Sports World: Sailor Cheng on course for Rio place

Sailor Cheng on course for Rio place

HYERES (France) • Singapore sailor Colin Cheng won the Laser Standard event at the Europa Cup yesterday, emerging tops in a 74-strong field after seven races.

Cheng, a 2012 Olympian, is vying for a spot at the Rio Games. He holds a considerable lead over team-mate Scott Glen Sydney in the internal trials, and both are pencilled in to compete in the final selection event at the world championships in Mexico next month.

Mixed fortunes for S'pore hockey teams

The Singapore women's team lost 0-2 to leaders Thailand last night at Sengkang Hockey Stadium in the World League Round 1, dropping to fourth spot in the single round robin.

They will almost certainly need to upset Kazakhstan in Sunday's final game to finish in the top two spots to advance.

But the local men, ahead of tonight's game against minnows Myanmar, have a great chance of finishing second in Pool B to make the semi-finals.

Fans slam Milan boss for picking Brocchi

MILAN • Angry fans of seven-time European champions AC Milan have turned on club president Silvio Berlusconi for sacking Sinisa Mihajlovic and appointing yet another coach with no top-level experience.

A snap poll on the website of Gazzetta dello Sport revealed 92 per cent of the 13,000 fans who voted were against his decision to pick youth team coach Cristian Brocchi to be the interim coach.


Peaty wins 100m breast in UK trials

LONDON • Triple world swimming champion Adam Peaty booked his place at the Rio Games by winning the 100 metres breaststroke at the British Olympic trials in Glasgow in 58.41sec on Tuesday.

Peaty won 50m and 100m breaststroke world championship titles in Kazan, Russia last year, as well as the 4x100m mixed medley relay.


Ex-rugby player dies of cancer at 31

WELLINGTON • Former Auckland Blues lock Kurtis Haiu has died at the age of 31 after a prolonged battle with cancer, the New Zealand Rugby Players Association said yesterday.

Haiu, who played 53 times for the Blues between 2006 and 2011, took an indefinite leave from rugby in 2011 after a rare form of bone cancer, Ewings Sarcoma, was discovered in his ribs.


Price and Stricker are Cup skippers

NEW YORK • Zimbabwe's Nick Price will return as the International team captain at golf's 2017 Presidents Cup in New Jersey, while Steve Stricker was named the United States team captain, the PGA Tour announced.


Cyclist cops ban for taking cocaine

LAUSANNE • Italian cyclist Luca Paolini was banned for 18 months yesterday after testing positive for cocaine at last year's Tour de France, the UCI, cycling's ruling body, announced.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 14, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Subscribe