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  1. Monday’s Lunar New Year race meeting at Sha Tin will go ahead, but the betting public will be locked out as the Jockey Club takes extreme measures to reduce the risk of spreading the Wuhan coronavirus.The meeting is traditionally one of the biggest on the calendar – last year 105,716 attended across the two tracks – but only patrons with existing bookings (there are 8,000), owners with horses running and staff will be allowed on course.Those who do head to the track will be required to undergo…
  2. UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman fired back at rumours of his injury and that he was avoiding a potential match-up with BMF belt winner Jorge Masvidal.The 32-year-old Usman (professional MMA record 16-1), who successfully defended his title against Colby Covington in the UFC’s last event of 2019, insists it is the 35-year-old Masvidal (35-13) who is the one running scared.“For all you real fans out there that know whats up, Jorge Masvidal is doing everything possible to avoid taking this…
  3. Match-fixing in Asian football’s domestic competitions has decreased by 34 per cent since 2016, with officials hoping for more collaboration with police and bookmakers to reduce the scourge to “as close to zero as possible”.The Asian Football Confederation on Friday strengthened their ability to fight match-fixing in the region by extending their contract with Sportradar, a leading supplier of sports integrity solutions, for another four years.“That is a significant decrease,” said Oscar…
  4. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is losing games and the Manchester United dressing room. If results like this week’s back-to-back 2-0 defeats by Liverpool and Burnley continue, he will surely lose his job. He certainly appears to have lost his critical faculties. The United manager’s comments after his team were shown up at Anfield were bizarre. Solskjaer talked about the home side’s “long ball” game and called Jurgen Klopp’s side “the most direct team in the league.” The implication was clear. It was a…
  5. Jorge Masvidal says Conor McGregor “could have cut the sickest promo of his life” had he called him out after defeating Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 last week.Despite plenty of rumoured matchups swirling since his MMA comeback, McGregor reiterated that he has no preference on who he fights next.“He’s talking a lot of [expletive] – he doesn’t want this,” Masvidal said on ESPN’s Le Batard and Friends STUpodity podcast. “He could have cut the sickest promo of his life and had everyone talking about…
  6. Spare a quick thought for Yan “Fury” Xiaonan.As the first female Chinese fighter signed by the UFC, the hope was that the strawweight from Liaoning might carve her way up through the rankings and into the history books as her country’s first champion, or at least title challenger.But fate – and a certain Zhang “Magnum” Weili – have combined to deal the 30-year-old a different hand.Yan was watching on in Shenzhen last year as Zhang (20-1) claimed her own slice of history – and bragging rights…
  7. BMF belt winner Jorge Masvidal believes UFC president Dana White is giving Conor McGregor smaller fights so as to avoid damaging his reputation.The 35-year-old Masvidal (professional MMA record 35-13) was seen cage-side at McGregor’s impressive first-round TKO win over veteran Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 last week. Rumours of a money fight or a BMF title defence continue to swirl as the pair look at their 2020 fight schedules.“That’s the reason why someone smart like Dana White doesn’t put that…
  8. Top Rank has officially postponed its China “Super Bouts” boxing event debut owing to ongoing concerns over the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.The event – headlined by world champion Jose Carlos Ramirez’s title defence against Viktor Postol – was scheduled for February 1 at Mission Hills Haikou in Hainan province.“The health and safety of our fighters and everyone working on the event is the most important thing,” the promotion’s chairman Bob Arum said in a statement posted to its official…
  9. Caroline Wozniacki’s glittering tennis career ended in tears at the Australian Open on Friday when she was dumped out by lower-ranked Ons Jabeur of Tunisia.The Danish former world number one, who announced in December that this would her final tournament, lost 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in the third round.The unseeded 29-year-old brings the curtain down on a career that saw her win 30 WTA titles, with her sole grand slam triumph coming in 2018 at Melbourne Park.“Only fitting that my last match was a three…
  10. Serena Williams was sensationally knocked out of the Australian Open in the third round by China’s Wang Qiang on Friday, torpedoing her bid for a record-equalling 24th grand slam crown.Williams, 38, was the bookmakers’ favourite to win an eighth title at Melbourne Park but she came unstuck against a determined Wang, who took only one game off the American last time they met.The 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 7-5 upset means Williams, whose last major win was at the 2017 Australian Open when she was pregnant,…