Sports World: Cherie top seed for Sacramento final

Cherie top seed for Sacramento final

Singapore bowler Cherie Tan will be the top seed in the Sacramento Open step-ladder final, after averaging 225.83 pinfalls at the completion of the match-play stage of the competition on Saturday.

Joining her for the May 26 showdown in Las Vegas, which will air on June 21 on CBS Sports Network in the United States, is fellow Singaporean New Hui Fen, who is the fourth seed.

American Shannon Pluhowsky is seeded second and Anggie Ramirez-Perea from Colombia third.

Fifa reformer sounds warning

GENEVA • Fifa's new president Gianni Infantino is using the authoritarian tactics of former leader Sepp Blatter, claimed Mark Pieth, a Swiss criminal law professor who has led reform drives at world football's governing body, after the resignation of Fifa's audit chief Domenico Scala on Saturday.

Pieth also indicated that the Fifa boss pushed Scala to resign following a dispute over Infantino's proposed salary.


Ferrari chief backs F1 head Arrivabene

BARCELONA • Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne has dismissed speculation about Formula One team principal Maurizio Arrivabene's future and assured reporters that the Italian had his full support.

The Italian media have suggested that Arrivabene, a former Philip Morris executive who took up the post in November 2014, could be replaced after a disappointing start to the season.


Sharapova verdict not till next month

LONDON • Maria Sharapova, provisionally banned since March for failing a drug test at the Australian Open, will have her appeal heard in London on Wednesday, but a verdict will not be handed down until June, possibly in time for Wimbledon.

The Russian tennis star has remained upbeat about her prospects of success - with her case resting mainly on the recent admission by World Anti-Doping Agency that it was difficult to tell how long small amounts of meldonium would stay in a player's system.


Ervin still going strong at age 34

WASHINGTON • •Anthony Ervin, an Olympic champion in 2000 as a teen at Sydney, won the 50m freestyle on Saturday at the US Pro Swim Series meet.

The 34-year-old American, who won the world 50m and 100m free titles in 2001 in Fukuoka, captured the Charlotte title in 21.98 seconds just three weeks after starting workouts at the same pool.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 16, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe