Sports World: Albirex win 4-1, lead by 5pts from Home

Albirex win 4-1, lead by 5pts from Home

S-League holders Albirex Niigata stretched their lead to five points after beating Tampines Rovers 4-1 away at Jurong West Stadium.

Naofumi Tanaka and Tsubasa Sano both enjoyed braces while the Stags, who had Shakir Hamzah sent off, reduced the deficit to 1-2 briefly through Son Yong Chan's goal.

Home United edged out bottom side Garena Young Lions 2-1 at Jalan Besar Stadium to go second on 20 points. Stipe Plazibat and Khairul Nizam put them two up before Muhelmy Suhaimi pulled one back.

Chee is best Asian at Bangkok marathon

BANGKOK • Singapore's marathoner Evan Chee was the top Asian finisher at the inaugural Bangkok Midnight Marathon yesterday. The event drew about 10,000 participants across five categories.

The 36-year-old engineering manager completed the race in 2hr 59min 4sec to finish fourth. Kenya's Silas Muturi was the first to cross the finish line in 2:30:23.

Slorach has decent finish in Thai event

Singapore golfer Mitchell Slorach carded a 69 to finish tied-20th on 12-under 272 at the Thailand Open in Hom Sin.

Thailand's Rattanon Wannasrichan's 67 for a 263 total gave him a two-shot win over Indians Shiv Kapur (63) and Gaganjeet Bhullar (67).

China, Korea win 4-1 in Sudirman openers

GOLD COAST • Ten-time winners China and three-time champions South Korea both got off to good starts in badminton's mixed-team Sudirman Cup yesterday, beating Hong Kong and Russia respectively 4-1.

Kante earns trio of individual awards

LONDON • Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante was named Player of the Year by the English Premier League yesterday, adding a third individual accolade to a list of achievements this season that includes winning a second consecutive title.

The 26-year-old French footballer, who joined from 2016 title winners Leicester last July, has already been named Player of the Year by the Football Writers Association and the Professional Footballers Association.


Jardim's Monaco stay not certain

PARIS • Monaco's Ligue 1 title-winning coach Leonardo Jardim raised doubts about his future as yesterday, saying he would hold talks with the football club's vice-president Vadim Vasilyev this week.


'Action' continues after Dirrell's win

WASHINGTON • Fans thought the end of Andre Dirrell's IBF interim super middleweight title fight with Jose Uzcategui was odd but that was just the start of a bizarre series of events.

Dirrell was awarded the fight after Uzcategui sent the American to the canvas with a flurry of blows after the bell. But the victory was not enough for Dirrell's uncle and assistant trainer, Leon Lawson Jr, who then sucker punched the Venezuelan boxer in the aftermath and fled the venue.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 22, 2017, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe