S'pore start well, end of road for HK & Russia
GOLD COAST • Singapore thrashed Austria 5-0 to kick off their Sudirman Cup Group 2 badminton world mixed-team campaign on a bright note yesterday.
Among the 12 contenders in Group 1, Hong Kong and Russia have both been eliminated after their second loss, to Thailand and Chinese Taipei respectively, as the winners accompany China and South Korea into the quarter-finals ahead of the final round of group play.
United v Sampdoria in packed schedule
LONDON • Manchester United will play Italian side Sampdoria in a friendly in Dublin on Aug 2.
It will be the seventh fixture of the English football club's pre-season programme after games in the United States against Los Angeles Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona and a friendly in Norway against Valerenga.
Mum Azarenka eyes Wimbledon comeback
PARIS • Former women's tennis' world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka said she will return earlier than planned to compete at Wimbledon this July, seven months after giving birth to son Leo.
"My training has been progressing well and I feel ready to start competing... plus Leo kinda said he wants to see London and Wimbledon," the Belarusian, 27, wrote on Twitter.
Boks to host All Blacks in Cape Town finale
CAPE TOWN • South Africa will host New Zealand in Cape Town for the first time since 2008 in the 2017 Rugby Championship.
The Test will take place on Oct 7 and will be the final match for both teams in this year's competition, though the exact venue for the fixture remains in question.
It's Mumbai rising with third IPL victory
HYDERABAD (India) • Paceman Mitchell Johnson inspired Mumbai Indians to a landmark third Indian Premier League cricket title, with crucial wickets for a single-run win over Rising Pune Supergiant on Sunday.
Mumbai are the first team to win the IPL three times in its 10-year history and captain Rohit Sharma said it had been a "brilliant effort" to turn just 129-8 into a winning score in the tense final.
Relegated Black Cats' boss Moyes quits
LONDON • David Moyes has resigned as Sunderland manager following their relegation from the English Premier League, the football club announced yesterday.
The 54-year-old Scot was appointed only last July.