Sports World: Feng and Yu edge closer to medal

The world No. 14s Yu Mengyu (left) and Feng Tianwei play China in Dusseldorf, Germany for a semi-final place today (June 2).
The world No. 14s Yu Mengyu (left) and Feng Tianwei play China in Dusseldorf, Germany for a semi-final place today (June 2).PHOTO: ST FILE

Feng and Yu edge closer to medal

Singapore's Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu are a step away from their third straight World Table Tennis Championships women's doubles bronze.

The world No. 14s play Chinese Taipei's Chen Szu-yu and Cheng I-Ching in Dusseldorf, Germany today (June 2) for a semi-final place.

Feng also made the last 16 in singles by beating Hong Kong's Lee Ho Ching 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8. She next plays Germany's Kristin Silbereisen, who beat Yu in the round of 64.

But Gao Ning and Pang Xue Jie's men's doubles challenge ended in the last 16, after a late slump saw them lose 10-12, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9, 3-11, 9-11, 6-11 to South Korea's Jung Young Sik and Lee Sang Su. Gao was also edged out by Japan's Koki Niwa 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 12-14, 11-4 in the last 64.

United more keen on striker, not Griezmann

LONDON • Manchester United's interest in Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has cooled, with the English football club prioritising a striker rather than a No. 10 this summer.

Atletico, meanwhile, have lost their appeal against a transfer ban that is preventing them from signing any new players until next January.

The LaLiga club said in a statement that the Court of Arbitration for Sport had reduced their Fifa-imposed fine of 900,000 Swiss Francs ($1.4 million) to 550,000.


Legend Garrincha's remains missing

SAO PAULO • The Brazilian cemetery where twice World Cup winner Garrincha was buried in 1983 has lost the footballer's bones.

Garrincha won World Cups in 1958 and 1962 alongside stars such as Pele.

He died in 1983 after a long battle with alcoholism and was buried in his home town cemetery.

News reports on Wednesday said his remains had been exhumed and there was no record of what happened to them.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2017, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe