Sports World: Home keep up pressure on S-League leaders Albirex

Home keep up pressure on S-League leaders Albirex

Home United kept up their hopes of catching S-League holders cum leaders Albirex Niigata with a 3-1 win over Geylang United.

Adam Swandi, Stipe Plazibat and Shamil Sharif netted for the Protectors, while Shawal Anuar scored the Eagles' consolation goal at Jalan Besar Stadium. Home (37 points from 17 matches) are 13 points behind Albirex with three games in hand, while Tampines have 41 points from 19 games.

At Hougang Stadium, Brunei DPMM beat the hosts 2-1 for only their second win of the season.

S'pore rugby women winless in S. Korea

The Singapore women's rugby team were defeated in all three pool matches of the Asia Rugby Women's Sevens Series yesterday, losing 0-47 to Japan, 7-28 to Kazakhstan and 5-26 to Thailand at the Incheon Namdong Asiad Rugby Stadium in South Korea.

Down in fourth place of Pool C with three points, the Republic, who were runners-up in last month's SEA Games, will face China today in the Cup knockout stage.

Axelsen faces Lee, while Marin plays He in final

TOKYO • Denmark's Viktor Axelsen defeated badminton's world No. 1 Son Wan Ho 21-16, 21-16 to reach the Japan Open men's singles final, where he will face Malaysian Lee Chong Wei, who beat China's Shi Yuqi 21-19, 21-8, today.

The women's singles final will be between Spain's Carolina Marin, who was given a walkover by Japan's Nozomi Okuhara (knee trouble), and China's He Bingjiao, who beat compatriot Chen Yufei 21-14, 25-23.



AFF awards for vice-capt Hariss and referee Taqi

Singapore national team vice-captain Hariss Harun was named in the AFF Best XI 2016 by the Asean Football Federation, while Fifa referee Muhammad Taqi Aljaafari Jahari was named AFF Referee of the Year 2016 (Men) at last night's AFF Awards 2017 in Bali.

The Football Association of Singapore has congratulated them on their achievements and president Lim Kia Tong was delighted for both of them.

Turkish runner banned for third doping violation

ISTANBUL • Asli Cakir Alptekin, who won Olympic gold at London 2012 before being stripped of the title, has been banned for life by the Turkish Athletics Federation for a third doping offence.

Alptekin won the 1,500 metres title in London, a race where six of the first nine finishers have served drug bans before or since, leading some to refer to it as the "dirtiest race in history".


Trump not inviting Warriors to White House

WASHINGTON• US President Donald Trump said yesterday that he was withdrawing a White House invitation extended to the Golden State Warriors after several players on the NBA championship-winning side voiced misgivings about attending a reception.

Writing on Twitter, he singled out Warriors star Stephen Curry, who on Friday had signalled that he would vote against attending the White House reception in any team discussion.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 24, 2017, with the headline 'Sports World'. Subscribe