Sports world

Kyrgios fined $17,500 for insulting Wawrinka

MONTREAL • The Association of Tennis Professionals fined Nick Kyrgios a total of US$12,500 (S$17,500) on Thursday and launched an investigation into an insult he made during a Rogers Cup match against French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka.

Following a 5-7, 3-6 loss to John Isner, the 20-year-old Australian said he had apologised to Wawrinka in the players' area.


Albirex enjoy slight edge in S'pore Cup tie

S-League side Albirex Niigata lead Balestier Khalsa 1-0 after the first leg of their Singapore Cup quarter-final clash at the Jurong East Stadium last night.

Kento Nagasaki scored just before half-time for the hosts. The second leg will be played on Monday at the Toa Payoh Stadium.

Williams cruises into Rogers Cup q-finals

TORONTO • Women's tennis world No. 1 Serena Williams continued her dominance over Germany's Andrea Petkovic with a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the third round of the Rogers Cup on Thursday.

The top seed, who did not face a break point in the match, advances to the quarter-finals where she will face Roberta Vinci.


Adidas signs up Harden in $280m deal

FRANKFURT • German sports giant adidas, which is trying to re-establish its foothold in North America in the face of competitors Nike and Under Armour, scored a coup on Thursday when it agreed a sponsorship deal with basketball star James Harden of the Houston Rockets.

The contract, reported to be worth US$200 million (S$280 million), takes effect from Oct 1 and is understood to span 13 years.


Smith is new skipper of Australian cricket

MELBOURNE • Steven Smith will take over as captain of the Australian Test team, following the retirement of Michael Clarke after the fifth Ashes Test against England, the country's cricket board said yesterday.

Smith, 26, had been expected to take the role, having previously led the team when he replaced the injured Clarke as captain for three Tests during the home series against India.


India need 153 runs to win with 9 wickets left

GALLE (Sri Lanka) • Dinesh Chandimal launched a Sri Lanka fightback with an unbeaten 162, his highest score, as the hosts set India a target of 175 on the third day of the opening cricket Test at Galle yesterday.

India, in reply, lost Lokesh Rahul (five) to reach 23 for one wicket at stumps, still needing another 153 runs for victory. First-innings centurion Shikhar Dhawan (13) and nightwatchman Ishant Sharma (five) were unbeaten at the crease.


Kids' football carnival at Jalan Besar today

The Football Association Singapore (FAS) is organising a children's football carnival at the Jalan Besar Stadium today, in conjunction with the official launch of its Cubs Programme.

Parents and children will have the chance to bond through games and activities with balloons, face-painting and popcorn. They can also witness some 100 school children aged between six and nine learning football drills.

Admission, from 3pm to 4.30pm, is free.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 15, 2015, with the headline 'Sports world'. Print Edition | Subscribe