Poor day for Singapore shuttlers in Taipei
Singapore's men's singles shuttlers Derek Wong and Loh Kean Yew were both knocked out in the first round of badminton's Chinese Taipei Open in Taipei yesterday.
Wong was upset 16-21, 21-16, 21-17 by little-known Estonian Raul Must, while Loh lost to the hosts' Lin Yu-hsien 12-21, 21-17, 18-21.
In mixed doubles, Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo were beaten by Hong Kong's Reginald Lee and Chau Hoi Wah 21-9, 22-24, 21-19.
Catch Mirza and Hingis at WTA Finals
India's Sania Mirza will be back in Singapore in October to defend her WTA Finals doubles tennis title - but with a different partner this time.
The world No. 1 doubles player, who won the title last year with Cara Black, qualified with partner Martina Hingis of Switzerland after the duo won the Wimbledon title.
This year's edition of the year-end finale, the second of five instalments to be held here, will take place from Oct 23-Nov 1 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Serena has more than double Maria's points
ST PETERSBURG (Florida) • Serena Williams, who owns all four tennis Grand Slam titles for the second time in her career, has achieved another milestone in the wake of her Wimbledon victory.
The WTA Tour revealed on Tuesday that the world No. 1 is the first top-ranked player to have more than twice as many points as her nearest rival, Russia's second-ranked Maria Sharapova on 6,490.
Rivaldo and son lead Brazilian team to win
SAO PAULO • Former Brazil international Rivaldo, 43, and his son Rivaldinho, 20, both scored for Mogi Mirim in a 3-1 win over Macae in a Brazilian second division football game.
The former Barcelona player was involved in all three before departing the field after 50 minutes. His pass led to a first headed goal from his son with just three minutes on the clock. He got the second from the penalty spot in the 17th minute, before junior got a third after a one-on-one with the goalkeeper four minutes before half-time.
Pipico got a late consolation goal for the visitors.
Aston Villa takeover talks called off
LONDON • Talks over a planned takeover at Aston Villa by a consortium of investors have collapsed, manager Tim Sherwood said.
British media reported in May that a group of investors led by former Chelsea business director Paul Smith had made a bid for the English Premier League football club.