Haze bad so Sultan of Selangor game off
SHAH ALAM • The annual Sultan of Selangor football match, slated to be played yesterday, was cancelled owing to the haze.
The friendly match, which pits the Selangor state team against a Singapore Selection side featuring national players like Safuwan Baharudin and Izwan Mahbud, was called off for the health of the players and the fans.
The game was to be preceded by a curtain raiser, headlined by Singapore's deadly duo Fandi Ahmad and V. Sundramoorthy, between the veteran footballers from both sides.
Para jumper aims for Rio after 8.40m leap
DOHA (Qatar)• • German long jumper Markus Rehm, who wants to compete against able-bodied athletes, took gold at the World Paralympics Championships on Friday, leaping 8.40 metres to obliterate his previous world record.
The distance was just one centimetre behind that jumped by Britain's Greg Rutherford to win the world title in August and is likely to lead to further calls for him to compete at the Olympics in Rio next year.
Bencherifa replaces Weaver at Warriors
Alex Weaver, coach of S-League football club Warriors FC, has left the club by mutual consent a year after leading the team to the title.
He has been replaced by Karim Bencherifa, who previously coached Tanjong Pagar United and Woodlands Wellington.
Englishman Weaver joined the Warriors midway through the 2013 season and won the title in his first full campaign. But the team are currently fifth in the 10-team league on 33 points, 13 behind leaders Brunei DPMM.
Ko enjoys 4-stroke in Taiwan C'ship
•TAIPEI • Women's world No. 2 golfer Lydia Ko shot a five-under 67 yesterday to take a four-shot lead in the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship.
After three rounds, the Kiwi has a 213 total, with South Korean overnight leader Ji Eun Hee (72) second on 217 at the Miramar Golf Country Club. A shot behind Ji is England's Charley Hull (71) in third.
Kuznetsova wins first title this year
MOSCOW • Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova ended her 14-month title drought with a 6-2, 6-1 win over compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final of tennis' Kremlin Cup yesterday.
It was her fourth win in five meetings with last year's champion.
FA criticised for inquiry into official
LONDON • The English Football Association (FA) has come under fire for launching an investigation into its independent board member Heather Rabbatts over her backing of former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro.
She had slammed the FA's handling of Carneiro's case, describing it as "seriously disappointing", but she is now facing a complaint from two FA councillors for alleged breach of the FA's code of conduct.