Sports world : S'pore shuttlers stun M'sians at Asian event

S'pore shuttlers stun M'sians at Asian event 

WUHAN (China) • Singapore's world No. 71 men's doubles pair Terry Hee and Loh Kean Hean upset their No. 13 opponents at the Badminton Asia Championships in a comeback win, beating Goh V. Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia 18-21, 23-21, 21-19 in the first round.

They will play China's world No. 3 duoZhang Nan and Fu Haifeng today.

Liang Xiaoyu posted Singapore's other victory yesterday - a 25-23, 21-15 win over Vietnam's Nguyen Thuy Linh in the women's singles opening round. She plays China's Wang Yihan next.

Kerr is Coach of the Year for historic season

LOS ANGELES • Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was voted the National Basketball Association's 2015-2016 Coach of the Year on Tuesday for his role in the team's record-breaking season.

Under Kerr and assistant coach Luke Walton, the Warriors set a single-regular season record of 73 victories, surpassing the previous best of 72 set by the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls in 1995-1996.


Japan appoint first female football coach

TOKYO • Japan's football authority has appointed the first female coach for the national women's team, naming Asako Takakura as Norio Sasaki's successor.

The team became a national sensation in 2011 under Sasaki as they claimed the World Cup crown.

They also took silver at the 2012 London Olympic, but they failed to qualify for the Rio Games this year. Takakura, 48, vowed to return the side to glory.


Ding pots semi-final berth at world c'ships

LONDON • China's Ding Junhui became the first player to reach the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship after thrashing Mark Williams 13-3 inside two sessions on Tuesday. Williams, world champion in 2000 and 2003, was largely reduced to the role of a spectator, as Ding - who had to come through qualifying - made short work of the Welshman.


Olympic champ crosses career finishing line

SANTO DOMINGO (Dominican Republic) • Former Olympic 400m hurdles champion Felix Sanchez, 38, announced his retirement on Tuesday in a video press conference.

During his career, he won 43 straight 400m hurdles races between 2001 and 2004.


Donald to join Australia's cricket coaching staff

SYDNEY • South Africa great Allan Donald is set to join the Australian cricket team as temporary bowling coach, including for a series against the Proteas, a report said yesterday.

He is expected to oversee Australia's attack on their Tour of Sri Lanka later this year.


Sutton suspended amid review on sexist conduct

LONDON • British Cycling has suspended technical director Shane Sutton following reports of discriminatory behaviour by the Australian. The governing body launched an independent review on Tuesday after sprinter Jess Varnish accused Sutton of sexist conduct, saying he had told her to "go and have a baby" after her contract was not renewed.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe