Penang coach claims Kedah strikeforce to be far deadly then JDT

Coach Tomas Trucha claimed that the Kedah strikeforce of Tchetche Kipre, Kpah Sherman and Rabih Ataya is far more dangerous than Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT). He observed that following a 1-1 draw with Kedah at City Stadium on Friday. “I think defensively we’re okay but Kedah did a good job. Kipre, Sherman and Ataya were always pressing us, and they looked even more dangerous than players from JDT.said trucha. Heavy rain in the late afternoon caused puddles of water at the City Stadium pitch, dampening Penang or Kedah’s style of…

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National women's doubles have not forgotten their humble beginnings

The World No 30, who are expected to move up the updated rankings this week, took time to pay tribute to their former coaches, Rosman Razak and Wong Pei Tty, whose services were not extended by BAM last year. “Honestly, coach Rosman was my inspiration when everything around me was crumbling.Said Thinaah “I was lost and didn’t know what to do when my singles career was going nowhere.Said Thinaah Pearly, who was already making waves as a junior player with former partner Toh Ee Wei, also spoke highly of Rosman…

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Former Barcelona president to appear before a judge on Tuesday

BARCELONA: Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, detained Monday as part of a probe into last year’sBarcagate’ scandal, will have to appear before a judge on Tuesday.Jaume Masferrer has been summoned for investigating judge leading the probe after spending the night at a police station along with Bartomeu. The ‘Barcagate’ scandal involves allegations that the club covered up payments made to a company called I3 Ventures, hired to boost the image of then-president Bartomeu on social media. The campaign included criticising current and former players, like Lionel Messi, Pep Guardiola…

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Harrif Saleh admitted that he struggled

MALAYSIA- Road cyclist Harrif Saleh admitted that he struggled to keep up with the peloton early on but revealed the “secret” behind his historic win at the Grand Prix Manavgat in Turkey last week. After spending a year without competition due to Covid-19, the Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) rider said he found it hard to keep up with the early pace and even suffered mild cramps during the 145.8km race. “This was really tough for me as I had gone a year without racing. I did my best to tuck…

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Azizulhasni Awang and Shah Firdaus Sahrom to start picking up the pace heading into the Tokyo Olympics

National track cycling coach John Beasley expects Azizulhasni Awang and Shah Firdaus Sahrom to start picking up the pace heading into the Tokyo Olympics. Beasley has always stressed the importance of “big blocks” of strength training as the foundation in his preparation, and it is no different for this Olympic cycle. Spending hours in the gym, a switch to more track-focused training is likely in store for the duo over the final few months ahead of the Tokyo Games. Hopes to convert the muscle that they have built into explosive…

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Naomi Osaka Defeated Jennifer Brady in straight sets to win the Australian Open

MELBOURNE: Japan’s Naomi Osaka dismissed Jennifer Brady in straight sets to win the Australian Open in dominant style for her fourth Grand Slam title on Saturday. Osaka edged a tight first set but controlled the second to win 6-4, 6-3 in 77 minutes in front of thousands of fans at Rod Laver Arena. The 23-year-old, who becomes only the third player after Monica Seles and Roger Federer to win their first four major finals, will now rise to second in the world rankings. Osaka, rated as the world’s top-earning female…

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Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori bowed to mounting pressure and resigned

TOKYO: Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori bowed to mounting pressure and resigned on Friday over sexist remarks, but his replacement was not immediately clear after opposition emerged to his favoured successor. Mori, 83, sparked outrage by claiming last week that women speak too much in meetings, with officials, sports stars and Olympic sponsors slamming the remarks as inappropriate. On Friday he announced he would step down, effective immediately. “My inappropriate statement has caused a lot of chaos. I would like to express my sincere apologies,” he told a meeting of…

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Covid-19 has taken the opportunities of the growing shuttlers

MALAYSIA- Current rise in Covid cases in Malaysia, makes it most likely the annual badminton championship to be cancelled. The youngster dreaming to shine and impress BAM is most likely to shattered. Well, these were the effect of the worlds changing pandemic. However, the BA of Malaysia (BAM), who already have a lot on their plate, is expected to scrap the tournament altogether. It is also unclear if sports, in general, will resume anytime soon. Due to the Ministry of Health predicting much higher Covid numbers in the coming weeks.…

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Datuk Nicol David, the Queen on the squash court

KUALA LUMPUR-Former Malaysian squash player Datuk Nicol David is on the verge of winning the World Games Greatest Athlete of All Time (GOAT) with a comfortable lead in the online poll. Though being the only Asian candidate, the eight-time squash world champion had garnered 240,296 votes as of 2 pm today, to lead the race with more than 100,000-vote advantage. Her closest competitor is Irish James Kehoe representing tug of war with 97,140 votes, followed by German Marcel Hassemeier (lifesaving) with 78,686 votes and women powerlifting athlete Larysa Soloviova from…

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Arsenal pile more misery on Newcastle

LONDON: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to scoring form with a double as Arsenal’s rise up the Premier League table continued with a comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle on Monday. The Gunners were facing an unlikely battle for survival less than a month ago, but 13 points from a possible 15 have lifted Mikel Arteta’s men into 10th and within seven points of the top four. Despite Aubameyang doubling his tally of league goals from open play this season, it was again Arsenal’s dynamic young duo of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo…

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