Sports World: Federer tweets joy at Rio role with Hingis

Federer tweets joy at Rio role with Hingis

BERNE • Switzerland's two greatest tennis players will join forces at next year's Rio Olympics when Roger Federer and Martina Hingis play together in the mixed doubles.

"Roll back the years with @mhingis. Really excited to be playing mixed doubles with you 15 years later at the Rio games," the 34-year-old Federer said on Twitter.


Fifa vice-president quits Conmebol post

LONDON• • Juan Angel Napout, a Fifa vice-president, has resigned as president of the South American football confederation following his arrest in connection with the corruption investigations engulfing world football.

The 57-year-old Paraguayan was arrested in Zurich last week on a US warrant accusing him of accepting bribes worth millions of dollars in connection with the sale of marketing rights to football tournaments in Latin America.


Scolari: Guangzhou to win title in Japan

OSAKA (Japan)  • Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guangzhou Evergrande manager, has backed his Chinese side to pull off a shock at the Club World Cup in Japan.

The 67-year-old Brazilian leads the Asian champions against Mexico's Club America in today's quarter-finals. The reward for the winners is a shot at Spanish giants Barcelona.


Cocaine and alcohol key to Hanson death

NEW YORK • Tommy Hanson, a former American major league pitcher and once named baseball's fourth-best prospect, died from delayed complications of cocaine and alcohol toxicity, according to autopsy results on Friday.

Hanson, 29, was found unresponsive at a friend's home in Newnan, Georgia, on Nov 8 and died in hospital the next night.


Euro 2016 boasts $467m prize pool

PARIS • There will be a substantial increase in prize money for the nations competing at football's Euro 2016 finals in France.

European football's governing body said the total prize fund had gone up to €301 million (S$467 million) from the €196 million shared by the 16 nations at the 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 13, 2015, with the headline 'SportsWorld'. Subscribe