Sports

ABL: Alab Pilipinas suffers sorry loss in Taiwan

ABS CBN News
Date: Jan 13 2019
By: Norman Lee Benjamin Riego, ABS-CBN Sports

The new year has not been kind to Alab Pilipinas as it lost for the second time in its last three games in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League.

On Sunday at the Changhua Stadium in Taiwan, Filipinos rallied from eight points down in the final frame before surrendering a 72-73 decision to home team Formosa.

The defending champions went 5-0 to start the season, but once the calendar turned to 2019, only have one win to show.

A win in this one was well within their grasp as Ethan Alvano’s triple completed a 17-7 fightback that turned a 55-63 deficit into a 72-70 advantage with five ticks to go on the clock    [FULL  STORY]

500 people complete Taipei ‘Grand Hike’

The public are encouraged to get a free brochure that contains maps and all information about the activity at the GEO office during office hours

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/01/13
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taken from 臺北大縱走 Facebook page

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) –A total of 500 people have completed the Taipei Grand Hike since Taipei City Government inaugurated the activity in September last year, according to a news release posted on the website of the city’s Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO) on Jan. 11.

The GEO said that within three and a half months, 500 people have come to the agency with photos taken at 12 designated spots along the Taipei Grand Trail and claimed the sports towels, which are offered to Grand Hike finishers as gifts.

At a press conference in September last year, the agency announced a newly marked 92-km route that runs along the ridges bordering the city and encouraged people to complete the Grand Hike, saying that anyone who finishes the hike and takes photos at the designated locations within one year will be awarded a sports towel.

GEO Industrial and Trail Section Chief Chen Yen-cheng (陳彥成) said that many sections of the Taipei Grand Trail are composed of relaxing nature trails with thriving natural ecosystems.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan badminton duo lose in Thailand Masters doubles final

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/01/13
By: Huang Chiao-wen and William Ye

Lu Ching-yao (盧敬堯, right) and Yang Po-han (楊博涵) / CNA file photo

Taipei, Jan. 13 (CNA) Taiwan badminton duo Lu Ching-yao (盧敬堯) and Yang Po-han (楊博涵) lost in the final of the men’s doubles at the Thailand Masters 2019 in Bangkok Sunday.

Lu and Yang, ranked 26th in the world, were defeated by world number 14 and top seeds Goh Shem and Tan Wee Kiong from Malaysia 21-13, 21-17 in a match that lasted 46 minutes.

In the first set, the Malaysians rushed to a 6-1 lead and kept the Taiwan pairing under pressure, running away with the first set 21-13.

In the second set, the score was briefly level at 8-8, but the Malaysians once again stepped up the pace to stretch their lead to 20-13 and although the Taiwan duo reduced the deficit they still lost the set 21-17.    [FULL  STORY]

500 people complete Taipei ‘Grand Hike’

The public are encouraged to get a free brochure that contains maps and all information about the activity at the GEO office during office hours

Taiwan News 
Date: 2019/01/13
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taken from 臺北大縱走 Facebook page

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) –A total of 500 people have completed the Taipei Grand Hike since Taipei City Government inaugurated the activity in September last year, according to a news release posted on the website of the city’s Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO) on Jan. 11.

The GEO said that within three and a half months, 500 people have come to the agency with photos taken at 12 designated spots along the Taipei Grand Trail and claimed the sports towels, which are offered to Grand Hike finishers as gifts.

At a press conference in September last year, the agency announced a newly marked 92-km route that runs along the ridges bordering the city and encouraged people to complete the Grand Hike, saying that anyone who finishes the hike and takes photos at the designated locations within one year will be awarded a sports towel.

GEO Industrial and Trail Section Chief Chen Yen-cheng (陳彥成) said that many sections of the Taipei Grand Trail are composed of relaxing nature trails with thriving natural ecosystems.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Chan sisters win women’s doubles title in Hobart

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/01/12
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Chi Jo-yao

Image taken from Chan Hao-ching’s Facebook page.

Taipei, Jan. 12 (CNA) Taiwan’s Latisha Chan (詹詠然), sidelined for nearly four months with a nervous system disorder, won the women’s doubles title with her sister Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴), at the Hobart International Tennis, Australia Saturday.

The Chan sisters topped Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium and Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-3, 3-6 and 10-6 in a 10-point tiebreaker to win the title.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan badminton duo advance to Thailand Masters doubles final

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/01/12
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Ko Lin

CNA file photo

Taipei, Jan. 12 (CNA) Taiwan badminton duo Lu Ching-yao (盧敬堯) and Yang Po-han (楊博涵) defeated their Malaysian semi-final opponents to advance to the men’s doubles final at the Thailand Masters 2019 on Saturday.

Lu and Yang, currently ranked 26th in the world, beat Malaysians Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin 17-21, 21-13, 21-11 in a match that lasted 57 minutes.

Prior to Saturday’s game, the two teams had met six times before, with the Taiwanese victorious in five of those matches.

Lu and Yang will face another Malaysian pairing, Goh Shem and Tan Wee Kiong, in the final on Sunday.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Chan sisters advance to Hobart final

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 12, 2019
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with Reuters, HOBART, Australia

Taiwanese top seeds Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan yesterday advanced to their

Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching returns in her and sister Latisha Chan’s Hobart International women’s doubles semi-final against Romania’s Monica Niculescu and China’s Yang Zhaoxuan in Australia yesterday.  Photo: EPA-EFE

second WTA Tour doubles final in a week at the Hobart International, while 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin advanced to her first WTA Tour singles final.

The Chan sisters cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over third seeds Monica Niculescu of Romania and Yang Zhaoxuan of China in 1 hour, 22 minutes at the Hobart International Tennis Centre.

The Taiwanese duo saved six of eight break points and converted four of nine, winning 61 of the 116 points contested to advance to their second consecutive final and will hope to go one better than their defeat at the Brisbane International last Saturday.

The top seeds face Kirsten Flipkens and Johanna Larsson in today’s final after the fourth seeds battled past 17-year-old Anastasia Potapova of Russia and 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine 7-5, 6-4 in 1 hour, 27 minutes in the second semi-final.
[FULL  STORY]

Taipei 100 km trail running race set for April return

The North Face 100 event winds through traditional hunting routes and showcases Taiwan’s scenery

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/01/10
By: Scott Morgan, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Image from The North Face)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The 11th annual North Face 100 trail running event will take place in New Taipei City on April 20-21, with races ranging from 10 to 100 kilometers on offer.

The event will wind through the hills and mountains to the north and east of Taipei City, with much of the course following centuries-old hunting routes and linking major historical sites.

The event includes 10, 20, 50, and 100 km races, all of which take distinctly different routes. A marathon completion certificate is required to participate in the 20, 50, and 100 km events, with the 100 km event also requiring a medical certificate.

Runners will be given 32 hours to complete the 100 km course, which includes a total altitude gain of 6,800 meters.    [FULL  STORY]

Chan sisters advance after walkover as Cornet closes in on second Hobart title

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 11, 2019 
By: Staff writer, with CNA and AP

Taiwanese sisters Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-ching yesterday advanced to the Hobart International women’s doubles semi-finals after their opponents withdrew, while former champion Alize Cornet moved one step closer to another singles title.

Following the withdrawal of their quarter-final opponents, Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia and Sabrina Santamaria of the US, the Taiwanese pair move automatically into the semi-finals, where they are to face Romania’s Monica Niculescu and China’s Yang Zhaoxuan.

In the singles, Cornet defeated Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen 6-1, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals.

The sixth seed, who won the event in 2016, overcame a fall and skinned knee in the win. She has not dropped a set in this tournament.    [FULL  STORY]

Golf open with largest purse in Taiwan LPGA tour to take place Jan. 17-20

The open, which is the first tournament in the schedule of the 2019 TLPGA tour, has a total purse of US$800,000

Taiwan News 
Date: 2019/01/09
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Photo taken from Hsin Yi Golf Club’s Facebook page

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Women’s Golf Open, which has the largest purse in the LPGA of Taiwan (TLPGA) tour, will take place at Hsin Yi Golf Club in Kaohsiung City from Jan. 17 to Jan. 20.

The open, which is the first tournament in the schedule of the 2019 TLPGA tour, has a total purse of US$800,000 (NT$24 million)

Chairman of the Golf Association of the ROC, Wang Cheng-sung (王政松), said that even though the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship has the highest prize money among all the golf events played in Taiwan, it is an LPGA tour event, according to media reports.

Taiwan’s golf association cooperates with Korea’s KLPGA on Taiwan Women’s Golf Open to enhance the event’s level of competition, according to reports. Forty players from Korea will play in the event, 33 of whom are currently ranked in the top 200 in the Women’s World Golf Rankings.    [FULL  STORY]