Sports World: Two more medals for junior fencers

Two more medals for junior fencers

Singapore's junior fencers claimed one silver and one bronze medal on the final day of the Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships in Dubai, UAE yesterday.

The men's foil team lost 27-45 to Japan in the final and settled for silver, while the women's epee team were beaten 28-45 by South Korea in the semi-finals, claiming a bronze medal.

In all, the Republic's fencers won a total of four silver medals and eight bronzes in Dubai. They had claimed one gold medal and six bronzes last year.

Slingers on verge of ABL play-offs

The Singapore Slingers are as good as through to the Asean Basketball League play-offs after a thrilling 89-86 win over the Chong Son Kung Fu at the OCBC Arena yesterday.

Slingers' world imports Christien Charles and Justin Howard delivered 32 points apiece, but it was Leon Kwek's only two points of the game with 11.3 seconds left that proved crucial, as Chong Son's Anthony Tucker threatened to overturn the scores with five three-pointers in the final quarter.

This was the Slingers' 10th win out of 17 matches this season to stay in fifth position out of nine teams.

They will be through to the six-team play-offs if they beat CLS Knights Indonesia at home on Sunday or if seventh-placed Westports Malaysia Dragons lose at Saigon Heat on Saturday.

Serie A in mourning after Astori dies at 31

MILAN • Fiorentina captain and defender Davide Astori died of a sudden illness yesterday morning at the age of 31, the Serie A club said, leaving Italian football in a state of shock.

Udine magistrate Antonio de Nicolo told Italian media that Astori died after a "cardiac circulatory collapse" - a type of heart attack.

Serie A announced that all of yesterday's matches, including the derby between AC Milan and Inter Milan, would be postponed. Astori made 14 appearances for Italy between 2012 and 2017.


Ortiz KO the 39th of Wilder's fight record

LOS ANGELES • American Deontay Wilder floored Cuba's Luis Ortiz in the 10th round on Saturday to retain his World Boxing Council heavyweight title and keep his record (40-0) intact of knocking out every opponent.

Wilder knocked Ortiz down three times in the fight, and the referee halted the bout with 55 seconds left in the 10th round.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 05, 2018, with the headline 'Sports World'. Subscribe