Foo rallies to nail joint-19th spot
Singapore golfer Gregory Foo bounced back from a poor second round (74) to card a one-over 71 in the third round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Hong Kong yesterday.
China's Cheng Jin (69 for a total of 199) continues to lead the 120-strong field at the Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club.
Foo and compatriot James Leow (70, 209 total) lie in joint-19th place.
North Koreans deny Chinese sweep
PATTAYA • North Koreans Kim Hye Song and Ri Mi Gyong thumped Japanese teenagers Miu Hirano and Mima Ito 4-0 in the women's doubles final yesterday, to be the only non-Chinese winners at the Asian Table Tennis Championships.
China won the other six titles in Thailand. Kim and Ri received a walkover in the semi-finals from China's Zhu Yuling and Chen Meng, with the latter injured.
Hosts win, S'pore avoid last place
CHANGSHA (China) • Hosts China beat the Philippines 78-67 to win their 16th title in the men's basketball Asia Championship yesterday.
Singapore had earlier thrashed Malaysia 92-59 to avoid the wooden spoon in the 15th-place play-off.
Bale, Ramos boost Real's derby hopes
MADRID • Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos look set to make their first appearance for Spanish football club Real Madrid since Sept 13 in today's La Liga derby away to Atletico Madrid.
However, there is not such good news for coach Rafael Benitez on James Rodriguez as the top scorer from last year's World Cup suffered a knock that has delayed his comeback.
Djokovic cruises past Nadal in friendly
BANGKOK • Tennis' world No. 1 Novak Djokovic comfortably beat his out-of-form rival Rafael Nadal on Friday in an exhibition match in the Thai capital designed to boost tourism in the nation.
The Serb cruised through the best-of-three-set contest at Hua Mark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, winning 6-4, 6-2.
I did not rebuff Hodgson: Sterling
LONDON • Footballer Raheem Sterling has denied telling manager Roy Hodgson that he was too tired to play for England in a Euro 2016 qualifier last year. "The manager asked me how I was feeling and I said I was okay but my legs do feel a bit tired.
"I never once said: I don't want to play or anything like that," said the 20-year-old, who has 17 international caps.