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Olympics: Joseph Schooling on his way home to 'celebrate this moment with everyone in Singapore'

Newly-crowned Olympic champion Joseph Schooling said he was looking forward to coming home so he could "celebrate this moment with everyone in Singapore".

"This moment is really important not only for myself, but for everyone in Singapore. I am looking forward to that," he told reporters at the airport before catching his flight home.

The 21-year-old swimmer won Singapore's first Olympic gold medal, and also set an Olympic-record time of 50.39sec in the 100m butterfly final.


Man attacks Swiss train passengers with fire, knife, injures six

Six people were injured in an attack aboard a Swiss train by a man armed with a knife and flammable fluid, St Gallen cantonal police said.

Three adults, two teenagers and a child aged six were hurt, according to a police statement. Five were stabbed or burnt. A sixth suffered smoke inhalation as he came to the aid of the others.

The assailant, a 27-year-old Swiss citizen, was also injured. Authorities do not yet know the motive for the attacks.


Olympics: S'pore squeeze past South Koreans 3-2 in women's table tennis team q-finals, China up next in semis

Summoning the fighting spirit displayed by fellow Team Singapore athlete Joseph Schooling the night before, the Republic's women's table tennis team claimed a dramatic 3-2 quarter-final win over South Korea in Brazil.

World No. 4 Feng Tianwei played a decisive role in the come-from-behind victory at the Riocentro Pavilion 3. The national captain won both her singles ties, bookending the best-of-five match to send fourth-seeded Singapore into a last four clash against powerhouses China, who strolled to a 3-0 win over North Korea in the earlier match.

Feng got Singapore on the scoreboard with a 3-0 win over Suh Hyo Won but 11th ranked Jeon Ji Hee level the scores when she dispatched Singapore's Yu Mengyu 3-1 in the next tie.


Football: Hull stun champs Leicester, Guardiola makes winning start

Leicester City's Premier League title defence got off to a dismal start as crisis-club Hull clinched a 2-1 win over the champions, while the Pep Guardiola era at Manchester City started with a dramatic 2-1 victory against Sunderland.

Three months on from their 5,000-1 fairytale title triumph, Leicester fell to Scottish winger Robert Snodgrass's 57th-minute strike after Riyad Mahrez had cancelled out Adama Diomande's opener.

Leicester's stumble was followed by an equally gripping encounter at Eastlands, where new City manager Guardiola enjoyed some good fortune in his first Premier League match, thanks to an 87th-minute own goal from debutant Paddy McNair (above).


Actor Kenny Baker, Star Wars' R2-D2, dies: Report

Kenny Baker, the British actor who starred as plucky robot R2-D2 in the Star Wars movies, died at the age of 83, the Guardian newspaper reported.

Baker, who measured 1m tall, had problems with his lungs and had been ill for some time, his niece Abigail Shield said.

Baker played the resourceful droid known for his whistles and beeps in the original Star Wars movie in 1977 and in the five following movies.