Feisty forward may play
Singapore's coach has not ruled out selecting feisty forward Noh Alam Shah, despite his one-year domestic ban for a frenzied attack on a national team mate. Radojko Avramovic said he would make a decision on whether to play Alam Shah, one of Asia's most prolific strikers, after he recovered from an ankle operation. During last month's Singapore Cup final, the Tampines Rovers striker kneed and elbowed Singapore Armed Forces defender Daniel Bennett in the chest before kneeing him in the back of the head as he lay on the floor grimacing in pain. Although he received a one-year domestic ban, Singapore's soccer federation said he would still be eligible for national team games.
Aussie wins WBA title
Australian Danny Green is the new WBA light-heavyweight champion after beating Croatian belt holder Stipe Drews in a unanimous points decision in Perth, Australia, late on Sunday. Green won on all three judges' cards -- 118-111, 118-110, 120-108 -- over the 12 rounds at Challenge Stadium. Green's record now stands at 25 wins (22 by KO) and three defeats in 28 fights. The towering Drews is regarded as one of the most awkward opponents in world boxing with his superior reach and had lost only one of his 33 fights before winning the title against Italian Silvio Branco in April.
Kingston wins in S Africa
James Kingston shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday to beat Oliver Wilson by one stroke at the South African Open. Kingston finished the final round as darkness set in after an earlier rain delay at the Pearl Valley Golf Estates course. The South African finished at 4-under 284 overall. Wilson (73) started the day with a one-stroke lead, but the Englishman bogeyed three holes on the front nine. Despite two birdies on the back, he couldn't catch Kingston. Kingston had three birdies on the front nine, but he added a bogey and a double-bogey. His birdie on the 11th made the difference. Greg Norman (71) finished in a tie for seventh, and ahead of Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Angel Cabrera. Els (69) rebounded from his second 77 and finished in a tie with Goosen (75) for 16th. Darren Clarke (68) tied for third with Kyron Sullivan (71), Louis Oosthuizen (71) and Garth Mulroy (73).
Coach wants to avoid China
The coach of the US under-23 side wants to avoid facing China if they qualify for next year's Olympics after a friendly between the teams ended with a contentious penalty and an ugly brawl. China's Olympic team drew with the US 3-3 in Guangzhou on Sunday after the home side converted an injury-time penalty which local media reports described as "dubious." China striker Du Zhenyu slotted home the spot-kick after team mate Wang Xiaolong had fallen in the penalty area under pressure from US defenders. Moments later, Wang and US captain Sacha Kljestan were both dismissed after a crude tackle by the former sparked a mass brawl between the teams. US coach Peter Nowak said the host's "very good" hospitality had not extended to the field of play, China's Titan newspaper reported. "All I can say is that I wish China luck during the Olympics, but if we qualify, I hope we don't meet them in the finals, because being the Olympic host, they're certain to have a lot of help," the paper quoted Nowak as saying.
The losing captain thanked the winning team’s players for their personal sacrifices leading into the match and a charter flight pilot received a big round of applause when his plane beat incoming fog to touch down after midnight following another game as feel-good stories off the field matched those on it as the National Rugby League (NRL) restarted its season in Australia over the weekend. The New Zealand Warriors’ 18-0 win over St George Illawarra was the Auckland-based team’s first of the season after three rounds and it could not have come at a better time. Due to international travel restrictions
“Road Runner” Alphonso Davies lived up to his nickname with another lightning sprint on Saturday as Bayern Munich opened a 10-point lead in the Bundesliga. Having defeated second-placed Borussia Dortmund 1-0 away in midweek, Bayern enjoyed a 5-0 romp over Fortuna Duesseldorf. Defender Mathias Joergensen scored an early own-goal before Benjamin Pavard, Robert Lewandowski (2) and Davies scored for Bayern. With five games remaining, the defending champions, who have won their past eight league games, are comfortably on course for an eighth straight league title. Davies scored the best goal of the game when the fleet-footed defender pressed Duesseldorf into making a mistake, barged
Taiwan Steel celebrated a big win over Tatung in the Taiwan Premier League yesterday, while undefeated Taichung Futuro remained at the top of the table, although their lead is only one point. Four of the eight teams were in action, completing matches postponed the previous weekend due to rain, with Taipower and Hang Yuan playing out a scoreless draw in Kaohsiung. Taiwan Steel are sorting out their early-season problems as they chase the leaders and it showed against defending champions Tatung at the Jhubei Stadium in Hsinchu County. Haitian striker Benchy Astama netted a brace and midfielder Kuo Po-wei’s outstanding solo effort sent
DISTANCING RULES: The government said social distancing should be maintained during disputes and celebrations, but conceded it would not be possible during play The Premier League on Saturday was given British government approval to press ahead with its June 17 restart, although players will have to stay apart during goal celebrations and disputes to maintain social distancing. Further details of the league’s plans for dealing with COVID-19 cases have been disclosed with clubs likely to have to play even if they only have 15 fit squad members. In a further boost to the league’s restart plans, there were no positives in the fourth round of twice-weekly testing. Tests were conducted on 1,130 players and club personnel on Thursday and Friday as contact training resumed. The season