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When there's no set target for the Singapore SEA Games, it's a clear manifestation of lack of faith in our athletes. But when there's no target, what is the benchmark?
THE resignations of four Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) coaches, including chief coach Zhou Kejian, in just one week is no big surprise, really.
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.
ON Thursday night, I had the chance to watch Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar open the cap of the Queen’s baton – again.
It was the same baton used for the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
THIS is my last column and it has really been an eventful year. What more on the back of recent news that a top athlete has failed a dope test.
DOPING has been a hot topic in Malaysia sport of late. Especially after the nation's world No. 1 shuttler Lee Chong Wei reportedly failed his A sample test during the World Championship in Denmark in August. STARSPORT speaks to Tan Sri Dr. M. Jegathesan to illuminate what goes on in the testing process.
IT was at the World Championships in Kuala Lumpur in 2007 when I first became aware of the possible existence of match-fixing in badminton.
THIS is my last column for The Star this year.
LIFE as an athlete sucks.
WINNING the first Olympic gold in 2016 Rio de Janeiro is just going to be a pipe dream for Malaysia.
FA CUP SECOND ROUND
Sungai Ara FC 0 MISC-MIFA 1, N.Sembilan 2 UiTM FC 0, Sime Darby 5 PBAPP FC 1, Police 3 Sabah 0, Sarawak 1 Kelantan 2, KL MOF FC 1 Kuala Lumpur 3, Hanelang FC 0 Kedah 1.
Penang vs Perlis
(City Stadium, Penang)
Felda United vs Selangor
(Selayang Stadium, Kuala Lumpur)
Malacca vs Terengganu
(Hang Jebat Stadium, Malacca)
Shahzan Muda vs Perak
(Darul Makmur Stadium, Kuantan - 4.15pm)
T-Team vs Armed Forces
(Sultan Ismail Stadium, K. Terengganu)
Kedah Malays vs Lions XII
(Darulaman Stadium, Alor Setar)
SPA Putrajaya vs Kuantan FA
(MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya - 4.15pm)
JDT II vs PKNS FC
(Pasir Gudang Stadium, Johor)
Pahang vs JDT
(Darul Makmur Stadium, Kuantan)
Saturday, March 7
All matches at 8.45pm
Pahang v Sime Darby FC
JDT v Sarawak
Perak v Kelantan
Felda United v Lions XII
Terengganu v armed Forces
Police v Selangor
Southampton 0 Liverpool 2
Everton 2 Leicester 2
Tottenham 2 West Ham 2
Man City 5 Newcastle 0
Aston Villa 1 Stoke 2
Chelsea 1 Burnley 1
Crystal Palace 1 Arsenal 2
Hull 2 QPR 1
Sunderland 0 West Brom 0
Swansea 2 Man United 1
SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures
Saturday, Feb 28
West Ham v Crystal Palace - 8.45pm
Burnley v Swansea - 11pm
Man United v Sunderland - 11pm
Newcastle v Aston Villa - 11pm
Stoke v Hull - 11pm
West Brom v Southampton - 11pm
Leicester v Chelsea - postponed
Sunday, March 1
Liverpool v Man City - 8pm
Arsenal v Everton - 10.05pm
Wednesday, March 4
Aston Villa v West Brom - 3.45am**
Hull v Sunderland - 3.45pm**
Southampton v Crystal Palace - 3.45am**
Thursday, March 5
Man City v Leicester - 3.45am**
Newcastle v Man United - 3.45am**
QPR v Arsenal - 3.45am**
Stoke v Everton - 3.45am**
Tottenham v Swansea - 3.45am**
West Ham v Chelsea - 3.45am**
Liverpool v Burnley - 4am**
Saturday, March 7
QPR v Tottenham - 11pm
Saturday, March 14
Crystal Palace v QPR - 8.45pm
Arsenal v West Ham - 11pm
Everton v Newcastle - 11pm
Leicester v Hull - 11pm
Sunderland v Aston Villa - 11pm
West Brom v Stoke - 11pm
Sunday, March 15
Burnley v Man City - 1.30am**
Chelsea v Southampton - 9.30pm
Man United v Tottenham - 12mn
Tuesday, March 17
Swansea v Liverpool - 4am**
** 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)
Schalke (Ger) 0 Real Madrid (Spa) 2.
FC Basel (Swi) 1 FC Porto (Por) 1.
Paris St Germain (Fra) 1 Chelsea (Eng) 1.
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukr) 0 Bayern Munich (Ger) 0.
Manchester City (Eng) 1 Barcelona (Spa) 2.
Juventus (Ita) 2 Borussia Dortmund (Ger) 1.
Bayer Leverkusen (Ger) 1 Atletico Madrid (Spa) 0
Arsenal (Eng) 1 Monaco (Fra) 3
Round of 32 second-leg
Cleveland 110 Golden State 99, Phoenix 117 Oklahoma City 113 (OT).
Second round: Carlos Berlocq (Arg) bt Fabio Fognini (Ita) 6-3, 6-0; Blaz Rola (Slo) bt Facundo Bagnis (Arg) 6-2, 6-1; Nicolas Almagro (Spa) bt Albert Ramos (Spa) 6-3, 6-4; Tommy Robredo (Spa) bt Renzo Olivo (Arg) 6-1, 6-2.
Quarter-finals: Novak Djokovic (Srb) bt Marsel Ilhan (Tur) 6-1, 6-1; Tomas Berdych (Cze) bt Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2; Roger Federer (Sui) bt Richard Gasquet (Fra) 6-1, rtd; Borna Coric (Cro) bt Andy Murray (Bri) 6-1, 6-3.
Semi-finals: Roger Federer (Swi) bt Borna Coric (Cro) 6-2, 6-1.
Quarter-finals: Kei Nishikori (Jpn) bt Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukr) 6-4, 6-4; Kevin Anderson (Rsa) bt Viktor Troicki (Srb) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Ryan Harrison (US) bt Ivo Karlic (Cro) 4-6, 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (7-4); David Ferrer (Spa) bt Bernard Tomic (Aus) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
Quarter-finals: Maria Sharapova (Rus) bt Magdalena Rybarikova (Svk) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2; Caroline Garcia (Fra) bt Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Cro) 6-2, 2-1, rtd; Timea Bacsinszky (Sui) bt Johanna Larsson (Swe) 6-3, 6-3; Sesil Karatantcheva (Bul) bt Monica Puig (Pur) 2-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4.
Quarter finals: Carla Suarez (Spa) bt Petra Kvitova (Cze) 3-6, 6-0, 6-3; Lucie Safarova (Cze) bt Andrea Petkovic (Ger) 6-2, 6-1; Venus Williams (US) bt Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3; Victoria Azarenka (Blr) bt Caroline Wozniacki (Den) 6-3, 6-1.
Semi-finals: Lucie Safarova (Cze) bt Carla Suarez Navarro (Spa) 6-3, 6-2.
Leading first round scores (USA unless noted): 65: Jim Herman; 66: Brendan Steele; 67: Padraig Harrington (Irl), Martin Flores, Patrick Reed; 68: Daniel Berger, Scott Piercy, Martin Kaymer (Ger), Rory Sabbatini (Rsa), S.J. Park (Kor), David Lingmerth (Swe), Jamie Donaldson (Wal); 69: Ben Crane, Zach Johnson, Michael Thompson, Brendon de Jonge (Zim), Russell Knox (Sco), Luke Donald (Eng), Paul Casey (Eng); 70: Thomas Bjorn (Den), Nicholas Thompson, Sean O’Hair, Brian Harman, Rickie Fowler, Matt Every, Charles Howell, Jason Kokrak, John Huh, Robert Garrigus, David Hearn (Can), Lucas Glover, Ben Martin, Alex Cejka (Ger), Freddie Jacobson (Swe).
Honda LPGA Thailand
Windy City Open, Chicago
Men: Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy) bt Fares Dessouki (Egy) 11-9, 3-11, 10-12, 11-7, 13-11; Saurav Ghosal (Ind) bt Max Lee (Hkg) 11-5, 4-11, 11-8, 11-13, 13-11; Nicolas Mueller (Sui) bt Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy) 9-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-9; Tarek Momen (Egy) bt Alan Clyne (Sco) 11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9; Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col) bt Zahed Mohamed (Egy) 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4; Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy) bt Gregoire Marche (Fra) 11-5, 11-1, 8-11, 11-5; Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) bt Mathieu Castagnet (Fra) 6-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-5; Amr Shabana (Egy) bt Chris Simpson (Eng) 11-6, 11-6, 11-8.
(Matches involving Malaysians)
Men’s singles: Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) bt Goh Soon Huat 21-11, 21-15.
Women’s doubles: Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei bt Hsu Ya-ching-Pai Yu-po (Tpe) 21-13, 21-14.
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
March 6-8: 33rd European Athletics Indoor Championships, Czech Republic
March 3-8: All-England Open, Birmingham
March 10-15: Swiss Open, Basel
March 17-22: Vietnam International Challenge, Hanoi
March 18-21: Polish Open, Arlamow
March 24-29: India Open, New Delhi
March 31- April 5: Maybank Malaysia Open, Kuala Lumpur
March 20-26: DIBC Open Bowling Tournament, Dubai
March 22-31: Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships, Macau
March 8-15: Le Tour de Langkawi
March 13-5: World Series, Beijing
March 19-21: World Series, Dubai
March 10-11: Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg, various locations
March 17-18: Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg, various locations
March 2-8: World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, Florida
March 9-15: Valspar Championship, Florida
March 16-22: Arnold Palmer Invitational, Florida
March 23-29: Valero Texas Open, US
March 7-15: World League Round 2 (Women), New Delhi
March 14: Formula E: Miami ePrix, Florida, US
March 15: Australian F1 Grand Prix, Melbourne
March 29: Malaysian F1 Grand Prix, Sepang
March 29: Qatar MotoGP Grand Prix, Losail
March 13-20: Dubai Open (Men), UAE
March 23-27: Canary Wharf Classic (Men), London
March 31 - Apr 5: Open de Paris (Men), Paris
March 6-8: Davis Cup (First round), various locations
March 9-16: BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, US
March 23-30: Miami Open, US
Apr 5: Daegu International Marathon, South Korea
Apr 12: Milano Marathon, Italy.
Mangyoungdae Marathon, North Korea
Brighton Marathon, Britain
Rotterdam Marathon, Holland
Santiago Marathon, Chile
Paris Marathon, France
Vienna City Marathon, Austria
Apr 19: Hannover Marathon, Germany
Nagano Marathon, Japan
Apr 20: Boston Marathon, USA
Apr 26: London Marathon, England
Madrid Marathon, Spain
Apr 7-12: Singapore Open
Apr 14-19: China Masters, Changzhou
April 21-16: Asia Championships, China
Apr 28-May 3: New Zealand Open, Auckland
Apr 2-5: Grand Prix, Mexico
Apr 9-12: Grand Prix, Canada
Apr 16-19: Grand Prix, Puerto Rico
Apr 24-26: World Series, Russia
Apr 14-15: Champions League quarter-finals first leg
Apr 16: Europa League quarter-finals first leg
Apr 18-19: FA Cup semi-finals, Wembley
Apr 21-22: Champions League quarter-finals first leg
Apr 23: Europa League quarter-finals first leg
Apr 23-26: Indonesian Open, Jakarta
Apr 2-5: Houston Open, Texas
Apr 9-12: US Masters, Georgia
Apr 16-19: RBC Heritage, South Carolina
Apr 23-26: Zurich Classic, Louisiana
Apr 29-May 3: World Golf Championships Match Play, San Francisco
Apr 23-26: China Open, Shanghai
Apr 2-5: ANA Inspiration, California
Apr 15-18: Lotte Championship, Hawaii
Apr 23-26: Swinging Skirts Classic, San Francisco
Apr 10-12: Grand Prix of the Americas, Texas
Apr 17-19: Argentinian Grand Prix, Temas de Rio
Apr 10-12: Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai
Apr 17-19: Bahrain Grand Prix, Shakir
March 31-Apr 5: Paris Open (men), France
Apr 2-10: El Gouna International (men), Egypt
Apr 7-12: Texas Open (women), USA
Apr 20-24: Malaysian Tour Leg 2
Apr 13-19: Grasshopper Cup (men), Switzerland
Apr 29-May 2: Canadian Championships
Apr 6-12: Grand Prix Hassan II, Morocco
US Men’s Clay Court Championship, Houston
Apr 12-19: Monte Carlo Masters, Monaco
Apr 20-26: Barcelona Open, Spain
BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy, Romania
Apr 27-May 3: BMW Open, Germany
Estoril Open, Portugal
Istanbul Open, Turkey
Apr 26-May 3: World Championships, China
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