'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 ...

Medina brace boosts NYCFC to MLS East lead

Substitute Jesus Medina converted a game-winning penalty in second-half stoppage time Saturday, his brace boosting New York City FC to a 2-1 Major League Soccer win over the 10-man New England Revolution.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/8 21:23:40

Cheika hails Wallabies camaraderie as 'closest he's seen' for World Cup

Australia coach Michael Cheika says his close-knit Wallabies squad are exactly where he wants them to be and bubbling with spirit as they head to the Rugby World Cup.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/8 21:23:40

Poor effort 'inexcusable': Serena

Serena Williams is wondering when she will start playing like a 23-time Grand Slam champion again in a major final, calling her poor showing in Saturday's US Open final loss “inexcusable.”
Source: AFP | 2019/9/8 21:23:40

Andreescu stuns Serena

So new is Bianca Andreescu to the Grand Slam stage that after beating Serena Williams to win the US Open on Saturday, a tournament official had to show her which side of the trophy was the front.
Source: Reuters | 2019/9/8 21:23:39

China beats South Korea 77-73 at FIBA World Cup

Thanks to Guo Ailun's five points in the last two minutes, China rallied past South Korea 77-73 in the classification round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, preserving its hopes of direct qualification for the Tokyo Olympics.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/9/7 10:56:36

The saga ends

Neymar's decision to join Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 was motivated by a desire to establish himself as the best player in the world, but a troubled time in the French capital has left the Brazilian at risk of wasting the best years of his career.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/5 22:38:40

The decolonization game

Five centuries ago, newly arrived in what is now Mexico, the Spanish conquistadors banned an indigenous game involving a heavy ball, circular stone goals and human sacrifice.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/5 22:33:40

A new start

"Nihao, wo shi Elkeson." These were Guangzhou Evergrande striker Elkeson's first words to the assembled press at his first China national team camp media duties.
Source: Global Times | 2019/9/5 22:28:42

Nadal 'in good shape' after scrappy US Open win

Rafael Nadal said he felt "in good shape" after advancing to the semifinals of the US Open with a battling 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 win over Argentine 20th seed Diego Schwartzman.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/5 22:28:41

Tennis great Laver calls for Kyrgios ban

Tennis great Rod Laver has called for Nick Kyrgios to be suspended from the ATP Tour over bad behavior, saying his fellow Australian appears not to be learning from his mistakes.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/5 22:23:43