Jokowi meets Fifa officials for key talks
JAKARTA • Indonesian President Joko Widodo met Fifa officials yesterday for crisis talks to end the international competition ban placed on his country.
The sanctions in May by football's world governing body were the result of what it deemed to be government interference in Indonesia's football association, the PSSI, which had been plagued by allegations of corruption and mismanagement.
A press conference by Fifa is expected today.
Webber poised to win endurance race title
SHANGHAI • Former Formula One driver Mark Webber is on the brink of his first world title.
The Australian, who raced previously for Red Bull, now competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship and won the Shanghai Six Hours on Sunday.
His Porsche No. 17 team lead second-placed Audi No. 7 by 12 points, with the final race in Bahrain on Nov 21. THE GUARDIAN
Guardiola flies home to visit ailing Cruyff
BARCELONA • Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola took advantage of a rare weekend off to fly back home to Barcelona to visit sick mentor Johan Cruyff. The 68-year-old Dutch legend is suffering from lung cancer.
According to Catalan sports daily Sport, it was the first time the pair have met since Cruyff announced his battle with cancer last month. Guardiola has often said that Cruyff was a big influence during his career both as a player and coach.
Lucky Poulter gets to Shanghai
SHANGHAI • Golfer Ian Poulter, 39, has received an improbable call-up to this week's WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
The Englishman was the sixth reserve for the US$8.5 million (S$11.9 million) event and looked set to miss out.
But a series of last-minute withdrawals at the Sheshan Golf Club has led to Poulter's late addition. It also means he will keep his European Tour membership and is now eligible for Europe's Ryder Cup team.