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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: Pahang (Mas) 7 Yadanarbon (Myr) 4, East Bengal (Ind) 0 JDT (Mas) 1.
Super League: JDT 1 Felda United 0, Pahang 3 Terengganu 2, Selangor 1 Perak 2, Sarawak 3 Kelantan 2, Sime Darby 1 Lions XII 2, Armed Forces 3 Police 1.
(First leg on May 5 and 6, Second leg on May 12 and 13)
All matches at 2.45am Malaysian time on the next day
Juventus (Ita) v Real Madrid (Spa)
Barcelona (Spa) v Bayern Munich (Ger)
Final: Saturday, June 6, 2.45am next day
Hull 1 Arsenal 3
(c) = champion
SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures
Saturday, May 9
Everton v Sunderland - 7.45pm
Aston Villa v West Ham - 10pm
Hull v Burnley - 10pm
Leicester v Southampton - 10pm
Newcastle v West Brom - 10pm
Stoke v Tottenham - 10pm
Sunday, May 10
Crystal Palace v Man United - 12.30am**
Man City v QPR - 8.30pm
Chelsea v Liverpool - 11pm
Tuesday, May 12
Arsenal v Swansea - 3am**
Saturday, May 16
Southampton v Aston Villa - 7.45pm
Burnley v Stoke - 10pm
QPR v Newcastle - 10pm
Sunderland v Leicester - 10pm
Tottenham v Hull - 10pm
West Ham v Everton - 10pm
Sunday, May 17
Liverpool v Crystal Palace - 12.30am**
Swansea v Man City - 8.30pm
Man United v Arsenal - 11pm
Tuesday, May 19
West Brom v Chelsea - 3am**
Thursday, May 21
Arsenal v Sunderland - 2.45am**
Sunday, May 24
(All matches at 10pm)
Arsenal v West Brom
Aston Villa v Burnley
Chelsea v Sunderland
Crystal Palace v Swansea
Everton v Tottenham
Hull v Man United
Leicester v QPR
Man City v Southampton
Newcastle v West Ham
Stoke v Liverpool
** Denotes morning match
All matches in Malaysian time
(First leg on May 7, Second leg on May 14)
All matches at 3.05am Malaysian time on the next day
Napoli (Ita) v Dnipro (Ukr)
Sevilla (Spa) v Fiorentina (Ita)
French Div 1: Lille 3 Lens 1, Monaco 4 Toulouse 1, Nantes 0 Paris St Germain 2
Leading standings: 1. Paris St Germain 74, 2. Lyon 71, 3. Monaco 65, 4. Marseille 60, St Etienne 60.
Italian Serie A: Roma 2 Genoa 0, Atalanta 1 Lazio 1, Fiorentina 3 Cesena 1, Hellas Verona 0 Udinese 1, Inter Milan 0 Chievo Verona 0, Napoli 3 AC Milan 0
Leading standings: 1. Juventus 79, 2. Roma 64, 3. Lazio 63, 4. Napoli 59, 5. Fiorentina 52.
Spanish Div 1: Espanyol 1 Rayo Vallecano 1, Getafe 1 Granada 2, Valencia 3 Eibar 1, Malaga 1 Elche 2
Leading standings: 1. Barcelona 87, 2. Real Madrid 85, 3. Atletico Madrid 76, 4. Valencia 72, 5. Sevilla 69, 6. Villareal 54.
New Zealand GP Gold
Men’s singles: Lee Hyun-il (Kor) bt Qiao Bin (Chn) 21-12, 21-14.
Men’s doubles: Huang Kaixiang-Zheng Si Wei (Chn) bt Fajar Alfian-Muhd Rian Ardianto (Ina) 16-21, 21-17, 21-9.
Women’s singles: Saena Kawakami (Jpn) bt Jiao He Bing (Chn) 21-12, 21-14.
Women’s doubles: Xia Huan-Zhong Qianxin (Chn) bt Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota (Jpn) 17-21, 24-22, 21-19.
Mixed doubles: Zheng Si Wei-Chen Qingchen (Chn) bt Yu Xiaoyu-Xia Huan (Chn) 21-14, 21-8.
Western Conference: LA Clippers 117 Houston 101 (LA lead series 1-0)
Eastern Conference: Chicago 99 Cleveland 92 (Chicago lead series 1-0)
Women's second round: Serena Williams (US) bt Sloane Stephens (US) 6-4, 6-0; Caroline Wozniacki (Den) bt Christina McHale (US) 7-5, 6-0; Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) bt Casey Dellacqua (Aus) 6-2, 6-1; Irina-Camelia Begu (Rom) bt Andrea Petkovic (Ger) -walkover; Lucie Safarova (Cze) bt Tsvetana Pironkova (Bul) 6-3, 6-1; Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) bt Garbine Muguruza (Spa) 6-3, 5-7, 7-5; Samantha Stosur (Aus) bt Kaia Kanepi (Est) 6-3, 6-2; Roberta Vinci (Ita) bt Alize Cornet (Fra) 6-4, 7-5.
Men's first round: Marin Cilic (Cro) bt Jiri Vesely (Cze) 7-5, 6-1; Feliciano Lopez (Spa) bt Benjamin Becker (Ger) 7-5, 3-6, 6-4; John Isner (US) bt Adrian Mannarino (Fra) 7-6 (7-2), 6-4; Sam Querrey (US) bt Thanasi Kokkinakis (Aus) 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3; Steve Johnson (US) bt Alejandro Gonzalez (Col) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4); Luca Vanni (Ita) bt Bernard Tomic (Aus) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1); Thomaz Bellucci (Bra) bt Jeremy Chardy (Fra) 6-4, 7-5; Joao Sousa (Por) bt Jerzy Janowicz (Pol) 6-4, 7-5; Fabio Fognini (Ita) bt Santiago Giraldo (Col) 6-2, 6-3; David Goffin (Bel) bt Ernests Gulbis (Lat) 3-6, 6-1, 7-5.
Final: Rory McIlroy (Nir) bt Gary Woodland (US) 4-2.
Third-place playoff: Danny Willett (Eng) bt Jim Furyk (US) 3-2.
LPGA North Texas Shootout
Leading final round scores (US unless stated): 269: Park In-bee (Kor) 69-66-69-65; 272: Christie Kerr 66-71-69-66, Park Hee-young (Kor) 69-67-70-66; 273: Maria McBride (Swe) 69-69-70-65, Lexi Thompson 67-69-68-69; 274: Angela Stanford 67-71-67-69; 275: Stacy Lewis 69-73-66-67, Julie Inkster 66-69-73-67, Karrie Webb (Aus) 73-68-64-70, 276: Lee Il-Hee (Kor) 73-69-68-66; 277: Danielle Kang 70-72-67-68, Hyo Joo-kim (Kor) 69-69-70-69; 278: Morgan Pressel 70-71-69-68, Jang Ha-na (Kor) 68-69-71-70, Sandra Gal (Ger) 67-70-71-70, Brooke Henderson (Can) 69-65-71-73.
Asian Individual Championships
Men's quarter-finals: Farhan Zaman (Pak) bt Max Lee (Hkg) 12-10, 11-9, 15-13; Leo Au (Hkg) bt Yip Tsz Fung (Hkg) 2-11, 11-5, 11-1, 15-13; Abdullah Al Mezayen (Kuw) bt Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) 11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8; Nasir Iqbal (Pak) bt Saurav Ghosal (Ind) 13-15, 11-7, 11-4, 11-5.
Women’s semi-finals: Nicol David (Mas) bt Joshna Chinappa (Ind) 11-6, 11-9, 11-7.
Spanish Motorcycle Grand Prix
MotoGP: 1. Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha 44:57.246, 2. Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 5.576 seconds behind, 3. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 11.586, 4. Cal Crutchlow (Bri) Honda LCR 22.727, 5. Pol Espargaro (Spa) Yamaha Tech3 26.620, 6. Andrea Iannone (Ita) Ducati 27.021, 7. Aleix Espargaro (Spa) Suzuki 35.445, 8. Bradley Smith (Bri) Yamaha Tech3 36.296, 9. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 41.933, 10. Yonny Hernandez (Col) Ducati Pramac 51.072.
Leading overall standings: 1. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 82pts, 2. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 67, 3. Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha 62, 4. Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 56, 5. Andrea Iannone (Ita) Ducati 50, 6. Cal Crutchlow (Bri) Honda LCR 47, 7. Bradley Smith (Bri) Yamaha Tech3 36, 8. Aleix Espargaro (Spa) Suzuki 31, 9. Pol Espargaro (Spa) Yamaha Tech3 26, 10. Maverick Vinales (Spa) Suzuki 20.
Moto2: 1. Jonas Folger (Ger) Kalex 45:01.873, 2. Johann Zarco (Fra) Kalex 1.931 seconds behind, 3. Tito Rabat (Spa) Kalex 2.222, 4. Thomas Luthi (Swi) Kalex 6.833, 5. Xavier Simeon (Bel) Kalex 11.086, 6. Franco Morbidelli (Ita) Kalex 12.479, 7. Luis Salom (Spa) Kalex 12.965, 8. Simone Corsi (Ita) Kalex 14.434, 9. Alex Marquez (Spa) Kalex 18.073, 10. Marcel Schrotter (Ger) Tech3 21.958.
Leading overall standings: 1. Johann Zarco (Fra) Kalex 73pts, 2. Jonas Folger (Ger) Kalex 57, 3. Alex Rins (Spa) Kalex 49, 4. Thomas Luthi (Swi) Kalex 43, 5. Franco Morbidelli (Ita) Kalex 43, 6. Sam Lowes (Bri) Speed Up 41, 7. Tito Rabat (Spa) Kalex 33, 8. Xavier Simon (Bel) Kalex 31, 9. Mika Kallio (Fin) Kalex 31, 10. Hafizh Syahrin (Mas) Kalex 24.
Moto3: 1. Danny Kent (Bri) Honda 41:19.552, 2. Miguel Oliveira (Por) KTM 0.097 seconds behind, 3. Brad Binder (Rsa) KTM 0.296, 4. Fabio Quartararo (Fra) Honda 0.882, 5. Efren Vazquez (Spa) Honda 2.906, 6. Romano Fenati (Ita) KTM 11.035, 7. Francesco Bagnaia (Ita) Mahindra 11.126, 8. Jorge Navarro (Spa) Honda 11.761, 9. Enea Bastianini (Ita) Honda 15.861, 10. John McPhee (Bri) Honda 15.964.
Leading overall standings: 1. Danny Kent (Bri) Honda 91pts, 2. Efren Vazquez (Spa) Honda 60, 3. Fabio Quartararo (Fra) Honda 52, 4. Enea Bastianini (Ita) Honda 47, 5. Brad Binder (Rsa) KTM 44, 6. Isaac Vinales (Spa) Husqvarna 38, 7. Miguel Oliveira (Por) KTM 33, 8. John McPhee (Bri) Honda 28, 9. Alexis Masbou (Fra) Honda 26, 10. Romano Fenati (Ita) KTM 26.
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.
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