Sports World: Stags right behind White Swans, Tigers earn 1st win

Stags right behind White Swans, Tigers earn 1st win

Yasir Hanapi's 28th-minute goal was enough for Tampines Rovers to edge out Geylang International in their S-League football match at Bedok Stadium and lift the Stags to second place behind Albirex Niigata on goal difference.

At Toa Payoh Stadium, strikes by Miroslav Kristic (4th minute) and Fadli Kamis (37th) against bottom side Garena Young Lions gave Balestier Khalsa their first win of the season. But the Tigers stay second last in the standings.

Hee and Tan's surprise streak in China still on

The unheralded Singapore mixed doubles pair of Terry Hee and Tan Wei Han have continued their fine run at badminton's China Masters in Changzhou, Jiangsu, making it into the quarter-finals after beating Malaysians Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing 14-21, 21-19, 21-14.

They face Japanese qualifiers Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino today.

Yesterday in the men's singles, top seed Chen Long and second-seeded Chinese compatriot Lin Dan both coasted into the last eight.

National figure skating c'ships this weekend

The 15th Singapore National Figure Skating Championships will be held this weekend at The Rink@JCube.

A total of 93 participants, including those from Indonesia and Malaysia, will compete across 20 categories.

Moyes keen on Celtic but may cost too much

LONDON • David Moyes has refused to rule out replacing Norwegian Ronny Deila as Celtic's manager, with the Scot confirming he will wait until the summer before deciding where his career will be heading next.

However, primarily on the grounds of salary and budget, there is a private acknowledgement within the Glasgow football club that Moyes may be out of their reach.

Celtic (76 points) lead Aberdeen by eight points in the Scottish Premiership with five games remaining.


Carter among 15 for top European award

PARIS • New Zealand's rugby union World Cup-winning fly-half Dan Carter was nominated for the 2016 European Player of the Year award on Wednesday.

Fifteen players, including France captain Guilhem Guirado, are on the shortlist for the award, which will be announced on May 13.


Thibodeau joins Timberwolves

LOS ANGELES • The Minnesota Timberwolves hired Tom Thibodeau to guide their NBA team on Wednesday, making the former Chicago Bulls bench boss the head coach and president of basketball operations.

The 58-year-old signed a five-year deal worth around US$10 million (S$13.5 million) annually, the US media reported.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 22, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World: Stags right behind White Swans, Tigers earn 1st win'. Subscribe