Japan celebrates gold rush on day of upsets at Olympics
Japan celebrates gold rush on day of upsets at Olympics

TOKYO (AFP) – A Japanese skateboarder claimed a piece of Olympic history as the host nation enjoyed a gold rush at the Tokyo Games on Sunday (July 25), while France inflicted the first defeat on a men’s USA basketball team since Athens 2004. There were 18 gold medals up for grabs, including the first ever... » read more

Tennis: France’s Gasquet ends three-year wait for final spot

UMAG, CROATIA (AFP) – French veteran Richard Gasquet reached his first ATP final in three years on Saturday (July 24) when he defeated German qualifier Daniel Altmaier in the Umag semi-finals. The 35-year-old Gasquet, seeded fourth, won 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes on court. He will face either top seed... » read more

Football: Man United in talks with Pogba over new contract, says Solskjaer

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (REUTERS) – Manchester United are still in talks with midfielder Paul Pogba over a new contract, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said, amid speculation over the Frenchman’s future at the Premier League club. World Cup winner Pogba, 28, has frequently been linked with a move away from Old Trafford since rejoining United from Juventus... » read more

Football: Wijnaldum didn’t feel ‘Liverpool love’

LONDON (AFP) – Georginio Wijnaldum has said social media abuse was behind his decision to leave Liverpool, explaining he “didn’t feel love” from a section of the club’s support. Wijnaldum – who signed for Paris Saint-Germain after leaving on a free transfer – joined Liverpool in 2016 from Newcastle United. He made more than 200... » read more

Formula One: Verstappen crash cost Red Bull US$1.8 million, says Horner

LONDON (REUTERS) – Max Verstappen’s British Grand Prix collision with Lewis Hamilton cost Red Bull US$1.8 million (S$2.4 million) with “massive ramifications” for a team operating under Formula One’s budget cap, principal Christian Horner said on Friday (July 23). In a combative column on the Red Bull website, Horner revealed the championship leader’s seat was... » read more

Football: Pochettino pens new deal with PSG

PARIS (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino on Friday (July 23) penned a one-year extension to his contract to stay with the French giants until 2023. The Argentine took over from the sacked Thomas Tuchel in January but PSG were dethroned as champions by Lille and were knocked out in the semi-finals of the... » read more

Motor racing: Monza to host F1’s second sprint race

MILAN, ITALY (REUTERS) – The Italian Grand Prix at Monza in September will feature Formula One’s second sprint race after the experimental format made its debut at Silverstone last weekend, the sport said on Thursday (July 22). The venue for a planned third sprint this season has yet to be confirmed but is expected to... » read more

Olympics: Team Singapore ready for battle in Tokyo

TOKYO – Quah siblings Ting Wen and Zheng Wen may be veterans of two Olympics each but the Tokyo Games are nothing like what they have experienced. At every corner of the Olympic Village, home for the next 10 days, lies a reminder that they are competing in a time of Covid-19. Masks are compulsory... » read more

Olympics: Tokyo and its people are ready to play good hosts

TOKYO – Journalists on a bus bound for the Olympic Village on Thursday (July 22) were met with a strange – but adorable – sight as their vehicle made a pit stop on the journey. Two boys, each no older than five, grinning from ear to ear and with cheeks turned rosy red by the... » read more

Tennis: Federer, Osaka among those named to US Open tennis field

NEW YORK (AFP) – Defending champion Naomi Osaka, who withdrew from the French Open due to mental issues and skipped Wimbledon, and Roger Federer, who missed the Olympics with a knee injury, were named on Wednesday (July 21) to the US Open tennis field. The US Tennis Association named the men’s and women’s singles lineups... » read more

Football: Man City friendly at Troyes scrapped for health reasons
Football: Man City friendly at Troyes scrapped for health reasons

PARIS (AFP) – Manchester City have cancelled a pre-season friendly in France against Troyes due to British quarantine requirements, the Premier League champions said on Wednesday (July 21). Anyone arriving in Britain from France must quarantine at home or in other accommodation for five to 10 days, under British government rules. “Both clubs explored all... » read more

Football: Everton sign former Palace winger Townsend, goalkeeper Begovic

LIVERPOOL (REUTERS) – Everton have signed Andros Townsend on a two-year deal after the winger’s contract at fellow Premier League club Crystal Palace ended while veteran goalkeeper Asmir Begovic penned an initial one-year contract, the club announced on Tuesday (July 20). A veteran of nearly 250 Premier League appearances with Tottenham Hotspur, Queens Park Rangers... » read more

Boxing: Joshua to defend heavyweight titles against Usyk in September

LONDON (AFP) – Britain’s Anthony Joshua will defend his World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organisation heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Sept 25, his promoter announced on Tuesday (July 20). Joshua was set to fight compatriot Tyson Fury in an unification bout in Saudi... » read more

Tennis: Gauff tests positive for Covid-19, to miss Tokyo Games

(REUTERS) – American tennis player Coco Gauff will miss the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19, the 17-year-old said on Sunday (July 18). “I’m disappointed to share the news that I have tested positive for Covid and won’t be able to play in the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” world number 25 Gauff said on... » read more