Sports world: China's 'big devil king' to enter NBA draft

China's 'big devil king' to enter NBA draft

BEIJING • Chinese basketball player Zhou Qi will enter this year's National Basketball Association draft, media reports said.

Zhou, a 2.18m-centre, has played two seasons for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

Nicknamed "the big devil king", he has already filed his paperwork to enter the draft - when NBA teams in June select their new players for the season - and begun training in the United States, Tencent Sport said.


Grace grabs first USPGA Tour title

HILTON HEAD (South Carolina) • Golfer Branden Grace fired seven birdies in a five-under 66 on Sunday to surge to his first USPGA Tour victory at the RBC Heritage.

South Africa's Grace, owner of seven European Tour titles, finished with a nine-under total of 275, two strokes ahead of Scotland's Russell Knox (67) and England's Luke Donald (71) - the 54-hole leader.


Schumacher Jr triumphs in Formula 4

BERLIN • Mick Schumacher, the 17-year-old son of stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, finished the opening weekend of the German Formula 4 season with a victory at Oschersleben.

Mick, who races for Italy's Prema Power team, punched the air with joy after covering the 16 race laps in 27min 42.096sec.


Hackett sorry for mid-air nipple tweak

SYDNEY • Australian swimming great Grant Hackett yesterday apologised for his "poor behaviour" after he was accused of drunkenly squeezing a fellow airline passenger's nipple because he reclined his seat.

Hackett, 35, said he was embarrassed at reports of his actions, which came after this month's failed attempt to qualify for the Rio Olympics at the Australian trials in Adelaide.


Park to compete in national trials

SEOUL • South Korean swimmer Park Tae Hwan, who completed an 18-month doping ban in March, is to compete in upcoming national trials despite being excluded for selection due to additional sanctions imposed by the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC).

Park was banned by swimming's governing body Fina after testing positive for testosterone ahead of the 2014 Asian Games, and he must wait three more years before he can be considered for national selection again.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 19, 2016, with the headline 'Sports world: China's 'big devil king' to enter NBA draft'. Subscribe