S'pore shuttlers nearly stun China
HYDERABAD • Singapore's men shuttlers lost 2-3 to powerhouses China in their opening group match of the Asia Team Championship yesterday.
SEA Games singles bronze medallist Loh Kean Yew beat world No. 11 Wang Zhengming 21-15, 21-16. His brother Kean Hean and Terry Hee overcame the 11th-ranked doubles pair of Liu Xiaolong and Qiu Zihan 16-21, 21-13, 21-11 at the Gachibowli Stadium to give Singapore a 2-1 lead, before the Chinese responded to seal a narrow victory.
They next face hosts India tomorrow in their final group game, while their female counterparts take on Japan today.
Ex-Devil Cole has kidney problems
LONDON •Former Manchester United and England striker Andy Cole, 44, has revealed to the BBC that he has been diagnosed with a condition called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, which causes scarring of the kidney.
Cole, who scored 121 goals in 275 appearances for United, said he wants to "go back to things like going for a run and playing football" after kidney failure, he told BBC Sport.
Disgraced former Rusada chief dies
MOSCOW • The former executive director of Russia's anti-doping agency (Rusada), Nikita Kamayev, 52, has died two months after resigning from his post, the Tass news agency reported on Sunday.
The report, citing Ramil Khabriev, the former general director of the scandal-hit agency, said it appeared Kamayev died due to a heart attack.
Russia was suspended from international athletics last November after a special commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency exposed widespread state-sponsored cheating and corruption.
Platini insists he's clean before appeal
ZURICH • Banned Uefa president Michel Platini arrived yesterday at a hearing to appeal against his suspension from the sport and said he had done nothing wrong.
Platini was banned for eight years in December, along with suspended Fifa president Sepp Blatter, over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs (S$2.85 million) made to the Frenchman in 2011 by Fifa with Blatter's approval, for work done a decade earlier.
United stand named after Bobby Charlton
LONDON • Manchester United will honour footballer Bobby Charlton by naming Old Trafford's South Stand after the England World Cup winner.
The 78-year-old, who won three league titles, an FA Cup and the club's first European Cup, in 1968, joined United as an apprentice in 1953 and made his debut in October 1956.
Women's football season from March 5
The 2016 season of Singapore football's Women's Premier League will kick off on March 5 and end on July 31.
On the S-League front, Thursday's match between Garena Young Lions and Albirex Niigata has been rescheduled to Saturday.