Route 66 propels Dane to lead in BMW Masters
SHANGHAI • Lucas Bjerregaard, 24, continued his recent strong form in Asia by firing a second straight six-under 66 to grab the lead at the halfway stage of golf's BMW Masters yesterday.
The Dane, who finished second in Hong Kong three weeks ago, fired seven birdies in his round at Lake Malaren Golf Club to move to 12-under 132.
He is three shots clear of Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee (68) and overnight leader Sergio Garcia of Spain (71).
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Phelps beaten into third place in 100 fly
MINNEAPOLIS (Minnesota) • Michael Phelps suffered a rare defeat on Thursday in the 100m butterfly final at the Minneapolis swim meet, as he continues his preparations for the 2016 Olympics.
The most decorated Olympic medallist was beaten into third place behind winner Giles Smith and San Condorelli in second.
Phelps clocked 52.99sec, far slower than the 50.45sec which he produced at the US Swimming Championships, the fastest time over the distance this year.
Villar fined and censured over 2018, 2022 Cup bids
ZURICH • Fifa's ethics committee said yesterday it had fined and warned Spanish football chief and veteran Fifa official Angel Maria Villar over his conduct in relation to its investigation into the contest to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
The committee did not go into any details on his conduct or on any particular incident that led to the fine.
Tampines keep alive S-League chances
Tampines Rovers maintained their S-League chase to the very last round, after edging out Albirex Niigata 1-0 last night at Jurong East Stadium with Rodrigo Tosi's 54th-minute goal.
They have 47 points, two behind Brunei DPMM, and must beat Harimau Muda at home next Thursday to have a chance.
If the Stags win, then DPMM need to draw or win in Bandar Seri Begawan against Balestier Khalsa the following night.
Germans switch Paris hotel after bomb alert
PARIS • The Germany football team were forced to change their hotel in Paris yesterday after a bomb scare at their luxury accommodation , ahead of the world champions' prestige friendly against France later in the day.
A police investigation was ongoing at the Hotel Molitor in the plush western region of Paris with all rooms being checked for any signs of evidence.