Pang and Khoo set national records
WINDSOR (Canada) • Two national short course records were broken yesterday at the Fina World Swimming Championships (25m).
Singapore's Pang Sheng Jun clocked 3min 50.70sec in the men's 400m freestyle, bettering his own mark of 3:51.47. Compatriot Lionel Khoo improved on the men's 100m breaststroke record, finishing in 1:00.22 to rewrite his previous best of 1:00.66.
S'pore coach makes World Rugby panel
The World Rugby executive committee announced yesterday that Singapore's national women's rugby coach Wang Shao-Ing has been appointed a member of the women's advisory committee, with effect from Nov 16. The appointment is for a period of one year and will be considered annually.
England set for record Nike kit deal
LONDON • The Football Association is expected to shortly announce the most lucrative kit deal in England's history, with Nike having agreed to pay in the region of £400 million (S$715 million) to make the Three Lions' strip for a further 12 years.
The current deal runs out at the end of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
David Villa named MLS MVP following vote
NEW YORK • New York City FC forward David Villa was named Major League Soccer Most Valuable Player on Tuesday after scoring 23 goals this season.
The Spaniard received 25.9 per cent of the votes in winning the Landon Donovan Award, the MLS announced. New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips (19.3) was second and Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (17.6) was third.
Cheerleading, muay thai get Olympic nod
LAUSANNE • The martial art of muay thai and cheerleading, with its strong youth appeal, received provisional recognition as Olympic sports by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday.
The two sports will now be able to tap into some IOC funding and take part in a number of programmes, including athlete development and anti-doping. They take the number of recognised Olympic sports to 37.
At the end of their three-year provisional recognition period, they can apply to become part of the Olympic Games sports programme.