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Taiwan Beer retake finals series lead

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 01, 2015
By: Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

Rallying from a four-point deficit early in the fourth with a 13-0 run, Taiwan Beer

Pure Youth Construction’s Garret Siler drives past Taiwan Beer’s Patrick O’Bryant in their SBL Championship Finals game in Kaohsiung yesterday.  Photo: Huang Chih-yuan, Taipei Times

Pure Youth Construction’s Garret Siler drives past Taiwan Beer’s Patrick O’Bryant in their SBL Championship Finals game in Kaohsiung yesterday. Photo: Huang Chih-yuan, Taipei Times

outmaneuvered top-seeded Pure Youth Construction 80-69 in Game 3 of the Championship Finals at the Kaohsiung Fengshan Gymnasium last night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Liu Cheng had a huge day at the office with 23 points, three assists and five steals to lead the men in the familiar green uniforms past the heavily favored regular-season champions.

“We played well in defense in the second half to shut down [Pure Youth’s] offense,” Liu said.

His two clutch steals in the fourth not only took away the Builders’ scoring opportunities, but also destroyed their confidence during a futile comeback attempt.

Taiwan Beer big man Patrick O’Bryant also starred, netting a game-high 25 and delivering two brilliant passes from the high post to down below for a pair of easy scores during the 13-0 run.     [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan victorious over Hong Kong

Taipei Times
Date:  Apr 01, 2015
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan’s under-23 (U23) men’s soccer team salvaged some pride yesterday with an

Taiwan attacker Wen Chih-hao, left, celebrates after scoring against Hong Kong in their Asian Football Confederation under-23 qualifying game at the Kaohsiung National Stadium yesterday.  Photo: Lin Tsung-wei, Taipei Times

Taiwan attacker Wen Chih-hao, left, celebrates after scoring against Hong Kong in their Asian Football Confederation under-23 qualifying game at the Kaohsiung National Stadium yesterday. Photo: Lin Tsung-wei, Taipei Times

international victory, beating Hong Kong 2-0 at the Kaohsiung National Stadium in the final match of the Asian Football Confederation U23 qualifying group. However, the result was not enough to help the team advance.

Australia proved they are the strongest team in Group F by hammering Myanmar 5-1 in the early game in a match between two previously unbeaten sides.

The U23 Socceroos top the group, followed by Myanmar, who had two wins and a loss, with both advancing to the next round at the expense of Taiwan and Hong Kong.     [FULL  STORY]

AIBA hopes to expand women’s boxing in 2020 Olympics: AIBA chief

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/03/31
By: Christie Chen

Taipei, March 31 (CNA) The International Boxing Association (AIBA) is working to expand 201503310021t0001women’s Olympic boxing from the current three weight categories to five for the 2020 Olympic Games and a decision could be made next year, AIBA President Wu Ching-kuo (吳經國) said Tuesday in Taipei.

“The current progress we are making is pretty smooth and we will very likely know by next year if more women’s weight categories can be added to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo,” Wu said at a press conference to promote the AIBA Women’s Junior and Youth World Boxing Championships in Taiwan in May.     [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan boxing champ vows to defend title

The China Post
Date: April 1, 2015
By: CNA

TAIPEI — Taiwanese boxer Chen Nien-chin, who has kept up an impressive streak of wins since 2013, vowed Tuesday to defend her title in the upcoming biennial International Boxing Association (AIBA) Women’s Junior and Youth World Boxing Championships in Taiwan.

“I hope I can win another gold medal for Taiwan,” said Chen, who won the 75-kilogram weight category title at the 2013 championships in Bulgaria.

“The pressure is enormous this time, but I am very happy because we are the home team,” Chen said.

“It is not easy to gather so many of the world’s top boxers here because Taiwan is a very small country.”     [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Chan exits Miami Open

‘FEELING GOOD’:Seeded 16th, Venus Williams of the US, a three-time Key Biscyane champion, reached the quarter-finals of the tournament for the first time since 2012

Taipei Times
Date:  Apr 01, 2015
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AP, KEY BISCAYNE, Florida

Chan Hao-ching exited the women’s doubles at the Miami Open in the second round on

Venus Williams of the US returns to Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their Miami Open match at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida, on Monday.  Photo: AFP

Venus Williams of the US returns to Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their Miami Open match at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida, on Monday. Photo: AFP

Monday, as the Taiwanese and her partner, Jelena Jankovic, fell to a comprehensive 6-1, 6-3 defeat to eighth seeds Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik.

The French-Slovenian duo saved four of seven break-point chances and converted seven of eight to complete the victory over the Taiwanese-Serbian pairing in 58 minutes to set up a quarter-final against second-seeded Russian duo Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, who defeated wild-cards Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and Karin Knapp of Italy 6-2, 6-2 in their second-round clash.

Taiwanese hopes in Miami rested with Hsieh Su-wei, who, along with partner Flavia Pennetta of Italy, was due to play her second-round match against Monica Niculescu of Romania and Alexandra Panova of Russia yesterday.     [FULL  STORY]

Controversy rages over vacuous U23 match commentary

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 31, 2015
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

A controversy is raging over the commentary on an Asian Football Confederation under-23 (U23) qualifying match by Freedom Sports, a live streaming match-reporting service, which left some fans upset and led to recriminations in Taiwan’s soccer community.

In the game between hosts Taiwan and Myanmar at the Kaohsiung National Stadium on Friday last week, a commentator working for broadcaster Freedom Sports was said to be unprofessional, lacking relevant soccer knowledge and guilty of making several vacuous comments about Burmese players.     [FULL  STORY]

Clouded Leopards beat Black Bears in series opener

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 31, 2015
By: Grant Dexter  /  Staff reporter

The Clouded Leopards romped to a comfortable victory in the opening game of the Taipei Ice

The Buffaloes’ substitute players watch the action during their third-place playoff against the Leopard Cats in the Taipei Ice Hockey League at the Iceland Rink on Sunday night.  Photo: Grant Dexter

The Buffaloes’ substitute players watch the action during their third-place playoff against the Leopard Cats in the Taipei Ice Hockey League at the Iceland Rink on Sunday night. Photo: Grant Dexter

Hockey League finals series, winning 7-3 over the Black Bears at the Iceland Arena on Sunday night.

Three first-period goals by Kevin Chen and brothers Eric and Andy Shen provided an early buffer.

Chen made the lead four, opening the scoring 4 minutes, 8 seconds into the second period and Dylan Liu also got on the scoresheet, although the Bears made some inroads with goals to Jack Lu and Chris Hsu to make it 5-2 going into the third.     [FULL  STORY]

Hsieh cruises, Chan battles at Miami Open

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 30, 2015
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AP, KEY BISCAYNE, Florida

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Flavia Pennetta of Italy cruised into the second round of the

Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching returns to Spanish duo Arantxa Parra Santonja and Silvia Soler-Espinosa in her Miami Open women’s doubles match with partner Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in Key Biscayne, Florida, on Saturday.  Photo: screen grab from Facebook

Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching returns to Spanish duo Arantxa Parra Santonja and Silvia Soler-Espinosa in her Miami Open women’s doubles match with partner Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in Key Biscayne, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: screen grab from Facebook

women’s doubles at the Miami Open on Saturday, while Taiwanese-Serbian duo Chan Hao-ching and Jelena Jankovic also advanced in a tough opening encounter.

Fourth seeds Hsieh and Pennetta, playing just their second match as a partnership, eased to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over wild-cards Alize Cornet of France and Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in just 47 minutes at Crandon Park.

The Taiwanese world No. 9 and the Italian world No. 15 saved four of five break-point opportunities and converted five of seven to complete a comfortable victory and set up a second-round clash with Monica Niculescu of Romania and Alexandra Panova of Russia, who defeated Lisa Raymond of the US and Sam Stosur of Australia 6-2, 6-3 in the first round.     [FULL  STORY]

Brothers blank Monkeys, go second

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 30, 2015
By: Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

The Chinatrust Brothers rode the right arm of Wang Tzu-an, who tossed seven shutout innings

Uni-President Lions right fielder Lo Kuo-hua sprints to catch a foul ball in the third inning of their CPBL game against the EDA Rhinos in Kaohsiung yesterday.  Photo: Chang Chung-i, Taipei Times

Uni-President Lions right fielder Lo Kuo-hua sprints to catch a foul ball in the third inning of their CPBL game against the EDA Rhinos in Kaohsiung yesterday. Photo: Chang Chung-i, Taipei Times

of four-hit ball to blank the Lamigo Monkeys 6-0 at the Taipei Tianmu Baseball Stadium last night.

The win not only gave Chinatrust a 2-1 edge in the north’s weekend series, but it also improved their season record to 4-3, good enough for second place in the standings.

After the Monkeys missed a golden scoring opportunity in the top of the first in which they stranded two at the corners, the hosts went to work against Ramon Garcia by plating three off the Monkeys starter in the bottom of the second to grab an early 3-0 lead.     [FULL  STORY]

Builders bounce back and down Beer, level series

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 30, 2015
By: Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

Top seeds Pure Youth Construction bounced back from a tough loss in the series opener on

Pure Youth Construction’s Chen Jian-en shoots against Taiwan Beer in Game 2 of the SBL finals series at the Kaohsiung Fengshan Gymnasium last night. The Builders won the game to level the series 1-1.  Photo: Huang Chih-yuan, Taipei Times

Pure Youth Construction’s Chen Jian-en shoots against Taiwan Beer in Game 2 of the SBL finals series at the Kaohsiung Fengshan Gymnasium last night. The Builders won the game to level the series 1-1. Photo: Huang Chih-yuan, Taipei Times

Saturday night with an 85-67 win over Taiwan Beer in Game 2 of the SBL finals series at the Kaohsiung Fengshan Gymnasium last night to even up the best-of-seven series at 1-1.

Three three-pointers by Chen Jian-en in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter sparked a 13-2 run by the Builders that proved to be the difference as they shook off a pesky Brew Crew who rallied from two double-digit deficits earlier in the contest to stay ahead for good.

“I’d like to thank my teammates for encouraging me to keep on shooting, their confidence was a big help to me,” Chen said.

Chen’s timely surge helped the three-time defending champions avoid what would have been a 0-2 hole in their quest for an unprecedented fourth straight title.

A sloppy start by the Builders’ defense paved the way for the Brew Crew in the early going as they took a 16-14 lead after one quarter of play behind six quick points by Liu Cheng, but Pure Youth regrouped by converting six of nine from behind the three-point arc to outscore their opponents 29-19 in a dominant second quarter to claim a 43-35 advantage at halftime.     [FULL  STORY]