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Football: Tiong Bahru FC amassed $37 million from jackpot revenue

Campaigning in the upcoming Football Association of Singapore (FAS) election has been dominated by questions about a $500,000 donation to a regional footballing body made by Tiong Bahru Football Club, managed by Mr Bill Ng, one of the two contenders in the race.

Mr Ng has been in a war of words with FAS general secretary Winston Lee over who knew about the donation and what it was to be used ...more

Lions to face Argentina in Kallang on June 13

Singapore

THE National Stadium in Kallang will play host to some of the world's most famous footballers when Argentina - two-time winners of the Fifa World Cup - jet into town for a friendly match against Singapore on June 13.

The likes of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero are all expected to line-up ...more

Sports World: Fit-again bowler New Hui Fen clinches Thai title

Fit-again bowler New Hui Fen clinches Thai title BANGKOK • National kegler New Hui Fen made a successful comeback from injury yesterday, winning the women's Open at the Thailand International Open.

The 24-year-old, who has been hampered by a knee injury since December, beat Malaysia's Syaidatul Afifah 223-198 in the step-ladder final.

Slingers off to excellent start in ABL Finals The ...more

Women shuttlers raising the bar and gaining new fans

For at least the past decade, male shuttlers - and in particular, a select quartet in the singles category - have been carrying the sport and filling the stands at global tournaments.

But with the emergence of several leading ladies in recent years, the spotlight has turned to the women shuttlers.

Nowadays, a formidable force of young and successful women singles players is making ...more

Giving back to rugby in more ways than one

Singapore

EVERY sport espouses virtues such as character building and team bonding, the values of integrity and sportsmanship, and the cognitive process of volition.

With rugby comes the five core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship - developed as a tradition from the first time a young player shakes hands with his opposite number, leading to a life-long ...more

World C'ships trump SEA games

The Aug 19-30 SEA Games this year will miss many of the region's best badminton players, with many of South-east Asia's top shuttlers opting to compete at the world championships instead.

Indonesia's 2016 Olympic mixed doubles champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, who were knocked out of the ongoing OUE Singapore Open on Tuesday, told The Straits Times that they will be skipping the ...more

School Sports: Era of dominance continues for RI

There were few signs to suggest an upset in the Schools National A Division girls' water polo final at the Evans Road swimming complex yesterday.

Defending champions Raffles Institution (RI), with 10 consecutive titles to their credit, were overwhelming favourites against first-time finalists Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).

Despite RI's 15-1 victory, one of the key standouts ...more

Badminton: Foreign-born trio are products of local system

They hail from China and Indonesia - countries that Singapore has traditionally mined many of its naturalised badminton players from.

But the next few foreign-born shuttlers set to don national colours for the Republic are undoubtedly "made in Singapore".

The Straits Times understands that the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) has plans to secure citizenship for three of its ...more

Rugby: Tietjens still sets title win as target

A year ago, Gordon Tietjens led hot favourites New Zealand to the inaugural HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens Series, only for the All Blacks to crash out in the quarter-finals to South Africa.

This year, the renowned 61-year-old returns to the Republic as coach of the less-fancied Samoa side - and he believes his charges have a shot at winning the April 15-16 Singapore leg.

All because, ...more

Tougher tests for paddlers

Singapore's women's paddlers topped their group with little fuss after winning both their opening team ties at the Asian Table Tennis Championships in Wuxi, China yesterday, but will have to clear another round of elimination before they can earn a place in the knock-out stages.

Led by world No. 3 Feng Tianwei - she is playing as part of the Singapore side for the first time since her exclusion ...more

Ice Skating: Canadian master to inspire skaters

Singapore's budding figure skaters will train under the best in the business next week, when acclaimed coach Brian Orser conducts a three-day development camp here from April 11-13.

It will be the first time that athletes here - about 30 ranging from age seven to 25 have registered - have the chance to be guided by the world-renowned coach from Canada.

Most of the participants are ...more

Rugby: Italy, Scotland to play historic Test at Sports Hub

A rugby bonanza is to descend on Singapore with confirmation that Italy and Scotland will play a Test match here on June 10, while the Republic gears up for the HSBC Rugby Sevens next week.

The game between Six Nations sides the Azzurri (world ranking 15) and the Bravehearts (No. 5) will be the first Test match at the National Stadium.

Singapore Rugby Union (SRU) president Low Teo ...more

Breaking pointe: Dancers who press on despite injuries

A small niggle turned into a big worry for Ms Adelene Stanley when she could not lift her legs above 90 degrees - something a nimble dancer like her can do easily.

"It was odd. Usually, I just kick and my leg goes high," said the 21-year-old of the incident, which happened in 2013.

The problem was traced to a displaced disc in her lower back that she suffered during her final year ...more

Swimming: To improve, Singapore should have a full-time, professional set-up, says former national coach Sergio Lopez

Singapore swimming needs to have more full-time professionals in its set-up if it wants to be one of the best in the sport, said former national coach Sergio Lopez.

It needs to be run like a company, with professional, full-time staff, instead of relying on volunteers to run the show, he told The Straits Times yesterday.

"The volunteers may be very good and have good intentions, ...more

Schooling promises to learn from NCAA lessons

Having claimed their third straight NCAA Championships overall title last week, the University of Texas men's swim team were given a week-long break and will resume training on Monday. Except for one Longhorns member.

Joseph Schooling, who won four relay golds but failed to retain his 100- and 200-yard butterfly titles, cut short his layoff by four days and was back in the water yesterday.

Such ...more
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