Yip Pin Xiu sets 50m free Asian record
FUNCHAL (Portugal) • A day after setting two world records, Singapore para- swimmer Yip Pin Xiu broke the the women's 50m freestyle (S2) Asian record at the International Paralympic Committee Swimming European Open Championships on Thursday.
Her time of 1min 1sec lowered the previous mark of 1:05.47 set by China's Feng Yazhu last October.
Yip finished the race in second place, behind Norwegian swimmer and world record holder Ingrid Thunem of Norway, who finished in 54.31sec.
Young Brazil squad for Copa America
RIO DE JANEIRO • Brazil coach Dunga on Thursday named a youthful squad for next month's Copa America in the United States in June, with one eye on the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.
As announced last month, Barcelona superstar Neymar is not in the squad of 23 for the Copa tournament, after his club said they would only release him for the Olympics football competition.
Spurs near deal to make Wembley home
LONDON • Tottenham Hotspur are close to a deal with the Football Association (FA) to play their home games at Wembley in the 2017-18 season, according to the FA chairman Greg Dyke, and are also pushing to stage their Champions League ties there next season.
Tottenham will need a temporary home while the final phase of building work on their 61,000-capacity ground on the existing White Hart Lane site is being completed, and they have been in talks for months with the FA over using the national stadium.
Zaha sweats on injury as Cup looms
LONDON • Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha faces a race against time to be fit for England's FA Cup final on May 22.
Alan Pardew, the Palace manager, revealed Zaha is still battling a muscular strain just above his hamstring, and remains a doubt for the Wembley football showpiece with Manchester United.
Cooper: Citizenship cost my Rio place
TOULON (FRANCE) • New Zealand-born Wallaby playmaker Quade Cooper says he was dumped from the Australia's rugby sevens Olympics team not on form, but simply because he did not have Australian citizenship.
Cooper has been travelling on a New Zealand passport, despite having played 58 times for Australia, and had to be in Australia for 90 days before he got his citizenship to be eligible to compete for the Wallabies' sevens team at the Olympics.
Albirex lead by five points after 6-0 rout
Albirex Niigata have opened up a five-point gap at the top of football's S-League table after thrashing Balestier Khalsa 6-0 at Jurong East Stadium yesterday evening.
The White Swans top the nine-team standings with 26 points from 11 matches, ahead of Tampines Rovers, who have played one fewer match.