CHINESE WOMEN BAG 20TH TABLE TENNIS TITLE
CHINA'S women clinched their 20th title at the World Team Table Tennis Championships when they beat Japan 3-0 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Led by world No. 1 Liu Shiwen, the favourites proved too strong for second seeds Japan in front of thousands of Chinese supporters.
Many of them were staff of the event's title sponsors Perfect, a Chinese firm which specialises in healthcare and beauty products.
Singapore were the last team to break the Chinese stranglehold when they won the title in 2010.
THE STRAITS TIMES
LEBRON JAMES AND CAVS SMASH CELTICS 120-103
LEBRON James led eight Cavaliers in double figures with 28 points when Cleveland (44-17) crushed the Boston Celtics (38-26) 120-103 on Saturday night.
Kyrie Irving contributed 20 points, Iman Shumpert posted a career-high 16 rebounds to go with 12 points off the bench, while J. R. Smith delivered 14 points, marked by four three-pointers.
The Cavs, who have won three straight, lead the Eastern Conference by 21/2 games over Toronto.
ISNER PUTS U.S. THROUGH TO DAVIS CUP Q-FINALS
JOHN Isner powered the United States to victory over Australia in the Davis Cup World Group tie with a masterful serving performance at Kooyong yesterday.
The towering Isner served 49 aces in delivering a 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Australia's Bernard Tomic in 2hr 15min in the fourth rubber to clinch the tie with an unassailable 3-1 lead.
The result puts the Americans, who beat Australia on grass for the first time since 1979, into the quarter-finals of the men's team competition.