Chrisnanta, Neo out in Dutch q-finals
Third-seeded Singapore shuttlers Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo lost 15-21, 21-17, 14-21 to fifth seeds Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam from Thailand in the Dutch Open quarter-finals yesterday.
The mixed doubles pair were the Republic's only representatives in Almare.
Swiss agree to deport Takkas to US
ZURICH • Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) has approved a United States extradition request for football official Costas Takkas, one of seven individuals arrested in Zurich in May as part of a clampdown on alleged corruption in the sport.
The British citizen, a former secretary-general of the Cayman Islands Football Association has 30 days to appeal to the Swiss Federal Criminal Court against the FOJ's ruling.
Playing two finals didn't hurt Nadal
BEIJING• • Rafael Nadal says it is up to Andy Murray to decide whether he plays the ATP World Tour Finals, after the Scot drew fire for discussing skipping the year-end tournament to stay fresh for the Davis Cup decider.
Nadal helped Spain win the Davis Cup team event in 2009 and 2011 shortly after taking part in the men's tour finale, and he said the end-of-year double-header had done him no harm at all. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE•
Park chases down Jang and Lin in KL
KUALA LUMPUR • Women's golf's world No. 1 Park In Bee poured in a field-high eight birdies yesterday to pull within two strokes of the lead at the halfway point of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
The South Korean had a five-under 66 for the day and was at 134 for the tournament to lie joint third, with her compatriot Jang Ha Na (65) topping the leader board and China's Lin Xiyu (68) second at 133.
Bolt eyes Rio wins to become a legend
MEXICO CITY • Usain Bolt, the fastest runner in the world, wants to win once again at next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics and become "a legend".
The Jamaican said this on Thursday during a visit to Mexico City for a commercial campaign. XINHUA
Chelsea and Arsenal fined total £70,000
LONDON • Chelsea and Arsenal were fined £40,000 (S$86,250) and £30,000 respectively by the Football Association on Thursday.
This followed the behaviour of their players in last month's ill-tempered Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge, which champions Chelsea won 2-0.
Two more days to vote for rugby logo
Online voting for the logo of next year's HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens closes tomorrow.
The five shortlisted designs can be found at www.singapore7s.sg/ logo-votes/
Five pairs of tickets to the April 16-17 tournament at the National Stadium will be awarded to five individuals who vote for the winning logo.