Football: Lions to play Vietnam, India in Tri-nation friendlies in September
Football: Lions to play Vietnam, India in Tri-nation friendlies in September

SINGAPORE – The Lions will play international ‘A’ friendly matches against Vietnam and India during the upcoming Fifa window in September, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced on Saturday (Aug 13). Takayuki Nishigaya’s charges will travel to Ho Chi Minh for the matches against Vietnam and India on Sept 21 and 24 respectively. Both... » read more

Golf: J.J. Spaun holds one-shot lead after two rounds in Memphis
Golf: J.J. Spaun holds one-shot lead after two rounds in Memphis

WASHINGTON (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS) – J.J. Spaun was glad that everything was going his way, after he sank two late clutch putts to fire a three-under 67 and take a one-stroke lead after Friday’s (Aug 12) second round of the PGA Tour’s St. Jude Championship. The 31-year-old American sank a 13-foot birdie putt on his... » read more

Tennis: Serena to face Raducanu in Cincinnati opener
Tennis: Serena to face Raducanu in Cincinnati opener

CINCINNATI (AFP) – Serena Williams will face a challenging first-round clash with reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu when the US tennis great’s farewell tour continues at Cincinnati on Monday (Aug 13). Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, revealed this week that the “countdown has begun” to her retirement, with the 40-year-old expected to bid... » read more

Football: Seven-time winner Messi misses out on Ballon d’Or nomination
Football: Seven-time winner Messi misses out on Ballon d’Or nomination

PARIS (AFP) – Seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi paid a high price for an underwhelming first season with Paris Saint-Germain when he was left off the 30-strong list for this year’s coveted football award. Lucy Bronze, who was runner-up in 2019, is one of three members of England’s Euro-winning squad to be short-listed for... » read more

Tennis: Hard work for Halep in Toronto win over Gauff
Tennis: Hard work for Halep in Toronto win over Gauff

TORONTO, CANADA (AFP) – Simona Halep served twice for her match against Coco Gauff without success on Friday (Aug 12) before finally securing a 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) quarter-final victory at the WTA Toronto Masters. The former number one, a two-time winner in Canada, made hard work of her triumph over the rising American teenager who just... » read more

Tennis: Hurkacz ends Kyrgios streak in Montreal quarter-finals
Tennis: Hurkacz ends Kyrgios streak in Montreal quarter-finals

MONTREAL (AFP) – Hubert Hurkacz overcame 53 winners from Nick Kyrgios to halt the Australian’s nine-match win streak with a three-set quarter-final victory on Friday (Aug 12) at the ATP Montreal Masters. The Polish eighth seed managed 43 winners of his own in a rapid-fire 7-6(7/4), 6-7(5/7), 6-1 triumph that put him into his fourth semi-final... » read more

Olympics: Families of 1972 Games victims to boycott German ceremony
Olympics: Families of 1972 Games victims to boycott German ceremony

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Families of Israelis killed at the Olympic Games in 1972 said on Thursday (Aug 11) they have refused a new offer of compensation by Germany and will boycott commemorations marking the 50th anniversary of the Munich tragedy. In a letter addressed to Markus Soder, head of the German state of Bavaria, families... » read more

Golf: Leow does Singapore proud with a 67
Golf: Leow does Singapore proud with a 67

SINGAPORE – Golf fans prided themselves on seeing Singapore amateur James Leow’s name screaming out of the large screen fronting the clubhouse alongside that of American Major winner Patrick Reed on Friday (Aug 12). And Leow, 25, did it in sensational style on the second day of the Asian Tour’s International Series at Tanah Merah... » read more

Golf: CEO Cho believes Asian Tour can make impact on the global game
Golf: CEO Cho believes Asian Tour can make impact on the global game

SINGAPORE – His architecturally-aligned mind coupled with a mild temperament helps him to analyse situations carefully. Gleaned from his graduate studies in architecture in Australia, Asian Tour commissioner Cho Minn Thant has the ability to mix aspects of the arts and sciences in the best way possible. That is why when Saudi-backed LIV Golf came... » read more

Basketball: NBA to retire the late Bill Russell’s No. 6 leaguewide
Basketball: NBA to retire the late Bill Russell’s No. 6 leaguewide

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – The National Basketball Association (NBA) is honouring the life and legacy of the late Bill Russell by retiring his jersey No. 6 leaguewide. The Hall of Fame centre and social-justice activist died on July 31 at age 88. Russell is the first player to have his uniform number retired across the... » read more

Tennis: Kyrgios produces another showstopper to down de Minaur
Tennis: Kyrgios produces another showstopper to down de Minaur

TORONTO (REUTERS) – Australian Nick Kyrgios produced another extraordinary performance to demolish compatriot Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-3 at the Canadian Masters on Thursday (Aug 11), a day after stunning world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev. The fiery Wimbledon finalist has been playing the best tennis of his career and is showing no signs of slowing... » read more

Tennis: Swiatek upset by Haddad Maia in Canadian Open last 16
Tennis: Swiatek upset by Haddad Maia in Canadian Open last 16

TORONTO (REUTERS) – Polish world number one Iga Swiatek was stunned by Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia in a 6-4 3-6 7-5 defeat at the Canadian Open on Thursday (Aug 11), while Jessica Pegula beat holder Camila Giorgi to join Coco Gauff and Simona Halep in the quarter-finals. In the opening set of their last-16 clash,... » read more

Football: Fifa officially advances World Cup by a day for Qatar
Football: Fifa officially advances World Cup by a day for Qatar

DOHA (AFP) – Fifa on Thursday (Aug 11) officially brought forward the opening match of this year’s World Cup by one day to Nov 20 in a rare schedule change so that hosts Qatar feature in the gala game. Football’s ruling executive universally approved the decision, Fifa said in a statement, while Qatar said it... » read more

Tennis: Gauff overcomes serving gaffes to reach Toronto quarter-finals
Tennis: Gauff overcomes serving gaffes to reach Toronto quarter-finals

TORONTO, CANADA (AFP) – Coco Gauff survived 15 double-faults on Thursday (Aug 11) to squeeze out a 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7/4) win over Aryna Sabalenka to reach the WTA Toronto Masters quarter-finals. The American teenager contributed just under half of the miscues in the error-strewn affair, with her opponent accounting for 18 additional doubles. Tenth... » read more