Hello & welcome to Networknewsasia blog of the King’s Cup 2019 final between Curacao and Vietnam.

Vietnam faced hosts Thailand in their opening encounter, a match which was filled with controversies and ultimately ended in the favour of the Golden Dragons. Nguyen Anh Duc was the sole goalscorer of that match, and it came from virtually the last kick of the match, in the fourth minute of injury time.

Curacao, on the other hand, got the better of India without much of a fuss. All the goals in that match were scored in the first half. While Curacao took a 2-0 lead, India got one back through Sunil Chhetri. However, Leandro Bacuna restored the two-goal lead for Curacao who won the match 3-1.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019: France thrash Korea Republic 4-0 in tournament opener




The world strongest man 2019 is an italian athlete

The last edition of the Strongman World Championship, Amateur category, ended in Singapore in the past few days. Athletes from over 60 nations, divided into five weight categories, fought for the coveted title. The absolute title, which concerns the category victory and the accumulated weight, was however won by a 54-year-old Italian, who managed to lift, tow, push, hold over 2,500 pounds in just six tests. Luca Ripamonti, this is his name, after a beloved victory, he thanked everyone for the victory, in particular for his wife and daughter: "... I could never make it without them!", He declared. After the victory he also announced that he intends to permanently withdraw from the competitions.



Hosts France recorded an emphatic 4-0 win over Korea Republic in the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Friday.

The French women, coached by Corinne Diacre, hardly broke a sweat through the 90 minutes and launched into the lead as early as the ninth minute through Eugenie Le Sommer in the Group A fixture.

Defender Wendie Renard was the next to register her name on the scoresheet as she headed in the second goal for France in the 35th minute. The defender will strike again before the end of the first half, yet again with a header, to make it 3-0 for the hosts in the second minute of the injury time.

It was more of the same in the second half as the South Koreans struggled failing to register a single shot on target for the whole 90 minutes. France, though, would find the fourth and final goal five minutes from time as midfielder Amandine Henry curled in in front of over 45,000 fans at the Paris venue.

“I think we started the game well. I think we got things on the right track and we made our task easier by scoring relatively quickly. We didn’t lose track of things after that second goal was disallowed, but what was important was scoring a second goal – we even did better than that because we found a third goal as well – we’d made things easy by half-time,” said France coach Diacre after the game.






I need more time – Terengganu midfielder Lee Tuck puts on hold dream to represent Malaysia national team

Terengganu FC’s England-born midfielder Lee Tuck has been forced to drop his dream of playing for the Malaysia national football team for the time being.

The 30-year-old was given a deadline to submit necessary document to earn a Malaysian passport and thereby be eligible to represent the Harimau Malaya. However, it looks like Tuck, whose maternal grandmother hails from Malaysia, was unable to provide the said files.

“I am unable to provide the documents needed to become a local player. I need more time to look for the papers, so when the time is right and everything is ready, I will try again,” said Tuck in a statement


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Tennis: Osaka keeps Indian Wells title defense on track

 

INDIAN WELLS: World number one and defending champion Naomi Osaka powered past American Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-2 on Monday (Mar 11) to book a fourth-round meeting with resurgent Swiss Belinda Bencic at Indian Wells.

Japan's Osaka, whose second straight Grand Slam title at the Australian Open propelled her to the top of the rankings, traded breaks with Collins early in the first set. But she got the decisive break in the ninth game, giving herself a break point with a backhand winner before pouncing on a short ball and belting a forehand winner to give herself a chance to serve for the set.  An increasingly confident Osaka broke Collins at love for a 2-1 lead in the second. She finished out the next game for a 3-1 lead and led 5-1 before Collins saved a match point to hold and make Osaka serve out the match.  Collins, trying to build on a breakout run to the Australian Open semi-finals, failed in her bid to avenge her 6-1, 6-0 loss to Osaka in their only prior meeting in Beijing last year.

And Osaka, whose first career title came at this prestigious WTA premier mandatory event last year, advanced to a meeting with Bencic, the 23rd seed who defeated Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 6-2.


Vietnam's Cong Phuong joins Incheon

The K League 1 club said Cong Phuong agreed to a one-year loan deal and will join Incheon from Vietnamese side Hoang Anh Gia Lai.Cong Phuong has been one of the key players for the Vietnamese national football team led by head coach Park Hang-seo. The 24-year-old helped Vietnam win the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Cup and reach the quarter-finals at the recent AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. He scored two goals in five matches at the AFC Asian Cup. Cong Phuong will be the second Vietnamese to play in the K League 1 after Luong Xuan Truong, who had loan stints with Incheon and Gangwon FC from 2016 to 2017.


Silva’s UFC return ends in defeat to Adesanya after Whittaker withdrawal

Anderson Silva was making his first appearance since 2017 but the 43-year-old Brazilian suffered a unanimous defeat to Israel Adesanya.

Anderson Silva’s long-awaited return to the octagon did not go according to plan after the MMA legend was beaten by Israel Adesanya at UFC 234.

Silva was making his first appearance since 2017 – a milestone that brought the 43-year-old Brazilian icon to tears on the eve of the bout.

But Silva, who held the middleweight title for seven years between 2006 and 2013, suffered an unanimous defeat to Adesanya in Melbourne on Sunday.

The middleweight bout became the new main event at Rod Laver Arena after a severe abdominal injury forced champion Robert Whittaker to withdraw from his showdown against Kelvin Gastelum just hours before the fight.


Duke forward RJ Barrett said the Blue Devils players “noticed,” but they were just focused on winning the game.

LeBron James and Rajon Rondo spent their off day watching college basketball as they traveled to Charlottesville, Va., to watch No. 2 Duke defeat No. 3 Virginia, 81-71.

Lakers stars James and Rondo, who sat underneath Duke’s basket, made the trip while they already were traveling to the East Coast for Los Angeles’ matchup in Philadelphia against the 76ers.

Despite the possible distraction of having two NBA stars in attendance, Duke’s Zion Williamson said he didn’t even realize James was there and he didn’t pay attention to any of the buzz.

“LeBron was out there?” Williamson, the projected No. 1 pick in June’s NBA Draft, asked after the game “I didn’t see LeBron.”

LeBron James and Rajon Rondo spent their off day watching college basketball as they traveled to Charlottesville, Va., to watch No. 2 Duke defeat No. 3 Virginia, 81-71.

Lakers stars James and Rondo, who sat underneath Duke’s basket, made the trip while they already were traveling to the East Coast for Los Angeles’ matchup in Philadelphia against the 76ers.

Despite the possible distraction of having two NBA stars in attendance, Duke’s Zion Williamson said he didn’t even realize James was there and he didn’t pay attention to any of the buzz.

“LeBron was out there?” Williamson, the projected No. 1 pick in June’s NBA Draft, asked after the game “I didn’t see LeBron.”

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'Please fight for me.' Bahrain soccer player detained in Thailand pleads for help

Hakeem Al-Araibi's finger traces over every sentence of the letter, eager not to miss even one word from his beloved wife.

The professional soccer player is unable to hold the precious message, instead he must read it from behind a glass pane as a friend holds it up from the visitors room of Bangkok Remand Prison in the Thai capital.
"I am crying inside, I miss her so much, we were together every day," he tells CNN from the prison on Friday. The only way to communicate with him is through a telephone set that's wired to the other side of the window pane separating inmates from their visitors.
Al-Araibi says he and his wife have been together for seven years and were planning on having a baby. "There is not a single day I would not miss her. I love her very much, and I worry about her very much."
Those happy family plans were forcibly put on hold when Al-Araibi, a refugee and former member of the Bahraini national soccer team, was arrested at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport while on his honeymoon on November 27. Interpol had issued a "red notice" -- an international arrest warrant -- which is not supposed to be given to refugees.
Al-Araibi, who fled Bahrain in 2014, was detained and held in Thailand at the request of the Bahrain government. He holds refugee status in Australia where he plays for Melbourne soccer club Pascoe Vale, but has been locked in an overcrowded Thai prison cell since his arrest while officials await extradition proceedings.
On Friday, Al-Araibi's lawyer said that is due to appear in court on Monday morning local time and will be asked whether he will comply with the extradition request or challenge it.
Activists campaigning for his release have launched a global campaign of support and warn that his case has become an "absolute emergency" now that an extradition request has been filed.
Speaking to CNN's News Stream on Thursday, former Australia soccer captain Craig Foster, who is spearheading the campaign, said Al-Araibi is "nothing more than a political prisoner."
"This is about retribution from the government and royal family in Bahrain, and all Australians are saying we will not stand for it," he said.


Qatar triumphs over Saudi Arabia in 'blockade derby' at Asian Cup

The Asian Cup is no stranger to throwing up clashes between geopolitical adversaries but even to the most seasoned aficionado, Thursday's meeting between Saudi Arabia and Qatar brought with it more than an added hint of intrigue.


While the occasion was ostensibly about football and Qatar's 2-0 victory, the build up to the contest that's been dubbed the "blockade derby" was surrounded by analysis of the politics and diplomatic strife in the region.
This game represented the first time the two had met on the football field since the Saudis were joined by Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates in breaking off relations with Qatar in June 2017.




Japan to host first PGA Tour event in 2019 with space billionaire's backing

Japan is set to host its first ever PGA Tour event after signing a six-year deal with fashion website Zozotown. "I think this will be the first PGA Tour sponsor that is going to the moon," said the company's billionaire founder Yusaku Maezawa, who in September announced he was the first customer to pay for a trip around the moon on Elon Musk's SpaceX craft.


Golf: Tabuena, 21, wins first Asian Tour title in Philippine finale

India’s Himmat Rai produced the round of the week at the Luisita Golf and Country Club with a sparkling 63 to share third place with Chinnarat Phadungsil (67) of Thailand on 204, two shots from the champion.

 

Lindsay Renolds of Canada, who held the lead in the opening two rounds, fired a disappointing 73 to finish in tied 10th place in the final Asian Tour event in 2015.

 


Andy Murray: The sporting great who became a champion feminist


With his career hanging in the balance, Andy Murray has pulled out of a tennis tournament in Marseille next month as he contemplates hip surgery.Murray lost a four-hour, five-set thriller to Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open in Melbourne Monday in what could have been the final match of an illustrious career. The three-time grand slam champion, who said he would be quitting the sport this year because of the pain in his hip, faces the dilemma of whether to rest and make his farewell at Wimbledon, or have an operation which should improve his quality of life but could end his career.

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"It's tough but I don't have a choice, I was very keen on returning to Marseille where I won the tournament in 2008," Murray told the Open 13 Provence website explaining his withdrawal. "This title, one of the first of my career, remains a great memory."Photos: Andy Murray: Australian Open in pictures But the 31-year-old defied the pain and roused the Melbourne crowd with an extraordinary comeback to take the match into a deciding fifth set

In the crowd were Murray's mother Judy and brother Jamie.Hide Caption6 of 9

Battling back in the third and fourth sets took its toll on the Scot as Bautista Agut broke with ease twice in the final set to secure the first victory of his career over Murray.

Photos: Andy Murray: Australian Open in pictures

"If I want to go again, I'll need to have a big operation, which there's no guarantee I'll be able to come back from anyway, but I'll give it my best shot," he said.

The vast majority of fans inside the Melbourne Arena for Murray's first round match against Roberto Bautista Agut were cheering the three-time grand slam champion.

However, it was Roberto Bautista Agut who made the better start, confidently taking a two set lead against the ailing Murray.

Hide Caption. The Briton has tumbled to 229 in the world rankings after 18 months troubled by injury and seemed on course for a sharp exit in Melbourne.

Battling back in the third and fourth sets took its toll on the Scot as Bautista Agut broke with ease twice in the final set to secure the first victory of his career over Murray.

After his first-round loss Murray the Briton opened the door to a possible return to Australia by saying he would "do everything possible" to play again in a tournament he has never won.

"If I want to go again, I'll need to have a big operation, which there's no guarantee I'll be able to come back from anyway, but I'll give it my best shot," he said.


Egypt beats South Africa to earn right to host 2019 African Cup of Nations

Seven-time champions Egypt will host this year's African Cup of Nations.

Egypt, the most successful country in the tournament's history, beat South Africa -- the only other nation to submit a formal bid -- by 16 votes to one at the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) Executive Committee on Tuesday.
The country has just six months to prepare for the 24-team tournament after Cameroon, the original host nation, was in November stripped of the right to hold the event because of slow preparations.