Indonesia gives Asiad security assurance
JAKARTA • Indonesia will provide tight security for nearly 17,000 athletes and officials who will take part in next month's Asian Games, the chief organiser said yesterday.
Businessman Erick Thohir said that the Aug 18-Sept 2 multi-sport event in the capital and Palembang, featuring athletes and officials from 45 countries, will witness a 20 per cent increase in participation compared to the Incheon Games four years ago.
He added that 100,000 police and army force personnel will be deployed at the Games and the authorities would be using facial recognition technology at some of the locations.
Sagan surges to his second Tour stage win
QUIMPER • World champion Peter Sagan was the fifth stage favourite and he duly delivered on Wednesday, powering to his second win on this year's Tour de France with a perfectly-timed effort.
The Slovak, however, benefited from his rivals' lack of coordination in the final climb, as Quick-Step Floors rider Julian Alaphilippe failed to follow up on team-mate Philippe Gilbert's attack and Sagan finished with a brutal burst.
Bora-Hansgrohe's Sagan held off Italian Sonny Colbrelli, who was second, with Belgian Gilbert taking third place. Another Belgian, Greg van Avermaet, gritted his teeth in the finale to retain the overall leader's yellow jersey.
Seri and le Marchand arrive at the Cottage
LONDON • Fulham have signed Nice's Ivory Coast midfielder Jean Michael Seri on a four-year deal along with French team-mate Maxime le Marchand, the newly-promoted English Premier League football side said yesterday.
Fulham said on their website that the deal for 26-year-old Seri included an option for a further 12 months. Seri, who had also been linked to Chelsea and Dortmund, joined Nice in 2015 from Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira.
Nani back at first club Sporting for 3rd stint
LISBON • Nani is returning to Sporting Lisbon for a third spell - the Portugal Euro 2016 winner signed a two-year deal with his old football club on Wednesday.
The former Manchester United winger began his career at Sporting, leaving in 2007 only to return on loan from United in 2014. The 31-year-old arrives from Valencia having been loaned to Lazio last season, Sporting announced in a statement.
Zohri wins 100m U-20 world title in 10.18
JAKARTA • Indonesian sprinter Lalu Muhammad Zohri won the 100m on Wednesday at IAAF's World Under-20 Championships.
Zohri, 18, clocked 10.18 seconds in Tampere, Finland, ahead of Americans Anthony Schwart and Eric Hamson, who both finished in 10.22sec.