Sports World: No following Pep to City, declares Pique

Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique.
Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique. PHOTO: AFP

No following Pep to City, declares Pique

BARCELONA • Spanish football club Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique has ruled out following Pep Guardiola to Manchester City this summer.

The Spaniard admits he wants to play abroad again but will not join City due to his "love" for his former club, Manchester United.


Hoeness out of jail after 21 months

BERLIN • Disgraced former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness was released from prison yesterday after serving 21 months for tax evasion.

The 64-year-old retired footballer served half of his 3 1/2-year sentence after being convicted in March 2014 of having evaded at least €28.5 million (S$43.6 million) in taxes.


Nicklaus declares Woods 'very healthy'

NEW YORK • Golfer Tiger Woods seemed "very healthy" when he attended a dinner party at the home of Jack Nicklaus.

"He looked very good," Nicklaus, 76, said on Sunday. "And he really misses playing. So that's good."

Woods, who had back surgery, has not played competitively since August.


Loss to Germany tested Brazil's Silva

PARIS • Brazil defender Thiago Silva has admitted that he suffered from a bout of depression after the host nation's humiliating 1-7 loss to Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 football World Cup.

"It was a somewhat difficult period," the Paris Saint-Germain captain told French cable TV channel Canal+ on Sunday. "(PSG) president (Nasser Al-Khelaifi) gave me lots of guidance. He told me, 'You're the best defender in the world, but you still need to work more.' I told him, 'President, I always work. But in my head, I don't know what's happening, there's a problem'."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 01, 2016, with the headline 'SportsWorld'. Print Edition | Subscribe