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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.
KANGAR: The Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) are at their wits’ end on coming up with ways to popularise the sport to the masses in Malaysia.
FRENZ INTERNATIONAL CUP
Final: Internacional 3 Estudiantes 2
Everton 0 West Brom 0
SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures
Saturday, Jan 31
Hull v Newxcastle - 8.45pm
Crystal Palace v Everton - 11pm
Liverpool v West Ham - 11pm
Man United v Leicester - 11pm
Stoke v QPR - 11pm
Sunderland v Burnley - 11pm
West Brom v Tottenham - 11pm
Sunday, Feb 1
Chelsea v Man City - 1.30am**
Arsenal v Aston Villa - 9.30pm
Southampton v Swansea - 12mn
Saturday, Feb 7
Tottenham v Arsenal - 8.45pm
Aston Villa v Chelsea - 11pm
Leicester v Crystal Palace - 11pm
Man City v Hull - 11pm
QPR v Southampton - 11pm
Swansea v Sunderland - 11pm
Sunday, Feb 8
Everton v Liverpool - 11pm
Burnley v West Brom - 8pm
Newcastle v Stoke - 10.05pm
Monday, Feb 9
West Ham v Man United - 12.15am**
Wednesday, Feb 11
Arsenal v Leicester - 3.45am**
Hull v Aston Villa - 3.45am**
Sunderland v QPR - 3.45am**
Liverpool v Tottenham - 4am**
Thursday, Feb 12
Chelsea v Everton - 3.45am**
Man United v Burnley - 3.45am**
Southampton v West Ham - 3.45am**
Stoke v Man City - 3.45am**
Crystal Palace v Newcastle - 4am**
West Brom v Swansea - 4am**
Saturday, Feb 21
Aston Villa v Stoke - 11pm
Chelsea v Burnley - 11pm
Crystal Palace v Arsenal - 11pm
Hull v QPR - 11pm
Sunderland v West Brom - 11pm
Swansea v Man United - 11pm
Sunday, Feb 22
Man City v Newcastle - 1.30am**
Tottenham v West Ham - 8pm
Everton v Leicester - 10.05pm
Monday, Feb 23
Southampton v Liverpool - 12.15am**
** 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)
Semi-finals: Australia 2 UAE 0, South Korea 2 Iraq 0.
English League Cup
Semi-final second leg: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0 (Chelsea win 2-1 on aggregate)
Dutch Div 1: Ajax 0 Feyenoord 0, FC Groningen 2 FC Utrecht 2, NAC Breda 0 Willem II 0, Go Ahead Eagles 1 ADO Den Haag 0, Cambuur 1 PSV Eindhoven 2, FC Zwolle 1 AZ Alkmaar 1, Dordrecht 1 Excelsior 0, SC Heerenveen 4 Vitesse Arnhem 1, FC Twente 2 Heracles 0.
Leading standings: PSV Eindhoven 49, Ajax 43, Feyenoord 35, FC Zwolle 33, AZ Alkmaar 32, FC Twente 31, SC Heerenveen 28, Cambuur 27, FC Groningen 25, FC Utrecht 24.
French Div 1: Nice 2 Marseille 1, Lille 0 Monaco 1, Guingamp 3 Lorient 2, Montpellier 4 Nantes 0, Evian 1 Toulouse 0, Lyon 2 Metz 0, Reims 0 Lens 0, Rennes 1 Caen 4, St Etienne 0 Paris St Germain 1.
Leading standings: Lyon 48, Marseille 44, Paris SG 44, St Etienne 40, Monaco 39, Montpellier 35, Bordeaux 33, Nice 31, Nantes 31, Rennes 30, Reims 29.
Portuguese Premier League: Sporting Lisbon 1 Academica Coimbra 0, Moreirense 2 Nacional 3, Belenenses 0 Penafiel 0, Vitoria Setubal 4 Rio Ave 1, Estoril 1 Arouca 0, Martimo Funchal 1 FC Porto 0, Boavista 1 Sporting Braga 0, Vitoria Guimaraes 2 Gil Vicente 2.
Leading standings: Benfica 46, FC Porto 40, Sporting Lisbon 39, Vitoria Guimaraes 35, Sporting Braga 31,
Belenenses 27, Estoril 25, Rio Ave 24, Moreirense 24.
Toronto 104 Indiana 91, Milwaukee 109 Miami 102, Cleveland 103 Detroit 95, Memphis 109 Dallas 90, Chicago 113 Golden State 111 (OT), Washington 98 LA Lakers 92.
Men’s singles: Andy Murray (Bri) bt Nick Kyrgios (Aus) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3; Tomas Berdych (Cze) bt Rafael Nadal (Spa) 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5); Stan Wawrinka (Swi) bt Kei Nishikori (Jpn) 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6); Novak Djokovic (Srb) bt Milos Raonic (Can) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-2.
Women’s singles: Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) bt Simona Halep (Rom) 6-4, 6-0; Maria Sharapova (Rus) bt Eugenie Bouchard (Can) 6-3, 6-2; Serena Williams (US) bt Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) 6-2, 6-2; Madison Keys (US) Venus Williams (US) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship
Leading first round scores
Malaysian unless stated
63: Arie Irawan Fauzi; 65: Rob Seibly (US); 66: Terumichi Kakazu (Jpn); 67: Airil Rizman Zahari, Janne Kaske (Fin); 68: R. Nachimuthu, Grant Jackson (Eng), Wilson Choo; 69: Oskar Arvidsson (Swe), Darren Tan (Aus), Yohei Shinno (Jpn) Shaifubari Muda, Khor Kheng Hwai, Danny Chia, Malcolm Kokocinski (Swe), Masaru Takahashi (Jpn).
Masters finals (second block)
Top 3 advanced to step-ladder finals
MEN: 1. Ryan Lalisang (Ina) 3,901, 2. Hong Hae-sol (Kor) 3,756, 3. Mostafa Al Mousawi (Kuw) 3,714. Selected Malaysian: 8. Muhd Nur Aiman Khairuddin 3,532, 9. Johnathan Chan 3,527, 10. Rafiq Ismail 3,506.
WOMEN: 1. New Hui Fen (Sin) 4,038, 2. Son Yun-hee (Kor) 3,730, 3. Sin Li Jane (Mas) 3,675.
Selected Malaysian: 6. Natasha Roslan 3,548, 7. Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi 3,531, 11. Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana Abang Jamalidon 3507, 12. Hee Kar Yen 3407.
Semi-finals: Mostafa Al Mousawi (Kuw) bt Hong Hae-sol (Kor) 209-183.
Final: Ryan Lalisang (Ina) bt Mostafa Al Mousawi (Kuw) 231-241, 268-215.
Semi-finals: Son Yun-hee (Kor) bt Sin Li Jane (Mas) 225-162.
Final: New Hui Fen (Sin) bt Son Yun-hee (Kor) 208-240, 270-193.
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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