S'pore U-22 team get off on the wrong foot
The Singapore national Under-22 football team lost 0-2 to Jordan yesterday in their first match at the Dubai Cup U-23 tournament.
They will next play hosts United Arab Emirates in the five-nation competition, which also features Malaysia and Thailand. U-22 coach Richard Tardy is using the tournament as preparation for August's SEA Games competition.
Ferguson back in Old Trafford dugout
LONDON • Alex Ferguson will be back on the touchline at Old Trafford once more on June 4, as he takes charge of a Manchester United 2008 XI for Michael Carrick's testimonial match.
According to the official United website, the former manager will be up against Harry Redknapp, who will manage the Michael Carrick All-Star XI consisting of the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
The confirmed list of players for the United team includes Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.
Crocked Antonio pulls out of England squad
LONDON • Michail Antonio's hopes of earning a first England cap this month have been dashed by a hamstring injury that has forced the West Ham footballer's withdrawal from Gareth Southgate's squad.
England, who have no plans to replace him, are scheduled to play Germany in a friendly in Dortmund tomorrow before facing Lithuania at Wembley in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday.
Allardyce shrugs off Zaha transfer talk
LONDON • Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has dismissed media reports linking footballer Wilfried Zaha with a move away from Selhurst Park.
Zaha, whose contract runs until the end of 2019-20 season, has yet to agree on a new deal and Allardyce is hoping the Ivorian winger will commit his future.
Djokovic withdraws from Miami over injury
MIAMI • Tennis' world No. 2 Novak Djokovic will not defend his ATP Miami Masters title this week, saying on Sunday that he was pulling out because of an elbow injury.
The Serb joins world No. 1 Andy Murray on the sidelines for the elite hard-court tournament.
Kerber swops top spot with Williams again
PARIS • Angelique Kerber ousted Serena Williams from top spot in the WTA rankings yesterday despite the German tennis star's fourth-round exit from Indian Wells.
Kerber, 29, the top-ranked player in the Indian Wells draw, returned to No. 1 in the world despite the defeat because Williams missed the event through injury.
Golf club bows to IOC pressure over women
TOKYO • The private Japanese club picked to host golf at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics decided yesterday to lift its ban on female membership after pressure from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The Kasumigaseki Country Club, agreed to allow women members at an extraordinary board meeting yesterday, JiJi Press said.