Manning may retire after Super Bowl
NEW YORK • With speculation swirling on whether the Super Bowl will mark the end of Peyton Manning's illustrious National Football League (NFL) career, the Denver Broncos quarterback may have tipped his hand moments after punching his ticket to the championship game.
After his Broncos beat the New England Patriots in Sunday's American Football Conference title game, Manning and opposing head coach Bill Belichick hugged and had a quick exchange on the field that was caught by NFL Network cameras.
"Hey, listen, this might be my last rodeo. So, it sure has been a pleasure," Manning said.
Singapore women fall 1-3 to Sri Lanka
The Singapore women's Under-19 football team lost 1-3 to Sri Lanka yesterday at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
The visitors scored through Hasara Dilrangi, R. Ekanayaka and A.C. Sardkkali, while Stephanie Gigette grabbed Singapore's solitary goal.
The senior women's team will play Sri Lanka tomorrow at the same venue. Entry is free.
Ledman to sponsor Portugal's 2nd tier
LISBON • A Chinese company is to sponsor Portugal's second-tier football league from next season, paving the way for Chinese players to join the league.
The agreement involves the integration of Chinese players into second division Portuguese clubs "in order to help their development", Portuguese league communications director Germano Almeida said on Tuesday.
Ledman, a lighting manufacturer based in Shenzhen, says that 10 Chinese players and three coaches would be brought into the Portuguese clubs.
Controversy over Smith's on-field chat
SYDNEY • The use of on-field microphones by players in Twenty20 cricket matches came under fire yesterday after star Australian batsman Steve Smith lost his wicket while commentating during a game against India.
He was answering questions from broadcaster Channel Nine's commentators while he was in the middle with Aaron Finch as Australia attempted to chase down India's 188 runs.
Shortly after speaking, Smith chipped Ravindra Jadeja and was caught at mid-off by Virat Kohli for 21, with the Indian making a "chatterbox" hand gesture at the Test captain. Australia went on to lose.