Wong and Srikanth ousted in Macau
MACAU • Singapore shuttler Derek Wong lost 14-21, 22-24 in 32 minutes to sixth seed Wei Nan of Hong Kong yesterday in the Macau Open. Men's singles top seed K. Srikanth of India was shocked 21-16, 23-21 by unheralded Indonesian Christie Jonatan.
In the women's singles, Singaporeans Liang Xiaoyu and Chen Jiayuan begin play today.
Home quash DPMM double dream
S-League champions Brunei DPMM's double bid ended last night, after losing 0-2 to Home United at Yishun Stadium in the second leg of the RHB Singapore Cup semi-finals. Thanks to goals by Azhar Sairudin and Imran Sahib, the Protectors squeezed through 4-3 on aggregate and will play Albirex Niigata in Friday's final.
The Japanese side beat the Philippines' Global FC 1-0 at Jurong East Stadium for a 3-1 aggregate win to enter their second final.
Ban Platini for life: Ethics watchdog
PARIS • Fifa's ethics watchdog wants Michel Platini banned for life over a suspect payment, according to the European football chief's lawyer Thibaud d'Ales, who called it a "scandal" and "excessive".
The Frenchman is already serving a 90-day suspension while an investigation is ongoing into a US$2 million (S$2.8 million) sum he received from football's world governing body's president Sepp Blatter, who is also suspended.
Fifa's adjudicatory chamber announced on Monday that it would decide on Platini's ban next month. Until a decision is taken, the French football legend cannot take part in the Fifa presidential election, scheduled for Feb 26.