All local paddlers out of China Open
CHENGDU • Singapore's interest in table tennis' China Open has ended, after Feng Tianwei's 1-4 loss to Liu Shiwen in the women's singles quarter-finals last night.
Earlier, she and Yu Mengyu went down 1-3 to the hosts' Gu Yuting and Mu Zi in the women's doubles semi-finals. And Li Hu was beaten 4-1 by Portugal's Marcos Freitas in the men's singles round of 16.
The men's and women's doubles finals are all-China affairs, while Japanese singles paddlers Yuya Oshima (men) and Kasumi Ishikawa (women) are the only non-Chinese players to reach the semi-finals.
IAAF rubbishes blood experts' dope claims
PARIS •World athletics' ruling body, the IAAF, has condemned as "naive" the two blood experts at the centre of mass doping allegations.
Australian scientists Michael Ashenden and Robin Parisotto have claimed that hundreds of athletes had returned "suspicious" doping test results.
McIlroy poised to return in PGA C'ship
LOS ANGELES • Golf's world No. 1 Rory McIlroy is set to return from injury at this week's PGA Championship, after being scheduled to tee off in the first round.
The PGA of America said on Twitter that the Northern Irish defending champion has been grouped with US Open and Masters champion Jordan Spieth and British Open winner Zach Johnson for the opening round at Whistling Straits.
N. Korean women grind out victory over South
WUHAN (China) • North Korea won football's women's East Asian Cup with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over South Korea yesterday.
A draw was all that North Korea required to win the four-team, round-robin tournament. But a deflected Yun Song Mi free kick and a Ra Un Sim goal in the second half sealed the tournament with a victory.
Mourinho inks four-year Blues deal
LONDON • Jose Mourinho gave Chelsea a boost on the eve of the new English football season by signing a four-year contract to stay in charge of the champions until 2019.
The 52-year-old led Chelsea to the Premier League title and won the League Cup last season.
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Button insists he was gassed but no evidence
NICE (France) • Formula One driver Jenson Button believes he was gassed during a burglary at his rented villa in Saint-Tropez but a local prosecutor and French police said on Friday there was no proof that was the case.
Button and wife Jessica were staying with friends in France when men broke in and stole jewellery worth €300,000 (S$453,200).
Bouchard changes coach once more
TORONTO • Eugenie Bouchard's coaching merry-go-round will take another turn, after the Canadian tennis player announced that she had split with Sam Sumyk following six months blighted by injury and a succession of early exits from tournaments.
The 21-year-old will be coached temporarily by Serbian Marko Dragic at the Roger's Cup in Toronto, as she seeks to rebound from her first-round loss at Wimbledon.