China, India claim 1st Champs Trophy wins
World No. 8 China began their Asian Women's Hockey Champions Trophy campaign with a 3-1 win over 21st-ranked Malaysia yesterday at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium.
Norsharina Shabuddin's 7th-minute strike was cancelled out by goals from Ou Zixia (45th minute) and Zhong Jiaqi (57th, 59th).
South Korea (No. 9) were upset 1-2 by India (No. 12), who claimed their first win of the tournament.
S'pore keglers finish top of Intercity pile
JAKARTA • Singapore emerged top of the 30th Asian Intercity Bowling Championship, which ended yesterday.
The Republic's keglers won two gold, four silver and three bronze medals for 28 points, three ahead of runners-up Daegu of South Korea. The team from Paranaque of the Philippines was third on 24 points at the Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre in Jakarta.
Jones says tough love is the way to go
LONDON • England rugby union coach Eddie Jones denied yesterday that he is ruling with an iron rod but insisted keeping one's distance from the players is key to being a success.
The 56-year-old Australian told BBC radio there was no harm in making players feel ill at ease.
Sutton denies using improper language
LONDON • Shane Sutton has maintained his innocence after British Cycling's board of directors upheld allegations made by Jess Varnish of the former technical director's "inappropriate and discriminatory language".