Lions up nine places to world No. 162
ZURICH • The Singapore national football team have jumped nine spots to No. 162 in the world, after the Fifa rankings were published yesterday.
World champions Germany pushed Brazil back into second place to return to the top, while European champions Portugal are third.
FA wants quick call on Alli sanction
LONDON • The Football Association (FA) has asked Fifa to decide on Dele Alli's punishment before next month's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia to reduce the chance that he will be banned for matches at next year's Finals.
Alli was caught on camera raising a middle finger in England's qualifier against Slovakia earlier this month and faces a four-game ban. The FA wants any ban to include qualifiers against Slovenia (Oct 5) and also Lithuania (Oct 8).
Day splits with long-time caddie
LOS ANGELES • The caddie merry-go-round continued when former world No. 1 golfer Jason Day revealed that he has sacked bagman Col Swatton.
Swatton has been a father figure for Day, doubling as coach - a role he will maintain - and caddie for the 29-year-old's entire career. Day said that Swatton had been a "bit shocked" at the news but had taken it like a professional.
Controversial AOC media boss leaves
SYDNEY • The Australian Olympic Committee's (AOC) media chief Mike Tancred, who was at the centre of bullying complaints, has left his job after 18 years, it was announced yesterday. He was exonerated of bullying but "severely reprimanded" by an independent review last month.