Sports World: Victory puts Dragons at top of ABL table

Victory puts Dragons at top of ABL table

BANGKOK • Malaysia Dragons beat Hi-Tech Bangkok City 107-77 yesterday and now hold a 15-4 record to top the Asean Basketball League.

The Singapore Slingers (14-4) face Thailand's Mono Vampire tomorrow.

Marina Bay course to unveil longest hole

Marina Bay Golf Course will introduce Singapore's first par-six hole in June as part of its current upgrading works.

The 497m, par-five fourth hole will be reconfigured and lengthened to 664m, making it the longest hole in the Republic.

The 393m, par-four fifth will be converted into a par-three and shortened to 180m.

Footballer charged over Putin T-shirt

LONDON • A Russian footballer has been charged by Uefa after wearing a T-shirt featuring an image of Russian leader Vladimir Putin during a Europa League match in Turkey - at a time of heightened diplomatic tension between the two countries.

Dmitry Tarasov, the midfielder, took off his Lokomotiv Moscow jersey to reveal the T-shirt after his side's 2-0 defeat away by Fenerbache in the last 32 of European football's secondary competition on Tuesday.

The shirt depicted Mr Putin dressed in military clothes with the slogan "the most polite President".


Straight-sets win as Del Potro returns

DELRAY BEACH (Florida) • Juan Martin del Potro made a winning return to tennis on Tuesday after an 11-month injury layoff, romping past America's Denis Kudla 6-1, 6-4 in the first round of the Delray Beach Open.

The injury-plagued 27-year-old Argentinian faced an uncertain future after missing most of the last year with a wrist problem which required two separate bouts of surgery.


Three limited-overs trophy games in KL

Singapore's cricketers will take on Malaysia in the three-match Stan Nagaiah Trophy in Kuala Lumpur from Saturday to Monday.

The first two matches will be 50-overs encounters, while the third is scheduled to be a Twenty20 match.

Fifa sanctions Beckenbauer

GENEVA • Fifa has sanctioned German football legend Franz Beckenbauer with a warning and a light fine for failing to cooperate with a probe into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Beckenbauer "failed to cooperate" with the investigation, "despite repeated requests for his assistance," an ethics committee statement said.


Murray's dad-in-law casts blame on sushi

LONDON • The tennis coach who is also the father-in-law of Britain's Andy Murray has suggested a "dodgy" piece of sushi was behind his dramatic collapse at last month's Australian Open.

There were fears that Nigel Sears, 58, had suffered a heart attack when he lay immobile courtside in Melbourne three weeks ago.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 18, 2016, with the headline 'SportsWorld'. Print Edition | Subscribe