Sports World: LeSports' AFC TV deal off after default

LeSports' AFC TV deal off after default

SYDNEY • Chinese sports media company LeSports has been stripped of its rights to broadcast Asian Football Confederation (AFC) matches after defaulting on payments.

The company, a subsidiary of billionaire Jia Yueting's smartphone-to-taxi service business LeEco, missed a payment last month and another deadline to pay a portion of its US$100 million (S$140.5 million) contract by last week.


Mizutani to play in inaugural T2 Apac

The inaugural season of the T2 Asia-Pacific Table Tennis League (T2 Apac), which will be played in Hong Kong from June and has a prize purse of more than US$1.5 million (S$2.11 million), has a new star on board - Japanese men's world No. 4 Jun Mizutani.

Other big names who have committed to the 228-match tournament include Feng Tianwei (Singapore), Cheng I-ching (Chinese Taipei) and Vladimir Samsonov (Belarus).

Own goal fest sparks officials' ire in Russia

MOSCOW • Irate Russian officials have cancelled the result of a bandy match that saw players score 20 own goals in a bid to face easier opponents.

The game of bandy - a sort of field hockey on ice - saw the home team in the northern town of Arkhangelsk hit 11 own goals and their opponents notch up nine.


Fowler triumphs at Honda Classic

MIAMI • Rickie Fowler won the US PGA Tour Honda Classic on Sunday with a one-over 71 in the final round at PGA National.

The golfer started the day with a four-shot lead and with five birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey finished with a total of 268 - four strokes ahead of Morgan Hoffmann (68) and Gary Woodland (69).


Raonic withdraws, Sock takes title

MIAMI• American Jack Sock claimed his second ATP title of 2017 on Sunday, as top-seeded Milos Raonic withdrew before the Delray Beach Open tennis final with a torn hamstring.

The Canadian world No. 4 was playing his first tournament since suffering his fourth adductor muscle injury in 12 months at the Australian Open in January.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2017, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe