SportsWorld : Balestier meet Albirex in League Cup final

Balestier meet Albirex in League Cup final

Balestier Khalsa will play Albirex Niigata in The New Paper League Cup final on Friday, after the Tigers edged out Hougang United 3-2 last night at Jalan Besar.

Fareez Farhan gave the Cheetahs a flying start in the first minute but Miroslav Kristic's penalty (26th) and goal (35th) put Balestier up.

Carlos Delgado equalised in the 74th minute before Ignatius Ang netted the winner in the 86th minute.

Reds beef up back-room staff

LONDON • Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers moved to reinforce his depleted coaching set-up with the appointment of Sean O'Driscoll and the promotion of Pepijn Lijnders from the academy.

O'Driscoll leaves his head coach position with the England Under-19s to become Rodgers' assistant following the axing of Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh after a disappointing 2014-15 season. REUTERS

Nani moves to Fenerbahce for €6m

ISTANBUL • Portuguese star Nani yesterday joined Fenerbahce from Manchester United for €6 million (S$9 million), as the Istanbul club seek to add more foreign talent to their ranks for the new season.

Nani, 28, a United player since 2007, spent all of last season on loan at his former club Sporting Lisbon and was not expected to figure in manager Louis van Gaal's plans for this season.


Capoue costs Watford club-record £5.7m

LONDON • Newly promoted English Premier League side Watford have signed France midfielder Etienne Capoue from Tottenham Hotspur for a club-record £5.7 million (S$12 million).

Capoue joined Spurs from French Ligue 1 club Toulouse for a reported £9.3 million in 2013 but failed to secure a first-team place after falling out of favour with manager Mauricio Pochettino. REUTERS

Moore will skipper Australia at World Cup

SYDNEY • Hooker Stephen Moore will lead Australia to this year's Rugby World Cup after being named Wallabies captain for the season by coach Michael Cheika yesterday.

The 32-year-old was also named captain last year by then coach Ewen McKenzie, only to be ruled out for the rest of the season by a knee injury in the first few seconds of his first Test in charge against France. REUTERS

Vermeulen battles for quick recovery

JOHANNESBURG • Star South African forward Duane Vermeulen will have a neck operation tomorrow and then face a race against the clock to be fit for the Rugby World Cup in England in September.

The surgery rules the 29-year-old No. 8 out of five pre-tournament matches during July and August, including a Rugby Championship clash with arch-foes New Zealand in Johannesburg.


Troops to keep eye on Tour rail crossings

PARIS • French soldiers will guard every train crossing on the route on the Tour de France to stop riders going under the barrier just before high-speed trains pass, the government said yesterday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2015, with the headline 'SportsWorld '. Print Edition | Subscribe