Unseeded Liang to face Sindhu in last 16
Singapore's top woman badminton player Liang Xiaoyu, unseeded in the Hong Kong Open, took just half an hour to thrash local qualifier Yeung Sum Yee 21-9, 21-12 in the last 16.
She will face Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu, who overcame Chinese Taipei's Hsu Ya-ching 20-22, 21-14, 21-19, in today's quarter-finals.
Sindhu's conqueror in Rio, world No. 1 and defending champion Carolina Marin, beat Hong Kong's Yip Pui Yin 21-12, 21-17.
Injured Bale ruled out of game against Barca
MADRID • Real Madrid footballer Gareth Bale will miss his side's blockbuster clash with Barcelona next weekend due to an ankle injury, Spanish media reported on Wednesday.
He was forced off just before the hour mark in Real's 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday as the European champions secured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League for a record 20th consecutive season.
"Gareth Bale has been diagnosed with a traumatic dislocation of the peroneal tendons in his right ankle," Madrid said in a statement, without stating how long he will be sidelined.
Larsson steps down in wake of attack by fans
STOCKHOLM • Former Sweden footballer Henrik Larsson has resigned as coach of relegated Helsingborg after he and his striker son Jordan were attacked by masked fans following their play-off defeat by Halmstad.
The southern Swedish club said on Wednesday that the 45-year-old former Celtic, Barcelona and Manchester United forward was leaving with immediate effect, adding that he had chosen to walk away without a severance payment.