Stags outclassed in 5-0 AFC Cup defeat
Tampines Rovers suffered a 5-0 mauling at the hands of Ceres-Negros yesterday in their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup clash.
The five-time S-League champions looked out of ideas as Philippine side Ceres ran riot at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod.
Tampines are second in Group G with two games played and face Vietnam's Hanoi FC next Wednesday.
Australian skipper cites 'brain fade'
BANGALORE • Australian captain Steve Smith described his decision yesterday to look for guidance from the dressing room after being dismissed in his cricket side's 75-run defeat by India as a "brain fade".
Smith was given out lbw but only walked after looking up at the Australian box for a signal on whether he should challenge the decision.
Seeking guidance from backroom staff on reviews is not allowed and a livid India captain Virat Kohli was restrained by the umpires from confronting Smith.
NBA game called off due to condensation
MINNEAPOLIS • Slippery court conditions caused by unseasonal warm weather forced a rare postponement in the National Basketball Association on Monday as Minnesota's game with Portland was called off.
The Timberwolves' court at Target Centre in Minneapolis is above an ice rink, and a rise in local temperatures on Monday caused a spike in humidity, resulting in excessive condensation on the court .
Shakespeare gets nod until end of season
LONDON • English football side Leicester City are set to confirm that Craig Shakespeare has been given the manager's job for the remainder of the season.
Claudio Ranieri's former No. 2 has convinced Leicester's owners that he is the right man to steer the club to safety after overseeing back-to-back Premier League wins over Liverpool and Hull City.
New cricket laws to be ushered in this year
LONDON • Cricket's law-makers are to limit bat sizes and introduce sendings-off among new rules to take effect this year.
Bats will be measured to make sure they do not exceed 108mm in width, 67mm in depth and 40mm at the edges, while umpires will be able to send off players - temporarily or permanently - for serious offences in the first new Code of Laws issued since 2000.
Cheika eyes Beale for senior national role
MELBOURNE • Australia rugby coach Michael Cheika has dangled the carrot of a more senior role for Kurtley Beale in the Wallabies set-up if the playmaker comes home early from England.
Beale started a lucrative two-year deal with Premiership club Wasps last year but has the option to return to Australia and is yet to decide on his future.