Stags take charge, Cheetahs keep up
Tampines Rovers took the lead in the S-League football table on 14 points, after edging out second-bottom side Balestier Khalsa at Jurong West Stadium last night with Jordan Webb's goal.
Hougang United moved into second place on 13 points with a 3-1 home win over Geylang International. Carlos Delgado's spot kick put the Eagles up but the Cheetahs reeled them in with goals by Stipe Plazibat (penalty), Faiz Salleh and Raihan Rahman.
Third-placed Albirex Niigata (11 points) play Home United tonight.
Van Gaal turns down tech director post
LONDON • Louis van Gaal has rejected an offer to become the new technical director of the Dutch football association.
It wanted the Manchester United manager to aid the national team's recovery by working with Danny Blind, the head coach and father of United defender Daley.
Van Gaal, who has come under pressure since United dropped out of the top four in the Premier League, has been given no assurances over his future at Old Trafford.
But he hopes that he will be given the chance to see out the final year of his United contract if his team leapfrog Manchester City and finish the season in fourth position.
THE TIMES, LONDON
Argentina back on top, Chile at a high
PARIS • Argentina reclaimed top spot from Belgium in yesterday's Fifa world rankings, while Copa America champions Chile soared to an all-time high in third place.
Three straight wins in 2018 World Cup football qualifiers helped Argentina return to the summit, five months after they were supplanted by Belgium.
Ex-Jazz coach losing his memory
LOS ANGELES • Former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, 74, is battling Parkinson's disease and dementia, the Salt Lake Tribune reported on Wednesday.
The Hall of Fame coach with the third-best record in National Basketball Association history said he was diagnosed late last year.
James injects real life into his first film
NEW YORK • Basketball megastar LeBron James will produce his first movie, based on a real-life prank in which a humour writer fooled people into believing he was a National Basketball Association draft pick.
The movie, which the Cleveland Caveliers forward is producing with New Line Cinema, is the first film for his production company, SpringHill Entertainment.
Hewitt enters 'Hall of Shame' for crime
NEWPORT • Disgraced former Grand Slam doubles champion Bob Hewitt has been expelled from the International Tennis Hall of Fame owing to his 2015 conviction for rape and sexual assault in South Africa. The Australia-born Hewitt, 76, was sentenced to six years in prison last May after being found guilty of assaulting three underage girls he was coaching in South Africa during the 1980s and 1990s.