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Oct 10, 2014

Rugby-Singapore wants to host British Lions, tests and sevens

SINGAPORE, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Singapore is in discussions on staging a British and Irish Lions tour match, international tests and a leg of the rugby sevens series at its new $1 billion Sports Hub as part of efforts to become a ‘home away from home’ for the sport’s biggest names.

International Rugby Board officials gathered in the wealthy Southeast Asian city-state this week for their annual meeting, with IRB President Bernard Lapasset leading the praise of Singapore’s new 55,000 National Stadium.

Oct 10, 2014

Brazil’s Samba Boys set for Singapore sand

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s plan to boost its international profile by staging a glamour football friendly between Brazil and Japan could backfire due to the appalling state of the playing surface at the centrepiece of the city-state’s $1 billion (620.04 million pounds) Sports Hub.

A sell-out crowd is expected at the 55,000-seat retractable roof National Stadium to watch the five-times world champions play the Asian Cup winners on Tuesday.

Oct 10, 2014

Soccer-Brazil’s Samba Boys set for Singapore sand

SINGAPORE, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Singapore’s plan to boost its international profile by staging a glamour football friendly between Brazil and Japan could backfire due to the appalling state of the playing surface at the centrepiece of the city-state’s $1 billion Sports Hub.

A sell-out crowd is expected at the 55,000-seat retractable roof National Stadium to watch the five-times world champions play the Asian Cup winners on Tuesday.

Oct 8, 2014

Rugby-Japan would host Super Rugby matches in Singapore – IRB

SINGAPORE, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Japan appear to have moved ahead in the race to become the 18th Super Rugby side by offering to host matches at the home of rivals bidders Singapore to negate concerns about long travel times from South Africa.

The considerably longer journey was believed to be Japan’s main stumbling block in their bid to edge out Singapore and join the Southern Hemisphere competition in 2016 along with South Africa’s Southern Kings and an Argentine based team.

Oct 3, 2014

Quartet complete WTA Finals lineup after rivals lose

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Eugenie Bouchard, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic have completed the lineup for the WTA Finals in Singapore later this month after their closest challengers were knocked out early at the China Open.

Germany’s Angelique Kerber and Ekaterina Makarova of Russia lost in the third round in Beijing on Thursday to send the quartet through to the Oct. 20-26 tournament alongside Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova.

Oct 3, 2014

Tennis-Quartet complete WTA Finals lineup after rivals lose

SINGAPORE, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Eugenie Bouchard, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic have completed the lineup for the WTA Finals in Singapore later this month after their closest challengers were knocked out early at the China Open.

Germany’s Angelique Kerber and Ekaterina Makarova of Russia lost in the third round in Beijing on Thursday to send the quartet through to the Oct. 20-26 tournament alongside Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova.

Sep 21, 2014

Unwanted Vergne delivers a timely reminder

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Jean-Eric Vergne did his best to boost his chances of being back on the Formula One grid next year with a season’s best sixth place for Toro Rosso in Singapore on Sunday despite two penalties.

The Frenchman is being replaced by 16-year-old Max Verstappen for 2015, with the team indicating in Singapore that the Dutch driver will get a run in the car during practice at next month’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Sep 21, 2014

Motor racing-Unwanted Vergne delivers a timely reminder

SINGAPORE, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Jean-Eric Vergne did his best to boost his chances of being back on the Formula One grid next year with a season’s best sixth place for Toro Rosso in Singapore on Sunday despite two penalties.

The Frenchman is being replaced by 16-year-old Max Verstappen for 2015, with the team indicating in Singapore that the Dutch driver will get a run in the car during practice at next month’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Sep 21, 2014

Burnt Magnussen claims “hardest point” in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen labelled his 10th place finish at the stifling Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday as the hardest point he had earned in Formula One after he suffered burns from his overheated car.

The demanding two-hour race under the floodlights along the 23-turn Marina Bay street circuit is always one of the toughest on the calendar with evening temperatures around 30 Celsius and humidity high in the Southeast Asian city state.

Sep 21, 2014

Motor racing-Burnt Magnussen claims “hardest point” in Singapore

SINGAPORE, Sept 21 (Reuters) – McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen labelled his 10th place finish at the stifling Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday as the hardest point he had earned in Formula One after he suffered burns from his overheated car.

The demanding two-hour race under the floodlights along the 23-turn Marina Bay street circuit is always one of the toughest on the calendar with evening temperatures around 30 Celsius and humidity high in the Southeast Asian city state.