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Oct 18, 2014

Williams gets kind draw for WTA Finals defense

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams was handed the best possible draw for her WTA Finals title defense with the 33-year-old American grouped with two injury doubts and avoiding the in-form players.

Williams was pooled in the Red Group on Saturday for the WTA’s season ending event alongside Romanian Simona Halep, Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard and Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic who have managed only one career victory among them against the 18-times grand slam singles champion.

Oct 18, 2014

Singapore shift events to protect pitch for Suzuki Cup

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Proprietors of Singapore’s much-maligned National Stadium have bumped a concert in an attempt to assure concerned organisers that they will have a pitch up to the standards for next month’s Suzuki Cup.

Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou’s Nov. 8 performance will be moved to a week after the conclusion of the Nov. 22–Dec.20 Southeast Asian football championships amid fears that covering the pitch for the concert would kill the grass.

Oct 18, 2014

Soccer-Singapore shift events to protect pitch for Suzuki Cup

SINGAPORE, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Proprietors of Singapore’s much-maligned National Stadium have bumped a concert in an attempt to assure concerned organisers that they will have a pitch up to the standards for next month’s Suzuki Cup.

Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou’s Nov. 8 performance will be moved to a week after the conclusion of the Nov. 22-Dec.20 Southeast Asian soccer championships amid fears that covering the pitch for the concert would kill the grass.

Oct 14, 2014

Neymar scores all four as Brazil rout Japan

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Neymar scored all four goals in a sumptuous display for Brazil as the five-times world champions routed an under-strength Japan 4-0 in a friendly in Singapore on Tuesday to maintain Dunga’s perfect start since returning as coach.

The Brazilian skipper took his impressive tally to 40 goals in 58 matches after his strikes against a shabby Japanese side on a patchy National Stadium pitch deemed “far short of international standards” by Singapore’s Football Association.

Oct 14, 2014

Soccer-Neymar scores all four as Brazil rout Japan

SINGAPORE, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Neymar scored all four goals in a sumptuous display for Brazil as the five-times world champions routed an under-strength Japan 4-0 in a friendly in Singapore on Tuesday to maintain Dunga’s perfect start since returning as coach.

The Brazilian skipper took his impressive tally to 40 goals in 58 matches after his strikes against a shabby Japanese side on a patchy National Stadium pitch deemed “far short of international standards” by Singapore’s Football Association.

Oct 13, 2014

Aguirre to continue exploring huge Japanese talent pool

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – New Japan coach Javier Aguirre will continue to chop and change his lineups as he wades through the “abundance of talent” to find the best 23-man squad for their Asian Cup defence in January.

The Japanese take on five-times world champions Brazil in a friendly in Singapore on Tuesday with Mexican Aguirre promising six changes to his lineup from Friday’s 1-0 home success over Jamaica in Niigata.

Oct 13, 2014

Soccer-Aguirre to continue exploring huge Japanese talent pool

SINGAPORE, Oct 13 (Reuters) – New Japan coach Javier Aguirre will continue to chop and change his lineups as he wades through the “abundance of talent” to find the best 23-man squad for their Asian Cup defence in January.

The Japanese take on five-times world champions Brazil in a friendly in Singapore on Tuesday with Mexican Aguirre promising six changes to his lineup from Friday’s 1-0 home success over Jamaica in Niigata.

Oct 13, 2014

Dunga wary of Brazil injuries on sandy Singapore surface

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s sandy pitch heightens the risk of injuries and the lack of grass makes passing football difficult, Brazil coach Dunga said on Monday ahead of their friendly against Asian champions Japan.

The surface at the National Stadium, the centre piece of Singapore’s $1 billion Sports Hub complex, has been heavily criticised as ground staff struggle in the tropical climate amid the different demands of various concerts and sporting events.

Oct 13, 2014

Soccer-Dunga wary of Brazil injuries on sandy Singapore surface

SINGAPORE, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Singapore’s sandy pitch heightens the risk of injuries and the lack of grass makes passing football difficult, Brazil coach Dunga said on Monday ahead of their friendly against Asian champions Japan.

The surface at the National Stadium, the centre piece of Singapore’s $1 billion Sports Hub complex, has been heavily criticised as ground staff struggle in the tropical climate amid the different demands of various concerts and sporting events.

Oct 13, 2014

New Zealand Maori fixture in Singapore under threat

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The New Zealand Maori’s non-cap rugby test against the invitational Asia Pacific Dragons in Singapore next month is in doubt as the hosts battle to repair a problematic pitch at their new National Stadium.

The surface was laid in May but lacked an appropriate bedding period and has been re-seeded four times, staff said on Monday, as they try to cope with the demands of hosting so many different events in a tropical climate.