Sports World: Cheyenne to skate in two major meets

Cheyenne to skate in two major meets

National skater Cheyenne Goh has become the first Singaporean female to qualify for the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships.

The 17-year-old will compete in next year's March 10-12 competition in Rotterdam after clocking 47.658sec in the quarter-finals of the 500m event at the Intercontinental Short Track Invitational in Calgary, Canada last weekend.

That timing has also earned her a spot at the Jan 27-29 World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Innsbruck, Austria.

Kuznetsova through, outsider Wang too

BEIJING • Russian two-time Grand Slam tennis champion and second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova breezed through her opening match at the WTA Tianjin Open yesterday, beating France's Pauline Parmentier 6-1, 6-3.

China's Wang Yafan - the world No. 125 - caused a surprise upset, eliminating sixth seed Yulia Putintseva 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, despite the Kazakh ranking 91 places above her.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Aurier's prank is no killer move

PARIS • Controversial Paris Saint-Germain full-back Serge Aurier has caused a social media stir after making a throat-slitting gesture during a World Cup football qualifier on Saturday.

The Ivory Coast international celebrated a goal in the 3-1 win against Mali in Bouake by turning to the crowd and dragging his finger across his throat.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Mahrez stayed on to avoid conflict

LONDON • Riyad Mahrez has admitted that English football club Arsenal were interested in signing him in the close season but the Algeria forward did not want to force through a transfer to avoid "conflict" with Leicester.

Last season's PFA Player of the Year expressed his desire to leave the Premier League champions in July after turning down a new contract worth around £80,000 (S$136,000) a week.

However, after meetings with Leicester's owners, the 25-year-old eventually agreed a new four-year deal.

THE GUARDIAN

Keppel golf event raises over $1m again

A total of $1,016,513 has been raised at the annual Keppel Charity Golf event this year, held over the weekend at the 112-year-old golf club.

About 260 golfers played in aid of 10 beneficiaries as part of the club's corporate social responsibility programme.

The amount raised exceeds $1 million for the fourth consecutive year.

More time for girl footballers to enrol

The Football Association of Singapore has extended the registration deadline for the Fifa Girls' Football Festival 2016 on Nov 10 at Serangoon Stadium by a week to next Monday.

It said in a statement yesterday that "while we have experienced an increase in the sign-up rate this year, we hope to reach out to even more girls and garner even more support".

Girls aged below 12 can register at women_football @fas.org.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 11, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe