Quah sets new mark in 50m backstroke
MOSCOW • Singapore swimmer Quah Zheng Wen rewrote the national 50m backstroke record in the Moscow leg of the Fina World Cup on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old clocked 25.13sec in the final, lowering his previous mark of 25.27sec. He finished second, behind winner Camille Lacourt (24.67) of France and ahead of Russia's Grigory Tarasevich (25.14).
Stags win but DPMM through to semis
Brunei DPMM reached the Singapore Cup semi-finals, despite a 0-1 second-leg defeat by Tampines Rovers at the Jurong West Stadium last night.
Ismadi Mukhtar's 90th-minute goal was not enough for the Stags to overturn their 1-3 first-leg deficit.
At the Jalan Besar Stadium, an 87th-minute goal by Jozef Kaplan gave Geylang a 1-0 first-leg win over Global FC.
Dzeko joins Roma on one-year loan
LONDON • Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has joined Italian side Roma on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer, the English Premier League club said on Wednesday.
The Bosnian joined City from Wolfsburg in January 2011 and went on score 72 goals in 189 appearances for the Blues during his 41/2 year stay.
Wanchope quits after brawl with guard
SAN JOSE • Costa Rica football coach Paulo Wanchope resigned on Wednesday after being involved in a brawl with a security guard at the end of an Olympic qualifying match against Panama on Tuesday.
Wanchope apologised to Costa Rica and Panama fans for his behaviour, saying he lost his head when he was denied access to the pitch after the match.
Wozniacki 'pushed' to play despite injury
TORONTO • Tennis world No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki suffered a 5-7, 5-7 second- round upset to Swiss Belinda Bencic on Wednesday at the Rogers Cup, then complained that she felt pushed to play by the WTA rules despite a slight injury.
Third seed Petra Kvitova also went down, losing to former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-3.
Cavaliers to meet Warriors at Christmas
NEW YORK • LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will visit the defending champions Golden State Warriors in a Christmas Day rematch of last season's National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals, the league announced on Wednesday.
The new season begins on Oct 27 with the Warriors receiving their title rings before facing the New Orleans Pelicans. The Cavaliers will play the Chicago Bulls, who will be guided by Fred Hoiberg in his NBA coaching debut.
Euro 2016 will decide Hodgson's fate
LONDON • The English Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said on Wednesday that Roy Hodgson will lose his job as the England manager if the team fail to have a good outing in next year's European Championship.
Glenn added that Hodgson has accepted that, and would not expect to be given a new contract if England have a bad tournament.