Tom Bell
Tom Bell
Senior Production Editor, Sport

O’Sullivan becomes oldest UK champion, 30 years after he was its youngest winner aged 17, and says it’s ‘bonkers’ that the ‘class of ’92’ keep winning.

Runners complain about lack of food, delays and drink and toilet shortages, while HKAAA offers ‘sincere apologies’ for finish line error and says the event’s bridge location ‘raised difficulties’.

‘Big Bang’ Zhang Zhilei lives up to his nickname as he floors Englishman Joe Joyce in the third round of their rematch in London – then calls out Tyson Fury.


Closing ceremony at Chengdu Outdoor Music Park features 600 performers and a theme of ‘dreams, lighting up the future’, after 12 medals, four of them gold, add up to Hong Kong’s best ever showing.

Hongkonger’s time is her best of the season, but O’Callaghan finally takes Federica Pellegrini’s record that had stood since 2009 as she beats compatriot Ariarne Titmus.

Qin Haiyang’s time puts him second only to Britain’s Adam Peaty, while Zhang Yufei beats Canada’s China-born Maggie Mac Neil in a reverse of Tokyo Olympics.

Xu Yifan goes close to mixed doubles title with a partner she had never met before, but victorious Lyudmyla Kichenok given ovation as she says she hopes to ‘encourage the people in Ukraine’ who are ‘fighting for their freedom’.

Chan Yuen-ting won the Hong Kong league title with Eastern, and the man who appointed her says: ‘If you find the right person, no matter if male or female, give them the job.’

Ons Jabeur praises Bai Zhuoxuan’s ‘great tournament’ and says she received a lift before the match, courtesy of a chat and hug with former footballer David Beckham.

Despite a run of defeats in five sets at grand-slam tournaments, China’s world No 52 Zhang Zhizhen says: ‘I can learn more from this, and not only be angry about myself.’

Wu Yibing struggles through interview after reportedly collapsing when he left court during his match against Frances Tiafoe, having had his heart-rate checked.

Repeating last year’s Hong Kong Masters is ‘difficult, because of lack of long-term financial commitment from the government’, city’s snooker boss says after Macau unveils Christmas tournament.

10 Chinese players were the latest lured into corruption, but experts from betting, law enforcement, military intelligence and financial fraud are on the trail, armed with data-crunching tech.

Zhao Xintong tried to dissuade Yan Bingtao from fixing, only to be dragged into it himself, verdict reveals after both are banned along with eight other Chinese players.

10 Chinese players have been banned for a variety of offences, rocking the sport, in the latest of several cases in which snooker authorities have dealt out heavy bans.

Lifetime bans for Liang Wenbo and Li Hang, while Yan Bingtao and Zhao Xintong – talked of as future world champions – are suspended for five years and 20 months respectively.

Omari Kellyman scores twice in the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens cup final and revels in emulating former Villa star Jack Grealish by finishing as leading scorer.

They take on hosts Kazakhstan in the last four, with both finalists set to earn spots in World Rugby’s new competition aimed at growing the women’s game.

Stefan Pereira scores twice to give Southern their first top-flight trophy, as they go some way to making amends for blowing the chance to finish third in the league.

Sports must do more to halt it, corruption detection expert says, with football hit by betting and alleged fixing storms and basketball seeing ‘explosion in fixing’.

Defeat at British Women’s Open denies Ng On-yee the chance to earn two more years on the tour, with her current card expiring and Reanne Evans taking the final berth.

Hat-trick for Cleiton in 7-1 rout as Kitchee’s triumph brings their third trophy of a dominant season, having already collected the Premier League and Senior Shield.