Sports world: Mardan makes cut, eyes slim Rio chance

Mardan makes cut, eyes slim Rio chance

TAIPEI • Golfer Mardan Mamat's slim hopes of qualifying for the Rio Olympics received a boost yesterday when he fired a four-under 68 for a 143 total to make the cut at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taiwan.

The Singaporean will need to make up eight shots on leaders Scott Barr (67) and Namchok Tantipokhakul (70) and hope that a win at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club will boost his world No. 440 ranking sufficiently in time for the July 11 deadline.

Belgium's Kabasele signs Watford deal

LONDON • Belgium international Christian Kabasele has signed a five-year contract with English Premier League football side Watford.

The Genk central defender, 25, who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, becomes Watford's second summer signing, following Thursday's confirmation of the arrival of striker Jerome Sinclair from Liverpool.


Payet unlikely to leave despite stellar Euros

LONDON • Dimitri Payet is happy at West Ham United and the France midfielder is not expected to leave the English Premier League club, his agent Jacques-Olivier Auguste has said.

The 29-year-old has been linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.


Nolito is Pep's 2nd signing for Man City

MANCHESTER • Spanish international forward Nolito has signed for Manchester City from Celta Vigo, the Premier League club confirmed yesterday.

The 29-year-old has agreed a four-year contract and becomes new manager Pep Guardiola's second signing after Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. It will be the second time both have worked together after Barcelona in 2011, before Nolito joined Benfica.


Grandmother picked for Rio dressage team

SYDNEY • Dressage rider Mary Hanna was yesterday unveiled as Australia's oldest Olympian, with the 61-year-old grandmother selected to compete in Brazil.

She will also become only the third Australian woman to represent her country in five Olympics, alongside table tennis player Fang Lay Jian, who is also heading to Rio, and retired beach volleyballer Natalie Cook.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe