Sports world

Capello set to lose Russia job

MOSCOW - Fabio Capello's reign as the Russian national football team's manager looks doomed after the country's sports minister said a decision on the Italian's future had already been taken.

Capello - reputed to be the highest-paid international coach - has come under increasing pressure following a dismal run of results in Russia's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.


Cash withdrawn to fix games?

MADRID - A Spanish judge investigating what happened to more than €2 million (S$3 million) missing from Osasuna's accounts has said there is evidence the cash was used to fix football games towards the end of the 2013-14 La Liga season.

The judge said the investigation suggested that €250,000 was paid to Espanyol players to draw 1-1 with Osasuna, and a further €650,000 was given to Real Betis players to beat Real Valladolid on the penultimate match- day. A further €250,000 was given to Betis players to lose to Osasuna on the final day of the campaign.


Michelin bid to supply F1 tyres

LONDON - Michelin has made a bid to supply tyres to Formula One from 2017, provided the sport agrees to tyres being bigger and longer-lasting.

Current supplier Pirelli is still favoured to win the bid, with some senior figures in the sport opposed to a switch to 18-inch wheels from the current 13-inch ones.


Cardinals under hacking probe

NEW YORK - Officials of Major League Baseball (MLB) powerhouses St Louis Cardinals are under investigation for hacking into the Houston Astros' computer network to steal player information.

The MLB, Cardinals and Astros said they were cooperating fully with an investigation into the breach that was first reported last year.


Neymar and dad accused of fraud

MADRID - A Spanish court has launched a fraud investigation against Barcelona striker Neymar, alleging "corruption and swindling" by the player, his father and his former club Santos linked to his signing by Barca in 2013.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2015, with the headline 'SPORTS WORLD'. Subscribe