Sports World: New McLaren car in classic orange & blue

New McLaren car in classic orange & blue

LONDON • Former Formula One champions McLaren showed their true colours yesterday, with a new papaya orange and blue car they hope will take them back up the starting grid after three nightmare years with Honda.

The MCL33 is the team's first to be powered by Renault, the manufacturer whose engines took Red Bull to three wins last season.

The striking livery, on a car with plenty of space for sponsors after the departure of some big names in recent years, revives the colour first used half a century ago by team founder Bruce McLaren.


US swimming chief warns against abuse

LOS ANGELES • The new president and chief executive officer of USA Swimming, Tim Hinchey, responded on Thursday to a report of widespread sexual abuse in the sport, with a letter telling members the national governing body does not tolerate such misconduct.

Former Olympian and world champion swimmer Ariana Kukors went public this month with allegations that her former coach Sean Hutchison sexually abused her for a decade, starting when she was a minor. He has denied the accusation.


Cop dies after Spartak & Bilbao fans brawl

MADRID • A policeman died on Thursday in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao after clashes with Spartak Moscow ultra fans ahead of a Europa League football game against Athletic Bilbao.

The police officer died in hospital, where he had been taken following a heart attack when the regional Basque Country police force Ertzaintza was trying to stop street battles between supporters of the two teams, the police said. At least five people were arrested.


Batshuayi claims he was racially abused

MILAN • Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi said he was racially abused by Atalanta fans during the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday.

The Belgian, who is on loan from Premier League champions Chelsea, scored two goals in the first leg and helped Dortmund secure a 1-1 draw in the return leg as the German side progressed with a 4-3 aggregate win.

"2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands ... really ?!," he wrote on his official Twitter account after the match.


Wawrinka retires in Marseille 2nd round

MARSEILLE (France) • Stan Wawrinka's troubled comeback from a six-month injury layoff suffered another setback, when the world No. 13 was forced to quit his second-round tennis match in Marseille on Thursday against No. 193 Ilya Ivashka of Belarus.

The 32-year-old Swiss, the winner of three Grand Slam titles, was down 4-6, 1-1 to the qualifier when he retired.


S'pore junior paddlers earn silver in Sweden

•National junior paddlers Koen Pang and Beh Kun Ting clinched the silver medal in the junior boys' doubles at the ITTF Swedish Junior and Cadet Open in Orebro, Sweden on Thursday.

The Singapore pair succumbed 4-11, 6-11, 7-11 to top seeds Aoto Asazu and Takeru Kashiwa from Japan in the three-day tournament.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 24, 2018, with the headline 'Sports World: New McLaren car in classic orange & blue'. Subscribe