Tan to rise up to career-high ranking
NONTHABURI (Thailand) • Singapore's No. 1 female tennis player Stefanie Tan is set to climb about 200 spots to a new career- high ranking when it is updated next week, after the 23-year-old reached the semi-finals of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) $25,000 tournament in Nonthaburi.
Even though the world No. 864 was beaten 6-2, 6-0 by Japanese second seed Akiko Omae yesterday, Tan had beaten higher-ranked opponents en route to the last four.
Fifa clears president of ethics violations
GENEVA • Fifa's ethics committee has cleared president Gianni Infantino of ethics violations, after investigating him over his use of private jets, personal expenses, hiring methods and a contract dispute.
Infantino was "pleased" with the finding, a statement from football's world governing body said.
Van Gaal backed out of Belgium post
BRUSSELS • Louis van Gaal was a contender to take over as Belgium's national football coach but made himself unavailable, Belgian newspapers reported yesterday, two days after former Everton manager Roberto Martinez was handed the post.
Van Gaal, dismissed by Manchester United in May, had said he would keep a promise to his wife to take a year away from the game.