Sports World: LeSports' AFC TV deal off after default

LeSports' AFC TV deal off after default

SYDNEY • Chinese sports media company LeSports has been stripped of its rights to broadcast Asian Football Confederation (AFC) matches after defaulting on payments.

The company, a subsidiary of billionaire Jia Yueting's smartphone-to-taxi service business LeEco, missed a payment last month and another deadline to pay a portion of its US$100 million (S$140.5 million) contract by last week.

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Mizutani to play in inaugural T2 Apac

The inaugural season of the T2 Asia-Pacific Table Tennis League (T2 Apac), which will be played in Hong Kong from June and has a prize purse of more than US$1.5 million (S$2.11 million), has a new star on board - Japanese men's world No. 4 Jun Mizutani.

Other big names who have committed to the 228-match tournament include Feng Tianwei (Singapore), Cheng I-ching (Chinese Taipei) and Vladimir Samsonov (Belarus).

Own goal fest sparks officials' ire in Russia

MOSCOW • Irate Russian officials have cancelled the result of a bandy match that saw players score 20 own goals in a bid to face easier opponents.

The game of bandy - a sort of field hockey on ice - saw the home team in the northern town of Arkhangelsk hit 11 own goals and their opponents notch up nine.

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Fowler triumphs at Honda Classic

MIAMI • Rickie Fowler won the US PGA Tour Honda Classic on Sunday with a one-over 71 in the final round at PGA National.

The golfer started the day with a four-shot lead and with five birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey finished with a total of 268 - four strokes ahead of Morgan Hoffmann (68) and Gary Woodland (69).

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Raonic withdraws, Sock takes title

MIAMI• American Jack Sock claimed his second ATP title of 2017 on Sunday, as top-seeded Milos Raonic withdrew before the Delray Beach Open tennis final with a torn hamstring.

The Canadian world No. 4 was playing his first tournament since suffering his fourth adductor muscle injury in 12 months at the Australian Open in January.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2017, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe