S'pore win 6 golds at Asean Schools Games
BRUNEI • Singapore won a total of six golds, four silvers and 10 bronzes at the 7th Asean Schools Games, which concluded yesterday.
All six golds came from swimming and the competition saw participation by more than 900 students from eight Asean countries.
Valbuena disappointed by Benzema's actions
PARIS • Mathieu Valbuena said yesterday that Karim Benzema "indirectly" told him he had to pay a ransom to get back a sex tape of him with his girlfriend.
In his first public comments on the scandal that has torn apart the French national team, Valbuena told Le Monde newspaper he was "very, very, very disappointed" at the actions of Benzema.
Real Madrid star Benzema has been charged with complicity to blackmail Valbuena over the tape.
Blatter's nephew gets plum Wanda Group role
BEIJING • A Chinese real estate and entertainment conglomerate headed by Asia's richest man has appointed the nephew of Sepp Blatter as head of its sports division.
Philippe Blatter's promotion by Wanda Group is part of its efforts to break into the global sports market as China looks forward to hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics and a potential World Cup bid.
Wanda paid €1.05 billion (S$1.57 billion) for Infront Sports and Media - a Swiss sports marketing group headed by Blatter - in February and has since bought the World Triathlon Corporation.
Tendulkar's son picked for Mumbai youth side
MUMBAI • The 16-year-old son of Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar is on the road to forging his own career as a top-flight cricketer after being selected as an all-rounder for Mumbai's youth team.
After scoring a century and taking four wickets in a trial tournament, Arjun Tendulkar was named in the 15-strong squad to represent Mumbai in India's Vijay Merchant Trophy.
The senior Tendulkar also began his career in Mumbai's junior team before being picked for the main side at 15. He won his first cap for India a year later before going on to accumulate the most runs in the history of Test cricket.