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ST editor Warren Fernandez flagging off the 18.45km race of the The Straits Times Run at the Hub.
ST editor Warren Fernandez flagging off the 18.45km race of the The Straits Times Run at the Hub.KEVIN LIM

And they're off... ST Run at the Hub 2015 runners get going under clear skies

A sea of blue took off from Nicoll Highway at 5am on Sunday morning for The Straits Times Run at the Hub 18.45km race.

Feeding off the energy that resonated across runners and accompanied by a soundtrack of excited whoops and cheers, the runners set off under a unique black and white race arch that resembles ST, and celebrates the paper’s 170th anniversary.

Participants had gathered at the Sports Hub as early as 3am – way before flag-off – to get a good starting slot for the race‎, or simply because they are too excited to fall asleep.


Pope has hip problem, gets physical therapy: Spokesman

Pope Francis, who has been limping more and more as his US trip goes on, has a hip ailment and gets physical therapy on a regular basis, the Vatican spokesman said Saturday.

The 78-year-old pontiff, currently on a whirlwind tour of Cuba and the United States that ends Sunday, has been observed walking slowly with faltering steps and getting help from accompanying priests when going up or down stairs.

Following an arduous schedule in New York and Washington on the back of his four-day trip to Cuba, Francis stumbled several times as he climbed the stairs of the American Airlines jet taking him from JFK to Philadelphia.


New Volkswagen boss tries to drag carmarker out of scandal

Volkswagen's new boss began trying to pull the embattled carmaker out of the wreckage of a pollution test rigging scandal on Saturday (Sept 26), as the United States and Switzerland halted the sale of the group's new diesel cars.

The 62-year-old former Porsche chief Matthias Mueller was tapped Friday to replace Martin Winterkorn, who resigned over stunning revelations by US environmental authorities that the German carmaker had fitted some of its diesel cars with software capable of cheating environmental tests.

"Europe's most important automobile group faces a new beginning" while "the scandal is growing bigger and bigger," German FAZ daily wrote on Saturday.


Football: Messi out 7-8 weeks with knee ligament damage

Lionel Messi will be out for up to eight weeks after suffering knee ligament damage in Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Las Palmas on Saturday, the Catalan giants confirmed.

Messi, 28, limped off with a knee injury after just nine minutes of Barcelona's La Liga clash with Las Palmas on Saturday.

The Argentine picked up the knock after a clash of legs with Daniel Castellano with three minutes gone and although he tried to continue he eventually had to be substituted.


Rugby: Wales score seismic win over England

Wales took a shuddering step towards the knockout stages of the Rugby World Cup on Saturday with a bruising 28-25 defeat of England at Twickenham.

The hosts had dominated for the first hour, during which time English coach Stuart Lancaster's decision of selecting Owen Farrell ahead of George Ford at flyhalf looked inspired, with the 24-year-old kicking 20 points.

But sloppy, indisciplined play at the breakdown delivered the Welsh penalty after penalty, and they kept in touch thanks to the boot of Dan Biggar.