Hee, Tan last S'pore shuttlers in draw
SYDNEY • Mixed doubles duo Terry Hee and Tan Wei Han are the only Singaporean shuttlers left in the Australian Open after the opening round.
They meet sixth seeds Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto today, after disposing of another Indonesian pair, Ronald Alexander and Melati Daeva Oktaviani 16-21, 21-15, 21-14 yesterday .
Derek Wong was beaten by Dane Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21-10, 21-16 in the men's singles, while Liang Xiaoyu lost to Vietnam's Vu Thi Trang 18-21, 19-21 in the women's singles. Hee and Loh Kean Hean went down 14-21, 15-21 to Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen of Denmark in the men's doubles.
Heart attack claims Nigeria's Keshi, 54
ABUJA • One of African football's stars, former Nigeria player and coach Stephen Keshi, died of a suspected heart attack yesterday. He was 54.
In 2013, he led Nigeria to victory in the Africa Cup of Nations and a year later took the side to the last 16 of the World Cup Finals in Brazil.
Goalie suspended for six months
TEHERAN • Iran football goalkeeper Sosha Makani has been suspended for six months for "inappropriate" conduct, including the wearing of what the country's media have dubbed "SpongeBob trousers".
In a photo posted on social media, the 29-year-old was seen wearing yellow trousers with black dots, a blue T-shirt, black belt and blue-patterned shoes.
Slovenia boss eyes presidency of Uefa
LJUBLJANA • Slovenian football association head Aleksander Ceferin yesterday threw his hat into the ring to replace disgraced ex-Uefa president Michel Platini at the helm of European football's governing body.
Last month, Dutch football chief Michael van Praag announced his candidature while Uefa's senior vice-president Angel Maria Villar of Spain is also rumoured to be a contender.
Fixers should be banned for life: Cook
LONDON • England captain Alastair Cook wants all cricketers found guilty of match-fixing to be banned for life, but is prepared to face Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir.
The left-armer , banned for five years after spot-fixing, is in line for a Test recall against England next month.