Sports World: Albirex beat DPMM, extend lead at the top

Albirex beat DPMM, extend lead at the top

Champions Albirex Niigata stretched their lead over Tampines Rovers at the top of the S-League table to 12 points, following their 1-0 win over Brunei DPMM in Bandar Seri Begawan last night.

Naofumi Tanaka scored the only goal of the match to take the White Swans to 49 points from 19 games. DPMM are second from bottom with just five points.

Russian dopers set for punishment, says IOC

LIMA • The first group of Russian athletes suspected of being part of the country's sophisticated doping programme at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games may soon face banishment from the Olympics.

Denis Oswald, a Swiss member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s executive board who heads one of two investigations into Russian doping, told committee members at an annual meeting in Lima that he expected an investigation to conclude by the end of the year and athletes to be penalised.


Froome reveals all ahead of World C'ships

LONDON • British cycling great Chris Froome gave a revealing interview to The Times yesterday, appearing naked on a bike.

The 32-year-old rider - who will attempt this week to add individual and team world time-trial golds to his Tour de France and Vuelta crowns this year - said in self-deprecatory fashion he was not impressed with what he saw when he looked in the mirror.


Injured Kroos adds to Real's casualty list

MADRID • Toni Kroos added a fresh blow to a depleted Real Madrid side ahead of their trip to in-form Real Sociedad today with a muscle problem.

The footballer joins the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo, and the injured Karim Benzema, Mateo Kovacic and Jesus Vallejo on the sidelines.


Brazil player sorry for 'racist' gesture

TOKYO • Brazil tennis player Guilherme Clezar has apologised for making what appeared to be a slit-eyed gesture during his country's Davis Cup tie with Japan.

While denying any racist intent, the 24-year-old could be in hot water following the incident during Friday's defeat by Yuichi Sugita in a world group play-off in Osaka.


Wallabies fight back to record first victory

CANBERRA • Australia broke through for their first win in this year's Rugby Championship with a 45-20 win over Argentina in Canberra yesterday.

The Wallabies fought back from 10-13 down at half-time to score five second-half tries to pull away in the final stages. In another game, the All Blacks produced their best display of the year to trounce South Africa by a record 57-0.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 17, 2017, with the headline 'Sports World'. Subscribe