Sports World: I'll decide once Wenger does: Ozil

I'll decide once Wenger does: Ozil

LONDON • Mesut Ozil wants Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's future to be cleared up before he commits himself to the club, the Germany playmaker indicated in an interview published yesterday.

The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season and has pledged to make an announcement about his future "very soon".

Ozil is stalling over a new contract, with his deal due to expire in a year, and suggested he will not make a decision on his future until he knows what his manager is doing. "It's not just important for me, but for the whole club," he told the Mail on Sunday.


Home win 2-0 to be new S-League leaders

Goals by Irfan Fandi and former Cheetah Stipe Plazibat gave Home United a 2-0 away win over Hougang United last night, putting them top of the S-League.

On 10 points after four games, they lead on goal difference (+9) from champions Albirex Niigata (+8) and nine-time winners Warriors (+3). Hougang are fifth in the nine-team standings on six points.

Lionesses end poor campaign with defeat

Singapore finished their campaign in the AFC Women's Asian Cup football Group D qualifiers in Hanoi with a 6-0 thrashing by Myanmar yesterday.

The Lionesses began by beating Syria 1-0 but then crashed 0-6 to Iran and 0-8 to Vietnam. The hosts play Myanmar tomorrow in the final game for a spot in the Finals in Jordan next April.

Fiji whack S. Africa for first win in 7s season

HONG KONG • Reigning World Rugby Sevens Series champions Fiji thumped South Africa 22-0 to clinch the Hong Kong leg in style for their first win of the season.

But they still trail the Blitzboks, who have four victories and 145 points, by 23 points in the standings, with England, who have two wins, third on 113 points.

Pacquiao-Horn bout on, say promoters

SYDNEY • Philippine world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao's fight with Australia's Jeff Horn was confirmed by promoters yesterday, ending lengthy speculation about the bout.

The 38-year-old Filipino's camp announced last week in Manila that the Pac-Man would get into the ring with Horn on July 2 in Brisbane, but it was not backed by Australian promoters.


Kenyan couple enjoy fruitful Paris race

PARIS • Kenya's Paul Lonyangata and wife Purity Rionoripo were both victorious in the 41st Paris Marathon yesterday.

He recorded his biggest career win in 2hr 6min 10sec and she made it a family affair, setting a new record of 2:20:55.


Kyrgios recovers to take Aussies through

BRISBANE • Nick Kyrgios overcame a shaky start to down Sam Querrey and send Australia into tennis' Davis Cup semi-finals.

His 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-4 win gave the hosts an unassailable 3-1 lead over the United States before John Isner beat Sam Groth 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in the dead rubber.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 10, 2017, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe