Home edged out in Myanmar in AFC Cup
MANDALAY • Home United lost 0-1 to reigning Myanmar football champions Yadanarbon in their AFC Cup Group H opening match last night.
A first-half stoppage-time goal by midfielder Aung Thu was enough to give the hosts the narrow win at the Mandalar Thiri Stadium.
Yadanarbon next play the group's other team Than Quang Ninh in Hanoi on March 8, with only the group winners guaranteed a spot in the Asean zone semi-finals.
Tame outings for local speed skaters
Local short-track speed skater Cheyenne Goh, 17, posted 1min 46.560sec in the quarter-finals of the 1,000m event at the Asian Winter Games (AWG) in Sapporo yesterday. She did not progress to the semi-finals, and finished 12th among 26 competitors.
Lucas Ng, 29, clocked 1:34.332 in the men's event and did not advance beyond the heats. He finished 25th out of 38 overall.
Yesterday was the last day of the AWG short-track speed skating competition. The Republic's figure skaters Chloe Ng and Yu Shuran will compete in the ladies' short programme today and the free skate on Saturday.
Female coach gets horror start in ACL
GUANGZHOU • Chan Yuen Ting - the first woman coach to lead a men's team in a continental football competition - had the toughest of baptisms in the AFC Champions League (ACL) last night, when her Hong Kong side Eastern were thumped 7-0 away by World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's Guangzhou Evergrande.
Eastern were trailing 0-1 and down to 10 men after just four minutes, when Wong Tsz Ho handled the ball on the line and Ricardo Goulart netted the penalty. And they played nearly two-thirds of the game with nine men following Wong Chi Chung's red card.
Errant quartet suffer long bans for protest
HANOI • A Vietnamese goalkeeper has been banned for two years for leading an extraordinary mannequin-style protest, when his team stood still and let in three late goals to complain about a disputed penalty against Ho Chi Minh City in a local game.
Long An goalkeeper Nguyen Minh Nhut and defender Huynh Quang Thanh both received two-year playing bans, while the team's coach and chairman were barred for three years, the Vietnam Football Federation said on its website.
Early exit in Rio for top seed Nishikori
RIO DE JANEIRO • Top seed Kei Nishikori crashed out of the Rio de Janeiro Open on Tuesday, after suffering a 6-4, 6-3 first-round loss to Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci.
The world No. 5 Japanese tennis star, who was stunned by unseeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the Argentina Open final two days ago, lost the match in 79 minutes.