Hougang United part ways with coach Aw
Singapore Premier League (SPL) bottom club Hougang United announced yesterday they had parted ways with head coach Philippe Aw after a wretched start to the season, which saw the Cheetahs draw three and lose seven of their opening 10 games. Aw's assistant, Clement Teo, will be caretaker coach until a replacement is named.
In SPL matches played last night, Brunei DPMM thrashed Geylang International 6-2 while Balestier Khalsa defeated the Young Lions 2-0.
Golfer Foo finishes tied 30th in Bangkok
BANGKOK • Singapore amateur golfer Gregory Foo, a member of last year's SEA Games team champions, shot a fine two-under 68 that included four birdies to tie for 30th spot in the Thailand Open yesterday.
He totalled one-under 279, 12 strokes behind home winner Panuphol Pittayarat (70). Compatriot Mardan Mamat, however, could only finish joint-60th on 283 after a four-over 74 which included six bogeys.
Teenage Japanese paddler stuns Zhang
KYUSHU • Fourteen-year-old Tomokazu Harimoto earned a shock home title in the Japan Open men's singles in Kitakyushu, with a thrilling 4-3 win yesterday over three-time Chinese Olympic champion Zhang Jike, who is on the comeback trail after injury.
It completed a superb double for the hosts, after Mima Ito beat China's Wang Manyu 4-2 in the women's final. None of Singapore's paddlers - Feng Tianwei, Zhou Yihan and Lin Ye (women's singles), Lin/Yu Mengyu (women's doubles) and Gao Ning/Yu (mixed doubles) - cleared their opening rounds.
Lyon end talks with Liverpool over Fekir
PARIS • Lyon ended negotiations with Liverpool on Saturday over the possible transfer of midfielder Nabil Fekir to the English Premier League club.
The Ligue 1 club issued a statement that Fekir, who is in France's 23-man World Cup squad, was staying and that "negotiations have not succeeded".
Media reports had earlier said that the 24-year-old was on the verge of joining the Champions League finalists for around £53 million (S$94 million).