Sports World: Matches off if haze persists, says FAS

Matches off if haze persists, says FAS

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) will be monitoring the current haze situation closely, and could either delay or postpone matches depending on the severity of the conditions.

A spokesman said: "As a guiding principle, should the three-hourly Pollutants Standard Index (PSI) exceed 150, we will make the decision to delay the start of the match to see if conditions improve.

"Further decisions will then be made on an hourly basis thereafter. Any postponed matches will be played at the earliest convenience, depending on availability of stadiums, etc."

The LionsXII will open their Malaysia Cup campaign against Kedah at the Jalan Besar Stadium today.

There is also one scheduled S-League match tomorrow - Warriors versus Balestier Khalsa, also at Jalan Besar.

Messi available to play after missing training

BARCELONA • Lionel Messi is ready to play in today's Spanish Primera Liga match at Atletico Madrid despite missing training yesterday for personal reasons, according to Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.

Spanish media reported that Messi was absent due to the birth of his second son, although there was no immediate confirmation from the club or the four-time world player of the year.


Bannister's 'mile' shoes sold for $582,000

LONDON • The pair of running shoes worn by Roger Bannister when the British athlete ran the first sub-four minute mile in 1954 were sold by auctioneers Christie's on Thursday for £266,500 (S$582,811).

The black kangaroo leather shoes, with six spikes on each sole, were accompanied by a letter of provenance signed by Bannister, 86, who was selling them to benefit charitable causes.


Brady hits top form as Patriots beat Steelers

FOXBOROUGH (Massachusetts) • Tom Brady put American football's "Deflategate" saga behind him on Thursday, throwing four touchdowns as the New England Patriots began the defence of their National Football League title with a 28-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The 38-year-old shredded the Steelers' defence, completing a franchise-record 19 consecutive passes for the Super Bowl champions.


Police say sorry to Blake for wrong arrest

NEW YORK • New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton apologised on Thursday to former US tennis star James Blake, who was arrested after being wrongly identified as a suspect in a fraud ring. Bratton said he was concerned over how much force was used.

Blake, who is black, was surrounded by six plainclothes officers outside a mid-town Manhattan hotel on Wednesday while waiting for a car to take him to the US Open.


Sharapova books place in WTA Finals

Women's tennis world No. 3 Maria Sharapova has qualified for the season-ending BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

This will be the Russian's eighth appearance at the WTA Finals. She won on her debut in 2004 and also reached two other finals in 2007 (falling to Justine Henin) and 2012 (losing to Serena Williams).

The prestigious tournament will take place at the Singapore Sports Hub from Oct 25-Nov 1.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2015, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe