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Tennis: Halep, del Potro advance at rain-hit Cincinnati Masters

CINCINNATI: Simona Halep and Juan Martin del Potro completed rain-delayed second-round victories on Thursday (Aug 16) as organisers tried to get the weather-hit ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters back on track.

From bamboo shack to running track, sprinter buoys Asian Games hosts

Rags-to-riches teenage sprinter Lalu Zohri has given Indonesia an unexpected confidence boost as the Asian Games hosts look to pull off their first top-10 medals finish in decades.

Tennis: ITF delegates approve radical Davis Cup overhaul

ORLANDO: World tennis chiefs on Thursday (Aug 16) approved a radical Davis Cup revamp championed by Barcelona star Gerard Pique that will overhaul the 118-year-old competition, condensing the annual worldwide showpiece into an 18-team,…

Golf: Snedeker fires rare 59 to seize PGA Greensboro lead

WASHINGTON: Brandt Snedeker became only the ninth golfer in US PGA Tour history to fire an 11-under par 59 on Thursday (Aug 16), seizing the lead in the first round of the Wyndham Championship.

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Football: Santos leaves Barcelona for Sassuolo

MADRID: Barcelona said on Thursday (Aug 16) they have reached an agreement with Sassuolo to transfer their Brazilian defender Marlon Santos to the Italian Serie A side for six million euros.

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Doping - Kenya's Kipyegon suspended for failing to submit to doping test

Kipyegon Bett is the latest Kenyan athlete to be suspended for a doping-related offence, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced on Thursday.

FIFA to work with Ghana's government to reform country's FA

ZURICH: World soccer's ruling body FIFA says the Ghanaian government has pledged to stop the process to wind up the country's football association (GFA) over corruption allegations.

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New drug testing agency aims to restore trust in sport

The new International Testing Agency will regain the "trust" of athletes and fans who lost faith in the fairness of sport after a series of doping scandals, the body's director-general told AFP.

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France top new-style FIFA rankings, Germany slump to 15th

World champions France predictably shot to the top of the FIFA rankings published on Thursday while previous leaders Germany slumped to 15th after their humiliating first round exit in Russia.

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Rice calls for West Ham resurgence against Bournemouth

West Ham United must respond to their opening Premier League defeat by Liverpool with a good performance against Bournemouth on Saturday to restore their supporters' spirits, midfielder Declan Rice has said.

Football: Arsenal suffer Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles injury blows

LONDON: Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac and midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles have been ruled out until October with injuries, the Premier League club has said on Thursday (Aug 16).

South Korea set to name former Portugal boss Bento as coach: Report

Former Portugal manager Paulo Bento is set to be appointed as the new head coach of the South Korean men's national team, according to a local media report.

Football: World Cup winner Lahm to head Euro 2024 if German bid wins

BERLIN: World Cup winner Philipp Lahm will head the Euro 2024 organisation if the German bid wins the nod next month to host the continental tournament, the country's football association (DFB) said on Thursday (Aug 16).

Five swimmers set to make a splash at the Asian Games

JAKARTA: Five athletes who could light up the Asian Games swimming competition, which begins on Sunday (Aug 19) in Jakarta:; SUN YANG (CHINA) The beefy Chinese has won three Olympic freestyle gold medals and is almost unstoppable when he's…

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Football: La Liga moves into post-Ronaldo era as Atletico threaten Real, Barcelona

MADRID: The Spanish season kicks off this weekend with La Liga entering a new era following the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta, and with Atletico Madrid posing a huge threat to the big two.

Football: Fulham's Mitrovic keen to prove himself in Premier League

LONDON: Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is confident he can prove himself in the Premier League and emulate his goal-scoring form from the Championship last season.

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Football: What World Cup hangover? 'Iron Man' Paulinho ploughs on in China

SHANGHAI: Barcelona fans were delighted that he left and at Tottenham Hotspur they called him lazy, but Brazil's Paulinho is on a punishing run of matches that has earned him the nickname "Iron Man" in China.

No pain, no strain: Korean football, the Son Heung-min way

CHUNCHEON, South Korea: As Son Heung-min's career takes off in England, his legacy is already taking shape in South Korea - at an innovative academy where ball control is king and shooting is frowned upon.

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Tennis: Major Davis Cup shake-up eyed by divided leaders

A major Davis Cup revamp that would condense the annual global tournament into an 18-team, week-long event will be voted upon Thursday with major tennis leaders divided over the proposal.

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Football: Six new signings to watch in Serie A

MILAN: Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus has injected an air of expectation into the Italian championship not felt in decades while spending has smashed the one billion euro mark with more than a day still to go before the transfer…

Thursday, Aug 16

'At the brunt of this for many years': Freelance coaches want level playing field for job search

While the new National Instructors and Coaches Association (NICA) aims to support freelance instructors and coaches in providing insurance for prolonged medical leave, freelancers Channel NewsAsia spoke to said there are other pressing…

Boxing: Singaporean Muhamad Ridhwan to fight for IBO world title, sets sights on the big leagues

It is the toughest test yet for the local boxer, who faces top Namibian fighter and former world champion Paulus Ambunda.

Wednesday, Aug 15

2018 Asian Games torch reaches Jakarta

The torch for the 18th Asian Games reached Indonesia's capital Jakarta Wednesday, ending a month-long journey across the Southeast Asian archipelago nation.

Asian Games: Singapore pin hopes on Schooling while Malaysia's David seeks fifth squash gold

SINGAPORE: Singapore will be looking to make a splash in the pool at the Asian Games in neighbouring Indonesia this month as Olympic gold medallist Joseph Schooling leads a strong swim team aiming to surpass the six medals they claimed at…

Asian Games: South Korea's focus shifts from 'Peace Games' to beating Japan

SEOUL: Second best is rarely acceptable when it comes to sport in South Korea but with powerhouse China certain to dominate the medal standings at this month's Asian Games beating Japan to the runners-up spot will be Korea's true measure…

Japan head to Asian Games with one eye on 2020

TOKYO: The Asian Games will be a chance for Japan's athletes to test their preparations two years out from the Tokyo Olympics but also give officials the opportunity to gain some valuable insight into the organisation of the multi-sport…

Tuesday, Aug 14

‘We look forward to a lot of personal bests’: Team Singapore’s Asian Games Chef de Mission

SINGAPORE: Team Singapore athletes may not have a fixed set of medal targets for the 2018 Asian Games, but their goal nonetheless will be to improve on their previous performances, said Chef de Mission Lee Wung Yew on Tuesday (Aug 14).

Famous five: Sporting superstars who can light up the Asian Games

JAKARTA: The Asian Games, the world's second largest multi-sports event, begin this week. Here are five global stars who can shine at the continental showpiece in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.

Asian Games title worth weight in gold for Spurs' Son Heung-min

JAKARTA: Son Heung-min has lit up the World Cup and the Premier League but unnervingly it is the Asian Games in Indonesia that could make or break the career of the prolific South Korean forward.

Coming, ready or not: Thousands pour in for Asian Games

JAKARTA: Thousands of athletes are flying in as Indonesia makes final preparations to host the Asian Games - the world's second biggest multi-sports event, taking place against a backdrop of terrorism fears, environmental concerns and…

Monday, Aug 13

Football: Liverpool lay down the gauntlet to Man City on opening weekend

Liverpool lived up to their billing as the biggest threat to Manchester City retaining the Premier League title as both sides shone on the opening weekend of the season.

Chinese footballer left stricken as ambulance door jams

Medics tried to kick open a jammed ambulance door while a badly hurt Chinese footballer lay prone on the pitch for several minutes, fighting for breath.

Asian Games: NBA dashes Philippines' Jordan dream

MANILA: A Philippines bid to have Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Jordan Clarkson play for their Asian Games team has been dashed after the National Basketball Association refused to release him.

Football: Neymar strikes as Tuchel's youthful PSG seal win over Caen

Paris St Germain began their Ligue 1 title defence in style with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Caen on Sunday, with goals from Neymar, Adrien Rabiot and Timothy Weah.

Sunday, Aug 12

Football: Egypt fans hope for more Salah magic as season starts

CAIRO: As Mohamed Salah took to the field for the start of the new Premier League season, fans in his native Egypt prayed on Sunday (Aug 12) for another miracle campaign from the talismanic striker.

Football: Tougher tests await, but Klopp's Liverpool live up to title hype

Mohamed Salah opened his account for the season, Sadio Mane scored twice and Daniel Sturridge added a late fourth in an impressive display.

Football: Two-goal Mane praises 'strong' Liverpool teamwork

LIVERPOOL: Senegal's Sadio Mane said Liverpool's free-scoring is due to good teamwork after his brace helped last season's Champions League finalists to an impressive 4-0 thrashing of West Ham in their Premier League opener on Sunday (Aug…

Aiming for the stars: Team Singapore’s first ever paraglider eyes a medal at Asian Games

Sky’s the limit for professional paraglider Jessica Goh ahead of her historic debut in Indonesia.