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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.

Feb 27, 2015

Pet pooch pivotal in the rise of Ireland’s other O’Brien

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – Niall O’Brien, the sturdy batting backbone during Irish cricket’s meteoric rise, owes much of his World Cup success to the timely arrival of a pet dog during his troublesome teenage years.

Growing up in Dublin, O’Brien, son of former Ireland captain Brendan and older brother to team mate Kevin, would frequently find himself in schoolyard scraps and have run-ins with the police because of his spiky temperament.

Feb 27, 2015

Cricket-Pet pooch pivotal in the rise of Ireland’s other O’Brien

Feb 27 (Reuters) – Niall O’Brien, the sturdy batting backbone during Irish cricket’s meteoric rise, owes much of his World Cup success to the timely arrival of a pet dog during his troublesome teenage years.

Growing up in Dublin, O’Brien, son of former Ireland captain Brendan and older brother to team mate Kevin, would frequently find himself in schoolyard scraps and have run-ins with the police because of his spiky temperament.

Jan 30, 2015

Third-party ownership ban illegal – Mendes

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The ban on third-party ownership (TPO) of players is illegal and will kill competition in European football, one of the sport’s most powerful agents, Jorge Mendes, told Reuters.

The Portuguese, who represents World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho amongst others, also blasted UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, saying they only helped strengthen the grip of the elite.

Jan 30, 2015

Soccer-Third-party ownership ban illegal – Mendes

SINGAPORE, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The ban on third-party ownership (TPO) of players is illegal and will kill competition in European football, one of the sport’s most powerful agents, Jorge Mendes, told Reuters.

The Portuguese, who represents World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho amongst others, also blasted UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, saying they only helped strengthen the grip of the elite.

Jan 28, 2015

Scaled back Singapore Open to return next year

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Singapore Open, once Asia’s richest golf tournament, will return next year after a three-year absence but with a vast drop in prize money and without the European Tour on board.

The $1 million Jan. 28-31 event will be co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour (JGTO) after Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation agreed to a three-year sponsorship of the tournament, last held in 2012 with a $6 million purse.

Jan 21, 2015

Is expansion good or bad for Asian Cup?

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has lauded the record lack of draws at the ongoing Asian Cup in Australia, but the absence of tied matches raises questions about the competitiveness of future 24-team expanded editions.

Five of the quarter-finalists at the 16-team tournament in Australia qualified with a group game to spare, with six of the first 20 matches being won by at least a three-goal margin.