Sports World: Albirex thrash Young Lions 8-0

Albirex thrash Young Lions 8-0

Defending champions Albirex Niigata thumped rock-bottom Garena Young Lions 8-0 at Jurong East Stadium to lead the S-League by five points from Home United (23 points).

At Jalan Besar Stadium, Geylang International edged out Balestier Khalsa 1-0 to go fifth in the nine-team standings with 14 points.

S'pore lose, are 14th in Sudirman Cup

GOLD COAST • Singapore lost to Vietnam 1-3 in the Group 2 finals of badminton's Sudirman Cup mixed-team tournament. They finished 14th overall, two spots higher than in 2015.

In today's semi-finals , South Korea play Thailand and 10-time winners China face Japan.

S'pore bowlers fare well in Philippines

MANDALUYONG CITY (Philippines) • Singapore bowlers Jermaine Seah (1,680 pinfalls), Iliya Syamim Mohd Azni (1,606) and Amabel Chua (1,559) swept the podium in the youth girls' Open masters finals at the Philippine International Open yesterday. In the boys' category, Keith Tan (1,581) and Ahmad Safwan (1,580) came in second and third respectively behind Ivan Malig of the Philippines (1,613).

Rossi injured in training accident

ROME • Italian MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi suffered chest and stomach injuries in a motocross training accident at Mondavio, near Rimini, on Thursday and was taken to hospital.

The 38-year-old, who crashed out of the French Grand Prix at Le Mans on the last lap last weekend to hand victory to team-mate Maverick Vinales, lies third in the world championship standings.


Martina wants Court's name dropped

SYDNEY • Tennis great Martina Navratilova has called for a name change of the Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park, after the former Australian champion's boycott of airline Qantas over its same-sex marriage stance.

Court, now a church pastor, complained on Thursday that the carrier's support of marriage equality conflicted with her views and "leaves me no option but to use other airlines where possible for my extensive travelling".


De la Hoya calls possible fight a joke

LOS ANGELES • Hall of Famer Oscar de la Hoya has termed the proposed bout between retired American boxer Floyd Mayweather and Irish mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor a "circus", saying the sport may never recover if the "farce" is allowed to take place.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 27, 2017, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe