Sports World

Feng reaches China Open quarter-finals

CHENGDU • Singapore paddler Feng Tianwei rallied for a hard-earned win over former national team-mate Zeng Jian yesterday in the round of 16 of the China Open.

The world No. 4 beat her No. 24 opponent 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 7-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7 and will meet recently-crowned Japan Open champion Sun Yingsha in today's quarter- finals.

Albirex upset by Home as unbeaten run ends

S-league leaders Albirex Niigata suffered their first loss of the season in a 2-0 loss to Home United at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Home forward Stipe Plazibat opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, and Albirex saw defender Yasutaka Yanagi sent off for foul on Home winger Faris Ramli in the 65th-minute.

Plazibat completed his brace with a 90th-minute penalty after Faris was brought down in the box.

Albirex remain top on 27 points, while Home move to third, five points behind.

Pregnancy no barrier for runner at US trials

SACRAMENTO • Five months pregnant and running an 800m in 43 deg C heat, Alysia Montano lived up to the best traditions of the Wonder Woman superhero character etched on her running vest on Thursday.

The 31-year-old from New York finished last (2min 21.40sec) in the US World Championship trials at the Hornet Stadium, but it was the second time she had run while pregnant following her appearance in 2014 when eight months into her term.


Afghanistan newest Test-playing nation

KABUL • Afghanistan celebrated yesterday after their national team was awarded Test match status on Thursday. Ireland and Afghanistan became cricket's 11th and 12th Test nations after a unanimous vote by the International Cricket Council in London.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2017, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe