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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 ...


Tokyo 2020 organizers to test artificial snow to cool Olympic Games

Tokyo 2020 Olympic chiefs have already rolled out everything from misting stations to flowerbeds to beat the heat at next year's games, and now they want to let it snow.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/5 22:23:42

Bencic goes back to the future

No Swiss woman has won a Grand Slam singles title since Martina Hingis captured the 1999 Australian Open, but Belinda Bencic hopes to end that two-decade drought at the US Open.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/5 22:23:41

Boks captain seeks Japan payback before RWC

Inspirational South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has warned ­Japan that the Springboks will be looking for retribution when the teams clash in a World Cup warm-up in Kumagaya on Friday.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/5 22:08:43

As coach I wouldn't have wanted Neymar back, says Del Bosque

Former Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has said he would not have brought Neymar back to La Liga had he been coach of Barcelona or Real Madrid, even though he recognizes the Brazilian's outstanding qualities as a player.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/5 22:08:42

Hosts China stung by World Cup exit

The knives were out in China on Thursday after the basketball World Cup hosts failed to reach the second round, triggering criticism normally reserved for the country's woeful soccer squad.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/5 22:03:40

Russian team wins Far East Cup regatta

The Far East Cup International Regatta culminated on Wednesday with Russia's team winning in 7 days, 12 hours and 12 minutes.
Source: Global Times | 2019/9/5 21:28:31

Fans furious after China fails to make it to final 16 at FIBA World Cup

Chinese basketball fans were furious after China's national basketball team failed to make into the last 16 of FIBA World Cup on Wednesday, as the team suffered a disappointing 72-59 defeat to Venezuela in Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2019/9/5 2:25:32

England pick Marchant for Italy match despite RWC 2019 omission

England have selected from outside their Rugby World Cup squad for Friday's final warm-up match against Italy by naming Joe Marchant at outside center in a "mix-and-match selection."
Source: AFP | 2019/9/4 19:48:42

City's Laporte undergoes operation

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has undergone knee surgery that is expected to keep the centerback sidelined for at least a couple of months.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/4 19:48:41

Size doesn't matter in World Cup

They are the joint-shortest team at the Basketball World Cup in China but the Dominican Republic is proving that size isn't everything after winning both of their opening matches.
Source: AFP | 2019/9/4 19:48:40