Warriors beat Home with Ciolacu treble
Ten-man Warriors FC came from 1-3 down to edge out Home United 4-3 at Choa Chu Kang Stadium in the opening Group A game of The New Paper League Cup, with Romanian Andrei-Cosmin Ciolacu netting a hat-trick.
Jordan Webb hit the winner before Fazli Jaffar saw red in the 79th minute.
Also in the same group, Hougang United drew 0-0 at home with off-form S-League leaders Albirex Niigata.
S'pore sprinters fall short in 100m semis
Sprinters Wendy Enn and Calvin Kang failed to make it out of their respective semi-finals in the women's and men's 100m on Day 2 of the Asian Athletic Championships in Odisha, India yesterday.
Enn clocked 12.14sec, slower than her heat time of 11.98, while Kang finished in 10.61.
Goh Chui Ling also failed to progress from the women's 400m hurdles heats with a time of 1:02.90.
Meanwhile, the men's 4x100m team secured a spot in the final with a time of 40.83 in the heats.
SGA forms first junior development squad
The Singapore Golf Association has started its first junior development squad, consisting of 11 girls and 13 boys, aged nine to 14.
The team will receive specialised training from local professionals and elite golfers. This is part of SGA's efforts to recognise talent at a younger age and provide them with more competitive opportunities.
SEA Games spot for Malaysian minister
KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia's Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin will score a first when he competes in the SEA Games next month.
He will be the first government minister in the region to take part in the biennial competition, as part of the seven-member polo team.
Mr Khairy is not the only dignitary in the list. He is accompanied by the Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, who competes in the equestrian endurance event.
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Fines for Messi, dad instead of jail time
BARCELONA • ASpanish court said yesterday it had replaced with fines the prison sentences handed down for tax fraud to Barcelona's star striker Lionel Messi and his father.
Messi, the best-paid footballer in the world according to the club, and his father had been convicted of hiding image rights royalties in offshore accounts and had been given jail terms of 21 and 15 months respectively.
Following Friday's ruling by Barcelona provincial court, Messi will instead pay €252,000 (S$396,400) and his father €180,000 in fines.
Mertesacker to run academy in one year
LONDON • Centre-back Per Mertesacker will take over as English football club Arsenal's academy manager in a year's time.
The 32-year-old German will be part of Arsene Wenger's first-team squad this season before focusing fully on the academy.