Sports World: Emery hopeful of Neymar's swift recovery

Emery hopeful of Neymar's swift recovery

PARIS • Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery said he expects Neymar to return from injury for tomorrow's Champions League match against Bayern Munich, after his side struggled to a 0-0 draw at Montpellier on Saturday in the Brazilian's absence.

Neymar missed the game after suffering a right foot injury, and PSG duly saw their perfect start to the Ligue 1 season come to an end in their first match without the 25-year-old since his world record transfer from Barcelona.

"We will wait until (Sunday) to see about his return," Emery said.


Strength to strength for Iran weightlifter

ASHGABAT (Turkmenistan) • Iranian Olympic champion weightlifter Sohrab Moradi, 29, broke the longest standing world record in the sport to win gold at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games on Saturday.

Moradi, who returned from a two-year doping ban to win gold in the 94kg division at last year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, set a new world record of 413kg for the combined total.

The previous record of 412kg was set by Akakios Kakiasvilis of Greece at the 1999 world championships in Athens.


Kiwi Parker bullish about chances against Joshua

MANCHESTER • New Zealand's Joseph Parker said he had the skills to exploit WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua's weaknesses after beating Hughie Fury by a majority points decision to defend his WBO world heavyweight title.

Parker condemned Fury to a first professional defeat in a scrappy fight at Manchester Arena on Saturday, which the judges scored 118-110, 118-110, 114-114.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 25, 2017, with the headline 'Sports World'. Subscribe