Albirex v Global Cebu in Singapore Cup final
Albirex Niigata will seek their third straight Singapore Cup, after the Japanese club beat Home United 2-1 (5-2 on aggregate) in last night's semi-final second leg.
Late goals from Kento Nagasaki (83rd) and Takuya Akiyama (86th) cancelled out Faris Ramli's first-half strike at Bishan Stadium.
They will face Global Cebu in the final, after the Filipino team beat Hougang United 2-1 (4-3 on aggregate) with a brace from Darryl Roberts (13th, 72nd) at Hougang Stadium. Pablo Rodriguez (39th) netted for the hosts.
The final will be held late next month, with the venue yet to be confirmed.
Westbrook extends deal for $277m
NEW YORK • Reigning National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook has signed a contract extension to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Terms were not disclosed but several media outlets reported the extension was worth US$205 million (S$276.7 million).
Wilder fight in doubt as Ortiz tests positive
MEXICO CITY • Cuban boxer Luis Ortiz has failed a drug test and put his world heavyweight clash with Deontay Wilder of the United States in doubt.
"It was a positive test and it seems to be very difficult that the fight scheduled for Nov 4 could take place," World Boxing Council s spokesman Victor Cota said.
Bale's injury a concern for Wales in qualifiers
MADRID • Gareth Bale looks set to miss Real Madrid's LaLiga clash with Espanyol today, sparking fears that the footballer could also miss out on two crucial World Cup qualifiers for Wales next week.
The forward limped off with a calf strain after scoring and providing an assist for Cristiano Ronaldo, as Real beat Dortmund 3-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Guardiola keen on being Spain coach
LONDON • Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that he wants to coach Spain in the future.
The former Spain midfielder is in his second season with City after successful spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Fine and touchline ban for Villas-Boas
BEIJING • China's Football Association has slapped an eight-game touchline ban on Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas for lobbing an "insult" at a referee, effectively ending his Super League season.
It said on its website that he was fined 40,000 yuan (S$8,110), and barred from the touchline for four league games and four other "official games" hosted by the FA.