Bunnabodee seals S'pore Ladies C'ship
Kan Bunnabodee carded a final-round 68 for a 207 total to win the open division of the Singapore Ladies Amateur Open Golf Championship by three shots ahead of fellow Thai Kultida Pramphun (68).
Malaysia's Nur Durriyah Damian (70, 211) came in third place at the Laguna National Golf & Country Club.
Ex-rugby union stars in S'pore for HSBC 7s
Six rugby union legends - former All Blacks Zinzan Brooke and Andrew Mehrtens, World Cup winners David Campese and Jason Robinson, as well as France's Sebastien Chabal and Fiji's former coach Ben Ryan - are pencilled in as guests to grace various events hosted during the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens from April 10-16.
They will be helping with rugby clinics, as well as attending a gala dinner on April 13 to mark the launch of the Sevens tournament.
Chun in 1st round Kia joint-lead, Ko toils
LOS ANGELES • Women's top-ranked golfer and defending champion Lydia Ko struggled with her putting while South Korea's Chun In Gee sizzled late to grab a share of the lead after Thursday's opening round of the LPGA Kia Classic.
New Zealand's Ko fired a two-over 74 to end in joint-81st place just a week before she defends her Major crown at the ANA Inspiration. Chun shot a 66, matching Americans Cristie Kerr and Mo Martin for the 18-hole lead.
Beckenbauer keeps mum over hearing
BERLIN • German football legend Franz Beckenbauer appeared before Swiss prosecutors on Thursday as part of a corruption probe into the awarding of the 2006 World Cup Finals to Germany.
"Today I was interviewed as part of a hearing by the Swiss federal prosecutor. At his request, I will not speak any more about this case," the former chairman of Germany's 2006 bid committee said.
Cubs' Epstein chosen as world's best boss
NEW YORK • Theo Epstein, the Chicago Cubs' president of baseball operations, has been named the world's greatest leader by Fortune magazine.
The architect whose five-year plan resulted in the Cubs' first world championship team in 108 years finished ahead of Alibaba founder Jack Ma, Pope Francis, Melinda Gates and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James was No. 11 on the magazine's annual list, which was revealed on Thursday morning.
Federer & Nishikori may skip Monte Carlo
PARIS • Tennis world No. 6 Roger Federer and world No. 4 Kei Nishikori were the only members of the top 10 missing from the entry list for the Monte Carlo Masters which was released on Thursday.
Reigning Australian Open champion Federer, a four-time runners-up at the tournament, had already said he will only decide on his clay court schedule once the ongoing Miami Masters ends next week.