Sports World : Tampines held to draw, Balestier win

Tampines held to draw, Balestier win

Tampines Rovers closed the gap at the top of the S-League table to nine points after yesterday's 1-1 draw against the Warriors.

The second-placed side, who have a game in hand over leaders Albirex Niigata, led through a 15th-minute goal by Hafiz Sujad. But Shahril Ishak equalised from the spot in the 58th minute at Our Tampines Hub.

At the Jalan Besar Stadium, bottom-dwellers Garena Young Lions continued to struggle, falling to a 1-0 defeat by Balestier Khalsa.

Lo is top Asian sailor at Laser world c'ships

SPLIT (Croatia) • Singapore sailor Ryan Lo had a creditable showing at the Laser Standard world championships that ended on Tuesday in Croatia, making the gold fleet and finishing in 36th place overall.

The 20-year-old was the top Asian in a world-class fleet that included reigning Olympic champion Tom Burton of Australia and 2012 Olympic silver medallist Pavlos Kontides of Cyprus.

Benzema extends Real stay to 2021

MADRID • Karim Benzema became the latest Real Madrid star to sign an extension with the European champions after inking a new four-year contract, the football club announced yesterday.

Vice-captain Marcelo, Isco and Dani Carvajal all extended their deals to 2022 over the past week as Real rewarded key members of the squad that became the first side to retain the Champions League trophy.


UCI cuts team sizes for 2018 Grand Tours

BERGEN (Norway) • Tour de France teams will be limited to eight riders next year as part of governing body the UCI's (International Cycling Union) modernisation of the regulations which were announced on Tuesday.

The Giro d'Italia and Vuelta will also be reduced from nine to eight riders in a bid to improve the safety of riders, spectators and the race convoy. The move means the peloton will be reduced to 176 in the three Grand Tours next year, down from 198.


Debutante Liu Fei key to Team JJ win

JOHOR BARU • The T2 Asia Pacific Table Tennis League (T2Apac) resumed yesterday after a six-week break, with Team JJ defeating Team Rossi 17-12 at the Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios.

Debutante Liu Fei of China made the difference for her team and captain Jiang Jialiang. The chopper thrashed world No. 28 Elizabeta Samara of Romania 5-0 (11-1, 11-4, 11-3, 11-6, 8-4).

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2017, with the headline 'Sports World'. Subscribe