Sports World: NBA legend Thurmond dies at 74

NBA legend Thurmond dies at 74

NEW YORK • Nate Thurmond, the Hall of Fame centre for the Golden State Warriors who became one of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s most dominant defensive players and rebounders in the 1960s and 70s, died on Saturday in San Francisco.

Thurmond, who was named one of the NBA's 50 greatest players in 1996 when it celebrated its 50th anniversary, was 74.

The Warriors have announced that he had lost his battle with leukaemia.


Henin, Safin join tennis' Hall of Fame

NEW YORK • Justine Henin, a shy, petite Belgian with a fierce desire to win, and big-serving Russian Marat Safin were honoured as the new inductees into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island on Saturday.

Seven-time Grand Slam singles winner Henin and twice Grand Slam champion Safin were joined in the festivities by France's Amelie Mauresmo, who won election last year but was unable to attend induction ceremonies owing to the birth of her son.


Jaguares rip Golden Lions reserves apart

BUENOS AIRES • A Super Rugby gamble by the Golden Lions in fielding a reserve team against Argentina's Jaguares backfired on Saturday as they lost 22-34.

Coach Johan Ackermann rested all 15 players who started last weekend's victory over fellow South Africa side Southern Kings and finished empty handed after surrendering a 15-12 half-time lead.


Wilder's unbeaten record goes on

LOS ANGELES • Deontay Wilder shook off injury to retain his World Boxing Council heavyweight world title on Saturday, as bloodied challenger Chris Arreola failed to answer the bell for the ninth round.

In front of euphoric home fans in Birmingham, Alabama, Wilder remained undefeated in 37 fights, notching his 36th victory inside the distance with the technical knockout.


Singh takes WBO Asia-Pacific title

NEW DELHI • Indian star Vijender Singh was crowned the World Boxing Organisation Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight champion, after edging out Australia's Kerry Hope by a unanimous decision in the country's maiden professional fight in New Delhi.

Singh, 30, who became the first Indian to win a boxing medal by taking home a bronze from the 2008 Olympics, kept his undefeated record alive in his seventh bout since turning pro last year.


Marquez wins German Grand Prix

SACHSENRING • Spain's Marc Marquez stretched his lead at the top of the MotoGP championship, after the Honda rider roared back from a slow start off pole position to win the German Grand Prix yesterday.

Second at the Sachsenring circuit, which was pounded by rain in the lead-up to the race, was Britain's Cal Crutchlow and third Andrea Dovizioso of Italy.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 18, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe