Son beats Super Dan, Chong Wei through
TOKYO • World No. 1 Son Wan Ho overpowered two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China 21-15, 21-15 to enter the semi-finals of badminton's Japan Open yesterday. The South Korean will next face Denmark's world champion Viktor Axelsen, who brushed off Indian Kidambi Srikanth 21-17, 21-17.
Defending champion Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia squeezed past fourth-seeded Chou Tien-chen of Chinese Taipei 21-11, 15-21, 21-19 and will face Chinese second seed Shi Yuqi, who beat India's H.S. Prannoy 21-15, 21-14, in the other semi-final.
F1 exhaust surround system in the pipeline
LONDON • Formula One is working on a microphone that can be attached to a car's exhaust system to make the motor sport louder and more "visceral" for TV viewers.
Engine noise has been a major talking point since the quieter, more fuel-efficient 1.6 litre V6 turbo hybrid power units were introduced in 2014 in place of the raspier and less sophisticated V8 engines.
Safety paramount at 2018 Winter Olympics
PARIS • Olympic organisers yesterday sought to ease French and Austrian concerns about next year's Winter Games in South Korea, saying the safety of participating athletes was their priority and nations in the region had no doubts that it would go ahead.
With tensions on the Korean peninsula rising, France and Austria became the first nations to publicly raise the possibility of skipping the Feb 9-25 Pyeongchang Olympics on security grounds.
Undefeated Ward hangs up his gloves
NEW YORK • Andre Ward, ranked by The Ring magazine and others as the top "pound-for-pound" boxer in the world, announced a surprise retirement with a 32-0 record, including 16 wins by way of knockout, on Thursday.
The American light-heavyweight champion, 33, who was coming off a decisive rematch victory over Russian Sergey Kovalev, said he was accomplishing his goal of leaving the sport on top.
PGA-Euro Tour union inevitable: McIlroy
LONDON • Four-time golf Major winner Rory McIlroy believes the PGA Tour will eventually merge with the European Tour, as it is "counter-productive" for them to compete against each other.
The Northern Irishman said one way of achieving a unified circuit would be if the US-based circuit bought the European Tour and continued to run its events.
"I don't see any other way. I know discussions have already taken place," the world No. 8 said.