Floorball team book world c'ship spot
JEJU • The Singapore men's national floorball team qualified for the world championships in Czech Republic this December, after topping their group in the qualifiers in South Korea yesterday.
The Republic thrashed Malaysia 11-1 in their final Group B game clinched the group on goal difference, with both teams level on five points.
Singapore will face Group A winners Australia in the final tomorrow. Thailand, South Korea, Japan and New Zealand will vie for the two remaining qualifying spots.
Van Marwijk to lead Socceroos in Russia
SYDNEY • Bert van Marwijk, who led his native Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final, will coach Australia at this year's tournament in Russia, Football Federation Australia (FFA) said yesterday.
The 65-year-old most recently guided Saudi Arabia to World Cup qualification for the first time since 2006 and has also coached Feyenoord, Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg. He fell out with the Saudis after qualification and replaces Ange Postecoglou, who quit after seeing the Socceroos qualify for Russia.
Triple-double feat for 76ers' Simmons
LOS ANGELES • Guard Ben Simmons posted a triple-double - 19 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists - to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the visiting Chicago Bulls 115-101 in the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Wednesday night.
It was the 21-year-old Australian's fifth career triple-double in just his 43rd NBA game. Only Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (14) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (seven) have more triple-doubles than Simmons this season.
Cornet charged for missed drug tests
MELBOURNE • France's Alize Cornet has been charged by the tennis anti-doping programme (TADP) after allegedly missing three out-of-competition drug tests, the International Tennis Federation said.
A statement from the TADP said the world No. 42 had been charged on Jan 11 before the start of the Australian Open, where she lost to Belgium's Elise Mertens in the third round. It said Cornet violated Article 2.4, which covers missed tests and a failure to provide whereabouts information.