Sports World: Cheetahs, Protectors to kick off Singapore Cup

Cheetahs, Protectors to kick off Singapore Cup

This year's RHB Singapore Cup will kick off with runners-up Home United facing Hougang United at Bishan Stadium in the preliminary round on May 26, the Football Association of Singapore announced yesterday.

The next three matches will take place on the following three days at the Jalan Besar Stadium, with the last match between invited Filipino team Ceres La Salle FC and S-League side Garena Young Lions the last match of the preliminary round on May 29.

The quarter-final round is scheduled for September.

Dolphins, Stingrays to clash in grand final

The Blaze Dolphins will go up against reigning champions Sneakers Stingrays in the M1 Netball Super League grand final, after defeating the Magic Marlins 43-41 at Toa Payoh Sports Hall yesterday.

In yesterday's other match, the Mission Mannas comfortably beat the Fier Orcas 50-38 in the play-off for fifth place.

The grand final will take place next Saturday (May 14) at 2pm at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall. Entry is free to the public.

Victory for New puts her in group stepladder final

CALIFORNIA • National bowler New Hui Fen beat Latvian Diana Zavjalova 213-198 on Saturday in the group stepladder finals of the PWBA Sonoma County Open in the United States.

Team-mate Jazreel Tan lost out on a place in the final four with a 163-185 loss to American Jennifer Higgins.

New and Higgins join top seeds Kelly Kulick and Shannon O'Keefe in the television stepladder finals on May 26, which will be held during the USBC Queens competition at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

La Liga history as Qatari teen signs for Villarrea l

DOHA • A teenage forward is set to become the first football player from Qatar to play in La Liga and possibly the Champions League after being signed by Spanish club Villarreal.

The transfer of Akram Afif, 19, who was born in Doha, was confirmed on Twitter by his parent club Al Sadd, the Doha team for which former Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez plays, on Saturday.


Kyrgios uses Twitter to deliver Olympic riposte

SYDNEY • Young Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios hit back with some irreverent humour after he and compatriot Bernard Tomic were told by chef de mission Kitty Chiller on Saturday that their behaviour must improve if they wanted to represent their country at the Rio Olympics.

Kyrgios, who hit a stunning lob between his legs on his way to defeat at the hands of Japan's Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals of the clay-court Madrid Open, tweeted: "Someone tell that Kitty chiller to watch that tweener lob, then she will understand why I'm on watch for the olympics lol."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 09, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe