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'Hope of the whole village'


As the only Chinese foobtall player who regularily appears in the lineup of a team in the European "big five" leagues, RCD Espanyol's Wu Lei is considered "the hope of the whole village" by Chinese fans.

World Cup hosts Japan face unloved rugby scene

Rich clubs owned by massive corporations have attracted a parade of star players to Japan, but the unusual setup hasn't been a hit with fans, prompting a re-think as the ...

Penalties dominating the Premier League season so far

The English Premier League this season has been typified by penalties. Those given and not given thanks to VAR have had plenty of fans and players up in arms ...


Well-mannered Thompson 'patient' over recovery, believes US will win World Cup

Golden State Warriors' star shooter Klay Thompson said it will take "patience and hard work" to recover fully from his torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
Source: Global Times | 2019/9/9 21:08:41

Ex-All Black Robinson to take over as NZR chief

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) named former All Blacks center Mark Robinson as its new chief executive Monday, saying he will work with outgoing boss Steve Tew at the upcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/9 21:08:40

Brady's Patriots stomp Steelers

Tom Brady passed for three touchdowns and 341 yards as the New England Patriots began the defense of their Super Bowl title with a 33-3 rout of Pittsburgh in a bruising opening Sunday of the NFL season.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/9 21:03:40

Scola propels Argentina towards World Cup glory

Luis Scola is 39, his hair has more than a few streaks of grey and at the Basketball World Cup in China he has shared the court with rivals half his age. But Argentina's evergreen captain is playing a big part in the country's bid to win the world crown for the first time since the inaugural edition in 1950.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/9 19:38:39

Man United's Dalot visits 'Miracle Doctor' in China

Injured Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot has been having treatment at Chinese club Shanghai SIPG under a Brazilian physio known as the "Miracle Doctor."
Source: AFP | 2019/9/9 19:33:41

Jorginho edges Italy closer to Euro 2020

Jorginho fired Italy to within touching distance of Euro 2020 with a spot-kick winner that beat nearest rivals Finland 2-1 on Sunday and maintained his side's perfect qualifying record.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/9 19:33:40

Nadal wins US Open

An emotional Rafael Nadal says extending the years among the top players in tennis means more to him than overtaking Roger Federer's all-time Grand Slam record or chasing after the world No.1 ranking.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/9 19:33:40

Germany's Loew wants 'reaction' from players

Joachim Loew has demanded a reaction from his young Germany team against Group C leaders Northern Ireland on Monday after their recent resurgence was cut short by their Euro 2020 qualifying 4-2 defeat to the Netherlands.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/8 21:33:40

Falcons agree to lucrative deal to keep receiver Julio Jones

On the eve of their NFL season-opener the Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with All-Pro receiver Julio Jones on a contract extension worth a reported $66 million.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/8 21:33:39

France and Portugal back on track

France and Portugal got their Euro 2020 qualification campaigns back on track with impressive wins over Balkan pair Albania and Serbia that boosted the world and European champions' chances of making next summer's tournament.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/8 21:28:39