S'pore to play Indonesia in March football friendly
JAKARTA • The Indonesian SEA Games football team is likely to play a friendly game against Singapore on either March 25 or 27.
The Jakarta Post reported yesterday that the PSSI (Indonesian Football Association) had a verbal agreement with the Football Association of Singapore for the match to be played, which will be part of both countries' preparations for the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.
DFB looking into Ancelotti obscene gesture incident
BERLIN • Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti could be in hot water with the German Football Association (DFB) after admitting showing the middle finger towards Hertha Berlin fans who he claims spat at him.
Hertha fans were enraged after Bayern equalised with a Robert Lewandowski goal in the 96th minute at Berlin's Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
The Bundesliga match ended in a 1-1 draw and the middle finger gesture happened as Ancelotti walked towards the players' tunnel. He is likely to be fined by the DFB.
Wozniacki climbs to No. 15 after Qatar Open final
PARIS • Caroline Wozniacki moved up to 15th place in the latest WTA (Women's Tennis Association) rankings yesterday after the Dane reached the final of the Qatar Open, won by third-ranked Czech Karolina Pliskova.
Wozniacki's jump of three places was the only significant change for the week in the leading rankings headed by Serena Williams, second-placed Angelique Kerber and Pliskova.
Di Resta to stay on as Williams reserve F1 driver
LONDON • Britain's Paul Di Resta will continue as reserve driver for Williams this season, the Formula One team announced yesterday.
The 30-year-old Scot raced for Force India in 58 grands prix between 2011 and 2013, scoring 121 points, and became Williams' reserve last year. He will attend races in his role and stand in if needed.
Teen table tennis prodigy eyeing 2020 Tokyo Games
NEW DELHI • A 13-year-old Japanese table tennis prodigy has set his sights on the Tokyo Olympics after he narrowly failed to become the youngest champion in World Tour history in New Delhi.
The 14th seed Tomokazu Harimoto lost to top seed Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany 11-6, 11-8, 11-4, 14-12 in the India Open final on Sunday but said that he would train even harder to get his first World Tour win and then move on to his overall goal, success at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Pakistan all-rounder Afridi calls time on career
SHARJAH (United Arab Emirates) • Legendary Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Sunday announced his retirement from international cricket, ending an illustrious 21-year career.
The 36-year-old star had already quit Test and ODI cricket but still skippered the Pakistan Twenty20 team at the 2016 world championships in India.
He stepped down as captain after the tournament but retained hopes of continuing his career in the sport's shortest format as a player.