Sports World: Laguna Phuket Triathlon cancelled

Laguna Phuket Triathlon cancelled

The Nov 20 Laguna Phuket Triathlon has been cancelled, Laguna Phuket and Laguna Phuket Triathlon race office confirmed yesterday.

The decision was made in view of Thailand's mourning period after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Athletes who had already registered will either be given a full refund or a transfer of the entry fee to next year's race. For more information, contact

Kyrgios opts to play basketball over tennis

MELBOURNE • Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of tennis' Rotterdam Open in February so he can play in the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star celebrity game instead, tournament director Richard Krajicek confirmed on Wednesday.

World No. 14 Kyrgios was suspended for eight weeks on Monday for a perceived lack of effort during last week's Shanghai Masters.

He had signed up to play in the tournament in the Netherlands, but Krajicek said Kyrgios was released from his contract so the Boston Celtics fan can take part in the NBA's mid-season showpiece.


NBA fans able to hit Rapid Replay button

NEW YORK • The National Basketball Association (NBA)'s international fans will be able to watch highlights in near real-time as part of changes to the league's subscription service being rolled out for the new season, officials said yesterday.

The new feature known as NBA Rapid Replay will be available through various packages tailored to meet the demands of fans throughout the globe, building on the success of highlight clips previously shown on Twitter.


Rape case against Rose dismissed

LOS ANGELES • A Los Angeles jury on Wednesday dismissed a civil lawsuit brought against Derrick Rose by a woman who claimed she had been gang-raped by the National Basketball Association star.

Jurors deliberated for less than four hours before giving their verdict and rejecting allegations from the woman, who sought US$21 million (S$29.15 million) in damages.


Change of venue for weightlifting event

LOS ANGELES • Next year's World Weightlifting Championships will be held in Anaheim, California following the withdrawal of original host city Penang.

The International Weightlifting Federation said the event would be held in Anaheim from Nov 28 to Dec 5 after Malaysia withdrew over "difficulties".


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 21, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe