National ruggers make Asian sevens series
• Singapore's men's and women's teams have qualified for the Asia Rugby Sevens Series 2016, after finishing the year as one of the top seven teams overall.
At the final leg in Sri Lanka last week, the men beat SEA Games gold medallists Philippines en route to finishing joint-eighth, while the women claimed the hosts' scalp to place joint-seventh.
South African banned for role in match-fixing
ZURICH • Fifa banned former top South African official Lindile Kika for six years yesterday, for his role in a major match-fixing scandal involving Asian betting syndicates before South Africa hosted the 2010 World Cup.
Kika, the former South Africa Football Association director of national teams, was one of five officials named in a Fifa report on match-fixing.
NBA quest to develop next Chinese star
SHANGHAI • National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver said unearthing the next Yao Ming should not be left to chance as the US league pushes efforts to develop Chinese stars.
The Houston Rockets giant set off an NBA boom in China.
"It doesn't have to be left to fairy dust," Silver said. "It's going to come from organised, structured programmes."