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Apr 8, 2015

Bhutan praying for dream Japan tie in World Cup

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – When the second round draw for Asian World Cup qualifying takes place in Kuala Lumpur next week, fans, players and officials in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan will be praying for one outcome.

“The people here want Japan because most of the youth out here are fans of Kagawa because he played for Manchester United,” Bhutan Football Federation official Phutsho Wangdi told Reuters.

Apr 8, 2015

Soccer-Bhutan praying for dream Japan tie in World Cup

April 8 (Reuters) – When the second round draw for Asian World Cup qualifying takes place in Kuala Lumpur next week, fans, players and officials in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan will be praying for one outcome.

“The people here want Japan because most of the youth out here are fans of Kagawa because he played for Manchester United,” Bhutan Football Federation official Phutsho Wangdi told Reuters.

Apr 7, 2015

Singapore grows sports portfolio by adding Sevens leg

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore added to its growing portfolio of sporting events by confirming on Tuesday they will stage a leg of the rugby sevens World Series next year at its National Stadium.

The wealthy Southeast Asian city-state joins Canada’s Vancouver as the new stops for the burgeoning 10-leg series that, this year, acts as a qualifier for rugby’s Olympic return at the Rio de Janeiro Games next year.

Apr 7, 2015

Rugby-Singapore grows sports portfolio by adding Sevens leg

SINGAPORE, April 7 (Reuters) – Singapore added to its growing portfolio of sporting events by confirming on Tuesday they will stage a leg of the rugby sevens World Series next year at its National Stadium.

The wealthy Southeast Asian city-state joins Canada’s Vancouver as the new stops for the burgeoning 10-leg series that, this year, acts as a qualifier for rugby’s Olympic return at the Rio de Janeiro Games next year.

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.