Sports World: Tshibamba's early goal settles match

Tshibamba's early goal settles match

Dutch-Congolese striker Joel Tshibamba's ninth-minute goal was enough to give Warriors FC a 1-0 win over Balestier Khalsa in their S-League football game last night, keeping them fourth in the table on 17 points.

The Tigers ended with nine men at Jalan Besar Stadium after Sheikh Abdul Hadi and Huzaifah Aziz were sent off.

Slorach keeps pace but Mardan's out

Singapore golfer Mitchell Slorach's fine second-round 66, which included seven birdies and two bogeys, put him tied-13th at the Thailand Open in Hong Sim on seven-under 135, four shots behind joint halfway leaders Gaganjeet Bhullar (66) of India and Thai Rattanon Wannasrichan (69).

But veteran compatriot Mardan Mamat, in his 400th Asian Tour start, missed the cut by a stroke after a 72 and 142 total. The other Singaporeans who did not make weekend play were Quincy Quek (71, 142), Koh Deng Shan (72, 146) and Johnson Poh (76, 149).

Chinese side mum on Aubameyang's arrival

HONG KONG • Tianjin Quanjian have a "verbal agreement" in place for their new signing but owner Shu Yuhui remained coy over the player's identity amid reports of a deal to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.

Media reports in Europe claimed that representatives of last season's Chinese second division champions met Aubameyang's representatives and that the club was prepared to make the Gabon international one of the highest-paid footballers when the Chinese Super League transfer window opens next month.


More technical experts join Formula 1

LONDON • Former Williams head of aerodynamics Jason Somerville is joining Formula One's new motor sports managing director Ross Brawn, as the sport recruits more experts to advise on future technical regulations.

He will be "part of a small group of engineers dedicated to researching fully the direction and implications of future regulations", Formula One said in a statement yesterday.


Farah can't outrun 1,500m Rio champ

LOS ANGELES • American Matthew Centrowitz, the 1,500m champion at the Rio Olympics, dominated Britain's Mo Farah, the undisputed king of the 5,000m and 10,000m, at the USATF Distance Classic meet in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

The 27-year-old won the 1,500m race in 3min 33.41sec over Farah, who clocked a 3:34.19. American Christopher O'Hare finished third in 3:34.35.


Long-serving official leaving All Blacks

WELLINGTON • All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith announced yesterday that he was leaving the world rugby champions, saying he needed to "take a break" from the game.

The widely respected Smith, part of the brains trust that helped guide New Zealand to back-to-back World Cups, said he would step down at the end of the Rugby Championship in September. The 60-year-old had been involved in the All Blacks' coaching set-up for 20 years and said he wanted to spend more time with his family.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2017, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe