Sports world : S'pore trio advance in Indonesia Open

S'pore trio advance in Indonesia Open

JAKARTA • Three Singaporeans are through to the second round of badminton's Indonesia Open.

Leading women's singles player Liang Xiaoyu took out American Iris Wang 22-20, 23-21, while mixed doubles pair Terry Hee and Tan Wei Han beat Indians Manu Attri and Ashwini Ponnappa 21-14, 27-25.

Singapore's top men's singles shuttler Derek Wong plays England's Rajiv Ouseph in the opening round today. But Chinese top seed Chen Long has withdrawn with a back injury, conceding a walkover to local veteran Sony Dwi Kuncoro.

Merckx could face corruption charges

BRUSSELS • Eddy Merckx, the Belgian regarded as the greatest cyclist of all time, could face corruption charges over sweeteners he allegedly paid for a contract to supply bikes to a Brussels police force.

The Belgian paper La Dernière Heure said the five-time Tour de France winner is suspected of giving the commissioner of the Brussels-Midi police force and his wife two top-end bicycles made by his company in order to win a €15,000 (S$23,000) contract to supply 46 cycles to officers in 2006.


Japan baseball star to avoid prison stint

TOKYO • Former Japanese baseball star Kazuhiro Kiyohara, who was arrested in February for allegedly using stimulants, will avoid prison.

The Tokyo District Court sentenced the 48-year-old former Yomiuri Giants player to two and a half years in prison but suspended it for four years.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2016, with the headline 'Sports world'. Print Edition | Subscribe