Paul Ryding

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Paul Ryding

News Editor, Sport

Paul Ryding is a sports writer who has been based in China since 2007. The Beijing Olympics took him to the Far East for six months, and the food, the people and the excitement surrounding the rise of sport in China kept him there until now. He spent eight years in Beijing before moving to Hong Kong.

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World Snooker Championship: Yan Bingtao survives scare to progress, faces world’s best Trump in round 2

Chinese number two loses five frames in a row during the final session but eventually seals a 10-7 victory as Crucible debutant Slesson mounts spirited fightback from 9-2 down.

4 Aug 2020 - 10:50PM

Chinese number two loses five frames in a row during the final session but eventually seals a 10-7 victory as Crucible debutant Slesson mounts spirited fightback from 9-2 down.

World Snooker Championship: Yan Bingtao survives scare to progress, faces world’s best Trump in round 2
World Snooker Championship: Liang Wenbo dumped out by world No 2 Robertson; Yan Bingtao in control

Liang is eliminated in round one by 2010 champion Robertson with Yan set to cruise into round two as Ding prepares for O’Sullivan clash.

3 Aug 2020 - 10:25PM

Liang is eliminated in round one by 2010 champion Robertson with Yan set to cruise into round two as Ding prepares for O’Sullivan clash.

World Snooker Championship: Liang Wenbo dumped out by world No 2 Robertson; Yan Bingtao in control
World Snooker Championship: Ding beats King in thriller, faces O’Sullivan or Un-Nooh next

Asian number one Ding Junhui wins an attritional clash against England’s Mark King as Yan Bingtao and Liang Wenbo prepare to begin their first round matches.

2 Aug 2020 - 9:49PM

Asian number one Ding Junhui wins an attritional clash against England’s Mark King as Yan Bingtao and Liang Wenbo prepare to begin their first round matches.

World Snooker Championship: Ding beats King in thriller, faces O’Sullivan or Un-Nooh next
Tough night for Hong Kong players in Chinese Super League as Shenzhen and Guangzhou R&F beaten

R&F well beaten in Guangzhou derby as reprieved Shenzhen go down 3-2 to Shanghai Shenhua.

31 Jul 2020 - 11:48AM

R&F well beaten in Guangzhou derby as reprieved Shenzhen go down 3-2 to Shanghai Shenhua.

Tough night for Hong Kong players in Chinese Super League as Shenzhen and Guangzhou R&F beaten
Tokyo 2020: Hong Kong medal hope Siobhan Haughey says delay will boost her Olympic chances

The 22-year-old Haughey, who narrowly missed out on a world championship medal last year, is a genuine medal contender in Japan and believes the delay has gifted her extra time to improve

25 Jul 2020 - 10:33PM

The 22-year-old Haughey, who narrowly missed out on a world championship medal last year, is a genuine medal contender in Japan and believes the delay has gifted her extra time to improve

Tokyo 2020: Hong Kong medal hope Siobhan Haughey says delay will boost her Olympic chances
Opinion | Is the English Premier League facing being blown off course by its own NBA-style China row?

The NBA’s ongoing row with the Chinese government has cost the organisation up to US$400 million and the English Premier League will be hoping to avoid a similar fate that could cost it much needed revenue.

24 Jul 2020 - 12:04AM

The NBA’s ongoing row with the Chinese government has cost the organisation up to US$400 million and the English Premier League will be hoping to avoid a similar fate that could cost it much needed revenue.

Is the English Premier League facing being blown off course by its own NBA-style China row?
Chinese basketball chief Wang Dawei quits as CEO citing ‘personal reasons’

Wang Dawei leaves his post as the organisation’s first chief executive after just 14 months in the job.

19 Jul 2020 - 12:32PM

Wang Dawei leaves his post as the organisation’s first chief executive after just 14 months in the job.

Chinese basketball chief Wang Dawei quits as CEO citing ‘personal reasons’
Liverpool clinch Premier League title as Manchester City relinquish their crown at Chelsea

Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Man City at Stamford Bridge seals the title for Jurgen Klopp’s men, who will be given a guard of honour at the Etihad stadium on July 2.

26 Jun 2020 - 12:30PM

Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Man City at Stamford Bridge seals the title for Jurgen Klopp’s men, who will be given a guard of honour at the Etihad stadium on July 2.

Liverpool clinch Premier League title as Manchester City relinquish their crown at Chelsea
Hong Kong’s Marco Fu pulls out of World Championship citing coronavirus concerns

Hong Kong No 1 Marco Fu will not compete at the Sheffield showpiece after tweeting that he ‘feels unsafe’ about travelling to the UK.

19 Jun 2020 - 9:29PM

Hong Kong No 1 Marco Fu will not compete at the Sheffield showpiece after tweeting that he ‘feels unsafe’ about travelling to the UK.

Hong Kong’s Marco Fu pulls out of World Championship citing coronavirus concerns
Could Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s trilogy fight be staged in Macau?

Fight promoters turn to Asia as a viable location with preferred option Las Vegas unable to stage the fight due to coronavirus.

25 May 2020 - 9:50PM

Fight promoters turn to Asia as a viable location with preferred option Las Vegas unable to stage the fight due to coronavirus.

Could Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s trilogy fight be staged in Macau?
PGA Tour 2K21: latest iteration of golf game shanks its much-anticipated release with disappointing trailer

Publisher 2K releases its announcement trailer for new title to little fanfare with critics commenting on sub-par graphics.

15 May 2020 - 1:56PM

Publisher 2K releases its announcement trailer for new title to little fanfare with critics commenting on sub-par graphics.

PGA Tour 2K21: latest iteration of golf game shanks its much-anticipated release with disappointing trailer
UFC 249: Francis Ngannou knocks out Jairzinho Rozenstruik in 20-second blitz to lay claim for title shot

A quick night’s work for Francis Ngannou as he blasts out unbeaten challenger Jairzinho Rozenstruik to lay claim to a UFC heavyweight title shot.

10 May 2020 - 6:59PM

A quick night’s work for Francis Ngannou as he blasts out unbeaten challenger Jairzinho Rozenstruik to lay claim to a UFC heavyweight title shot.

UFC 249: Francis Ngannou knocks out Jairzinho Rozenstruik in 20-second blitz to lay claim for title shot
UFC 249: Greg Hardy outworks Yorgan de Castro to get unanimous decision win

Uneventful bout goes the distance with former NFL star Greg Hardy getting the nod from the judges against Yorgan de Castro.

10 May 2020 - 11:43AM

Uneventful bout goes the distance with former NFL star Greg Hardy getting the nod from the judges against Yorgan de Castro.

UFC 249: Greg Hardy outworks Yorgan de Castro to get unanimous decision win
Coronavirus: PGA Tour scraps The Players Championship after one round; Masters in doubt

Questions are now arising about what form The Masters will take at Augusta National in April.

13 Mar 2020 - 11:52AM

Questions are now arising about what form The Masters will take at Augusta National in April.

Coronavirus: PGA Tour scraps The Players Championship after one round; Masters in doubt
Chelsea confirm Callum Hudson-Odoi tests positive for coronavirus; close training ground

Callum Hudson-Odoi becomes first Premier League player to test positive with the England midfielder said to be ‘doing well’.

13 Mar 2020 - 11:05AM

Callum Hudson-Odoi becomes first Premier League player to test positive with the England midfielder said to be ‘doing well’.

Chelsea confirm Callum Hudson-Odoi tests positive for coronavirus; close training ground
Tokyo 2020: Hong Kong’s boxing team dented early at Olympic qualifiers in Jordan

Two of Hong Kong’s five-strong boxing contingent in Amman make early exits with the city’s brightest prospect, former professional Rex Tso, in action on Saturday.

5 Mar 2020 - 2:43PM

Two of Hong Kong’s five-strong boxing contingent in Amman make early exits with the city’s brightest prospect, former professional Rex Tso, in action on Saturday.

Tokyo 2020: Hong Kong’s boxing team dented early at Olympic qualifiers in Jordan
Tokyo 2020: ultramarathon great Jim Walmsley misses out on Olympic target

Ultramarathon star finishes 22nd in US Olympic trial as top three runners qualify.

2 Mar 2020 - 9:54AM

Ultramarathon star finishes 22nd in US Olympic trial as top three runners qualify.

Tokyo 2020: ultramarathon great Jim Walmsley misses out on Olympic target
The Takedown | A McGregor-Pacquiao farce would be another swindle, but it might silence ‘Notorious’ once and for all

McGregor and Mayweather managed to dupe millions into paying to watch their farcical spectacle three years ago, now history is in danger of repeating itself as the Irishman talks up a similar crossover exhibition with eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.

23 Feb 2020 - 7:31PM

McGregor and Mayweather managed to dupe millions into paying to watch their farcical spectacle three years ago, now history is in danger of repeating itself as the Irishman talks up a similar crossover exhibition with eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.

A McGregor-Pacquiao farce would be another swindle, but it might silence ‘Notorious’ once and for all
Sensational Tyson Fury mauls Deontay Wilder to snatch WBC heavyweight title

Deontay Wilder’s corner throw in the towel in round seven of punishing heavyweight clash.

23 Feb 2020 - 3:05PM

Deontay Wilder’s corner throw in the towel in round seven of punishing heavyweight clash.

Sensational Tyson Fury mauls Deontay Wilder to snatch WBC heavyweight title
McGregor vs Cerrone: social media reacts to the Irishman’s explosive 40-second knockout return

McGregor made light work of Donald Cerrone on Saturday night and social media lit up after the brief contest.

20 Jan 2020 - 1:55PM

McGregor made light work of Donald Cerrone on Saturday night and social media lit up after the brief contest.

McGregor vs Cerrone: social media reacts to the Irishman’s explosive 40-second knockout return
Hong Kong Open: awesome Wade Ormsby completes dominant wire-to-wire triumph in Fanling

Australian Ormsby completes superb victory at Hong Kong Golf Club as Shane Lowry falls short on final day.

12 Jan 2020 - 11:03PM

Australian Ormsby completes superb victory at Hong Kong Golf Club as Shane Lowry falls short on final day.

Hong Kong Open: awesome Wade Ormsby completes dominant wire-to-wire triumph in Fanling
Hong Kong Open: Wade Ormsby inches closer to a wire-to-wire triumph as big guns vow to go out blazing on final day

Australian shoots a second straight 66 to move to 13 under par after three rounds of the Hong Kong Open

11 Jan 2020 - 11:03PM

Australian shoots a second straight 66 to move to 13 under par after three rounds of the Hong Kong Open

Hong Kong Open: Wade Ormsby inches closer to a wire-to-wire triumph as big guns vow to go out blazing on final day
Hong Kong Open: Tony Finau fires himself in contention going into final day

American Finau comes to life on ‘moving day’ and puts himself in the mix with a 65, as India’s Rashid Khan equals the best round of the week with his seven-under-par 63 to move into third place.

11 Jan 2020 - 3:58PM

American Finau comes to life on ‘moving day’ and puts himself in the mix with a 65, as India’s Rashid Khan equals the best round of the week with his seven-under-par 63 to move into third place.

Hong Kong Open: Tony Finau fires himself in contention going into final day
Hong Kong Open: Wade Ormsby the man to beat at mid-way point as Shane Lowry lingers in striking distance

Australian Ormsby holds a two-shot lead at the halfway point of the Hong Kong Open, as Lowry makes a big move up the leader board with a fine 66.

11 Jan 2020 - 12:45PM

Australian Ormsby holds a two-shot lead at the halfway point of the Hong Kong Open, as Lowry makes a big move up the leader board with a fine 66.

Hong Kong Open: Wade Ormsby the man to beat at mid-way point as Shane Lowry lingers in striking distance
Hong Kong Open: Ormsby pulls clear at the top as Finau battles for a second 69 on day two

Australian Wade Ormsby registers a second impressive round to pull clear at the top of the leaderboard, as top-ranked Tony Finau grinds it out to stay in touch.

10 Jan 2020 - 1:19PM

Australian Wade Ormsby registers a second impressive round to pull clear at the top of the leaderboard, as top-ranked Tony Finau grinds it out to stay in touch.

Hong Kong Open: Ormsby pulls clear at the top as Finau battles for a second 69 on day two
Hong Kong Open: Ormsby and Otsuki fire up day one as draw cards Lowry and Finau fail to sparkle

Star turns from former winner Ormsby and Japanese Otsuki light the way after day one, while Top ranked Lowry and Finau post solid, unspectacular scores.

9 Jan 2020 - 10:37PM

Star turns from former winner Ormsby and Japanese Otsuki light the way after day one, while Top ranked Lowry and Finau post solid, unspectacular scores.

Hong Kong Open: Ormsby and Otsuki fire up day one as draw cards Lowry and Finau fail to sparkle
Hong Kong Open: Tony Finau in touch with leaders after solid opening round

Finau stays in touch after day one as Wade Ormsby takes early lead.

9 Jan 2020 - 4:38PM

Finau stays in touch after day one as Wade Ormsby takes early lead.

Hong Kong Open: Tony Finau in touch with leaders after solid opening round
Hong Kong Open: Shane Lowry off to a steady start in first round of 2020

Star attraction Shane Lowry cards a respectable 69 in steady opening round as Gunn Charoenkul and Kim Jooh-yung share early clubhouse lead on 3-under.

9 Jan 2020 - 1:22PM

Star attraction Shane Lowry cards a respectable 69 in steady opening round as Gunn Charoenkul and Kim Jooh-yung share early clubhouse lead on 3-under.

Hong Kong Open: Shane Lowry off to a steady start in first round of 2020
Opinion | Tokyo 2020, Kenneth To and Poon Ching-chiu deaths and cancellations dominate Hong Kong sport in 2019

Heartbreak at deaths of Poon Ching-chiu and Kenneth To met with Hong Kong event cancellations and hope for Tokyo 2020.

5 Jan 2020 - 2:08PM

Heartbreak at deaths of Poon Ching-chiu and Kenneth To met with Hong Kong event cancellations and hope for Tokyo 2020.

Tokyo 2020, Kenneth To and Poon Ching-chiu deaths and cancellations dominate Hong Kong sport in 2019
Jeremy Lin, Sun Yang or NBA’s China crisis? What were the top 10 SCMP Sport stories of 2019?

Jeremy Lin and Sun Yang are the undoubted personalities of Chinese sport over the last 12 months.

31 Dec 2019 - 9:06PM

Jeremy Lin and Sun Yang are the undoubted personalities of Chinese sport over the last 12 months.

Jeremy Lin, Sun Yang or NBA’s China crisis? What were the top 10 SCMP Sport stories of 2019?