Sports World: Paddlers not hungry enough in Budapest

Paddlers not hungry enough in Budapest

BUDAPEST • Hours afterSingapore third seed Feng Tianwei was shocked in her opening match of table tennis' Hungarian Open, the rest of her team-mates also exited the tournament.

Yu Mengyu was edged out 4-3 by Japan's Miyu Kato, Lin Ye was also pipped 4-3 by South Korea's Seo Hyo Won, while Zeng Jian and Zhou Yi Han were both thrashed 4-1 by Dutchwoman Li Jie and Korean Jeon Ji Hee respectively in the round of 32 on Friday night.

Clarence Chew went down 0-3 to Chinese Taipei's Sun Chia-hung in the Under-21 men's singles round of 16, while Lin and Zeng also lost in the Under-21 women's event.

Neves fined for Twitter rant at ref

DUBAI • Al-Jaziramidfielder Thiago Neves became the first player to be punished by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for a social media rant, after the Brazilian posted an offensive tweet about a referee.

The 30-year-old was fined US$25,000 (S$35,800) and handed a suspended one-match ban for his Twitter post, following the Oct 20 AFC Champions League semi-final between winners Al-Ahli of the UAE and his old club Al-Hilal.


Warner allowed to fight extradition

PORT OF SPAIN • •FormerFifa vice-president Jack Warner, banned for life from football-related activities, won the first round in his battle to avoid extradition to the United States.

Trinidad and Tobago Justice James Aboud granted leave for Warner's legal team to pursue his challenge of the extradition order filed against him as part of a football corruption scandal unveiled last May by the US Justice Department.


Allegri dismisses talk of joining Blues

MILAN • Juventus coachMassimiliano Allegri has played down British media reports that he could become Chelsea's next full-time manager, following the sacking of Jose Mourinho last month.

The Sun reported that the English Premier League football club have already made contact with Allegri,who steered Juve to a Serie A league and Cup double last season, and his representatives said that he is keen to join. R


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 24, 2016, with the headline 'SportsWorld'. Print Edition | Subscribe