Sports World: Foo, Poh top seeds for matchplay round

Foo, Poh top seeds for matchplay round

National golfer Gregory Foo fired a three-under 69 for a 141 total yesterday to finish as the top qualifier for the strokeplay stage of the Singapore National Amateur Championship.

The winner of last month's Singapore Open Amateur Championship then beat Woo Jun Hon 4 and 3 in the matchplay round - featuring the top-16 finishers - to enter today's quarter-finals at the Tanah Merah Country Club's Tampines Course.

In the women's division, Joey Poh signed for a 74 and 146 total and is the top seed. She is joined by seven others in the matchplay round.

Haas will be only new F1 team next season

LONDON • The United States- based Haas team will be Formula One's sole newcomers next season after an attempt to attract fresh entrants failed to come up with viable candidates.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) revealed that neither of the two applicants who had responded to an FIA tender in May had satisfied the criteria and the process is now closed.


Froome in tests to prove that he is clean

LONDON • Tour de France winner Chris Froome began a series of physiological tests at the GlaxoSmithKline Human Performance Lab in London on Monday, designed to prove that his achievements should not attract suspicion.

The British rider, who followed up his 2013 Tour win with a thrilling victory last month for Team Sky, was forced to endure rumours and abuse during the race - leading to Sky taking the unusual step of making the 30-year-old's medical data available.


Chris Rogers to retire after Ashes series

LONDON • Australian opener Chris Rogers announced yesterday that he is retiring from international cricket after this week's Ashes finale against England.

The 38-year-old joins his captain Michael Clarke in retiring from the international game.

England had wrapped up the Ashes with victory in the fourth Test that put them 3-1 up in the five-match series.


Shaq picks Jordan over James in 1-on-1

HONG KONG • Former National Basketball Association star Shaquille O'Neal weighed into basketball's great debate yesterday, when he backed a young Michael Jordan to beat LeBron James one-on-one.

O'Neal, visiting Hong Kong to promote an energy drink, faced both Jordan and James in their prime. When asked who would win a hypothetical match-up, he did not hesitate.

"Mike," said O'Neal, winner of four NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat. "I think you have to go with a young Jordan every time."


Cakir-Alptekin loses 1,500m Olympic gold

BERNE • Turkish athlete Asli Cakir-Alptekin has been stripped of the 2012 Olympic women's 1,500m gold medal for doping and banned for eight years, announced the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday.

The CAS said all competitive results obtained by her since July 29, 2010, had been disqualified including the Olympic Games 1,500m final in London.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 19, 2015, with the headline 'SportsWorld'. Print Edition | Subscribe