S’pore badminton duo exit in q-finals at world juniors
Singapore’s interest in the World Junior Championships ended after its top youth shuttlers lost in the quarter-finals in Bilbao, Spain on Friday.
Indonesia’s 14th seed Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo beat eighth seed Ryan Ng 21-18, 21-14 in the boys’ singles, while girls’ singles third seed Pornpawee Chochuwong from Thailand routed Yeo Jia Min 21-11, 21-11.
Ng, 18, and Yeo, 17, were both in the squad beaten 3-0 by South Korea last Sunday to finish 10th in the mixed team event.
Thailand golfers share lead in Manila Masters
A bogey-free five-under 67 by Singapore’s Koh Deng Shan in the Manila Masters third round yesterday lifted him to a share of 17th place on 10-under 206.
But the Republic’s top golfer, Mardan Mamat, the winner of this Asian Tour event in 2014, slipped further with a 74, to be tied for 56th on 212.
With a 200 total, Sutijet Kooratanapisan leads Thai compatriot Phachara Khongwatmai by two shots after both carded identical 69s.
Polished Wang surges to three-shot Sun City lead
SUNCITY (South Africa) • South Korean Wang Jeung Hun defied difficult conditions at the Gary Player Country Club to shoot a superb third-round 64 and grab a three-shot lead in the European Tour’s Nedbank Challenge on Saturday.
He had the lowest round of the tournament, including six birdies and an eagle for a total of 11-under 205. He finished three shots ahead of home favourite Louis Oosthuizen (70) with England’s Andy Sullivan (68) third on 209.
Australia’s Smith retains lead in Ochoa Invitational
MEXICOCITY • Australia’s Sarah Jane Smith had five birdies in a four-under68 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead with a 135 total at the halfway point of the LPGA Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Mexico’s Gaby Lopez (65), South Korea’s Hur Mi Jung (66) and Colombia’s Mariajo Uribe (67) lie second. American Michelle Wie, back at the tournament where she posted her first professional victory in 2009, followed her opening 70 with a 71 to end the day six strokes off the pace.
McLaren’s Dennis in race to save his position
SAOPAULO • McLaren chief executive Ron Dennis is fighting a move by other shareholders to eject him, according to Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone.
Sky News reported on Friday that Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat and Saudi-born businessman Mansour Ojjeh, who between them hold 75 per cent of the shares, want to oust Dennis.
Meanwhile, Ferrari have given notification of their intention to appeal following a decision by the stewards at the Mexican Grand Prix not to review a penalty given to Sebastian Vettel.
Japan defeat Georgia for coach Joseph’s first win
TBILISI • Japan, the 2019 Rugby World Cup hosts, kicked off their European tour with a confident 28-22win over Georgia at Tbilisi’s Mikheil Meskhi stadium yesterday, handing their new coach Jamie Joseph his first win in the job.
Japan,who produced the biggest shock in Rugby World Cup history last year when they beat giants South Africa 34-32 in the pool stage, will now head to Wales and also play Fiji in France.