Yip 4th in Paralympic World C'ships event
GLASGOW • Singapore paralympic swimmer Yip Pin Xiu clocked 59.49sec to finish fourth in the women's 50m backstroke S3 event in the International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships yesterday.
Dutch swimmer Lisette Teunissen won in a world record 51.23.
Theresa Goh, meanwhile, was fifth in the 100m breaststroke S4 event. She clocked 2min 2.86sec. Sarah Louise Rung of Norway won in a championship record of 1:44.83.
S'pore women sail to 3rd spot
VLADIVOSTOK (Russia) • Singapore's women keelboaters clinched third place at the International Sailing Federation Nations Cup Grand Final yesterday.
Skippered by SEA Games gold medallist Jovina Choo, the team, with Games team-mate Terena Lam, Jazlene Ong and Chrislin Lee, lost 1-3 to France in the semi-finals. But they went on to beat Brazil 2-0 in the third-place sail-off.
Elbow injury won't hurt defence: Serena
NEW YORK • Top-ranked tennis star Serena Williams will rest for a week after withdrawing from the Swedish Open because of an elbow problem but is confident the injury will not derail her preparations for the US Open.
"As much fun as we have been having the past eight or so weeks, I have to take some time to let my elbow heal," Williams, who will bid to complete a rare calendar Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows, said in a post on her Facebook page. "I am confident it will be ready for the rest of the summer."
The 33-year-old is scheduled to defend her title at Stanford this week.
Dempsey nails hat-trick milestone
BALTIMORE • Clint Dempsey recorded his first hat-trick for the United States in a dominant 6-0 win over Cuba on Saturday that put the Americans into football's Concacaf Gold Cup semi-final against Jamaica.
He opened the scoring with a header in the fourth minute and the defending champions built a 4-0 lead by half-time at the M&T Bank Stadium.
The former Fulham forward added two more in the second half to give him a tournament-leading six goals.
Pele recovering from spinal surgery
SAO PAULO • Brazilian football legend Pele, 74, is back in hospital in Sao Paulo and has undergone spinal surgery, TV Globo said on Saturday.
The Albert Einstein hospital did not make any comment at the request of the family. But Globo said that Pele underwent the operation on Thursday and was recovering well. He is expected to be discharged today. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE