Women gymnasts in better form than men
Singapore's women gymnasts had a decent outing yesterday on the first day of finals at the World Cup leg in Melbourne.
Nadine Joy Nathan (11.633) and Zeng Qiyan (11.600) ended fifth and sixth respectively out of eight in the uneven bars. Nadine was last in the vault with 11.966 points.
They fared better than their male counterparts. Hoe Wah Toon and Terry Tay failed to make the floor final, while Sean Yeo and Kaeson Lim did not qualify for the pommel horse final.
S'pore's Maxine makes semis in foil event
Singapore's Maxine Wong lost 8-15 to Japan's Yuka Ueno in the women's cadet (under-17) foil semi-finals at the Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships in Dubai yesterday.
Compatriot Denyse Chan lost 9-15 to Hong Kong's Sophia Wu in the event's quarter-finals, while Simon Lee was due to face Kazakhstan's Nikita Zhulinskiy in the quarter-finals of the men's cadet epee.
Brumbies win thriller against Sunwolves
TOKYO • The Brumbies narrowly beat the Sunwolves 32-25 in their Super Rugby season opener yesterday, coming back to seal a thrilling contest at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium.
The Brumbies will clash with the Queensland Reds on March 2 in Australia while the Sunwolves square off against the Melbourne Rebels on March 3 in Tokyo.
The Sunwolves, co-based in Tokyo and Singapore, are fourth in the Australian Conference on one point, having replaced the axed Western Force this term.
Butler carried off after knee injury
HOUSTON (Texas) • Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star guard Jimmy Butler injured his right knee and had to be carried off the court during their 102-120 National Basketball Association (NBA) loss to the Houston Rockets on Friday.
He suffered the injury in the third quarter on a non-contact play and fell to the floor and clutched his knee. An MRI scan was scheduled yesterday, the team said.
Butler leads the NBA in minutes played at 37.3 per game, but opted to sit out of last Sunday's All-Star Game, the fourth consecutive term he had been selected, to rest.
Kasatkina saves three match points in semis
DUBAI • Russia's Daria Kasatkina stunned second seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain to reach the final of the Dubai Championships on Friday, while defending champion Elina Svitolina of Ukraine cruised past former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber of Germany.
World No. 24 Kasatkina survived three match points to beat world No. 3 Muguruza 3-6, 7-6 (13-11), 6-1.
World No. 4 Svitolina made quick work of Kerber in a 6-3, 6-3 semi-final.
No bail for Semedo as Villarreal suspend him
BARCELONA • LaLiga side Villarreal said on Friday they have suspended defender Ruben Semedo and taken him off their payroll.
A day earlier, the Portuguese was charged with offences including attempted murder and was held in custody without bail.