Vietnam book ticket to 2018 Asian U-23 Cup

WASHINGTON: South Korea's Kim In-Kyung birdied six of the first nine holes on her way to a four-stroke victory on Sunday (Jul 23) at the Marathon Classic to capture her sixth LPGA title. Kim In-Kyung of South Korea hits her drive on the fourth hole during the fourth and final round of the Marathon Classic. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images/AFP) Kim, ranked 28th, fired a bogey-free eight-under par 63 at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, to finish 72 holes on 21-under par 263. "I really didn't expect anything. Maybe that's why I played really well today," Kim said. "Really good names were on top of the leaderboard and I just wanted to go out and make the most out of it and today I was able to do that." It was the second triumph in as many months for Kim, who captured last week's ShopRite LPGA Classic. She has also taken three European Ladies Tour events, including her second triumph in three years at last September's Ladies European Masters. American Lexi Thompson birdied three of the last four holes to grab second on 267 with a closing 66, with American Gerina Piller and Taiwan's Chien Pei-Yun sharing third on 269. US 18-year-old rookie Nelly Korda, the daughter of retired Czech tennis star Petr Korda, owned the 54-hole lead but stumbled to a final-round 74 to share eighth. Kim opened with a birdie,…... [read more]

BASTAD, Sweden: Spaniard David Ferrer claimed his first ATP Tour title in almost two years by seeing off Alexandr Dolgopolov to win the clay-court tournament in Bastad for the third time on Sunday (Jul 23). David Ferrer of Spain reacts after winning the singles final match of the Swedish Open ATP tennis tournament against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-4, 6-4 in Bastad, Sweden. (Adam IHSE/TT News Agency/AFP) The 35-year-old Ferrer came through 6-4, 6-4 to seal the 27th title of his career, but first since October 2015 when he won in Vienna. The former French Open finalist, now ranked 46th in the world, was cruising to victory with a 5-1 lead in the second set, but needed seven match points to eventually get over the line. "I'm moved. This is my first tournament win in two years," Ferrer said. "It has been a tough period without victories." Ferrer's victory means that eight of the last 13 stagings of the event have been won by Spanish players, with Rafael Nadal, Tommy Robredo, Nicolas Almagro and last year's champion Albert Ramos-Vinolas all successful since 2005. Ukrainian Dolgopolov had to settle for his first runner-up effort in three years, although he did beat Kei Nishikori to win in Argentina in February. Source AFP ... [read more]

SOUTHPORT, United Kingdom: Jordan Spieth recovered from the brink of a disastrous collapse to regain his nerve and win the British Open with a breathtaking late flourish at Royal Birkdale on Sunday (Jul 23). US golfer Jordan Spieth poses with the Claret Jug, the trophy for the Champion golfer of the year after winning the 2017 British Open Golf Championship. (Andy BUCHANAN/AFP) The 23-year-old American ended up shooting a one-under-par round of 69 to finish 12-under and claim his third major title by three strokes from compatriot Matt Kuchar. Spieth had been top of the leaderboard after each of the first three rounds and, having already won the Masters and US Open in 2015, his victory saw him emulate the great Jack Nicklaus in getting his hands on a third different major before turning 24. But this was very nearly a historic meltdown from Spieth equal only in recent times to his own collapse in the 2016 Masters, when he threw away a five-stroke lead halfway through his final round to hand the green jacket to Danny Willett. "This was eventful. Seventeen pars and a birdie would have been fine too, but there are a lot of roads to get there," Spieth said after receiving the Claret Jug trophy to go with the US$1.85 million cheque for the winner. Spieth had let a three-stroke overnight advantage fritter away by the fourth…... [read more]

SANTA CLARA, United States: Anthony Martial offered Jose Mourinho a timely reminder of his attacking prowess on Sunday (Jul 23) despite missing from the spot in Manchester United's penalty shootout victory over Real Madrid. Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas watches as Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard scores a goal during the first half of the International Champions Cup match in Santa Clara, California. (Beck Diefenbach/AFP) After a hugely impressive debut campaign at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal, Martial struggled to consistently produce the goods under Mourinho last season - prompting speculation throughout the summer that the French international could depart. But a stunning individual run saw Martial lay-on Jesse Lingard's opening goal in the International Champions Cup tie at Santa Clara before Real Madrid's young guns produced an energetic second half fightback to earn a 1-1 draw and prompt a penalty shoot-out. Intensity levels will rise several degrees when these two teams meet in the European Super Cup final in a fortnight, with Real's big names understandably rusty during the first half, in their first pre-season outing. After three Stateside games in the previous eight days, United were the sharper outfit, particularly Lingard, who caused Real plenty of problems drifting inside off the right. The England international went close to opening the deadlock with an early screamer, when he collected Martial's lay-off and hit a swerving shot from 25 yards that…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – On July 23 more than 100 youngsters from Ho Chi Minh City travelled to Laos to undertake voluntary activities until August 5. The volunteers, who had been involved in the “Green Summer” and “Red Holiday” campaigns in the city, will tour Lao provinces of Attapeu, Champasak and Xiangkhouang, to do good deeds. They will support the building of two Vietnam-Laos youth friendship houses, coordinate with health workers to provide medical check-ups and treatment for poor people, transfer agricultural techniques, and present gifts to needy students. The youngsters are also expected to help with building playgrounds for children, guiding locals to use electricity economically and safely, improving the power system, and visiting contributors to the Vietnamese revolutionary cause in Laos. They will participate in a wide range of culture, sport and art activities with local youths and residents to study the traditional friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Laos. The event aims to demonstrate the pioneering role of youngsters in HCM City to nurture the friendship and solidarity between the two countries, as well as between the city and Lao localities. It also means to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties and 40 years of signing the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation. ... [read more]

BEIJING: Chelsea forward Pedro was taken to hospital with a possible concussion after colliding with Arsenal's goalkeeper during the Blues' 3-0 preseason win over their London rivals in Beijing on Saturday (Jul 22). Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi (23) scores against Arsenal during their football match in Beijing's National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, on Jul 22, 2017. (Photo: AFP/Greg Baker) The 29-year-old Spaniard was left reeling on the ground with a bloodied face inside the first half hour of the game after Colombian keeper David Ospina flew into him while clearing a long-ball with two fists. After receiving medical attention on the pitch for several minutes, Pedro got up and walked off with blood in his nose, lips and right ear. "For sure (he) should be okay but I think he had a concussion," Chelsea manager Antonio Conte told reporters after a Michy Batshuayi double sparked his side to an easy victory. "For this reason our doctor preferred to bring him to the hospital and to check him in the right way," the Italian added. "It's a pity because in this period now it's not good to have this type of injury, but should be okay and I'm very happy for this." Conte said he did not know whether Pedro would have to spend the night in hospital, but if the Spaniard is better on Sunday he will travel with the team to…... [read more]

DOETINCHEM: Amandine Henry's second-half header rescued a 1-1 draw for title contenders France against women's European Championship newcomers Austria in the Netherlands on Saturday (Jul 22). Swiss forward Ramona Bachmann scored one of the goals during the game against Iceland at the women's Euro in the Netherlands, helping Switzerland come back to a 2-1 victory. (Photo: AFP) Captain Lara Dickenmann and Ramona Bachmann scored as Switzerland recovered from a goal down to beat Iceland 2-1 in the earlier game. France and Austria top Group C with four points, one ahead of Switzerland, while Iceland will bow out after the group phase. France dominated almost the entire game in Utrecht, but it was Austria's Lisa Makas who scored first in the 27th minute, drilling home from just inside the area the French failed to clear a throw-in. Henry then slammed in a header from a corner delivered by Elise Bussaglia on 51 minutes. France's Marie-Laure Delie had two good chances early into the game but was denied by Austrian goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger. Austria threatened twice before scoring, with French keeper Sarah Bouhaddi stopping Laura Feiersinger's shot and Makas missing the target with a flicked free-kick. In the second half, Zinsberger brilliantly tipped Henry's curling shot onto the crossbar, while French substitute Kadidiatou Diani was denied by the keeper and then missed the goal altogether in stoppage time. "I'm frustrated. We deserved…... [read more]

Phuong lost the first set in his match against Chinese player Yuan Zihao, but won the next two sets to obtain the championship. Vietnamese tennis player Nguyen Van Phuong (in red) wins the final match in the men’s singles at the U18 Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Circuit – BECAMEX Cup 2017. Meanwhile, in the men’s doubles final, Vietnamese pair of Van Phuong and Minh Thinh was defeated 6-7 and 2-6 by Chinese rivals Yuan Zihao and Zeng Zicheng. No 1 seed Shrivalli Rashmikaa Bhamidipaty from India beat No.2 seed Che Yujiao from China (6-4, 6-2) to take the championship in the women’s single category. Meanwhile, Chinese duo Li Zongyi and Wang Jungyi became the champions in the women’s doubles after trouncing Che Yujiao and Gou Chunxi also from China (7-6, 6-4). Co-organized by the Ho Chi Minh City Tennis Federation and the municipal Department of Culture and Sports, the event draws more than 100 players from 20 countries and territories, including China, Australia, India, Thailand, the Philippines, France and the US. They competed in men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles. The tournament offered opportunities for young Vietnamese players to sharpen their skills and bolster exchange with international players. Source: VNA... [read more]

HCM City, July 22 (VNA) – Vietnamese tennis player Nguyen Van Phuong won the final match in the men’s singles at the U18 Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Circuit – BECAMEX Cup 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City on July 22.  Phuong lost the first set in his match against Chinese player Yuan Zihao, but won the next two sets to obtain the championship.  Meanwhile, in the men’s doubles final, Vietnamese pair of Van Phuong and Minh Thinh was defeated 6-7 and 2-6 by Chinese rivals Yuan Zihao and Zeng Zicheng.  No 1 seed Shrivalli Rashmikaa Bhamidipaty from India beat No 2 seed Che Yujiao from China (6-4, 6-2) to take the championship in the women’s single category.  Meanwhile, Chinese duo Li Zongyi and Wang Jungyi became the champions in the women’s doubles after trouncing Che Yujiao and Gou Chunxi also from China (7-6, 6-4).  Co-organised by the HCM City Tennis Federation and the municipal Department of Culture and Sports, the event draws more than 100 players from 20 countries and territories, including China, Australia, India, Thailand, the Philippines, France and the US. They competed in men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles.  The tournament offered opportunities for young Vietnamese players to sharpen their skills and bolster exchange with international players. VNA/VNP  ... [read more]

NDO – After holding hosts Thailand to a 0-0 draw after 90 official minutes of the final of the 2017 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) U-15 Championships, Vietnam defeated their strong rivals 4-2 in a dramatic penalty shootout to win the title of the tournament on July 22. Goalie Duy Dung was the hero for U-15 Vietnam as he successfully saved two penalties from the Thai players. Meanwhile, four of his teammates did their job, giving Thai goalkeeper Tewweesri no chance. This is the first time a Vietnamese football team has been crowned champions in a U-15 Southeast Asian championship. Entering the final, both teams had six wins in the tournament. Vietnam had conquered defending champions, and favourites for the championship, Australia, 2-0 in the semi-finals. In the group stage, Coach Vu Hong Viet’s team had five convincing wins against Cambodia 2-1, Brunei 2-1, Philippines 7-0, Malaysia 1-0 and Timor Leste 4-0. Meanwhile, Thailand has been a powerhouse in regional football for a long time and had the advantage of playing at home with the raucous support of thousands of Thai fans. The strength of the team from the Land of Golden Temples was shown in the first half as they began the game with great determination, controlling the ball and overwhelming the U-15 Vietnam team. However, the Vietnamese players played well and created more dangerous opportunities in the opponents’ final third. If Thanh Tu, Nguyen Hoang and then Quoc Hoang had mad more of their…... [read more]




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