Singapore lose 5-0 to Uzbekistan in World Cup qualifier

Singapore fell to another World Cup qualifying defeat on Monday (Jun 7) after a 5-0 loss to Uzbekistan in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh. Singapore’s joint qualification campaign for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the 2023 Asian Cup in China, delayed due to the COVD-19 pandemic, had resumed last week with the Lions’ 4-0 defeat to Palestine. The latest result leaves them out of the running for the next World Cup. Monday’s penultimate Group D match at the King Fahd International Stadium saw Uzbekistan getting a comfortable three-goal lead at half time, before adding…

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Whatever it is, a decision must be made soon

The Malaysia Open, a Super 750 event and one of badminton’s oldest tournaments, is set to be the second last event on the calendar this year to offer Olympic qualifying points. Slated for May 25-30 at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil, it is also expected to be the first international tournament to open its doors to fans since Covid-19 hit its peak last year. The deadly B.1.617 variant, which caused a “Covid tsunami”, in India has reached our shores. Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican recently said…

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Barcelona blew away Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa del Rey

MADRID: Lionel Messi scored twice, including a stunning solo goal, as Barcelona blew away Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa del Rey on Saturday. The cup was won and lost in a whirlwind 12 minutes in Seville, which saw Barca score four times to clinch an emphatic 4-0 victory, with Messi at his devastating best. Koeman took over a team at rock bottom, humiliated by a historic loss to Bayern Munich and wounded by the attempts of Messi to leave the club for free. But this 31st Copa del Rey…

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Penang misses its opportunity to move up

KUALA LUMPUR: Penang failed to move up to second in the Super League after they were held 1-1 by Sabah at the City Stadium today. Sabah dominated the opening minutes but failed to capitalise on them through Saddil Ramdani in the fourth and sixth minutes. Saddil, however, made his third attempt count with a goal in the 52nd minute. Penang is fourth with 15 points while Sabah is 10th on six after eight matches.

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Malaysia Cup goes into its 100th year

Malaysia Cup goes into its 100th year very much alive and kicking, the Malaysian Football League (MFL) are getting ready to celebrate the centenary. And it’s coming back with a bang after surviving Covid. Last year, the Malaysia Cup had to be called off after just one round due to the virus. The stars are getting aligned, The tournament, which has a special place in the hearts of Malaysian fans, is returning in time for the full 100-year circle. The Malaysia Cup evokes memories of legends like the late Datuk…

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A fighter has to adapt, said the Alligator

ONE Championship fighter Agilan Thani is not in a rush to get back in the cage after a string of mixed results. The 25-year-old admitted that preparing for fights has been a tricky affair in the pandemic era. “ONE Championship is a great company that has always kept me busy. “It is challenging, but a fighter has to adapt, and that is what I am doing now, said the fighter. “I don’t want to go into the circle (ring) unprepared. I am doing my best, and I think things are…

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Team Sapura Cycling have cancelled their plan to Greece

Team Sapura Cycling have cancelled their plan to race in Greece after one of their Italian riders tested positive for Covid-19. Team principal Sayuti Zahit revealed that Pierpaolo Ficara, who finished fourth overall in Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) last season, tested positive for the virus in Syracuse, Sicily last month. Sapura’s foreign riders have been training in their own countries since the pandemic struck last year. “Pierpaolo’s condition has improved, he has informed us that he has been discharged from hospital and is now undergoing home quarantine in Italy,”…

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Not to put unnecessary pressure on Lee Zii Jia

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) will not put unnecessary pressure on Lee Zii Jia to deliver gold at the Tokyo Olympics. The 23-year-old has fired up the expectations of fans last month by unexpectedly winning the All England men’s singles title. However, BAM president Tan Sri Norza Zakaria yesterday stressed that their plan has always been for Zii Jia to deliver at the 2024 Olympics. So, Norza is playing down the talk of Malaysia gunning for gold at the Tokyo Olympics. BAM launched their “Wall of Champions” at the…

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The return of the ” Samurai “

BA of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann has urged the national shuttlers to be ready for the tough challenge. World No 1 Kento Momota and his Japanese counterparts will return to action for the first time this year at the world’s oldest tournament. “Although the All England is not an Olympic qualifying event, it will be different from the previous tournaments this year. “It will only get tougher from here when the rest of the world returns to competitive action,” said Choong Hann. For Momota, it will be…

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Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah is looking to keep the good run going

MALAYSIA:  Fast improving women’s doubles pair Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah is looking to keep their recent good run going after breezing into the second round of the Swiss Open. The pair, buoyed by their recent quarter-final appearances at the Thailand Open and Thailand Masters, were hardly troubled as they got past Austrian pair Serena Au Yong-Katharina Hochmeir 21-7, 21-6 in the first round in Basel on Wednesday. Pearly-Thinaah now ranked a career-high No. 30 in the world. A frustrating outing for World No 27 Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani as they…

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