Philippines hacks out scary victory over Taiwan, boosts Jones Cup bid

The Philippine Star 
Date: July 22, 2018 
By: Joey Villar (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines — Matt Nieto buried a booming triple with a fraction of a second to go as the Philippines, represented by Ateneo, stunned Chinese Taipei Blue, 77-76, last night to bolster its title hopes in the 40th William Jones Cup at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

Down by a point, 75-76, after Ying Chun Chen hit two free throws with 3.1 seconds to go, Phl coach Tab Baldwin designed a perfect play for Nieto, who came out of multiple screens to drain the game-winning three with .29 second to go.

It was the Filipinos’ fourth straight win and fifth overall against two defeats that pushed it just a game behind Canada, Iran and South Korea, which shared the lead with a 6-1 (win-loss) record apiece.    [FULL  STORY]

Two Taiwanese advance to Singapore Open badminton semis

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/07/20
By: Huang Tzu-chiang and Romulo Huan

Singapore, July 20 (CNA) Two Taiwanese badminton players advanced to the men’s singles semifinals at the 2018 Singapore Open on Friday, including top-seeded Chou Tien-chen (周天成).

Chou, currently ranked seventh in the world, and one of only two top 10 players appearing in either the men’s or women’s singles draw in Singapore, got past eight-seeded South Korean Lee Hyun Il 21-18, 21-6 in his quarterfinal Friday.

He raced out to a 15-7 lead in the opening game, but Lee fought back to take a 17-16 lead and put the Taiwanese top seed under pressure.

Chou won two of the next three points to knot the score at 18 and ran off the last three points to win the game. He ran away with the second game to clinch the match in 32 minutes.    [FULL  STORY]

NBA player Jordan Bell in Taiwan to promote basketball

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/07/20
By: Lee Chin-wei and William Yen

Taipei, July 20 (CNA) American professional basketball player, Jordan Bell, who

Jordan Bell / photo courtesy of the event’s organizers

plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA), arrived in Taiwan Thursday for a six-day visit to promote the playoffs of a college student 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

The event, held Friday to Sunday in Taipei, is part of the Cathay Financial Holdings NBA 3x basketball competition that kicked off May 12 in the capital city and continued throughout various cities across Taiwan, the tournament’s website pointed out.

The tournament features both male and female divisions in the elite and open groups where students who have registered for college-level games in 2016 and 2017 in Taiwan will be required to play in the elite group, the website said.

The winners will be rewarded with a unique NBA experience trip to the U.S., the website added.    [FULL  STORY]

Filipinos find William Jones Cup a summer haven

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/07/18
By: Joseph Yeh, CNA staff reporter 

The William Jones Cup, an annual summer basketball tournament that has been a fixture on Taiwan’s sports calendar for 40 years, is once again in full swing at New Taipei’s Xinzhuang Gymnasium.

One of only a handful of international sports events played regularly in Taiwan, it gives local fans the chance to show their national pride in backing the country’s blue (national A) and white (national B) teams in both the men’s and women’s divisions of the competition.

In recent years, however, the tourney has also turned into a “home” event for the Philippines and its rabid supporters, drawn from a pool of 150,000 Filipino migrant workers in Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

5,000 Taiwanese football fans watch World Cup on Ketagalan Blvd.

Taiwanese fans hoot and holler as France becomes the World Cup Champion

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/07/16
By: Renée Salmonsen, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

World Cup fans followed the match into the night. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) —  Crowds of football fans gathered along Ketagalan Boulevard at the grass field in front of the Presidential Palace to watch the final match of the World Cup Sunday, July 15.

China Television network began showing World Cup recaps around 3 p.m. on a 450 inch screen. Fans began pouring in around 9 p.m. to snag a good spot to watch the live broadcast of the France versus Croatia match at 11 p.m.

Around 5,000 people are estimated to have attended the late night viewing, according to UDN.

Crowds cheered and applauded as France took the lead over Croatia in a 4 – 2 game and became the World Cup Champions for the second time.

Taiwanese Wimbledon boy’s champion to turn pro next year

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/07/16
By: Tai Ya-chen and Elizabeth Hsu 

London, July 15 (CNA) Young Taiwanese tennis player Tseng Chun-hsin (曾俊欣) is planning to turn professional after winning the boy’s singles title at the French Open last month and the Wimbledon Tennis Championships Sunday.

After being defeated in the final of the Australian Open in January, Tseng has now won two Grand Slam titles in a row and will play at the U.S. Open next month and the Youth Olympic Games, slated for October in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the 16-year-old told the press after beating Jack Draper of the United Kingdom in the Wimbledon boy’s final.

He also plans to join the professional tour next year, Tseng said.

His father Tseng Yu-te (曾育德), who is also his coach, said the victory at Wimbledon was just the beginning as they look to the future.

Taiwan loses World University Baseball Championship to Japan

Taiwan News  
Date: 2018/07/15
By:  Central News Agency

Taipei, July 15 (CNA) Taiwan lost to Japan 8-3 Sunday in the final of the

(By Central News Agency)

2018 FISU World University Baseball Championship in Chiayi City, the second time it has taken second place in the tournament since it was first held in 2002.

Japan’s title was its first in the tournament.

Taiwanese starter Wei Shou-cheng, who pitched effectively in his previous outing against the Czech Republic on July 8, run into control problems Sunday.

Wei was knocked out of the game in the fourth inning after walking a batter and making a throwing error. In his three innings of work, he gave up four runs on three hits and four walks and took the loss.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Tseng Chun-hsin wins boys’ singles title at Wimbledon

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/07/15
By: Tai Ya-chen and Ko Lin

London, July 15 (CNA) Taiwan’s Tseng Chun-hsin (曾俊欣) on Sunday beat

Image taken from Wimbledon’s Facebook page

his opponent in the boys’ singles final of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.

Tseng, 16, who won the French Open title last month, defeated Jack Draper of the United Kingdom 6-1, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4 in a game that lasted two hours and six minutes.

The top-seeded Taiwanese overpowered his opponent in the first set, but the 16-year-old Draper from Sutton was quick to come back to tie the match with a second set win.

Tseng remained dominant after that, closing the third set to win his first boys’ singles title of the London Grand Slam.     [FULL  STORY]

Line Today to live stream 2018 Jones Cup

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/07/13
By: Wu Chia-hao and William Yen

Taipei, July 13 (CNA) Line Today, a news sharing function under the instant

Image taken from Pixabay

communications app LINE, announced Friday that it will live stream the 2018 William Jones Cup basketball tournament that kicks off Saturday.

A total of 46 games will be streamed for its users.

Line Today will stream of all the men’s games from July 14-22 and stream two women’s games a day, focused on teams from Taiwan, during the women’s tournament starting on July 25.

According to the list of participants displayed on the tournament’s official website, Taiwan has entered both a white and blue team for the men’s and women’s divisions.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan to send 738-member team to Asian Games in Jakarta

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/07/12
By: Lung Po-an and Ko Lin 

Taipei, July 12 (CNA) Taiwan is set to send a 738-strong team to the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, including 588 athletes, the largest contingent the country has ever sent to the event, a spokesperson for the Sports Administration said Thursday.

At the 2014 games held in Incheon, South Korea, some 400 Taiwanese athletes participated, bagging a total of 51 medals, including 10 gold, 18 silver and 23 bronze.

Wang Shui-wen (王水文), the administration’s acting director, said the goal is to win more gold medals this year.

Members of the sports administration are expected to leave for Jakarta on Aug. 1 to make the preparations before the arrival of the athletes, Wang said.   [FULL  STORY]