Sports World: Mardan slips to 10th spot after 74

Mardan slips to 10th spot after 74

TAIPEI • Singapore golfer Mardan Mamat shot a two-over-par 74 yesterday to lose ground at the US$800,000 (S$1.1 million) Mercuries Taiwan Masters.

He was joint 10th on 143, while Thailand's Panuphol Pittayarat (70) leads on 138. Pacquiao not sorry for taking drugs

MANILA • Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has insisted that he owed his fans and countrymen no apology after admitting to having used illegal drugs.

The 37-year-old admitted in an interview this week he had used narcotics, including marijuana, in his youth.

Pacquiao, who was elected to the Senate in May, is one of the most prominent backers of President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug crackdown.


Isinbayeva to head Russian federation?

MOSCOW • Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva, who retired last month after the blanket ban on Russian athletes from the Rio Games, said on Thursday that she expects to be elected head of the country's disgraced athletics body.

The vote to appoint the next president of the Russian athletics federation will take place on Dec 9 and, according to local media, current boss Dmitry Shlyakhtin will not run after failing to lift the ban on Russian athletes in Rio over state-run doping.


Garnett approached for coaching gigs

LOS ANGELES • Just one week into his retirement from the National Basketball Association, Kevin Garnett has received offers to join the coaching ranks from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers.

The 40-year-old, an NBA champion with the Boston Celtics in 2008, made an appearance at Clippers' practice on Thursday and offered instruction to the team which impressed head coach Doc Rivers.


Hasselbaink blames naivety for scandal

LONDON • Queens Park Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said yesterday that he was naive to be sucked into a football corruption scandal but "taking money is not what I stand for".

The second-tier London club said internal inquiries into allegations made by the Daily Telegraph were on hold until the newspaper provided all the information it had.


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