Albirex in tough group after League Cup draw
Two-time defending champions Albirex Niigata have been grouped with Home United, Hougang United and Warriors FC, after the group draw of The New Paper League Cup yesterday.
The other group consists of Brunei DPMM, Balestier Khalsa, Tampines Rovers and Geylang International. Group matches will be played from July 7-14, with the semi-finals and final slate for July 18 and July 21 respectively.
Valcke's CAS appeal to be heard on Oct 11
LAUSANNE • Former Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke will have his appeal over his 10-year ban from football heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Oct 11.
Sepp Blatter's former right-hand man was suspended in 2015 over the 2014 World Cup tickets scam and was sentenced by Fifa's ethics committee to a 12-year ban from football. The ban was reduced to 10 years on appeal, before Valcke, claiming innocence, appealed to CAS.
RB Leipzig, Salzburg get Uefa's green light
ZURICH • Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig and Austrian champions Salzburg can both play in the Champions League next season, after Uefa said it was satisfied that energy drinks manufacturer Red Bull does not have a controlling influence in both clubs.
Uefa rules do not allow any two clubs in the same European competition to share the same owner.
Red Bull bought Austria Salzburg in 2005, renaming it Red Bull Salzburg, and then SSV Markranstaedt in 2009, giving it the name RB Leipzig. It has argued that, following a restructuring, it no longer has a controlling stake in Salzburg and merely sponsors the club.
Shapovalov, Haas get Wimbledon wildcards
LONDON • Junior champion Denis Shapovalov, 18, was yesterday awarded a wildcard for next month's Wimbledon championships, despite being disqualified earlier this year for striking an umpire with a ball. Tommy Haas, 39, playing his last season on Tour, was also given a wildcard.
Blood testing to start next PGA Tour season
NEW YORK • Golf's PGA Tour said on Tuesday it will begin blood testing next season, and also revise its list of banned substances to reflect those prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency as part of a more stringent anti-doping policy.
Blood testing will allow for the detection of human growth hormone.