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Hamilton fastest in Singapore practice

SINGAPORE: Lewis Hamilton laid down an early marker that he will be the man to beat in the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend when he set the fastest time in the second free practice session at the floodlit Marina Bay Street Circuit yesterday.

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INCHEON, South Korea: Pop star Psy kicked off the Asian Games 'Gangnam Style' in an energetic, K-Pop-fuelled ceremony yesterday as North Korean athletes received loud cheers from South Korean fans.

Wozniacki and Kerber through

TOKYO: Top two seeds Angelique Kerber of Germany and Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki roared into the semi-finals of the WTA Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo yesterday.

Williamson century flattens Cobras

RAIPUR, India: Rains took some sheen off Kane Williamson's record batting display of scoring the fastest ever century in Champions League Twenty20 as New Zealand side Northern Knights beat Cape Cobras of South Africa by 33 runs under Duckworth-Lewis method yesterday.

Hingis pays rich tributes to retiring Li

TOKYO: Swiss tennis legend Martina Hingis said yesterday Li Na's retirement was a loss to world tennis, crediting the Chinese star with raising the game's profile in her home country and across Asia.

Lowry keeps lead

NEWPORT, Wales: Shane Lowry shot a six-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Wales Open yesterday, while Stephen Gallacher missed the cut in his last tournament before his first Ryder Cup.

Solid Lahiri stays two shots ahead

KUALA LUMPUR: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri continued his flying form by firing a four-under-par 68 to maintain a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Asian Tour's Selangor Masters yesterday.

Manama rout East Riffa for winning start

MANAMA defeated East Riffa 3-0 in the first round of the Bahrain Viva First Division League at the Bahrain National Stadium on Thursday night.

Bahrain take on Oman

HOSTS and defending champions Bahrain will take on Oman in the opening match of the 14th GCC Youth Volleyball Championship tonight at 7pm at the Bahrain Volleyball Association Sports Hall in Isa Town.

Al Ahli slam three goals past Ettifaq

AL Ahli defeated Ettifaq 3-0 in the opening round of the Bahrain Football Second Division League played last night at Najma Club Football Ground. Al Ahli lead 2-0 at half-time with professional players Romis and Jimmy Carlos scoring in the 15th and 33rd minutes respectively. 

Indonesia to host 2018 Asian Games

INCHEON, South Korea: The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) executive board yesterday approved Indonesia as hosts for the 2018 Asian Games which faces a growing battle to find venues because of the cost.

South Koreans upset with Japanese badges

INCHEON, South Korea: Badges handed out by Japanese competitors at the Asian Games in South Korea revived antagonism yesterday over their country's harsh colonial rule of its neighbour.

North Koreans get rousing welcome

INCHEON, South Korea: North Korea's athletes got an unexpectedly rousing welcome at the opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Incheon yesterday as South Korean fans put aside their bitter rivalry and cheered them warmly.

Bahrain set for opening clash

NATIONAL shooting team member Ali Hussain carried the Bahrain flag during yesterday's opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon yesterday.

Arsenal post $7.6m profit

LONDON: Arsenal yesterday announced a £4.7 million ($7.6m) profit and reported increased turnover in their latest financial figures.

Chelsea's Costa to play against City despite fitness worry

LONDON: Diego Costa will play for Chelsea against Premier League champions Manchester City this weekend despite not being 100 per cent fit, manager Jose Mourinho said yesterday.

Platini to defy Fifa and keep luxury watch

GENEVA: Uefa supremo Michel Platini said yesterday he would not be complying with Fifa's demand to return a luxury watch given as a gift by organisers of the Brazil World Cup.

Wembley to host Euro 2020 final

LONDON: Uefa president Michel Platini's vision of a European Championship spread across the continent came to fruition yesterday as London's Wembley Stadium was chosen to host the climax of Euro 2020 with 12 other cities joining the party.

FIA backtracks on F1 radio clampdown

SINGAPORE: Formula One has backtracked on a planned clampdown on radio and pitboard messages for reasons of fairness but remains determined to end driver 'coaching' during races, the world governing body said yesterday.

RFU reaches World Cup deal with English clubs

LONDON: England's governing Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the country's top-flight Premiership clubs have agreed a £13 million ($21m) compensation deal covering next year's World Cup, it was announced yesterday.

IRB tightens nationality switch rules

PARIS: Players hoping to switch national allegiance in time for the 2015 World Cup suffered a major blow when the game's rulers tightened up the rules.

Engine failure adds to Vettel woes

SINGAPORE: World champion Sebastian Vettel's wretched run of luck continued at the Singapore Grand Prix yesterday when the German suffered an engine failure at the end of the first free practice session which compromised his track time in the second.

Hester leads way in Falcons' win

ATLANTA: The Atlanta Falcons punished Tampa Bay on the ground and through the air as they blasted the Buccaneers 56-14 on Thursday with Devin Hester setting a record for touchdown returns.

Athletics swept by Rangers

OAKLAND, California: Sonny Gray and the Oakland Athletics fell out of the top American League wild-card spot with a 7-2 loss to Texas on Thursday that gave the Rangers a three-game sweep.

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