Sports World: Slammers lose to Royals in IPTL opener

Slammers lose to Royals in IPTL opener

TOKYO • Defending champions Singapore Slammers began their 2016 International Premier Tennis League campaign with a 19-29 loss to the UAE Royals at the Saitama Arena in Tokyo yesterday.

In a later match, the Indian Aces beat the Japan Warriors 30-17 in the mixed-team tournament.

'Foul-mouthed' Fornaroli off the hook

SYDNEY • Melbourne City's Uruguayan captain Bruno Fornaroli escaped with a reprimand after he told fans to "f*** off" during a victory speech following his team's FFA Cup final win.

The footballer later explained his words may have been lost in translation as he meant to say the English equivalent of "vamos", which is Spanish for "let's go".


Zwanziger files complaint over probe

BERLIN • Former German Football Association president Theo Zwanziger has filed a criminal complaint in Koblenz, Germany, against the Swiss attorney-general's office for launching a money-laundering probe against him, arguing the Swiss authorities do not have jurisdiction over the case.

The Swiss prosecutors opened their probe last year into fraud and money-laundering allegations against four members of Germany's 2006 World Cup organising committee, including Zwanziger, 71.


French Grand Prix to return in 2018

LONDON • The French Formula One Grand Prix is set to return in 2018 after a 10-year absence, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said yesterday.

The Le Castellet circuit in southern France, also known as the Circuit Paul Ricard after the local pastis magnate who financed it, will host the race after last hosting a grand prix in 1990. The most recent Formula One race in France was at Magny-Cours in 2008.


S'pore GP early bird tickets on sale today

Early bird tickets to next year's Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix will go on sale from today till May 8.

Discounts of up to 28 per cent are available for the Sept 15-17 event, the 10th edition of the Singapore race.

Sales start from 9am and tickets can be purchased online at, the ticketing hotline 6738 6738 and all Singapore GP authorised agents.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 03, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe