Early exit for Mardan as Edberg, Hend lead
HUA HIN • Singapore's top golfer Mardan Mamat missed the cut by four strokes yesterday at the Thailand Classic, after rounds of 74 and 72 left him two over for the event.
Swede Pelle Edberg (67) and Australian Scott Hend (64) are the joint halfway leaders with 132 totals.
Balestier gain point, Home slip to bottom
Balestier Khalsa lifted themselves off the foot of the S-League standings after drawing 1-1 with Warriors FC at Jalan Besar Stadium last night.
Jonathan Behe put Warriors in the lead before Fadli Kamis equalised.
Home United dropped to the bottom after losing 1-2 to Brunei DPMM in Bandar Seri Begawan. Ambroise Begue opened accounts for the Protectors but the reigning champions came back to take full points with goals from Rafael Ramazotti and Azwan Ali.
Benzema closes in on France return
PARIS • France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema's hopes of playing at Euro 2016 were given a huge boost yesterday after his lawyer confirmed legal restrictions placed on him over his alleged involvement in a sex-tape blackmail case had been lifted.
Under the restrictions, the footballer was not allowed to come into contact with his international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena, who was the target of the blackmail attempt.
Van der Sar to play a game for his old club
THE HAGUE • Former Netherlands and Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar will come out of retirement to play one football game for his first club VV Noordwijk today.
The amateur Dutch club were left without a 'keeper after injuries and 45-year-old van der Sar has agreed to step in, almost five years since he last played professional football.
5 Dong Nai players jailed for six years
HANOI • Five Vietnamese footballers who played for a local club in the country's scandal-hit V League were yesterday handed prison terms of up to six years for match-fixing.
The players, from Dong Nai Club in the country's south, were arrested in 2014 following accusations they had manipulated the results of a V League match.
Hurricanes grab 1st win in added time
WELLINGTON • Wellington Hurricanes captain T.J. Perenara grabbed two tries while his side produced a superb defensive performance with 14 players in added time to win their first game of the Super Rugby season, beating the Auckland Blues 23-19 at Eden Park yesterday.
With the game in the 84th minute and Victor Vito yellow-carded after a succession of penalties by referee Nick Briant, the Hurricanes managed to turn the ball over and shake off a rusty start to the season. They had lost their first two games.