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Mar 16, 2015

Lowly Asian nations on verge of World Cup pay windfall

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Soccer’s worst international side Bhutan are on the verge of a significant pay windfall if they can reach the second round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday.

Bhutan, ranked 209th and last by FIFA, will take a 1-0 lead into the second leg of their tie with Sri Lanka after recording only their fourth ever win and first at this level in Thursday’s match in Colombo.

Mar 16, 2015

Soccer-Lowly Asian nations on verge of World Cup pay windfall

SINGAPORE, March 16 (Reuters) – Soccer’s worst international side Bhutan are on the verge of a significant pay windfall if they can reach the second round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday.

Bhutan, ranked 209th and last by FIFA, will take a 1-0 lead into the second leg of their tie with Sri Lanka after recording only their fourth ever win and first at this level in Thursday’s match in Colombo.

Mar 12, 2015

Mooney once again Ireland’s headline act

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – As Ireland prepare for their decisive Pool B clash with Pakistan on Sunday, all-rounder John Mooney finds himself at the centre of a ‘did he or didn’t he?’ controversy that has once again put him in the World Cup headlines.

The authenticity of the bearded bowler’s pivotal catch that dismissed Zimbabwe’s Sean Williams in Ireland’s five-run win on Saturday remains up for debate despite millions of replays, complaints and even government opinion.

Mar 12, 2015

Cricket-Mooney once again Ireland’s headline act

March 12 (Reuters) – As Ireland prepare for their decisive Pool B clash with Pakistan on Sunday, all-rounder John Mooney finds himself at the centre of a ‘did he or didn’t he?’ controversy that has once again put him in the World Cup headlines.

The authenticity of the bearded bowler’s pivotal catch that dismissed Zimbabwe’s Sean Williams in Ireland’s five-run win on Saturday remains up for debate despite millions of replays, complaints and even government opinion.

Mar 9, 2015

Soccer-UAE beat Iran to win 2019 Asian Cup hosting rights

March 9 (Reuters) – United Arab Emirates were, as expected, named hosts of the 2019 Asian Cup on Monday after beating outsiders Iran to stage the expanded 24-team tournament.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced the safe bet decision after a meeting of their executive committee in Bahrain on Monday.

Mar 8, 2015

Golf-Double victory for Park in Singapore as she wins family bet

SINGAPORE, March 8 (Reuters) – South Korea’s Park In-bee picked up a healthy win-double in one of the world’s biggest gambling cities on Sunday after a father-daughter wager helped her focus to success at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.

Before the tournament, the five-times major winner bemoaned the toughness of the notoriously tricky Serapong Course on Sentosa Island, home to one of the citystate’s two casinos, so much that her father said he would pay her $500 for every birdie she made.

Mar 8, 2015

Phenomenal Park holds off Ko and Lewis in Singapore shootout

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – South Korea’s Park In-bee claimed the $1.4 million HSBC Women’s Champions by two shots on Sunday as world number one Lydia Ko and third-ranked Stacy Lewis wilted in the Singapore heat.

Park, who led the duo by two overnight, fired a composed two-under-par 70 for a 15-under 273 total to hold off the esteemed pair in a superb Sunday shootout between the top three players in women’s golf.

Mar 8, 2015

Golf-Phenomenal Park holds off Ko and Lewis in Singapore shootout

SINGAPORE, March 8 (Reuters) – South Korea’s Park In-bee claimed the $1.4 million HSBC Women’s Champions by two shots on Sunday as world number one Lydia Ko and third-ranked Stacy Lewis wilted in the Singapore heat.

Park, who led the duo by two overnight, fired a composed two-under-par 70 for a 15-under 273 total to hold off the esteemed pair in a superb Sunday shootout between the top three players in women’s golf.

Mar 4, 2015

Singapore’s rising mercury a challenge for Ko’s hot streak

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s steamy temperatures will be no less a challenge than the star-studded field at the HSBC Women’s Champions for teenaged world number one Lydia Ko’s bid for her third successive title.

The 17-year-old New Zealander discovered it was not just sweaty palms that golfers have to cope with in the humid Southeast Asian citystate when she played in the 2012 Queen Sirikit Cup.

Mar 4, 2015

Golf-Relaxed approach key for pressure free Park

SINGAPORE, March 4 (Reuters) – Free of the burden that comes with the world number one ranking, South Korea’s Park In-bee is looking forward to a more relaxed year on the LPGA Tour that she hopes will lead to an elusive British Open title.

The 26-year-old world number two was displaced by 17-year-old New Zealander Lydia Ko at the top of the rankings in January and Park was hoping to reap the benefits of being away from the pressures pole position brought.