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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Novak Djokovic defies injury to reach Australian Open last eight

MELBOURNE: Eight-time winner Novak Djokovic fought through what he had described as a tournament-ending injury to beat Milos Raonic and reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday. Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams survived scares to go through but US Open champion Dominic Thiem was a major casualty when he fell to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov. Simona Halep avenged her crushing French Open defeat by Polish teenager Iga Swiatek to set up a meeting with Williams, while Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei reached her first Slam quarter-final at the age of 35. Djokovic, the…

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Angry Ferns also slammed the Melaka United Soccer Association

KUALA LUMPUR: After receiving his salary compensation from Melaka United, midfielder Curran Singh Ferns announced his retirement from the game on his Instagram page yesterday. Ferns received RM97,500 in compensation from his former team on Wednesday. An Angry Ferns also slammed the Melaka United Soccer Association (Musa) for the delay in settling his arrears and wants them to apologise to the Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia (PFAM) and the players for all the troubles. Another former player, Narupon Wild has yet to receive RM241,726.69 in salary owing from Musa.

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PFA have decided to take things into 'extra time' by dragging Fifa and Mohamadou Sumareh to the Court

IT may be hard for Pahang FA (PFA) to beat Fifa, but they will try to do it. PFA has decided to take things into ‘extra time’ by dragging Fifa and Mohamadou Sumareh to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). The order of Fifa to Pahang Fc pay their former player, Sumareh US$1.2million (RM4.9million) in salary compensation was ignored and brought to court. Suffian, the Sri Pahang FC chief executive officer, also reminded that the matter is between the PFA and Sumareh, not Sri Pahang FC. The Gambian-born, who…

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Messi returns with a goal in the Copa del Rey

MADRID: Lionel Messi marked his return from suspension with a goal in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday as Barcelona survived a scare against Rayo Vallecano to reach the quarter-finals. With Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid already out, another upset looked on the cards when Fran Garcia gave Rayo a surprise lead at Vallecas early in the second half. A victory over Barcelona, 30-time winners of the competition and now strong favourites to make it 31, would have delivered a brief boost to morale, even if this compelling cup tie…

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Malaysia's rivals agree to showdown

Four of the five teams in Malaysia’s Group G of the pre-World Cup have agreed to shift their matches from March to June. The teams are Indonesia, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia, who proposed the change. Covid-19 struck conditions has forced the Asian Football Confederation have encouraged the countries to discuss and reach a consensus on suitable dates for the remaining World Cup qualifiers. FAM secretary-general Stuart Ramalingam said yesterday Indonesia, Thailand and UAE had responded positively to Malaysia’s suggestion to move the matches to June. FAM…

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TMJ admits preferring polo over football

JOHOR:-Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) owner Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim interacted with fans in a Q&A session on social media yesterday. The topics ranged from football to his personal life. Though the Johor Crown Prince is known for the rise of JDT, he admitted to preferring polo to football. To another question, the former FAM president said Hariss Harun is his favourite Singaporean footballer. He posted a gif indicating a crazy, nonsensical person when asked what he thought of his former player, Jorge Pereyra Diaz. Tunku Ismail is also a believer…

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Andy Murray tests positive to coronavirus, a setback to Australian Open

Former world No.1 Andy Murray has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus just as he was preparing to fly to Australia in preparation for the country’s Open. He was supposed to fly Down Under in the coming days, where he would have isolated for two weeks ahead of the Australian Open on February 8 in Melbourne. Murray has not competed in Melbourne since the tournament sent him off with a retirement ceremony in 2019 when he was on the verge of ending his career due to a hip injury. He withdrew…

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eSports becomes medal event at 2022 Asian Games

eSports has been named as a full medal event for the 2022 Asian Games, in a major step towards the mainstream for a sport that has long harboured Olympic ambitions. eSports and breakdancing were both included on the programme for the Games in Hangzhou, China, at the Olympic Council of Asia’s general assembly in Muscat this week. “I hope that electronic sports will add value to the Asian Games —and I am sure it will in the future, during the Asian Games 2022 and even beyond that,” the OCA’s Asian…

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Dream Football Team: 11 winners were chosen

France Football have named the 11 winners who make up the prestigious Ballon d’Or Dream Team, Xavi, Messi, Ronaldo chosen, but no Ramos, Zidane or Casillas. With no Ballon d’Or award this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers felt it was a fitting moment to choose a team made up of the Best XI in history. Ten nominations were picked for each position, with the final team chosen by a judging panel made up of 140 football journalists from around the world Ballon d’Or Dream Team Goalkeeper: Lev Yashin.…

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