Sports world: Favourites Thunders and Sharks win

Favourites Thunders and Sharks win

Korean team Seoul Samsung Thunders and Chinese side Shanghai Sharks lived up to their tags as favourites to win the Merlion Cup, a six-team invitational basketball tournament.

The Thunders stormed to a 99-70 victory over reigning Asean Basketball League champions Westports Malaysia Dragons, while the Sharks thrashed Taiwanese side Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor 84-43 in their respective group matches at the OCBC Arena.

Gay gives up on bobsled bid

TORONTO • Veteran sprinter Tyson Gay abandoned his bid to make the United States bobsled team on Wednesday after pulling out of the National Push Championships in Canada.

The 34-year-old, a divisive figure in US track and field following his 2013 doping conviction, opted to skip the men's event after consulting with bobsled coaches.


Police detain ex-Turkey footballer

ISTANBUL • Turkish police yesterday detained a former prominent footballer from the Istanbul giants Galatasaray on suspicion of links to the group blamed for the July 15 failed coup.

Ismail Demiriz, who played for Galatasaray from 1984-1993 as well as 27 times for the Turkish national side, was detained in the Istanbul district of Bakirkoy.


Murray not keen on neutral final venue

LONDON • Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is not overly enthusiastic about the possibility of a neutral venue hosting the Davis Cup final, but backed proposals to shorten matches in the competition.

The International Tennis Federation is considering plans to select fixed-venue cities in advance for the Davis and Fed Cup finals, switching from the current format in which one of the finalists host the decider.


Perales aims to break Phelps' record

MADRID • Spanish swimmer Teresa Perales is determined to eclipse Michael Phelps by surpassing the American great's haul of 28 Olympic medals as she sets her sight on competing in the Tokyo Paralympics at the age of 44.

Perales, confined to a wheelchair since 1995 with neuropathy - a disease affecting the nervous system - won gold in the 50-metre backstroke plus three silvers at her fifth Paralympic Games in Rio this month to take her total medal tally to 26.


Liverpool need to be 'angry', says Klopp

LONDON • Jurgen Klopp has called on his Liverpool players to be "angry" when they face Hull City at Anfield tomorrow.

The Merseyside club go into the English Premier league football game having won three matches in succession and the manager is aware that complacency could creep in against opponents who lost 1-4 to Arsenal in their last league fixture. Hull are also likely to play defensively against a team who have scored 19 goals in seven matches this season.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 23, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe