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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, first-leg

Kedah 3  Pahang 1

Felda United 4 Johor Darul Ta'zim 3


EPL Results & Standings

West Brom 2 Man United 2
Stoke 2 Swansea 1
QPR 2 Liverpool 3
Arsenal 2 Hull 2
Burnley 1 West Ham 3
C. Palace 1 Chelsea 2
Everton 3 Aston Villa 0
Man City 4 Tottenham 1
Newcastle 1 Leicester 0
Southampton 8 Sunderland 0


English Premier League

   P  GD Pts
Chelsea
8 15 22
Man City
8 10 17
Southampton
8 14 16
West Ham
8 4 13
Liverpool  8 1
13
Man Utd
8 3 12
Arsenal 
8 2 11
Swansea  8 1 11
Tottenham  8 -1 11
Stoke 
8 -1 11
Hull 8 0 10
Aston Villa 8 -8 10
Everton 8 0 9
West Brom 8 -1 9
Leicester
8 -2 9
C. Palace 8 -3 8
Sunderland  8 -7 8
Newcastle
8 -6 7
Burnley
8 -9 4
QPR

-11 4
Upcoming EPL Fixtures

SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures

Saturday, Oct 25
West Ham v Man City - 7.45pm
Liverpool v Hull - 10pm
Southampton v Stoke - 10pm
Sunderland v Arsenal - 10pm
West Brom v Crystal Palace - 10pm

Sunday, Oct 26
Swansea v Leicester - 12.30am**
Burnley v Everton - 8.30pm
Tottenham v Newcastle - 8.30pm
Man United v Chelsea - 11pm

Tuesday, Oct 28
QPR v Aston Villa - 3am**

** 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

European Championships

Qualifying

Group D: Germany 1 Republic of Ireland 1; Poland 2 Scotland 2; Gibraltar 0 Georgia 3.

Group E: San Marino 0 Switzerland 4.

Group F: Faroe Island 0 Hungary 1; Findland 0 Romania 2; Greece 0 Northern Ireland 2.

Group I: Denmark 0 Portugal 1; Serbia 0 Albania 0 (Abandoned)

International Friendlies

Armenia 0 France 3.
Qatar 1 Australia 0.
El-Salvador 1 Ecuador 5.
Chile 2 Bolivia 2.
China 2 Paraguay 1.
Uzbekistan 4 United Arab Emirates 0.
US 1 Honduras 1.
Canada 0 Columbia 1.

Golf

PGA World Match Play Championship

Final: Mikko Ilonen (Fin) bt Henrik Stenson (Swe) 3 and 1.

Third-place playoff: Joost Luiten (Ned) bt George Coetzee (Rsa) at first extra hole.  

Tennis

WTA Finals, Singapore

Maria Sharapova (Rus) bt Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2
Caroline Wozniacki (Den) bt Petra Kvitova (Cze) 6-2, 6-3
Ana Ivanovic (Srb) bt Simona Halep (Rou) 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 6-3

Swiss Indoors

Second round: Roger Federer (Sui) bt Denis Istomin (Uzb) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) bt Vasek Pospisil (Can) 6-2, 6-2; Benjamin Becker (Ger) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (Kaz) 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (9-7), 4-0 (ret); Ivo Karlovic (Cro) bt Kenny De Schepper (Fra) 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-3; Milos Raonic (Can) bt Donald Young (US) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7) 7, 7-6 (9-7); Borna Coric (Cro) bt Andrey Golubev (Kaz) 6-4, 6-4.

Quarter-finals: David Goffin (Bel) bt Milos Raonic (Can) 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-4 

Valencia Open

Second round: Pablo Andjar (Spa) bt Dusan Lajovic (Srb) 6-3, 6-2; Andy Murray (Gbr) bt Fabio Fognini (Ita) 6-2, 6-4; Jeremy Chardy (Fra) bt Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr. (Ukr) 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5; Kevin Anderson (Rsa) bt Martin Klizan (Srb) w.o.; Thomaz Belluci (Bra) bt Roberto Bautista Agut (Spa) w.o.

Quarter-finals: Andy Murray (Bri) bt Kevin Anderson (Rsa) 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-4

Motorsport


Badminton

Denmark Open

Final results

Men's singles: Chen Long (Chn) bt Son Wan-ho (Kor) 21-19, 24-22.

Men’s doubles: Fu Haifeng-Zhang Nan (Chn) bt Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) 21-13, 25-23.

Women’s singles: Li Xuerui (Chn) bt Wang Yihan (Chn) 21-17, 22-20.

Women’s doubles: Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang (Chn) bt Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) 21-14, 21-14.

Mixed doubles: Xu Chen-Ma Jin (Chn) bt Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Ina) 22-20, 21-15.


Cycling


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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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