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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.
AFC Cup: JDT 2 Kitchee (Hkg) 0, South China (Hkg) 3 Pahang 1.
Saturday, April 18
(All matches at 8.45pm unless stated)
JDT v Kelantan
Selangor v Lions XII
Sarawak v Armed Forces
Terengganu v Felda United
Sime Darby v Police
Sunday, April 19
Pahang v Perak - 8.45pm
(First leg on April 14 and 15, Second leg on April 21 and 22)
All matches at 2.45am Malaysian time on the next day
Atletico Madrid (Spa) 0 Real Madrid (Spa) 0
Juventus (Ita) 1 Monaco (Fra) 0
FC Porto (Por) 3 Bayern Munich (Ger) 1
Paris St Germain (Fra) 1 Barcelona (Spa) 3
SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures
Saturday, April 18
Crystal Palace v West Brom - 10pm
Everton v Burnley - 10pm
Leicester v Swansea - 10pm
Stoke v Southampton - 10pm
Sunday, April 19
Chelsea v Man United - 12.30am**
Man City v West Ham - 8.30pm
Newcastle v Tottenham - 11pm
Saturday, April 25
Southampton v Tottenham - 7.45pm
Burnley v Leicester - 10pm
Crystal Palace v Hull - 10pm
Newcastle v Swansea - 10pm
QPR v West Ham - 10pm
Stoke v Sunderland - 10pm
West Brom v Liverpool - 10pm
Sunday, April 26
Man City v Aston Villa - 12.30pm**
Everton v Man United - 8.30pm
Arsenal v Chelsea - 11pm
Wednesday, April 29
Hull v Liverpool - 2.45am**
Thursday, April 30
Leicester v Chelsea - 2.45am**
Saturday, May 2
Leicester v Newcastle - 7.45pm
Aston Villa v Everton - 10pm
Liverpool v QPR - 10pm
Sunderland v Southampton - 10pm
Swansea v Stoke - 10pm
West Ham v Burnley - 10pm
Sunday, May 3
Man United v West Brom - 12.30am**
Chelsea v Crystal Palace - 8.30pm
Tottenham v Man City - 11pm
Tuesday, May 5
Hull v Arsenal - 3am**
** Denotes morning match
All matches in Malaysian time
(First leg on April 16, Second leg on April 23)
All matches at 3.05am Malaysian time on the next day
Club Brugge (Bel) 0 Dnipro (Ukr) 0
Dinamo Kiev (Rus) 1 Fiorentina (Ita) 1
Sevilla (Spa) 2 Zenit (Rus) 1
Vfl Wolfsburg (Ger) 1 Napoli (Ita) 4
Dutch Div 1: Cambuur 1 Excelsior 1
Leading standings: 1. PSV Eindhoven 76, 2. Ajax 66, 3. Feyenoord 58, 4. Vitesse Arnhem 51, 5. AZ Alkmaar 50.
French Div 1: Nantes 1 Marseille 0
Leading standings: 1. Lyon 64, 2. Paris St Germain 62, 3. Monaco 58, 4. Marseille 57, 5. Saint-Etienne 56.
German Div 1: Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Borussia Moenchengladbach 0
Leading standings: 1. Bayern Munich 70, 2. Wolfsburg 60, 3. Borussia Moenchengladbach 54, 4. Bayer Leverkusen 51, 5. Schalke 41.
Spanish Div 1: Levante 2 Espanyol 2
Leading standings: 1. Barcelona 75, 2. Real Madrid 73, 3. Atletico Madrid 66, 4. Valencia 65, 5. Sevilla 62.
(China unless stated)
Men’s singles: Wang Zhengming bt Wei Nan (Hkg) 21-12, 21-12; Huang Yuxiang bt Tian Houwei 21-15, 21-11.
Men’s doubles: Liao Min-chun-Tseng Min-hao (Tpe) v Wang Yilv-Zhang Wen; Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen v Kang Jun-Liu Cheng.
Women’s singles: Hui Xirui bt Chisato Hoshi (Jpn) 21-7, 21-18; He Bing Jiao bt Chen Yu Fei 21-13, 21-10.
Women’s doubles: Tang Jinhua-Zhong Qianxin bt Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo (Mas) 23-21, 21-9; Bao Yixin-Tang Yuanting bt Chen Qiangchen-Jia Yifan 21-17, 21-16.
Mixed doubles: Liu Cheng-Bao Yixin bt Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) 21-17, 17-21, 21-17; Edi Subaktiar-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja (Ina) bt Wang Yilv-Tang Yuanting 21-17, 23-21.
Regular season: Toronto 92 Charlotte 87, New Orleans 108 San Antonio 103, Chicago 91 Atlanta 85, Houston 117 Utah 91, Dallas 114 Portland 98, Boston 105 Milwaukee 100, Oklahoma City 138 Minnesota 113, Miami 105 Philadelphia 101, Cleveland 113 Washington 108, Brooklyn 101 Orlando 88 (OT), Detroit 112 New York 90, Memphis 95 Indiana 83, Golden State 133 Denver 126, Sacramento 122 L.A. Lakers 99.
Monte Carlo Masters
Quarter-final: Rafael Nadal (Spa) bt David Ferrer (Spa) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2; Novak Djokovic (Srb) bt Maric Cilic (Cro) 6-0, 6-3; Gael Monfils (Fra) bt Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) 6-1, 6-3; Tomas Berdych (Cze) bt Milos Raonic (Can) 5-2 retired
WTA Bogota Open
Second round: Mariana Duque (Col) bt Tatjana Malek (Ger) 6-4, 6-4; Julia Glushko (Isr) bt Alexandra Panova (Rus) 6-4, 6-2; Yaroslava Shvedova (Kaz) bt Sachia Vickery (US) 6-0, 6-2; Mnica Puig (Pur) bt Nicole Gibbs (US) 6-4, 6-2.
Leading second round scores: 134: I.K. Kim (Kor) 65-69, Kim Sei-young 67-67; 137: Park In-bee (Kor) 67-70; 138: Jenny Shin (Kor) 68-70, Chella Choi 70-68 (Kor), Lee Mi-rim (Kor) 69-69, Paula Creamer (US) 69-69; 139: Ai Miyazato (Jpn) 70-69, Haru Nomura (Jpn) 69-70, Michelle Wie (US) 70-69; 140: Choi Na-yeon (Kor) 67-73, Pornanong Phatlum (Tha) 71-69, Lee So-young (Kor) 71-69, Beatriz Recari (Spa) 69-71, Brittany Lincicome (US) 73-67.
Leading second round scores (US unless stated): 130: Tony Merritt 69-61; 134: Matt Kuchar 68-66, John Merrick 69-65, Graeme McDowell (Nir) 66-69; 135: Kevin Kisner 68-67, Jim Furyk 71-64; 136: Morgan Hoffman 68-68, Matt Every 66-70, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 69-67, Jordan Speith 74-62, Kevin Streelman 71-65; 137: Jerry Kelly 71-66; Justin Thomas 70-67, Bo Van Pelt 69-68, Lucas Glover 70-67, Stewart Cink 70-67, Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 70-67, Sean O’Hair 70-67, Blake Adams 72-65, Branden Grace (Rsa) 70-67, John Peterson (US) 72-65.
Leading second round scores: 135: Peter Uihlein (US) 67-68; 136: Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) 67-69; 138: Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 71-67, Gregory Havret (Fra) 70-68, Darren Fichardt (Rsa) 68-70, Matt Ford (Eng) 69-69; 139: Marco Crespi (Ita) 69-70, Matteo Manassero (Ita) 69-70, Tommy Fleetwood (Eng) 70-69, Lucas Bjerregaard (Den) 72-67l; 140: Julian Quesne (Fra) 71-69, Scott Hend (Aus) 70-70, Huang Wenyi (Chn) 66-74; 141: Trevor Fisher Jr (Rsa) 71-70, David Howell (Eng) 71-70, David Horsey (Eng) 70-71, Alexander Levy (Fra) 71-70, David Lipsky (US) 73-68, Anthony Wall (Eng) 69-72.
MotoGP: 1. Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 43:47.150, 2. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 2.354 seconds behind, 3. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 3.120, 4. Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha 6.682, 5. Andrea Iannone (Ita) Ducati 7.584, 6. Bradley Smith (Aus) Yamaha 10.557, 7. Cal Crutchlow (Bri) Honda 16.967, 8. Aleix Espargaro (Spa) Suzuki 19.025, 9. Maverick Vinales (Spa) Suzuki 38.570, 10. Danilo Petrucci (Ita) Ducati 41.796.
Leading overall standings: 1. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 41 pts, 2. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 40, 3. Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 36, 4. Andrea Iannone (Ita) Ducati 27, 5. Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha 26, 6. Bradley Smith (Bri) Yamaha 18, 7. Cal Crutchlow (Bri) Honda 18, 8. Aleix Espargaro (Spa) Suzuki 13, 9. Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Honda 10, 10. Danilo Petrucci (Ita) Ducati 10.
Moto2: 1. Sam Lowes (Bri) Speed Up 41:45.565, 2. Johann Zarco (Fra) Kalex 1.999 seconds behind, 3. Alexs Rins (Spa) Kalex 4.622, 4. Tito Rabat (Spa) Kalex 8.975, 5. Franco Morbidelli (Ita) Kalex 12.976, 6. Hafizh Syahrin (Mas) Kalex 14.168, 7. Anthony West (Aus) Speed Up 17.271, 8. Mika Kallio (Fin) Kalex 17.513, 9. Julian Simon (Spa) Speed Up 17.689, 10. Takaaki Nakagami (Jpn) Kalex 17.764.
Leading overall standings: 1. Alex Rins (Spa) Kalex 29 pts, 2. Johann Zarco (Fra) Kalex 28, 3. Jonas Folger (Ger) Kalex 25, 4. Sam Lowes (Bri) Speed Up 25, 5. Franco Morbidelli (Ita) Kalex 22, 6. Xavier Simeon (Bel) Kalex 20, 7. Thomas Luthi (Swi) Kalex 20, 8. Mika Kallio (Fin) Kalex 18, 9. Hafizh Syahrin (Mal) Kalex 14, 10. Tito Rabat (Spa) Kalex 13.
Moto3: 1. Danny Kent (Bri) Honda 41:32.287, 2. Fabio Quartararo (Fra) Honda 8.532 seconds behind, 3. Efren Vazquez (Spa) Honda 8.652, 4. Enea Bastianini (Ita) Honda 8.811, 5. Brad Binder (Rsa) KTM 9.556, 6. John McPhee (Bri) Honda 13.869, 7. Andrea Locatelli (Ita) Honda 20.442, 8. Romano Fenati (Ita) KTM 20.611, 9. Isaac Vinales (Spa) Husqvarna 20.863, 10. Karel Hanika (Cze) KTM 20.913.
Leading overall standings: 1. Danny Kent (Bri) Honda 41 pts, 2. Enea Bastianini (Ita) Honda 33, 3. Fabio Quartararo (Fra) Honda 29, 4. Efren Vazquez (Spa) Honda 29, 5. Alexis Masbou (Fra) Honda 25.
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
May 15: Doha Diamond League, Qatar
May 17: Shanghai Diamond League, China
May 29 & 30: Prefontaine Classic, Oregon, US
May 10-17: Sudirman Cup, Dongguan, China
May 5&6: Champions League semi-finals 1st leg
May 12&13: Champions League semi-finals 2nd leg
May 27: Europa League final, Warsaw, Poland
May 7-10: Mauritius Open
May 7-10: Mauritius Open
May 14-17: Open de Espana, Barcelona, Spain
May 21-14: BMW Championship, England
May 28-31: Irish Open, Northern Open
April 29-May 3: WGC-Cadillac Matchplay, California
May 7-10: The Players Championship, Florida
May 14-17: Wells Fargo Championships, North Carolina
May 21-24: Crowne Plaza International @ Colonial, Texas
May 28-31: AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, Texas
April 30-May 3: North Texas Shootout, Texas
May 14-17: Kingsmill Championship, Virginia
May 29-31: ShopRite Classic, New Jersey
May 8-10: Spanish GP, Barcelona
May 21-24: Monaco GP
May 1-3: Spanish GP, Jerez
May 15-17: French GP, Le Mans
May 29-31: Italian GP, Mugello
May 3-10: Mutua Madrid Open, Spain
May 10-17: International BNL Italy, Rome
May 17-23: Nice Open, France
: Geneva Open, Switzerland
May 24-June 7: French Open, Paris
April 28-May 3: Houston Open, US
May 9-17: British Open, Hull, England
May 17-23: Sharm El Sheikh International Championship
May 25-30: HKFC International, Hong Kong
May 26-31: Sporta International Tournament, Guatemala
June 26-28: FINA Diving Grand Prix, Madrid, Spain.
June 8-14: Archery World Youth Championships, Yankton, US.
June 3-7: 21st Asian Athletics Championships, Wuhan, China.
June 7: IAAF Diamond League, Birmingham, England.
June 13: IAAF Diamond League, New York, US.
June 2-7: Indonesia Open Superseries, Jakarta, Indonesia.
June 16-21: US Open Badminton Championships, New York, US.
June 4 onwards: NBA Finals, USA/Canada.
June 6: UEFA Champions League final, Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany.
June 6- July 5: Women’s World Cup, Canada
June 11- July 14: Copa America, Chile.
June: Ice Hockey Stanley Cup Finals, venue TBA.
June 3-14: Men’s Field Hockey World League Semi-final 2, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
June 10-21: Women’s Field Hockey World League Semi-final 2, Valencia, Spain.
June 20-Jul 5: Men’s and Women’s Field Hockey World League Semi-final 1, Antwerp, Belgium.
June 4-7: The Memorial Tournament, Dublin, Ohio, US; Nordea Masters, Malmo, Sweden; Manulife LPGA Classic, Ontario, Canada
June 8-14: FedEx St. Jude Classic, Memphis, Tennessee, US
June 11-14: Lyoness Open, Atzenbrugg, Austria; Women’s PGA Championship, New York, US
June 18-21: US Open, Chambers Bay, University Place, Washington
June 25-28: BMW International Open, Munich, Germany
June 26-28: Walmart Championship (LPGA), Arkansas, US
May 24- June 6: Roland Garros, Paris, France
June 8-14: Aegon Open Nottingham, UK; Topshelf Open, Holland
June 15-21: Aegon Championships, London, England; Gerry Weber Open, Halle, Germany; Aegon Classic, Birmingham, England
June 21-27: Aegon International Eastbourne, UK
June 29- July 1: Wimbledon, London, England
June 7: MotoGP- Grand Prix de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
June 21: F1 - Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg, Austria.
June 27: MotoGP - Motul TT Assen Grand Prix, Assen, Netherlands.
June 5-16: SEA Games, Singapore.
Coaches forced to sever ties with BAM because of unfair treatment
Hoping to strike it right in MHC AGM
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