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Australia, China F1 postponed as coronavirus hits 2021 calendar

Melbourne - Formula One's Australian Grand Prix was postponed to November and China's race was put on hold indefinitely as the coronavirus forced a 2021 calendar rejig on Tuesday.

Day football dyed: Chinese match off because 'hair not black enough'

Shanghai - A women's university football match in China descended into farce and was eventually called off after players were told that they were not allowed to have dyed hair, state media said Tuesday.

Millions online, 6,000 live see Koreans win top eSports title

Shanghai - More than 6,000 mostly young spectators watched at a Shanghai stadium and millions tuned in online to see Damwon Gaming win the League of Legends world championship on Saturday.

World championship skater opens up about China abuse

Fpo - A world championship figure skater has opened up about physical and mental abuse she allegedly suffered while training in China, which included being kicked, hit and called insulting names.

Virus restrictions hit Australia AFC Champions League games

Melbourne - The AFC Champions League was thrown into further chaos Sunday with Australia advising fixtures due to be held in Perth and Sydney can no longer take place due to travel restrictions over the deadly coronavirus.

Asian football final moved from N. Korea after blacked-out match

Kuala Lumpur - The final of an Asian club tournament has been moved from Pyongyang to Shanghai, football officials said Tuesday, a week after North and South Korea played out a surreal World Cup qualifier in an empty stadium.

Medvedev feels 'invincible' after thumping Zverev to win Shanghai

Shanghai - Daniil Medvedev conceded that he had been "invincible" after he won his fourth title of a spectacular year with a thumping 6-4, 6-1 victory over Alexander Zverev in the Shanghai Masters final on Sunday.

US PGA Tour cancels Hong Kong event over player safety

Fpo - The US PGA Tour on Tuesday cancelled next month's season-ending event on its Chinese feeder golf circuit in Hong Kong citing "continued demonstrations, civil unrest and safety concerns".

Wiggins's Armstrong comments 'publicity seeking': Geraint Thomas

Shanghai - Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas accused Bradley Wiggins of trying to drum up publicity on Saturday with his controversial comments about drug cheat Lance Armstrong.

IOC helping N. Korean athletes prepare for Olympics

Bejing - The International Olympic Committee is working on a special programme to help North Korean athletes take part in the next two Olympic Games in Japan and China, IOC President Thomas Bach said Tuesday.

Pato in public bid to woo 'most beautiful' Chinese actress

Shanghai - Brazilian football star Alexandre Pato celebrated Tianjin Quanjian's victory in the AFC Champions League with a very public attempt at wooing the Chinese actress Dilraba Dilmurat.

China fund takes control of Spanish football TV rights giant

Madrid - A Chinese investment fund has taken control of Spanish media giant Mediapro, best known for owning television rights to the Spanish and Italian football leagues, as Chinese investors widen their global media and sports interests.

China fund takes control of Spanish football TV rights giant

Madrid - Chinese investment fund Orient Hontai Capital has taken control of Mediapro, best known for owning television rights to the Spanish and Italian football leagues, the Spanish media group said Friday.The fund bought a 53.

China U-20 footballers' Germany tour suspended after Tibet row

Bejing - The Chinese Under-20 football team's controversial tour of Germany has been suspended following a row over activists who unfurled Tibetan flags.

Whistleblower makes claims of systematic doping in China

Berlin - A Chinese whistleblower, now seeking political asylum in Germany, has claimed there was a systematic doping programme in China during the 1980s and 1990s across a range of sports.

No country for old women: China refuses visa to elderly India runner

New Delhi - A 101-year-old Indian runner said Tuesday that China has refused to grant her a visa to participate in the Asian Masters Athletics Championships, robbing her of a potential medal.

China orders more than 100 golf courses shut: govt

Bejing - China has ordered the closure of a sixth of the country's golf courses since 2011, its top economic planner said, in an ongoing crackdown on a sport controversial for its links with wealthy elites.

Search suspended for star Chinese sailor lost in mid-Pacific

Bejing - The US Coast Guard has suspended its Pacific Ocean search for star Chinese sailor Guo Chuan, it said, after rescuers found his drifting yacht and confirmed he was not there but aboard his lifejacket.

Fears for star Chinese sailor missing in Pacific

Bejing - Chinese sailing fans expressed fears and hopes Thursday for star sailor Guo Chuan, who was missing in the Pacific on an attempt to set a record crossing of the ocean.

Five key moments for China's Evergrande

Bejing - Key moments in the history of Guangzhou Evergrande, who won their sixth consecutive Chinese Super League title last week and are touted as Asia's first superclub:Relegated for match-fixingIf ever there was a cloud that had a silver lining.

China to free up internet for those attending 2022 Olympics

Bejing - China's tough controls over the internet will be temporarily lifted for people attending the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, officials promised Wednesday.

China laments gold drought in Rio 'flop'

Bejing - Chinese sports fans turned on the country's athletes and administrators Wednesday as the Asian giant languished behind Britain -- once dismissed as an "old declining Empire" -- in third place on the Olympic medal table in Rio.

Our Rio stars are out of line, flags furious China

Bejing - Most of the five stars on the Chinese flags being used at medal ceremonies at the Rio Olympics are misaligned, officials said, prompting a diplomatic protest and online fury.

Vomit, facemasks as 'extreme smog' clouds China Open

Bejing - A player's complaint that the smog made him vomit and the unflattering sight of fans in face masks have put Beijing's notorious air pollution back in the spotlight after haze hit this week's China Open.

China has mountain to climb with 2022 Winter Olympics bid

Jianchang - High on a barren mountainside, a red flag marks the spot where China hopes ski jumpers will launch themselves to glory at the 2022 Winter Olympics. But hosting the Games would require a giant leap of its own.

Li Na says tennis 'only chance' after father's death

Wuhan - China's Li Na said her ground-breaking career can be traced back to the death of her father when she was 14, a pivotal moment which meant tennis success was her "only chance".

China's Huawei partners with Paris SG football club

Paris - Chinese tech giant Huawei has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with Paris Saint-Germain, one of Europe's biggest football clubs, the French club announced Saturday.

Li Na too busy for league, targets more Slams, top ranking

Hong Kong - Australian Open champion Li Na on Monday defended her decision to skip the International Premier Tennis League, as she targets more Grand Slams and the world number one spot.The inaugural edition of the IPTL takes place later this year with matches in ...

Lippi 'signs to stay at China's Evergrande for three more years'

Beijing - World Cup winning Italian manager Marcello Lippi has signed a contract extension to coach Guangzhou Evergrande for three more years, the Chinese club announced Friday, days after reports said he had turned down an offer.Lippi, who lead Italy to glory i...

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