Sports World: Lions host Myanmar in March 24 friendly

Lions host Myanmar in March 24 friendly

Singapore will host Myanmar in a friendly football tie on March 24 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

It will serve as a warm-up for the Lions' final World Cup/Asian Cup qualifier against Afghanistan, which will be held at a neutral venue at the Takhti Stadium in Teheran five days later.

Tickets for the friendly start from $4 (concession) and go on sale today at noon online at or AXS machines.

Guangzhou world's most valuable club

SHANGHAI • China's Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao were proclaimed the world's most valuable football club by the official news agency Xinhua yesterday.

A transaction in the club's shares on the National Equities Exchange and Quotations, the Chinese market where it is listed, gave it a market capitalisation of US$3.35 billion (S$4.63 billion), Xinhua said. That narrowly surpasses the US$3.26 billion Forbes magazine said Real Madrid were worth last year.


Stokes wants new T20 league format

MUMBAI • England all-rounder Ben Stokes yesterday called for his country to form its own franchise-based Twenty20 league, saying the pioneer of the game's most popular format was now lagging behind its rivals.

While nearly all the other Test-playing nations have city-based T20 leagues featuring no more than eight teams, England's T20 Blast is played by the 18 counties that compete in a parallel four-day championship.

Critics say the bloated format has led to a watering down in quality and explains the tournament's failure to attract big-name foreigners.


Henin, Safin inducted into Hall of Fame

NEW YORK • Former world No.1s Justine Henin of Belgium and Marat Safin of Russia have been elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, officials announced on Tuesday.

Henin won seven Grand Slam singles titles and spent 117 weeks atop the WTA rankings, while Safin collected two Major crowns and spent nine weeks atop the ATP rankings.


Gambling scandal claims baseball boss

TOKYO • Japanese media bar on Tsuneo Watanabe has been forced to resign his post at the Yomiuri Giants after a fresh betting scandal rocked the country's top baseball team.

Watanabe, 89, is one of three senior executives who will step down after relief pitcher Kyosuke Takagi was found to have bet on baseball games. Gambling is generally illegal in Japan.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe