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  1. Like most people, Samantha Briggs has been touched by cancer.The 38-year-old CrossFit veteran, who recently completed a 100km charity row in just over nine hours for Cancer Research UK, said she has seen the disease first-hand and the pain and suffering it inflicts.“My grandad battled lung cancer and had to have a full lung and part of the other lung removed,” said Briggs, who came first at the 2013 CrossFit Games. “Because he was a fighter he lived for many years with just a partial lung and…
  2. Antoine Hamelin’s incredible effort to ride five winners at Sunday’s Sha Tin meeting puts him in elite company.The likeable Frenchman is just the 13th jockey to achieve the feat in the professional era of Hong Kong racing.Hamelin joins Glynn Pretty, Peter Miers, Gary Moore, Basil Marcus, Eric Legrix, Robbie Fradd, Christophe Soumillon, Douglas Whyte, Brett Prebble, Zac Purton, Joao Moreira and Karis Teetan on the honour roll.The thing that makes Hamelin’s performance so special was the degree…
  3. China’s star footballers Wu Lei and Wang Shuang missed out at the Chinese Footballer of the Year awards with new names crowned as the best male and female players.Espanyol star Wu missed out on winning the award for a third year running, instead finishing second in the awards organised by China’s largest sports newspaper, Titan Sports, who canvassed a panel of 114 judges.It caps a year where Wu was left out of the AFC Best International Player shortlist and Wang was overlooked for the Top 100…
  4. Sunbathing by the window, hitting balls against a mattress and running sprints in corridors – quarantined tennis players are getting creative as they try to kill time in their hotel rooms before next month’s Australian Open.More players were forced into hard quarantine ahead of the tournament, which starts on February 8, with officials confirming on Monday that four additional participants, including an athlete, tested positive for Covid-19 among those arriving in Melbourne.More than 70 players…
  5. Caspar Fownes is looking to help rebuild Alfred Chan Ka-hei’s stalled career with the handler giving his new apprentice three rides at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.The championship-leading trainer is undaunted about taking on Chan midway through his apprenticeship, saying he will look to rebuild the 26-year-old’s confidence in the saddle by empowering him.It was announced last week Chan had been transferred from Frankie Lor Fu-chuen’s stable to Fownes’ and the three-time champion handler…
  6. The Hong Kong Rugby Union will terminate its Elite Rugby Programme (ERP) – the full-time men’s 15-a-side national team set-up – after current player and staff contracts run out at the end of June.The decision to revert to its previous semi-professional model was a reluctant but necessary one given Covid-19 and its resultant financial and logistical impact, the Union said.This means 30 athletes, four part-time “junior ERP players” and five staff members, will not be renewed on a full-time basis…
  7. Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean forward Son Heung-min leads the nominations for the Best AFC International Player of 2020 award, with the 15-man shortlist announced by the Asian Football Confederation.Son, the South Korea captain, has been named AFC International Player of the Year a record three times, including last year, and he had an even stronger 2020 for his English Premier League side.The 28-year-old added several individual awards including the Fifa Puskas Award and English Premier…
  8. Chinese snooker star Yan Bingtao came from behind once more to win his first Masters snooker title by beating John Higgins in Milton Keynes on Sunday, becoming only the second Chinese champion after Ding Junhui.The 20-year-old, who took home £250,000 (US$340,000) for winning, also became the youngest Masters champion since a 19-year-old Ronnie O’Sullivan lifted the trophy in 1995.Sheffield-based Yan, who finished the 10-8 winner in the best-of-19 match, was 7-5 down to the veteran Scot, who was…
  9. On Friday, the Swiss Federal Tribunal confirmed what everyone already knew, that the highest court of sport made a dog’s dinner of its handling of the Sun Yang hearing.The swimmer’s eight-year, career-ending ban was dismissed because of the tweets of the president of the panel, Franco Frattini, the court said.A former Italian foreign minister and high-level EU politician, Frattini expressed none of the tact expected of such a role on Twitter where he called out animal cruelty in China,…
  10. Hong Kong’s Angus Ng Ka-long is on course to qualify for the season-ending BWF World Tour finals after his best performance in a Super 1000 tournament on Sunday in Bangkok.The 26-year-old was beaten 21-14, 21-14 by Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen in the final of the Thailand Open, surpassing his semi-final appearance at the 2019 All England Championships in Birmingham.Ng was ranked ninth in the World Tour standings before the Bangkok event but his impressive run to the final boosts his chances of…