FAM exco wants president to stay on
KUALA LUMPUR • Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim's statement on his resignation as the president of the Football Association of Malaysia is more of a reaction against some critical Internet users.
FAM secretary-general Hamidin Mohd Amin said yesterday that the executive committee stood "firmly behind Tunku Ismail as FAM president and wished for him to remain in office".
Tennis' ex-No. 2 Haas calls it a day at 39
LONDON • Former world No. 2 Tommy Haas of Germany, who won 15 singles titles throughout his career, announced his retirement from the ATP Tour on Thursday.
Haas, 39, who is the tournament director of the Indian Wells Masters tournament, reached his career-high position in 2002, and finished eight seasons ranked in the top 20.
His most recent singles titles came in 2013 when he won in Vienna and Munich.
Less than two-thirds of final seats for fans
LONDON • Sponsors, officials and corporate hospitality programmes have been allocated more than one-third of the 63,000 tickets for this year's Champions League final in Kiev, Ukraine.
European football governing body Uefa said in a statement yesterday that 40,700 tickets would be available for "fans and the general public".
Ticket prices will range from €70 (S$113) to €450 and the final will take place on May 26.
Injured Luis may miss World Cup Finals
LONDON • Atletico Madrid and Brazil defender Filipe Luis is set to miss the rest of the season and the World Cup after the Spanish club said he had broken his left leg during Thursday's Europa League victory over Lokomotiv Moscow.
The left-back had to be carried off on a stretcher after a challenge with striker Eder just over an hour into the 5-1 second-leg win over the Russian side.