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Nov 26, 2014

Thais burst through to last four, Singapore hold off Myanmar

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Tournament favourites Thailand booked a spot in the semi-finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup after edging Malaysia 3-2 following a lengthy weather delay on Wednesday, while co-hosts Singapore kick-started their campaign with a nervy 4-2 win over Myanmar.

Heavy rain and lightning delayed kick-off on the artificial turf at the Jalan Besar Stadium for two-and-a-half hours before the Thais were able to record their second win of the eight-team tournament thanks to a 90th minute winner by substitute striker Adisak Kraisorn.

Nov 26, 2014

Soccer-Thais burst through to last four, Singapore hold off Myanmar

SINGAPORE, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Tournament favourites Thailand booked a spot in the semi-finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup after edging Malaysia 3-2 following a lengthy weather delay on Wednesday, while co-hosts Singapore kick-started their campaign with a nervy 4-2 win over Myanmar.

Heavy rain and lightning delayed kick-off on the artificial turf at the Jalan Besar Stadium for two-and-a-half hours before the Thais were able to record their second win of the eight-team tournament thanks to a 90th minute winner by substitute striker Adisak Kraisorn.

Nov 23, 2014

Singapore backtracks on plan to limit players over 30

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Organisers of Singapore’s domestic soccer league have completed an embarrassing U-turn on plans to limit the number of players aged over 30 from competing for clubs in the S.League after several complaints of ageism.

S.League bosses announced earlier this month that the 10 clubs competing in next year’s campaign would only be allowed to register five players aged 30 and above with at least three required to be 25 or under in their 22-man squads.

Nov 23, 2014

Soccer-Singapore backtracks on plan to limit players over 30

SINGAPORE, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Organisers of Singapore’s domestic soccer league have completed an embarrassing U-turn on plans to limit the number of players aged over 30 from competing for clubs in the S.League after several complaints of ageism.

S.League bosses announced earlier this month that the 10 clubs competing in next year’s campaign would only be allowed to register five players aged 30 and above with at least three required to be 25 or under in their 22-man squads.

Nov 22, 2014

Singapore confident of Suzuki title, matchfixing worry lurks

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s embattled coach Bernd Stange was adamant his side had all the ingredients to win another Suzuki Cup title as authorities ramped up efforts to keep the long standing threat of match-fixing at bay.

The defending champions get their campaign underway on Sunday against favourites Thailand in the first of three tricky Group B matches, with old rivals Malaysia and Myanmar, under the guidance of former coach Raddy Avramovic, to follow.

Nov 22, 2014

Soccer-Singapore confident of Suzuki title, matchfixing worry lurks

SINGAPORE, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Singapore’s embattled coach Bernd Stange was adamant his side had all the ingredients to win another Suzuki Cup title as authorities ramped up efforts to keep the long standing threat of match-fixing at bay.

The defending champions get their campaign underway on Sunday against favourites Thailand in the first of three tricky Group B matches, with old rivals Malaysia and Myanmar, under the guidance of former coach Raddy Avramovic, to follow.

Nov 20, 2014

Soccer-Singapore seek Suzuki Cup win at glitzy new home

SINGAPORE, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Defending champions Singapore will make their long awaited bow at their glitzy new National Stadium on Sunday as they kick-off their bid for a record extending fifth Suzuki Cup title against tournament favourites Thailand.

The 55,000 seat venue — the centrepiece of Singapore’s $1 billion Sports Hub — opened in June but the soccer team had been forced to keep playing on the artificial turf at the 5,000 seat Jalan Besar Stadium.

Oct 22, 2014

Embarrassed Williams suffers humbling defeat

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Ecstasy and euphoria are the usual emotions world number one Serena Williams experiences on a tennis court. On Wednesday, she encountered a different one – embarrassment.

One of the game’s all-time greats, a winner of 18-grand slam singles crowns, 63 WTA titles, the owner of four Olympic gold medals, Williams has become accustomed to success.

Oct 22, 2014

Tennis-Embarrassed Williams suffers humbling defeat

SINGAPORE, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Ecstasy and euphoria are the usual emotions world number one Serena Williams experiences on a tennis court. On Wednesday, she encountered a different one – embarrassment.

One of the game’s all-time greats, a winner of 18-grand slam singles crowns, 63 WTA titles, the owner of four Olympic gold medals, Williams has become accustomed to success.

Oct 22, 2014

World number one Williams walloped by Halep

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Simona Halep handed an out of sorts Serena Williams the joint heaviest defeat of her long and illustrious career as the Romanian beat the world number one 6-0 6-2 at the WTA Finals on Wednesday.

As well as Halep played in moving her opponent back and around Singapore’s purple Indoor hardcourt, the 33-year-old American only had herself to blame for the defeat after her serve fell apart and the errors flowed.