Sports World: Emery adds Greek to his Arsenal

Emery adds Greek to his Arsenal

LONDON • Seasoned Greek international defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos became Arsenal manager Unai Emery's third summer signing on Monday, signing on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee.

The 30-year-old, capped 79 times, will be reunited with former Borussia Dortmund team-mates, playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan and striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The defender joins Swiss full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner and German goalkeeper Bernd Leno as new Gunners.


Ex-US Open champ loses clubs in transit

PARIS • Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell has withdrawn from a British Open qualifying event yesterday after his clubs were lost on an Air France flight from Paris where he was competing at the French Open.

The world No. 175 golfer travelled from Charles de Gaulle to Manchester for a 36-hole qualifier at St Annes near Blackpool, bidding for a spot at this year's third Major at Carnoustie later this month.


ICC to clamp down harder on tampering

DUBLIN • A player guilty of ball-tampering could now be banned for up to six tests or 12 one-day events after the International Cricket Council (ICC) introduced harsher sanctions at its five-day Annual Conference in Dublin on Monday.

Tougher punishments for ball-tampering have been on the cards after this year's third test between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town. They resulted in Cricket Australia banning its captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner for a year and batsman Cameron Bancroft for nine months.


Low to stay on as Germany coach

BERLIN • Germany coach Joachim Low will stay in his post despite his team's group-stage elimination at the World Cup in Russia, the German Football Federation said yesterday.

The 2014 Cup winner's contract runs until 2022, having been extended for two years in May. But his side's shock exit in Russia, after defeats by Mexico and South Korea, had sparked speculation over whether he would continue.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2018, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe