes

La Liga club claim social media increase of more than half a million followers in China, with €2 million deal for the former Chinese Super League striker looking like a masterstroke

8 Feb 2019 - 12:10PM
Wu Lei’s Espanyol debut attracts 40 million viewers in China – despite striker playing just 12 minutes

La Liga club claim social media increase of more than half a million followers in China, with €2 million deal for the former Chinese Super League striker looking like a masterstroke

Sun Yang ‘the Harry Houdini of doping control’: British swimmers criticise Chinese icon – Mack Horton appears to agree

British Olympians James Guy and Lizzie Simmonds react to report Sun smashed blood samples with hammer, but world governing body Fina ‘will not consider further speculation and hearsay’

29 Jan 2019 - 10:32PM
Sun Yang ‘the Harry Houdini of doping control’: British swimmers criticise Chinese icon – Mack Horton appears to agree

British Olympians James Guy and Lizzie Simmonds react to report Sun smashed blood samples with hammer, but world governing body Fina ‘will not consider further speculation and hearsay’

Manny Pacquiao and Jack Ma share a glass of wine as two meet up in Hong Kong

Filipino boxing icon and his wife Jinkee meet up with the Alibaba founder on a weekend break in Hong Kong before heading back to Manila

29 Jan 2019 - 11:10AM
Manny Pacquiao and Jack Ma share a glass of wine as two meet up in Hong Kong

Filipino boxing icon and his wife Jinkee meet up with the Alibaba founder on a weekend break in Hong Kong before heading back to Manila

Australian Open: Naomi Osaka beats Petra Kvitova in final to become Asia’s first world No 1

The 21-year-old survives meltdown to claim second grand slam title, with Petra Kvitova forcing a third set at Melbourne Park after Osaka had wasted three championship points

26 Jan 2019 - 9:23PM
Australian Open: Naomi Osaka beats Petra Kvitova in final to become Asia’s first world No 1

The 21-year-old survives meltdown to claim second grand slam title, with Petra Kvitova forcing a third set at Melbourne Park after Osaka had wasted three championship points

Hamilton Sevens: Fiji beat Australia to top pool A on day one as England stumble

Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa and USA record perfect starts, but shock defeat by Samoa helps see England drop into Challenge Trophy quarter-finals

26 Jan 2019 - 11:04PM
Hamilton Sevens: Fiji beat Australia to top pool A on day one as England stumble

Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa and USA record perfect starts, but shock defeat by Samoa helps see England drop into Challenge Trophy quarter-finals

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets Conor McGregor’s seal of approval after Manchester United beat Arsenal in FA Cup
Colt Cabana flies to Hong Kong on two hours’ notice to save the day at Macau wrestling show

With Sonjay Dutt stranded, Colt Cabana gets a phone call from Jay Lethal at 10am – and is on a plane to Hong Kong at 1.30pm to fill in at Extreme Wrestling Entertainment’s debut event.

24 Jan 2019 - 11:28AM
Colt Cabana flies to Hong Kong on two hours’ notice to save the day at Macau wrestling show

With Sonjay Dutt stranded, Colt Cabana gets a phone call from Jay Lethal at 10am – and is on a plane to Hong Kong at 1.30pm to fill in at Extreme Wrestling Entertainment’s debut event.

Colt Cabana saves the day at Macau wrestling show
Emiliano Sala plane missing: Gary Lineker criticises Cristiano Ronaldo for private jet selfie – ‘not the day for this, it really isn’t’

Match of the Day host hits out at Ronaldo’s ill-timed picture after small aircraft carrying Argentine striker disappears over English channel on way to new club Cardiff

23 Jan 2019 - 2:03PM
Emiliano Sala plane missing: Gary Lineker criticises Cristiano Ronaldo for private jet selfie – ‘not the day for this, it really isn’t’

Match of the Day host hits out at Ronaldo’s ill-timed picture after small aircraft carrying Argentine striker disappears over English channel on way to new club Cardiff

Emiliano Sala audio messages: missing Cardiff striker tells friends ‘I’m on a plane that looks like it’s about to fall apart’

Argentine concerned about aircraft making ‘weird noises’ on way to new club Cardiff, and is missing and presumed dead as search continues after flight went off radar over English Channel.

25 Jan 2019 - 1:33PM
Emiliano Sala audio messages: missing Cardiff striker tells friends ‘I’m on a plane that looks like it’s about to fall apart’

Argentine concerned about aircraft making ‘weird noises’ on way to new club Cardiff, and is missing and presumed dead as search continues after flight went off radar over English Channel.

Wodapalooza winner Tia-Clair Toomey looks just as unbeatable as Mat Fraser for 2019 CrossFit Games

Two-time defending ‘Fittest on Earth’ dominates at Wodapoolaza in Miami to qualify for the 2019 Games – and she’s looking unstoppable again

22 Jan 2019 - 1:35PM
Wodapalooza winner Tia-Clair Toomey looks just as unbeatable as Mat Fraser for 2019 CrossFit Games

Two-time defending ‘Fittest on Earth’ dominates at Wodapoolaza in Miami to qualify for the 2019 Games – and she’s looking unstoppable again

Wodapalooza leaderboard, results: Tia-Clair Toomey, Patrick Vellner qualify for 2019 CrossFit Games

The favourites continue their dominance on day three in Miami, winning the individual men’s and women’s competitions at second ‘Sanctional’ event

22 Jan 2019 - 12:54PM
Wodapalooza leaderboard, results: Tia-Clair Toomey, Patrick Vellner qualify for 2019 CrossFit Games

The favourites continue their dominance on day three in Miami, winning the individual men’s and women’s competitions at second ‘Sanctional’ event

Wodapalooza leader board: Patrick Vellner, Tia-Clair Toomey dominate day two at CrossFit Games qualifier in Miami

Patrick Vellner and Tia-Clair Toomey look set to book their tickets to the 2019 CrossFit Games, with two-time champion winning her two events on Saturday

21 Jan 2019 - 2:10PM
Wodapalooza leader board: Patrick Vellner, Tia-Clair Toomey dominate day two at CrossFit Games qualifier in Miami

Patrick Vellner and Tia-Clair Toomey look set to book their tickets to the 2019 CrossFit Games, with two-time champion winning her two events on Saturday

Opinion | Xu Xiaodong deserves every dollar for exposing kung fu frauds – quit complaining about Chinese MMA fighter making a living

‘Mad Dog’ receives criticism for profiting from pulverising fake martial arts masters, but he has every right to get paid when opponents are offered millions to beat him

19 Jan 2019 - 5:43PM
Xu Xiaodong deserves every dollar for exposing kung fu frauds – quit complaining about Chinese MMA fighter making a living

‘Mad Dog’ receives criticism for profiting from pulverising fake martial arts masters, but he has every right to get paid when opponents are offered millions to beat him

Wodapalooza: leader boards, results from CrossFit Games qualifier in Miami as Kristin Holte hangs with Tia-Clair Toomey

Norway’s Holte pushing CrossFit Games women’s champion, with Madison runner-up Vellner off to strong start in men’s competition after first three workouts

19 Jan 2019 - 12:55PM
Wodapalooza: leader boards, results from CrossFit Games qualifier in Miami as Kristin Holte hangs with Tia-Clair Toomey

Norway’s Holte pushing CrossFit Games women’s champion, with Madison runner-up Vellner off to strong start in men’s competition after first three workouts

Xu Xiaodong accepts challenge to fight Zheng Zhaoyu after Chinese kick-boxer claims he could knock him out in 30 seconds

Kunlun champion Zheng Zhaoyu says he could knock Chinese MMA fighter out in 30 seconds, as Xu agrees to fight but gives ‘little kid’ three days to respond

19 Jan 2019 - 5:34AM
Xu Xiaodong accepts challenge to fight Zheng Zhaoyu after Chinese kick-boxer claims he could knock him out in 30 seconds

Kunlun champion Zheng Zhaoyu says he could knock Chinese MMA fighter out in 30 seconds, as Xu agrees to fight but gives ‘little kid’ three days to respond

Wodapalooza schedule, workouts for CrossFit Games qualifier in Miami – Rich Froning, Sara Sigmundsdottir, Tia Toomey star

Second ‘Sanctional’ for 2019 Games gets under way this weekend with some big names competing – here are the events athletes will face in Florida

17 Jan 2019 - 7:00PM
Wodapalooza schedule, workouts for CrossFit Games qualifier in Miami – Rich Froning, Sara Sigmundsdottir, Tia Toomey star

Second ‘Sanctional’ for 2019 Games gets under way this weekend with some big names competing – here are the events athletes will face in Florida

Xu Xiaodong could next face Yi Long – but this ‘fake Shaolin monk’ can actually fight

Chinese MMA fighter must take Yi Long more seriously than usual martial arts frauds – he’s self-trained in Shaolin kung fu with serious kick-boxing pedigree

19 Jan 2019 - 4:15PM
Xu Xiaodong could next face Yi Long – but this ‘fake Shaolin monk’ can actually fight

Chinese MMA fighter must take Yi Long more seriously than usual martial arts frauds – he’s self-trained in Shaolin kung fu with serious kick-boxing pedigree

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