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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.

Oct 22, 2014

Tennis-World number one Williams walloped by Halep

SINGAPORE, Oct 22 (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.

Oct 21, 2014

Tennis-Wozniacki outlasts erratic Sharapova; Radwanska wins

SINGAPORE, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki put a huge dent in Maria Sharapova’s bid to finish the season as world number one by overcoming some distracting bright lights to outlast the Russian 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 6-2 in their marathon opening group match at the WTA Finals on Tuesday.

Following the tense three hour 13 minute affair, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska went into Wednesday to claim a 6-2 6-3 win over Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to join Wozniacki at the top of the White Group standings.

Oct 21, 2014

Wozniacki outlasts erratic Sharapova in WTA Finals

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki put a huge dent in Maria Sharapova’s bid to finish the season as world number one by overcoming some distracting bright lights to down the Russian 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 6-2 in their marathon opening group match of the WTA Finals on Tuesday.

The Dane grabbed the final qualifying spot in the eight-woman field but it was world number two Sharapova who looked the lower ranked player at Singapore’s Indoor Stadium, as some stunning winners were lost in a wave of 76 unforced errors.