Sports World: Geylang share spoils with Hougang United

Jason Kokrak plays a shot from a bunker on the 16th hole during Round Three of the AT&T Byron Nelson at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas  in Irving, Texas on Saturday (May 20).
Jason Kokrak plays a shot from a bunker on the 16th hole during Round Three of the AT&T Byron Nelson at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas in Irving, Texas on Saturday (May 20). PHOTO: AFP

Geylang share spoils with Hougang United

Geylang International fought back in the second half to force a 1-1 draw with Hougang United at the Jalan Besar Stadium yesterday.

The S-League football match started brightly for Hougang when midfielder Azhar Sairudin took only five minutes to open the scoring. Geylang then equalised after the interval through Argentinian midfielder Ricardo Sendra in the 65th minute.

The draw took fifth-placed Hougang to 13 points, two ahead of sixth-placed Geylang with both teams having played nine games each.


Kokrak stays in hunt for first PGA Tour win

DALLAS (Texas) • Golfer Jason Kokrak rocketed up the leader board, firing a bogey-free 62 in the second round of the Byron Nelson as world No. 1 Dustin Johnson shot a second straight 67 to remain within striking distance.

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Kokrak, who is seeking his first win on the USPGA Tour, fired a career-low eight-under round to forge his way into a five-shot lead at 12-under 128. Johnson was six shots back at 134, along with five other players.

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McIlroy pulls out of PGA Championship

LONDON • Rory McIlroy on Friday withdrew from next week's prestigious PGA Championship because of a niggling rib injury.

The four-time Major golf champion, who only returned to action last week after a month off following his wedding, missed five weeks earlier in the season because of the injury and aggravated it at last week's Players Championship.

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Argentina an offer I can't refuse: Sampaoli

BUENOS AIRES • Jorge Sampaoli said on Friday he would be unable to refuse an offer to coach Argentina's national football team as speculation mounts over an impending return to his homeland.

The 57-year-old Sevilla coach is favourite to assume the position, made vacant by Edgardo Bauza's departure last month. But the move hinges on whether the Argentina Football Association (AFA) agrees to pay Sevilla's release clause for Sampaoli, reportedly set at €1.5 million (S$2.33 million).

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Bundesliga to see first lady referee next term

BERLIN • Bibiana Steinhaus, a 38-year-old police officer, will become the first woman to referee a top-flight football match in Germany next season after being promoted to the Bundesliga, the country's football association (DFB) said on Friday.

She has been a German FA referee since 1999 and taken charge of 80 second-division matches since 2007.

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Rusty Rio medals sent back for repairs

SAO PAULO• More than 100 medals won at the Rio Olympics have been returned to organisers because they have rusted or developed black spots on them, the Games' spokesman said on Friday.

At least 130 medals, mostly bronze and including some from the Paralympics, are being fixed by the Brazilian Mint, who made them for last year's event, Mario Andrada said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 21, 2017, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe