Credit Suisse under scrutiny on Fifa links
ZURICH • Banking giant Credit Suisse said yesterday it was under investigation by Swiss and US authorities over banking links with Fifa officials accused of bribery and corruption.
US and Swiss authorities are probing whether Credit Suisse and other institutions waved through improper transactions or failed to observe anti-money laundering regulations in dealing with the accounts of Fifa associates.
Van Zyl's 69 keeps McIlroy at bay
ANTALYA (Turkey) • South African Jaco van Zyl retained the clubhouse lead at the Turkish Airlines Open with a three-under 69 yesterday.
His 14-under 130 total puts him two strokes ahead of Englishmen Chris Wood (66) and Richard Bland (65). World No. 3 Rory McIlroy (67) is a further two strokes adrift.
Pettersen best in blustery conditions
HAINAN ISLAND (China) • Norway's Suzann Pettersen stormed into contention at the halfway stage of the Blue Bay LPGA with the only sub-70 round on a second day of strong winds and high scores in China.
Pettersen fired four birdies in a three-under 69 round to sit second on one-under, one off the pace. South Korea's Kim Sei Young shot a 72 to lead at two-under 142.
World No. 1 Lydia Ko endured another tough day in China with 75 to sit at eight-over for the championships. World No. 2 Park In Bee did not even make it onto the course, withdrawing from the field injured.
Federer eases into Basel quarter-finals
BASEL • Philipp Kohlschreiber must be sick of the sight of Roger Federer after the Swiss maintained his perfect record against the German with an 11th straight victory to reach the Basel International quarter-finals on Thursday.
The world No. 3 was made to work hard before battling through to the last eight 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 .
Warriors' S-League title defence over
S-League football champions Warriors FC's slim chances of retaining the title have been snuffed out, after they lost 1-2 to Albirex Niigata at Choa Chu Kang Stadium last night.
They are fifth on 36 points with three games left, meaning they cannot catch leaders Brunei DPMM (46). Albirex are fourth with 39 points.
Geylang beat Hougang 2-1 at Jalan Besar to send the Cheetahs to the bottom.
Refs held hostage by Turkish football boss
ANKARA • A Turkish football team boss took referees hostage for four hours after what was deemed an erroneous decision during a league match - and only released them after a call from the President, local media reported yesterday.
Wednesday's match between Black Sea team Trabzonspor and Gaziantepspor ended in a 2-2 draw but referee Cagatay Sahan ordered extra time when Trabzonspor had expected a penalty.