Added incentive in golf's Singapore Open
Next year's SMBC Singapore Open will be part of The British Open Qualifying Series. The two leading non-exempt players, who finish in the top 10 or ties at the Sentosa Golf Club, will earn a coveted spot for the 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.
The US$1 million (S$1.41 million) tournament is one of the Republic's biggest golf tournaments and the Jan 19-22 event is headlined by three-time winner Adam Scott and Spanish star Sergio Garcia.
Tokyo 2020 gym venue costs swell to $270m
TOKYO • Tokyo Olympic organisers said yesterday that the bid cost of constructing a new gymnastics arena is more than double the initial estimate, the latest expensive setback to plague the 2020 Games.
Japanese contractor Shimizu won the right to build the facility in the capital's waterfront Ariake area with a bid of 20.5 billion yen (S$270 million), said Homare Mashima, a Tokyo 2020 official in charge of venue construction.
The winning bid came in at more than double the initial estimate of 8.9 billion yen proposed by the city in 2012 when it applied to be hosts.
After debacle, just four Aussie cricketers 'safe'
HOBART • Coach Darren Lehmann declared that only four players could count on keeping their places in the Australian cricket team, after another demoralising batting collapse handed South Africa a crushing series victory in Hobart yesterday.
In what is becoming a regular occurrence, the Australians folded spectacularly, losing eight wickets for 32 runs in just under 20 overs for an innings and 80-run defeat before lunch on the fourth day.
Lehmann, who also sits on the selection panel, said that only captain Steve Smith, David Warner and pace pair Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood would be sure of keeping their spots for the third and final Test in Adelaide next week.
Cuban kids enjoy Real training experience
HAVANA (Cuba) • Celebrated Spanish football club Real Madrid on Monday opened a training camp in Havana for Cuban children.
Some 100 boys and girls selected from eight schools in Havana attended the first day of five-day football clinic as part of a programme designed to teach values through football.