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The National Sports Institute (NSI) unveiled their 10-year blueprint recently with the hope of playing a more prominent role as the agent of change in Malaysian sport. Starsports’ RAJES PAUL spoke to NSI chief operating officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz on the points that are set to transform the sports science unit.
THE game of darts – once a favourite pub game– has taken on new life with a modern, updated version that is fast becoming mainstream.
Subang Jaya Community Sports Club’s Under-14 boys’ team were forced to work hard for a victory over KBPP in the final of the Subang SJCSC Invitational Tournament.
TWO managers who have had it really rough this season are Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger.
A British guide believes that rapid ascents of the world’s tallest mountain are better. But it involves sleeping in low-oxygen tents for weeks beforehand.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Alex Liew, Adrian Ang (pic) and Zulmazran Zulkifli will need a Herculean effort on Thursday to keep their hopes alive at the Men’s World Bowling Championships in Abu Dhabi.
KUALA LUMPUR: Maybank created the biggest upset in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) when they came back from a goal down to stun League champions Terengganu 3-2 in the first leg semi-final match at the Kuala Terengganu Municipal Hockey Stadium.
PETALING JAYA: Arie Irawan Fauzi was quick to put last week’s disappointment aside when he seized a three-stroke lead in the first round of the season-ending PGM Maybank Player’s Championship.
HANOI: Desperate times call for desperate measures. And national football coach Dollah Salleh, apart from hoping for a miracle, will ring the changes in the do-or-die second leg semi-final match at the My Dinh Stadium on Thurdsay.
KUALA LUMPUR: Shooters Joseline Cheah, Wahidah Ismail and Bibiana Ng bounced back from their disappointment to win at the South-East Asia Shooting Association (SEASA) Championships in Singapore.
AFF SUZUKI CUP
Final, first leg
Thailand 2 Malaysia 0
Final, second leg
Malaysia 3 Thailand 2 (Thailand won 4-3 on aggregate)
Liverpool 2 Arsenal 2
Newcastle 0 Sunderland 1
Man City 3 Crystal Palace 0
Aston Villa 1 Man United 1
Hull 0 Swansea 1
QPR 3 West Brom 2
Southampton 3 Everton 0
Tottenham 2 Burnley 1
West Ham 2 Leicester 0
Leading final round scores: 272: Arjun Atwal (Ind) 73-65-68-66; 273: Wang Jeung-hun (Kor) 71-67-68-67; 275: Simon Yates (Sco) 71-67-69-68; 276: Jake Higginbottom (Aus) 72-71-69-64, Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) 74-69-65-68; 277: Carlos Pigem (Spa) 70-73-68-66, Daisuke Kataoka (Jpn) 73-66-68-70, Pariya Junhasavasdikul (Tha) 68-72-67-70, Chapchai Nirat (Tha) 71-69-67-70, Jbe Kruger (Rsa) 70-72-64-71; 278: Bryce Easton (Rsa) 69-71-69-69, Mo Joong-kyung (Kor) 70-71-68-69, Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind) 69-69-69-71, Shiv Kapur (Ind) 71-66-69-72; 279: Unho Park (Aus) 75-68-69-67, Rattanon Wannasrichan (Tha) 75-70-67-67, Thitiphun Chuayprakong (Tha) 70-71-67-71, Darren Clarke (Nir) 72-71-64-72.
SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures
Tuesday, Dec 23
Stoke v Chelsea - 4am**
Friday, Dec 26
Chelsea v West Ham - 8.45pm
Burnley v Liverpool - 11pm
Crystal Palace v Southampton - 11pm
Everton v Stoke - 11pm
Leicester v Tottenham - 11pm
Man United v Newcastle - 11pm
Sunderland v Hull - 11pm
Swansea v Aston Villa - 11pm
West Brom v Man City - 11pm
Saturday, Dec 27
Arsenal v QPR - 1.30am**
Sunday, Dec 28
Tottenham v Man United - 8pm
Southampton v Chelsea - 10.05pm
Aston Villa v Sunderland - 11pm
Hull v Leicester - 11pm
Man City v Burnley - 11pm
QPR v Crystal Palace - 11pm
Stoke v West Brom - 11pm
West Ham v Arsenal - 11pm
Newcastle v Everton - 11pm
Tuesday, Dec 30
Liverpool v Swansea - 4am**
Thursday, Jan 1
Stoke v Man United - 8.45pm
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace - 11pm
Hull v Everton - 11pm
Liverpool v Leicester - 11pm
Man City v Sunderland - 11pm
Newcastle v Burnley - 11pm
QPR v Swansea - 11pm
Southampton v Arsenal - 11pm
West Ham v West Brom - 11pm
Friday, Jan 2
Tottenham v Chelsea - 1.30am**
** Denotes morning match
All matches in Malaysian time
Last 16 draw
(First leg ties on Feb 17-18, 24-25; Second leg on March 10-11, 17-18)
Paris St Germain (Fra) vs Chelsea (Eng)
Manchester City (Eng) vs Barcelona (Spa)
Bayer Leverkusen (Ger) vs Atletico Madrid (Spa)
Juventus (Ita) vs Borussia Dortmund (Ger)
Schalke (Ger) vs Real Madrid (Spa)
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukr) vs Bayern Munich (Ger)
Arsenal (Eng) vs Monaco (Fra)
FC Basel (Swi) vs FC Porto (Por)
World Club Cup
Final: Real Madrid 2 San Lorenzo 0.
Dutch Div 1: Cambuur 2 Zwolle 1, Dordrecht 1 Groningen 1, PSV Eindhoven 5 Go Ahead Eagles 0, AZ Alkmaar 0 Utrecht 3.
Leading standings: 1. PSV Eindhoven 43, 2. Ajax 36, 3. FC Zwolle 29, 4. AZ Alkmaar 28, 5. Feyenoord 28.
French Div 1: Paris St Germain 0 Montpellier 0, Caen 1 Bastia 1, Lorient 1 Nantes 2, Metz 0 Monaco 1, Rennes 1 Reims 3, Toulouse 1 Guingamp 1.
Leading standings: 1. Marseille 38, 2. Paris St Germain 38, 3. Lyon 36, 4. Saint-Etienne 33, 5. Monaco 32.
German Div 1: Schalke 0 Hamburg 0, Bayer Leverkusen 1 Eintracht Frankfurt 1, Augsburg 2 Borussia Moenchengladbach 1, Werder Bremen 2 Borussia Dortmund 1, VfB Stuttgart 0 Paderborn 0, VfL Wolfsburg 2 Cologne 1.
Leading standings: 1. Bayern Munich 45, 2. Wolfsburg 34, 3. Bayer Leverkusen 28, 4. Borussia Moenchengladbach 27, 4. Schalke 27.
Italian Serie A: Sassuolo 1 Cesena 1, Roma 0 AC Milan 0.
Leading standings: 1. Juventus 39, 2. Roma 36, 3. Napoli 27, 4. Lazio 26, 5. Sampdoria 26.
Portuguese Premier League: Estoril 1 Vitoria Guimaraes 0.
Leading standings: 1. Benfica 34, 2. FC Porto 31, 3. Vitoria Guimaraes 28, 4. Sporting Braga 25, 5. Sporting Lisbon 24.
Scottish Premier League: Aberdeen 1 Kilmarnock 0, Partick Thistle 1 Dundee 1, Ross County 0 Hamilton Academical 1, St Johnstone 1 Inverness CT 0, St Mirren 0 Motherwell 1.
Leading standings: 1. Celtic 38, 2. Aberdeen 34, 3. Hamilton Academical 33, 4. Inverness CT 32, 5. Dundee United 31.
Scottish Championship: Dumbarton 0 Falkirk 3, Hearts 2 Alloa 0, Queen of the South 1 Cowdenbeath 2, Raith 1 Hibernian 3, Rangers 2 Livingston 0.
Leading standings: 1. Hearts 44, 2. Rangers 35, 3. Hibernian 28, 4. Queen of the South 28, 5. Falkirk 26.
Spanish Div 1: Barcelona 5 Cordoba 0, Levante 1 Real Sociedad 1, Eibar 0 Valencia 1, Rayo Vallecano 1 Espanyol 3.
Leading standings: 1. Real Madrid 39, 2. Barcelona 38, 3. Atletico Madrid 32, 4. Valencia 31, 5. Sevilla 30.
BWF WORLD SUPERSERIES FINALS
Men’s singles: Chen Long (Chn) bt Hans Kristian-Vittinghus (Den) 21-16, 21-10.
Men's doubles: Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) bt Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) 19-21, 21-19, 21-16.
Women’s singles: Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) bt Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) 21-17, 21-12.
Women’s doubles: Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) bt Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) 21-17, 21-14.
Mixed doubles: Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Liu Cheng-Bao Yixin (Chn) 21-15, 21-12.
Dallas 99 San Antonio 93, Phoenix 99 New York 90, Portland 114 New Orleans 88, Charlotte 104 Utah 86, Atlanta 104 Houston 97, Denver 76 Indiana 73, LA Clippers 106 Milwaukee 102.
AGONG CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Men's final: Malacca 76 Police 69.
Third-placing: Sarawak 75 KL 51.
Women's final: Selangor 46 Johor 43.
Third placing: KL 62 Malacca 48.
WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Final: Nicol David (Mas) bt Raneem El Welily (Egy) 5-11, 11-8, 7-11, 14-12, 11-5.
IPT 1Malaysia Squash Circuit
Final: Ivan Yuen (UPM) bt Mohd Addeen Idrakie (UM) 11-8, 11-9, 11-8.
Third placing playoff: Mohd Amir Farhan (UPM) bt Shaun Kwan (Nilai) 12-10, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7.
Final: Zulhijjah Azan (UPM) bt Jadeleen Lee (Sunway) 11-3, 11-9, 11-3.
Third placing playoff: Ilya Kareena Ibrahim (UiTM) bt Sima Padbod (MAHSA) 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.
Nov 22-Dec 20
Football: AFF Suzuki Cup
Squash: Women’s World Team Championship
Niagara on the lake, Canada
Golf: USPGA Champions Tour - PNC Father-Son Challenge
Swimming: World Championships (short course)
Bowling: World Bowling Championship 2014
Track Cycling: World Cup
Badminton: Yonex Grand Prix
Hockey: Men’s Hero Hockey Champions Trophy
Squash: Women’s World Championship
Badminton: BWF World Superseries Finals
Jan 2: Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon, Japan
Jan 3: Xiamen International Marathon, China
Jan 18: Houston Marathon, USA
Jan 23: Dubai Marathon
Jan 25: Hong Kong Marathon; Osaka Women's Marathon, Japan
Jan 31: Karlsruhe-IAAF Indoor Meet, Germany
Jan 13-18: Malaysia Masters, Kuching
Jan 15-18: Swedish Masters, Sweden
Jan 20-25: Syed Modi Championships, India
Jan 27-Feb 1: China International Challenge
Jan 2-11: Brunswick Ballmaster Open, Finland
Jan 11-18: Irish Open Championships, Dublin
Jan 15-26: Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships, Thailand
Jan 17-25: Tour Down Under, Australia
Jan 17-18: Track Cycling World Cup, Colombia
Jan 29-Feb 1: New Zealand Cycle Classic
Jan 9-31: AFC Asian Cup, Australia
Jan 17-Feb 8: African Cup of Nations,Equatorial Guinea
Jan 9-12: Tournament of Champions, Hawaii, USA
Jan 15-18: Sony Open, Hawaii, USA
Jan 22-25: Humana Challenge, California, USA
Jan 29-Feb 1: Phoenix Open, Arizona, USA
Jan 17-25: World League Round 2 (Men), Singapore
Jan 10: Formula E Buenos Aires ePrix, Argentina
Jan 2-6: British Junior Open, Sheffield, England
Jan 14-23: Tournament of Champions; New York, USA
Jan 21-26: Greenwich Open, Connecticut, USA
Jan 22-27: Motor City Open, Michigan, USA
Jan 27-Feb 1: Winnipeg Women's Open, Manitoba, Canada
Jan 29-Feb 3: Cleveland Classic, Ohio, USA
Jan 4-10: Hopman Cup, Perth, Australia
Jan 4-11: Brisbane International, Australia
Jan 5-11: Chennai Open, India
Jan 5-10: Qatar Open, Doha
Jan 12-17: Apia International Sydney, Australia
Jan 12-17: Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand
Jan 19-Feb 1: Australian Open, Melbourne
Feb 1: NFL Superbowl, Arizona, USA
Feb 1: IAAF World Indoor Meet, Moscow, Russia
Feb 7: IAAF World Indoor Meet, Boston, USA
Feb 19: IAAF World Indoor Meet, Stockholm, Sweden
Feb 21: IAAF World Indoor Meet, Birmingham, Britain
Feb 22: Tokyo Marathon, Japan
Feb 18-21: Austrian Open, Vienna
Feb 24-March 1: German Open, Mulheim an der Ruhr
Feb 14-March 29: World Cup, Australia and New Zealand
Feb 18-22: World Track Championships, TBA
Feb 20-22: Diving Grand Prix, Germany
Feb 3- Aug 5: Copa Libertadores, various locations
Feb 17-18: Champions League Round of 16 First Leg, various locations
Feb 24-25: Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg, various locations
Feb 2-8: Farmers Insurance Open, California, USA
Feb 9-15: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, California, USA
Feb 23-March 1: The Honda Classic, Florida, USA
Feb 4-8: Delaware Open (Women), USA
Feb 5-8: Swedish Open, Linkoping
Feb 24 - March 4: Windy City Open, Chicago, USA
Feb 2-8: Ecuador Open, Quito
Feb 2-8: Open Sud de France, Montpellier, France
Feb 2-8: Zagreb Indoors, Croatia
Feb 9-15: ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Holland
Feb 9-15: Brazil Open, Sao Paulo
Feb 9-15: Memphis Open, USA
Feb 9- Nov 15: Fed Cup, various locations
Feb 16-22: Rio Open, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Feb 16-22: Delray Beach Open, USA
Feb 16-22: Open 13, Marseille, France
Feb 23-28: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, U.A.E
Feb 23-28: Mexico Open, Acapulco
Feb 23 - March 1: Argentina Open, Buenos Aires
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