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Korea Diaries: Honours should come after retirement

25 September 2014

IS IT wise to honour an active athlete? Like naming him after a venue. Certainly not. The South Koreans honoured their greatest swimmer Park Tae-hwan by naming the 17th Asiad swimming venue – the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre – after him.

COMMENT: Let's fix the fixers

14 October 2014

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.

OFF THE COURT: These are worrying times, but…

13 October 2014

THIS is my last column for The Star this year.

So, you want to be an athlete? Think again

5 October 2014

LIFE as an athlete sucks.

Malaysia can forget about winning Olympic gold

3 October 2014

WINNING the first Olympic gold in 2016 Rio de Janeiro is just going to be a pipe dream for Malaysia.

Korea Diaries: Our men are just not up to it

29 September 2014

MALAYSIAN men are impotent. You can hear some women sniggering, right? Hey, it’s not about sex.

Holding Court: Sports science is the way to go

23 September 2014

BY THE time this article is pulished, I will be in Incheon, South Korea, competing in my fourth – and probably final – Asian Games.

Korea diaries: Surprise, surprise! Enjoy it while it lasts

20 September 2014

LET’s get excited. And enjoy it while you can.

FAM, please don't screw up again

13 September 2014

A COUPLE of months ago, a “FIFA Players Agent” got a tip-off from a taxi driver about a promising young footballer while on business trip to Kuala Lumpur.

OFF THE COURT: Go out there to seek talent

8 September 2014

I FEEL for Lee Chong Wei after he missed out another chance to win the men’s singles title at the recent World Championships in Copenhagen.

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Results and Fixtures

Malaysian Football

Malaysia Cup

Semi-finals, second leg

Pahang 5 Kedah 0 (Pahang advance to the final with a 6-3 aggregate score)

Johor Darul Ta'zim 3 Felda United 1 (JDT advance to the final with a 6-5 aggregate score)

Malaysia Cup final is on Nov 1, Saturday 8.45pm at National Stadium Bukit Jalil

EPL Results & Standings

QPR 2 Aston Villa 0
Man United 1 Chelsea 1
Burnley 1 Everton 3
Tottenham 1 Newcastle 2
Swansea 2 Leicester 0
Liverpool 0 Hull 0.
Southampton 1 Stoke 0.
Sunderland 0 Arsenal 2.
West Brom 2 Crystal Palace 2.
West Ham 2 Man City 1


English Premier League

   P  GD Pts
Chelsea
9 15 23
Southampton
9 15 19
Man City
9 9 17
West Ham
9 5 16
Arsenal 
9 4 14
Swansea  9 3 14
Liverpool  9 1
14
Man Utd
9 3 13
Everton 9 2 12
Hull 9 0 11
Stoke 
9 -2 11
Tottenham  9 -2 11
West Brom 9 -1 10
Newcastle
9 -5 10
Aston Villa 9 -10 10
C. Palace 9 -3 9
Leicester
9 -4 9
Sunderland  9 -9 8
QPR
9
-10 7
Burnley
9 -11 4
Upcoming EPL Fixtures

SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures

Saturday, Nov 1
Newcastle v Liverpool - 8.45pm
Arsenal v Burnley - 11pm
Chelsea v QPR - 11pm
Everton v Swansea - 11pm
Hull v Southampton - 11pm
Leicester v West Brom - 11pm
Stoke v West Ham - 11pm

Sunday, Nov 2
Man City v Man United - 9.30pm
Aston Villa v Tottenham - 12mn

Tuesday, Nov 4
Crystal Palace v Sunderland - 4am**

Saturday, Nov 8
Liverpool v Chelsea - 8.45pm
Burnley v Hull - 11pm
Man United v Crystal Palace - 11pm
Southampton v Leicester - 11pm
West Ham v Aston Villa - 11pm

Sunday, Nov 9
QPR v Man City - 1.30am**
Sunderland v Everton - 9.30pm
Tottenham v Stoke - 9.30pm
West Brom v Newcastle - 9.30pm
Swansea v Arsenal - 12mn

** Denotes morning match

All matches in Malaysian time

UEFA Champions League

Match week 3

Group A: Atletico Madrid 5 Malmo 0, Olympiakos 1 Juventus 0
Group B: Liverpool 0 Real Madrid 3, Ludogorets Razgrad 1 FC Basel 0
Group C: Monaco 0 Benfica 0, Leverkusen 2 Zenit 0
Group D: Anderlecht 1 Arsenal 2, Galatasaray 0 Borussia Dortmund 4

Group E: CSKA Moscow 2 Man City 2, AS Roma 1 Bayern Munich 7
Group F: Apoel Nicosia 0 PSG 1, Barcelona 3 Ajax 1
Group G: Chelsea 6 NK Maribor 0, Schalke 4 Sporting Lisbon 3
Group H: BATE Borisov 0 Shaktar Donetsk 7, FC Porto 2 Athletic Bilbao 1

Other Football Results

English League Cup
Fourth round: Man City 0 Newcastle 2, Bournemouth 2 West Brom 1, Fulham 2 Derby 5, Liverpool 2 Swansea 1, MK Dons 1 Sheffield United 2, Shrewsbury 1 Chelsea 2.

French League Cup
Last 32: Bastia 3 Auxerre 1, Montpellier 0 AC Ajaccio 1, Nantes 4 Laval 0, Creteil 2 Lens 0, Evian/Thonon 1 Lorient 2, Reims 2 Arles-Avignon 3 – aet, Caen 4 Clermont 3 – aet, Toulouse 1 Bordeaux 3.

German Cup
Second round: Magdeburg 2 Bayer Leverkusen 2 (aet - Leverkusen won 5-4 on penalties), Wurzburger Kickers 0 Braunschweig 1, 1860 Munich 2 SC Freiburg 5, Leipzig 3 Erzgebirge Aue 1 (aet), Hamburg 1 Bayern Munich 3, Hoffenheim 5 FSV Frankfurt 1, Wolfsburg 4 Heidenheim 1, Eintracht Frankfurt 1 Borussia Moenchengladbach 2.

Italian Serie A: Verona 1 Lazio 1, Atalanta 1 Napoli 1, Cagliari 1 AC Milan 1, Fiorentina 3 Udinese 0,  Genoa 1 Juventus 0, Inter Milan 1 Sampdoria 0, Palermo 1 Chievo 0, Roma 2 Cesena 0, Torino 1 Parma 0, Sassuolo 3 Empoli 1.
Leading standings: 1. Juventus 22, 2. Roma 22, 3. Lazio 16, 3. AC Milan 16, 5. Sampdoria 16.

Scottish League Cup
Quarter-finals: Aberdeen 1 Hamilton Academical 0, Celtic 6 Partick Thistle 0, Hibernian 3 Dundee United 3 (Dundee United advance 7-6 on penalty kicks), Rangers 1 St Johnstone 0.

Golf

CIMB Classic

Leading second round scores: 134: Billy Hurley III (US) 67-67; 136: Kevin Streelman (US) 68-68; 137: Noh Seung-yul (Kor) 68-69, Jeff Overton (US) 68-69, Kevin Chapell (US) 69-68, Ryan Moore (US) 68-69, Sergio Garcia (Spa) 69-68, Lee Westwood (Eng) 72-65, Kevin Na (US) 69-68; 138: Jonas Blixt (Swe) 69-69, Danny Lee (Aus) 69-69; 139: Brian Stuard (US) 67-72, Cameron Smith (Aus) 70-69, Davis Love III (US) 68-71, Bae Sang-moon (Kor) 71-68, Prom Meesawat (Tha) 68-71, Angelo Que (Phi) 67-72; 140: Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn) 70-70, John Senden (Aus) 72-68, Billy Horschel (US) 72-68, David Lingmerth (Swe) 68-72, Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) 69-71, Patrick Reed (US) 70-70, Luke Guthrie (US) 73-67; 141: Mike Weir (Can) 73-68, Paul Casey (Eng) 73-68, Rikard Karlberg (Swe) 65-76, Gary Woodland (US) 71-70; 142: Charlie Wi (Kor) 72-70, Will MacKenzie (US) 69-73, Matt Every (US) 69-73, Nicholas Thompson (US) 69-73, Jason Knutzon (US) 72-70, Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 70-72;

143: Brendon de Jonge (Zim) 70-73, Stephen Lewton (Eng) 74-69, Michael Putnam (US) 71-72, Greg Chalmers (Aus) 75-68; 144: Chris Stroud (US) 70-74, Antionio Lascuna (Phi) 72-72, Jonathan Byrd (US) 70-74, Jason Dufner (US) 74-70, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 74-70, Heath Slocum (US) 71-73, Trevor Immelman (Rsa) 74-70, Retief Goosen (Rsa) 74-70, Steven Bowditch (Aus) 71-73; 145: Brice Garnett (US) 70-75, Scott Stallings (US) 69-76, Jhonattan Vegas (Ven) 74-71, K.J Choi (Kor) 71-74, Pat Perez (US) 72-74; 146: Tim Clark (Rsa) 72-74, Anirban Lahiri (Ind) 74-72, Marc Leishman (Aus) 74-72, Robert Allenby (Aus) 73-73, Brian Davis (Eng) 71-75, Morgan Hoffmann (US) 72-74; 147: Boo Weekley (US) 75-72, Guan Tianlang (Chn) 76-71, Nicholas Fung (Mas) 73-74, Tim Wilkinson (Aus) 68-79, David Lipsky (US) 74-74, Stewart Cink (US) 74-73, Kyle Stanley (US) 76-71, Troy Merritt (US) 72-75; 148: Ricky Barnes (US) 71-77, Carlos Ortiz (Mex) 76-72; 149: Will Wilcox (US) 75-74, Danny Chia (Mas) 75-74; 150: Matt Jones (Aus) 81-69, Cheeson Hadley (US) 75-75; 151: Roberto Castro (US) 77-74, Charlie Beljan (US) 76-75, James Hahn (US) 74-77; 152: J.B Holmes (US) 75-77; 153: Baek Seuk-hyun (Kor) 81-72.

LPGA Taiwan Championship

Leading first round scores: 64: Feng Shanshan (Chn), Park In-bee (Kor); 66: Nomura Haru (Jpn), Cheng Su-chia (Tpe), Ryu So-yeon (Kor), Vedel Line (Den), 67: Ji Eun-hee (Kor), I.K Kim (Kor), Stacy Lewis (US), 68: Choi Na-yeon (Kor), Laura Diaz (US), Lee Mi-hyang (Kor), Azahara Munoz (Spa), Michelle Wie (US), 69: Pernilla Lindberg (Swe), Moriya Jutanugarn (Tha), Candie Kung (Tpe), Lee Il-hee (Kor), Lydia Ko (Nzl), Tseng Yani (Tpe).

BMW Masters

Leading second round scores: 130: Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 66-64; 131: Alexander Levy (Fra) 65-66; 133: Romain Wattel (Fra) 66-67; 134: Marcel Siem (Ger) 68-66, Branden Grace (Rsa) 68-66, Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 66-68; 135: Thomas Bjorn (Den) 68-67; 136: Shane Lowry (Irl) 70-66, Graeme McDowell (Nir) 67-69, Jamie Donaldson (Wal) 68-68, Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 70-66; 137: Ross Fisher (Eng) 70-67, Ryan Palmer (US) 70-67, Darren Fichardt (Rsa) 69-68, Ernie Els (Rsa) 69-68, Justin Rose (Eng) 72-65; 138: George Coetzee (Rsa) 71-67, Michael Hoey (Nir) 70-68, Zheng Ouyang (Chn) 72-66, Fabrizio Zanotti (Par) 70-68, Richie Ramsay (Sco) 70-68, Richard Sterne (Rsa) 68-70.

Tennis

Paris Masters

Third round: Novak Djokovic (Srb) bt Gael Monfils (Fra) 6-3, 7-6 (7-2); Andy Murray (Bri) bt Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) 6-3, 6-3; David Ferrer (Spa) bt Fernando Verdasco (Spa) 6-1, 6-2; Kei Nishikori (Jpn) bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4; Tomas Berdych (Cze) bt Feliciano Lopez (Spa) 7-5, 6-3; Kevin Anderson (Rsa) bt Stan Wawrinka (Swi) 6-7 (2-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-3); Milos Raonic (Can) bt Roberto Bautista (Spa) 7-5, 7-6 (9-7); Roger Federer (Swi) bt Lucas Pouille (Fra) 6-4, 6-4.

WTA Tournament of Champions

Group match: Garbine Muguruza (Spa) bt Flavia Pennetta (Ita) 0-6, 6-1, 6-1, Alize Cornet (Fra) bt Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) 6-1, 6-4, Andrea Petkovic (Ger) bt Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) 7-5, 6-3.

Motorsport

Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix

MotoGP (20 laps): 1. Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 40:45.523, 2. Valentino Rossi (Ita) 40:47.968, 3. Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha 40:49.031, 4. Stefan Bradl (Ger) Honda 41:06.757, 5. Bradley Smith (Bri) Yamaha 41:07.806, 6. Pol Espargaro (Spa) Yamaha 41:20.191, 7. Yonny Hernandez (Col) Ducati 41:23.958, 8. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 41:34.362, 9. Hector Barbera (Spa) Ducati 41:36.315, 10. Scott Redding (Bri) Honda 41:44.611, 11. Hiroshi Aoyama (Jpn) Honda 42:01.472, 12. Michael Laverty (Bri) PBM 42:03.489, 13. Mike Di Meglio (Fra) Avintia 42:13.296, 14. Broc Parkes (Aus) PBM 42:29.767.

Leading overall standings: 1. Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 337 pts (champion), 2. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 275, 3. Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha 263, 4. Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Honda 230, 5. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 174, 6. Pol Espargaro (Spa) Yamaha 126, 7. Bradley Smith (Bri) Yamaha 119, 8. Aleix Espargaro (Spa) Yamaha 117, 9. Stefan Bradl (Ger) Honda 109, 10. Andrea Iannone (Ita) Ducati 102.

Moto2 (19 laps): 1. Maverick Vinales (Spa) Kalex 40:46.754, 2. Mika Kallio (Fin) Kalex 40:49.448, 3. Esteve Rabat (Spa) 40:54.808, 4. Johann Zarco (Fra) Suter 40:57.344, 5. Dominique Aegerter (Swi) Suter 40:57.417, 6. Julian Simon (Spa) Kalex 40:57.523, 7. Sandro Cortese (Ger) Kalex 41:02.411, 8. Thomas Luthi (Swi) Suter 41:05.593, 9. Jonas Folger (Ger) Kalex 41:06.240, 10. Marcel Schrotter (Ger) Tech 3 41:11.641, 11. Luis Salom (Spa) Kalex 41:14.988, 12. Ricard Cardus (Spa) Tech 3 41:17.092, 13. Mattia Pasini (Ita) Kalex 41:17.287, 14. Roberto Rolfo (Ita) Suter 41:17.302, 15. Jordi Torres (Spa) Suter 41:21.523; Selected: 20. Azlan Shah Kamaruddin (Mas) Kalex 41:39.704; Did not finish: Hafizh Syahrin (Mas) Kalex.

Leading overall standings: 1. Esteve Rabat (Spa) Kalex 326 pts (champion), 2. Mika Kallio (Fin) Kalex 289, 3. Maverick Vinales (Spa) 274, 4. Thomas Luthi (Swi) Suter 169, 5. Dominique Aegerter (Swi) Suter 162, 6. Johann Zarco (Fra) Suter 130, 7. Simone Corsi (Ita) Kalex 100, 8. Sandro Cortese (Ger) Kalex 85, 9. Franco Morbidelli (Ita) Kalex 75, 10. Luis Salom (Spa) Kalex 72.

Moto3 (18 laps): 1. Efren Vazquez (Spa) Honda 40:41.002, 2. Jack Miller (Aus) KTM 40:41.215, 3 Alex Rins (Spa) Honda 40:41.387, 4. Danny Kent (Bri) Husqvarna 40:41.805, 5. Alex Marquez (Spa) Honda 40:41.833, 6. Alexis Masbou (Fra) Honda 40:42.075, 7. Niccolo Antonelli (Ita) KTM 40:42.918, 8. Jakub Kornfeil (Cze) KTM 40:43.091, 9. Karel Hanika (Cze) KTM 40:48.338, 10. Enea Bastianini (Ita) KTM 40:50.522, 11. Juanfran Guevara (Spa) KTM 40:58.409, 12. Jorge Navarro (Spa) KTM 40:58.612, 13. Hafiq Azmi (Mas) KTM 41:10.594, 14. Alessandro Tonucci (Ita) Mahindra 41:10.747, 15. Remy Gardner (Aus) KTM 41:18.469; Selected: 20. Hafiza Rofa (Mas) KTM 42:17.172; Did not finish: Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Mas) Honda and Ramdan Rosli (Mas) KTM.

Leading overall standings: 1. Alex Marquez (Spa) Honda 262 pts, 2. Jack Miller (Aus) KTM 251, 3. Alex Rins (Honda) Spa 226, 4. Efren Vazquez (Spa) Honda 212, 5. Romano Fenati (Ita) KTM 174, 6. Alexis Masbou (Fra) Honda 160, 7. Enea Bastianini (Ita) KTM 122, 8. Isaac Vinales (Spa) KTM 121, 9. Danny Kent (Bri) Husqvarna 116, 10. Brad Binder (Rsa) Mahindra 102.

Final stop: Valencia Nov 7-9

Squash

TC National Championships

First round

Men: Ong Beng Hee bt Mohd Farez Izwan 11-3, 11-8, 11-4; Ng Eain Yow bt Choong Kam Hing 11-9, 11-6, 11-9; Valentino Bon Jovi Bong bt Ng Jo Wen 11-7, 11-2, 11-1; Mohd Addeen Idrakie bt Mohd Nafzahizam Adnan 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 11-4; Ivan Yuen bt Ong Sai Hung 11-9, 11-4, 11-4; Sanjay Singh Chal bt Mohd Syafiq Kamal 9-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-8; Mohd Hannan Tarmidi bt Gurshan Singh 11-7, 12-10, 11-3; Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan bt Mohd Amir Farhan 11-6, 11-9, 11-9.

Women: Zulhijjah Azan bt Sharon Wee 11-7, 11-6, 11-9; Rachel Arnold bt Celine Yeap 11-9, 11-7, 11-7; Teh Min Jie bt Andrea Lee 11-6, 11-2, 11-7; S. Sivasangari bt Zoe Foo 11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 11-5.

Basketball

NBA

Regular season: New York 95 Cleveland 90, LA Clippers 93 Oklahoma City 90, Dallas 120 Utah 102, Washington105 Orlando 98, Minnesota 97 Detroit 91.

Hockey

Malaysia Hockey League

Group stage: KLHC 5 Tenaga Nasional 3.

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Sports Calendar

October

Sept 27 - Oct 5
WTA China Open - tennis
Beijing

Oct 2-5
Reignwood LPGA Classic - golf
Beijing, China

Oct 3-12
World Artistic Championships - gymnastics
Nanning, China

Oct 5
Japanese Grand Prix - Formula One
Suzuka

Oct 5-12
Shanghai Rolex Masters - tennis
Shanghai

Oct 6-12
WTA Generali Ladies Linz - tennis
Austria

Oct 9-18
US Open - squash
Philadelphia

Oct 9-12
Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia - golf
Kuala Lumpur

Oct 11
Rugby League: Super League Grand Final - Rugby
Manchester, England

Oct 12
Standard Chartered KL Marathon
Kuala Lumpur

Oct 12
Russian Grand Prix- Formula One
Sochi

Oct 7-12
Dutch Open - Badminton
Almere

Oct 12
Japan GP - MotoGP
Motegi

Oct 13-19
WTA Kremlin Cup - tennis
Moscow, Russia

Oct 14-19
Denmark Open (Superseries Premier) - Badminton
Odense

Oct 16-19
LPGA HanaBank Championship
Incheon, South Korea

Oct 19
Australian GP - MotoGP
Phillip Island

Oct 20-26
BNP Paribas WTA Finals - tennis
Singapore

Oct 21-26
France Open (Superseries) - Badminton
Paris

Oct 26
Malaysian GP - MotoGP
Sepang

Oct 27 - Nov 2
WTA Yinzhou Bank Open - tennis
Ningbo, China

Oct 27 - Nov 2
BNP Paribas Masters - tennis
Paris

Oct 28
National Basketball Association season starts - basketball
USA

Oct 28 - Nov 2
Bitburger SaarLorLux Open - badminton
Saarbrucken, Germany

November

Oct 28-Nov 2
Tennis: WTA Tournament of Champions
Sofia, Bulgaria

Oct 31-Nov 3
Golf: PGA World Golf Championships - HSBC Champions 
Shanghai

Oct 31-Nov 2
F1: United States Grand Prix
Austin

Nov 3-9
Tennis: WTA Suez Open
Paris

Nov 7-9
F1: Brazil Grand Prix 2014
Sao Paulo

Nov 7-9
Golf: Mizuno Classic -LPGA
Mie, Japan

Nov 7-10
Golf: The McGladrey Classic -PGA
Sea Island, Georgia

Nov 8
Rugby: England vs New Zealand, Ireland vs South Africa, Scotland vs Argentina, Wales vs Australia.
Various venue

Nov 9
MotoGP: Valencia
Valencia, Spain

Nov 9-16
Tennis: Barclays ATP World Tour Finals -Indoor
London

Nov 11-16
Badminton: Maybank Malaysia International Challenge 2014
Kuching, Sarawak

Nov 13-16
Golf: Lorena Ochoa Invitational - LPGA
Mexico

Nov 13–21 
Squash: Men’s World Championship
Doha, Qatar 

Nov 14-16
Football: Euro Championships qualifying
Various venues

Nov 14-17
Golf: OHL Classic at Mayakoba - PGA
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Nov 15
Rugby: England vs South Africa, Scotland vs New Zealand, Wales vs Fiji
Various venues

Nov 16-22
Bowling: Daejeon International Open 
Daejeon, South Korea

Nov 18-23 
Badminton: Hong Kong Open 
Kowloon

Nov 20-23
Golf: CME Group Tour Championship
Naples, Florida

Nov 21-22
Bowling: Qatar Bowling Open
Doha

Nov 21-23 
F1: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Marina

Nov 21-23
Tennis: Davis Cup World Group Final
France

Nov 22
Rugby: England vs Samoa, Ireland vs Australia, Scotland vs Tonga, Wales vs New Zealand
Various venues

Nov 22-Dec 20
Football: AFF Suzuki Cup
Singapore/Vietnam

Nov 25-30
Badminton: Macau Open 
Macau

Nov 27-Dec 3
Bowling: 15th Milo International Junior All Stars 
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Nov 27-Dec 7
Badminton: Axiata Cup
Jakarta/Kuala Lumpur

Nov 29
Rugby: England vs Australia, Wales vs South Africa
Various venues

Nov 29-Dec7
Hockey: Women’s 21st Champions Trophy
Mendoza, Argentina

December

Dec 1-6
Squash: Women’s World Team Championship
Niagara on the lake, Canada

Dec 2-4
Golf: USPGA Champions Tour - PNC Father-Son Challenge
Orlando, Florida 

Dec 3-7
Swimming: World Championships (short course)
Doha, Qatar

Dec 4-15
Bowling: World Bowling Championship 2014
Abu Dhabi

Dec 8-13
Badminton: Yonex Grand Prix
California, USA

Dec 6-14
Hockey: Men’s Hero Hockey Champions Trophy
Bhubaneswar, India

Dec 12–19 
Squash: Women’s World Championship
TBA

Dec 17-21
Badminton: BWF World Superseries Finals
Dubai

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