Sports World: S'pore triumph at IIHF Challenge Cup

S'pore triumph at IIHF Challenge Cup

The Singapore women's ice hockey team defeated India 8-1 at the IIHF Ice Hockey Challenge Cup of Asia in Chinese Taipei yesterday.

The March 22-26 series gives Asian countries that are not in the World Championship programme a chance to compete.

Team Singapore will next play Malaysia, Thailand and Chinese Taipei.

Mutko ready to quit amid doping scandal

MOSCOW • Russia's sports minister Vitaly Mutko said yesterday that he is prepared to resign over a raging doping scandal in his country, which could cost more Russian athletes their places at August's Rio Olympics after more cases of cheating were exposed in wrestling.

Russian wrestlers may now join the country's track-and-field athletes in being barred from competing at the Games, after an internal Russian Wrestling Federation investigation uncovered multiple doping cases.


Browne bewildered by failed drug test

CANBERRA • Australia's first heavyweight boxing champion, Lucas Browne, says he cannot comprehend how he could have failed a drug test after a report claimed he tested positive for clenbuterol following his victory over WBA regular champion Ruslan Chagaev in Chechnya earlier this month.

ESPN reported that Browne's post-fight A sample returned an "adverse" result for the metabolism booster, which appears on the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list.


Football training halted after blasts

BRUSSELS • Training for Belgium's friendly football match against Portugal was called off yesterday following the deadly explosions that rocked Brussels' airport and metro.

There was no immediate word if the match, due to be played next Tuesday at the King Baudouin stadium in the Belgian capital, would go ahead.


Zamparini plans to sell Palermo

MILAN • Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini is preparing to sell the Serie A football club after a chaotic season which has seen six coaches sit on the bench, one of them twice.

The 75-year-old, who has run the Sicilian club since 2002 and overseen about 35 changes of manager during that period, said that he had "other things to do."


De Bruyne could be back for City earlier

LONDON • Kevin de Bruyne says he is recovering faster than expected from a serious knee injury and may be available for Manchester City's Premier League football game at Bournemouth on April 2.

The forward tore knee ligaments in the League Cup semi-final against Everton at the end of January but could return as City try to secure a top-four finish and progress to the Champions League semi-finals by knocking out Paris Saint-Germain.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World: S'pore triumph at IIHF Challenge Cup '. Print Edition | Subscribe