Sports stars to be at scholarship event
Valencia players Santi Mina, Mathew Ryan, Jaume Domenech and Javi Fuego, as well as the Spanish football club's legends Gaizka Mendieta and David Albelda, will be in Singapore on May 20 for the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim scholarship ceremony.
They will be joined by two-time Olympic volleyball medallist Logan Tom of the United States at the event at ITE College East.
The sports stars will also participate in fringe activities, such as a charity football tournament and training clinics.
National U-21 teams suffer defeats
Singapore men's and women's teams suffered defeats in round one of qualification at the beach volleyball Under -21 World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland, yesterday.
The men's pairing of Mark Shen and Benjamin Yio lost to Brazilians Matheus Maia and Adrielson Silva 10-21, 13-21, while the women's duo of Eliza Chong and Gladys Lee fell 12-21, 11-21 to Russia's Daria Rudykh and Elizaveta Zayonchkovskaya.
The four players will return to Singapore today.
Platini to approach human rights court
PARIS • Michel Platini is considering contesting his four-year ban from all football-related activity at the European Court of Human Rights, his camp confirmed on Tuesday.
The Frenchman resigned as president of Uefa, European football's governing body, on Monday and, under the terms of his ban, cannot attend matches in any official capacity or work as a TV analyst or columnist during Euro 2016.
Cahill left out of England friendly
SYDNEY • Tim Cahill and a handful of other experienced players will miss Australia's football friendly against England later this month because it falls outside the international window.
The former Everton forward was left out of the squad for the May 27 match at Sunderland's Stadium of Light along with Matthew Spiranovic, Trent Sainsbury, Ryan McGowan and Apostolos Giannou because it clashes with commitments to their Chinese clubs.
Six-year ban for Kiwi on steroids
WELLINGTON • The New Zealand Rugby Union has banned Andrew Burne for six years for using and trafficking anabolic steroids and stressed yesterday it was committed to keeping the sport drug-free.
"We will not accept doping at any level," its general manager Neil Sorensen said.
Zawadka gets 4-year doping sanction
SYDNEY • Polish swimmer Michal Zawadka has been slapped with a four-year ban after testing positive at a meet in Australia.
Zawadka, best known for winning the 50m breaststroke at the 2014 Australian short course championships, tested positive for clenbuterol and methylhexaneamine last year.