Hamilton didn't damage room: Merc
LONDON • Mercedes yesterday denied that Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton trashed his room in a fit of anger after a qualifying crash for last month's European Grand Prix, and lied about the state of his relationship with German team-mate Nico Rosberg.
They were responding to comments by non-executive chairman Niki Lauda during a discussion show on Austria's Servus television last week.
THE TIMES, LONDON
3 Aussie cricketers banned for betting
MELBOURNE • Australia's cricket board has banned two players for betting on matches and given a suspended ban to a third as part of its "zero tolerance" approach to gambling- related corruption.
Hayley Jensen and Corinne Hall, who play in the national women's league, were both given two-year bans, with 18 months suspended. Joel Logan, who plays for South Australia in the men's domestic competition, was given a two-year wholly suspended ban.
Belgians lack funds to pay off Wilmots
BRUSSELS • The Belgium football federation does not have the €1 million (S$1.5 million) needed to end national team manager Marc Wilmots' contract, according to chief executive Gerard Linard.
The federation has been looking for a replacement since Belgium lost in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, but Linard said it does not even have the funds to hire a new manager.
Conte axes Lollichon to retain Courtois
LONDON • Antonio Conte has won his first major battle as Chelsea manager, by forcing the removal of Christophe Lollichon as the English football club's goalkeeping coach.
Lollichon will be replaced by Conte's goalkeeping coach from the Italian national team, Gianluca Spinelli, in a move that should ensure Thibaut Courtois stays at the club.
THE TIMES, LONDON
Condition won't stop girl's tennis dreams
LONDON • Francesca Jones was beaten in her second-round junior Wimbledon match on Tuesday, but the 15-year-old, who has just three fingers and a thumb on each hand, has vowed that her rare condition will not stop her becoming a top tennis player.
The Briton was born with ectrodactyly ectodermal dysplasia syndrome - a rare condition that causes development problems with hands and feet.
Bid to draw Coral girls into football The Football Association of Singapore has announced that a third Fifa "Live Your Goals" (LYG) centre will open tomorrow at Coral Primary School.
Targeted at girls from the school, the LYG centre at Coral Primary aims to inspire and keep them interested in the game. Girls who are interested in the LYG programme but are not students of Coral Primary can join the centres at Queensway Secondary and Bowen Secondary.
Interested parties are encouraged to register at firstname.lastname@example.org. sg to secure available slots.