Neville still seeking first Valencia win
MADRID • New Valencia coach Gary Neville remains without a Primera Liga win after his side twice recovered from a goal down to rescue a fortunate 2-2 draw at home with Getafe on Saturday.
Valencia were held 1-1 at Eibar in Neville's Spanish top-flight debut last weekend and while their latest performance showed promise, it also underlined how much work he still has ahead to turn the Singaporean-owned club's fortunes around.
Valencia have 22 points and are eighth after 16 matches, one point behind seventh-placed Sevilla.
Tokyo Olympics hit with costly price tag
TOKYO • The cost of staging the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will hit nearly US$15 billion (S$21.2 billion) - six times the original estimate, Japanese media reported.
In a fresh blow to Tokyo's plans for the Games, both national and local taxpayers will have to help foot the huge increase in the bill to stage the sporting extravaganza.
Sexwale hopes Africa can helm Fifa
JOHANNESBURG • Fifa presidential hopeful Tokyo Sexwale says it is high time Africa takes the reins at world football's governing body and fixes the "heartbroken" game.
For 111 years, Fifa "has not had an African" leader, said the 62-year-old South African politician yesterday.
The Fifa presidential election will take place on Feb 26.
Rodionova misses out on Aussie Open
MELBOURNE • Arina Rodionova missed out on a dream wedding present when she lost her chance for a maiden main-draw berth at next month's Australian Open in the wildcard play-off in Melbourne yesterday.
The Russia-born Australian tennis player took to court in the play-off final just one day after getting married to Australian Rules footballer Ty Vickery, but lost to compatriot Maddison Inglis 4-6, 2-6.
Tabuena seals title in Philippine Open
MANILA • Filipino golfer Miguel Tabuena shot six birdies to overtake the leaders and claim his first Asian Tour title at the Philippine Open yesterday.
The 21-year-old shot a six-under 66 in the final round to total 202 and become the first Filipino to win his national Open since 2008.
Australia's Scott Barr scored a 68 to finish second, a stroke behind Tabuena.