Sports World: S'pore amateur golfers drop back

S'pore amateur golfers drop back

RIVIERA MAYA (Mexico) • A third-round slump on Friday saw Singapore slip to 29th spot in the Eisenhower Trophy - the biennial men's amateur golf team championship.

Gregory Foo's 72 put him joint 32nd on three-under 212 (two courses are used) in the individual competition.

But Joshua Shou's 75 and Joshua Ho's 78 (the two best scores count) meant the team sit at two-under 428, a massive 30 strokes behind Australia, who lead Ireland by 16 shots.

Tough going for local men, women ruggers

INCHEON (South Korea) • The Singapore men's team had a poor opening day in the Asia Rugby Korea Sevens leg at the Namdong Asia Rugby Stadium.

They were thumped 27-5 by Sri Lanka and 43-0 by China, before being edged out 12-7 by Malaysia in Pool B. They face Chinese Taipei in the plate semi-finals today.

The women's side fared slightly better, getting hammered 34-0 by Japan and 24-0 by Hong Kong in Pool C, before thrashing Uzbekistan 32-0. They play the hosts in the plate semi-finals.

Asics City Relay sees 3,000 participants

More than 3,000 runners took part in the Asics City Relay, Singapore's only night relay run, around the Singapore Sports Hub yesterday.

This year's race saw a new half-marathon category (21km), as well as a new route that featured the picturesque Kallang River as a backdrop.

4 -game ban for Gray over hateful tweets

LONDON • Burnley striker Andre Gray will serve a four-match suspension after being found guilty of misconduct for homophobic comments he posted on Twitter in 2012, England's Football Association announced on Friday.

The 25-year-old sent the tweets when he was a non-league player in 2012, but they resurfaced on social media in the last month after he scored in Burnley's 2-0 Premier League home win over Liverpool.


Van Basten takes technical role at Fifa

PARIS • Former Netherlands striker Marco van Basten has been named as Fifa's new chief officer for technical development.

World football's governing body announced on Friday that the 51-year-old's new role will see him take charge of "all technical areas ranging from football technology innovation to refereeing". He will start next week.


Lee one win from 6th Japan Open crown

TOKYO • Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei beat 15th-ranked Marc Zwiebler of Germany 21-14, 21-15 in the Japan Open semi-finals yesterday, moving a step closer to his sixth title in this event.

The 33-year-old world No. 1 set up a title clash with third-seed Jan Jorgensen of Denmark, who beat sixth-seed Son Wan Ho of South Korea 21-14, 21-19.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 25, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe