Sports World: Albirex extend S-League lead at the top courtesy of late Nakai winner

Albirex extend S-League lead at the top courtesy of late Nakai winner

Ryota Nakai scored a late winner for S-League leaders Albirex Niigata against Hougang yesterday with 10 minutes left to play.

The match ended 1-0 and Albirex are now nine points clear at the top of the standings, ahead of Tampines, who are on 44 points but have a game in hand. Hougang remain in sixth on 26 points in the nine-team table.


Northern Ireland manager O'Neill cops 16-month ban for drink driving

LONDON • Northern Ireland football manager Michael O'Neill was banned from driving for 16 months yesterday after pleading guilty to drink driving in the Scottish city of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard O'Neill, 48, was stopped by police on the outskirts of the city in the early hours of Sept 10 and found to be three times over the legal limit. He was also fined £1,300 (S$2,321).

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Ex-US international striker Donovan sets his sights on top role at USSF

LOS ANGELES• Landon Donovan is considering running for president of the US Soccer Federation (USSF), Sports Illustrated and ESPN reported on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old striker, who last played for the American squad in 2014, would be a potential challenger to incumbent Sunil Gulati, who last week refused to resign in the wake of the US failing to qualify for next year's World Cup Finals in Russia.

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Konta's season peters out as she parts ways with Belgian coach

LONDON• British tennis player Johanna Konta split with coach Wim Fissette on Wednesday and shut down her season in a disappointing finale to a campaign which had seen her reach the Wimbledon semi-finals.

The 26-year-old world No. 10, who has won just four matches since Wimbledon, said she and the Belgian had parted ways amicably after less than a year together.

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