Choo overturns deficit to win by two strokes
A closing four-under 68 yesterday gave Choo Tze Huang a two-shot win at the SPGA Golf Series at Batam's Palm Spring Golf and Country Club.
The 30-year-old finished on six-under 210, ahead of Australian Scott Barr (73, 212) while fellow Singaporean Koh Deng Shan (68) was third on 213 in the 34-competitor field.
Choo received his winner's trophy from tournament sponsor Ju Kai Meng, managing director of Sinanju Tankers Holdings and Champions Golf. The 54-hole event was co-sponsored by Michelle Chen of Supreme Q. X. Beauty Spa.
Girls can have fun again at Fifa festival
The Football Association of Singapore yesterday announced that the Fifa Girls' Festival will be returning for the fourth straight year.
The festival will take place on Nov 9 at Serangoon Stadium from 8am to 5pm. It will feature three categories for girls to pit their skills against each other - five-a-side events for the Under-8s and Under-10s, as well as eight-a-side events for the Under-12s.
Interested participants may register their teams at firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct 2. There is no fee for participation.
Livid SIPG coach blasts losers' tactics
SHANGHAI • Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas accused Guangzhou Evergrande of dirty tricks after his side's epic AFC Champions League quarter-final win, claiming the hosts masterminded a series of road "accidents" to delay SIPG's arrival at the stadium.
Evergrande almost pulled off a miracle in overturning a 4-0 first-leg deficit, before SIPG emerged battered and bruised from a remarkable all-Chinese encounter on Tuesday with a penalty shoot-out triumph after the tie had finished 5-5 on aggregate.
Wada has proof only against single Russian
WASHINGTON • The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) is set to clear 95 Russian athletes investigated over involvement in the country's alleged mammoth doping programme.
A leaked internal Wada report published by the New York Times said the agency found it could not gather enough evidence against 95 out of the 96 Russian athletes it has been probing.
LA Lakers to retire Bryant's two jerseys
LOS ANGELES • The Los Angeles Lakers will retire both jersey numbers worn by club legend Kobe Bryant before a Dec 18 game against National Basketball Association (NBA) champions Golden State.
The 18-time All-Star, who won five NBA titles with the Lakers before retiring after the 2015-16 season, wore No. 8 in his first 10 seasons before switching to No. 24 for another decade.