Say What

While others aim for the stars, we aim for nothing

6 February 2015

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?

Coaches forced to sever ties with BAM because of unfair treatment

8 January 2015

THE resignations of four Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) coaches, including chief coach Zhou Kejian, in just one week is no big surprise, really.

Exclusive: NSI’s blueprint for success in sports

4 December 2014

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.

Grassroots the way to go

28 November 2014

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.

Holding court: Let’s educate, don’t procrastinate

3 November 2014

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 101 by Dr. Jega

1 November 2014

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.

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.

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Results and Fixtures

Malaysian Football

AFC Cup Round of 16: JDT 5 Ayeyawady United (Mya) 0.

International Friendly: Malaysian Selection 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2.


Malaysian Super League

   P  GD Pts
Pahang 
10 5 20
Police 
10 5 18
JDT 10 5 18
Selangor
10 8 17
Perak
10 5 17
Felda United
10 3 17
Terengganu 10 0 14
Lions XII
10 -3 13
Sarawak 10 -1 12
Kelantan
10 -6
10
Armed Forces
10 -5
9
Sime Darby
10 -14 2
UEFA Champions League

Final (Olympiastadion, Berlin): Barcelona v Juventus (Saturday, June 6, 2.45am next day)

EPL Results & Standings

Final standings for season 2014/15


English Premier League

   P  GD Pts
Chelsea (c) (q)
38 41 87
Man City (q)
38 45 79
Arsenal (q)
38 35 75
Man United (q) 
38 25 70
Tottenham (e) 
38 5 64
Liverpool (e) 38 4 62
Southampton
38 21 60
Swansea  38 -3
56
Stoke City  38 3 54
Crystal Palace 38 -4 48
Everton
38 -2 47
West Ham
38 -3 47
West Brom
38 -13 44
Leicester
38 -9 41
Newcastle  38 -23 39
Sunderland 38 -22 38
Aston Villa 
38 -26 38
Hull (r) 38 -18 35
Burnley (r) 38 -25 33
QPR (r) 38 -31 30

(c) = champion (q) = qualify for Champions League (e) = qualify for Europa League (r) = relegated

NOTE: Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich promoted to the Premier League.

Upcoming EPL Fixtures

SEASON 2014/15 has ended

See you next season!

** Denotes morning match

All matches in Malaysian time

Other Football Results

English FA Cup

Arsenal 4 Aston Villa 0

French Div 1: Bordeaux 2 Montpellier 1, Caen 3 Evian 2, Lens 1 Nantes 0, Lorient 0 Monaco 1, Marseille 3 Bastia 0, Metz 1 Lille 4, Paris St Germain 3 Stade de Reims 2, St Etienne 2 Guingamp 1, Stade Rennes 0 Lyon 1, Toulouse 2 Nice 3.

Leading standings: 1. Paris St Germain 83 ©, 2. Lyon 75, 3. Monaco 71, 4. Marseille 69, 5. St Etienne 69.

German Div 1: Bayern Munich 2 Mainz 0, Borussia Dortmund 3 Werder Bremen 2, Borussia Monchengladbach 1 Augsburg 3, Frankfurt 2 Bayer Leverkusen 1, Cologne 2 VfL Wolfsburg 2, Hamburg 2 Schalke 0, Hannover 2 Freiburg 1, Paderborn 1 VfB Stuttgart 2, Hoffenheim 2 Hertha Berlin 1.
Leading standings:
1. Bayern Munich 79 ©, 2. VfL Wolfsburg 69, 3. Borussia Monchengladbach 66, 4. Bayer Leverkusen 61, 5. Augsburg 49.

Italian Serie A: Lazio 1 Roma 2.
Leading standings: 1. Juventus 86 ©, 2. Roma 70, 3. Lazio 66, 4. Napoli 63, 5. Fiorentina 61.

Spanish Div 1: Levante 0 Elche 0, Almeria 2 Valencia 3, Athletic Bilbao 4 Villareal 0, Barcelona 2 Deportiva 2, Celta Vigo 3 Espanyol 2, Eibar 3 Cordoba 0, Granada 0 Atletico Madrid 0, Malaga 2 Sevilla 3, Rayo Vallecano 2 Real Sociedad 4, Real Madrid 7 Getafe 3.
Leading standings: 1. Barcelona 94 ©, 2. Real Madrid 92, 3. Atletico Madrid 78, 4. Valencia 77, 5. Sevilla 76.

© = champion, (p) = promoted, *= playoffs

Badminton

Australian Open

Semi-finals

Men’s singles: Chen Long (Chn) bt Tian Houwei (Chn) 21-14, 21-19; Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt Jan O Jorgensen (Den) 21-17, 21-15.

Men’s doubles: Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) bt Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) 22-20, 21-18; Liu Cheng-Lu Kai (Chn) bt Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan (Chn) 17-21, 21-11, 21-13.

Women's singles: Wang Shixian (Chn) bt Bae Yeon-ju (Kor) 21-19, 21-16; Carolina Marin (Spa) bt Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) 21-13, 21-14.

Women's double: Ma Jin-Tang Yuanting (Chn) bt Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den) 21-16, 21-18; Tang Jinhua-Tian Qing (Chn) bt Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) 21-15, 19-21, 21-8.

Mixed doubles: Reginald Lee-Chau Hoi Wah (Hkg) bt Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Ina) 21-8, 9-21, 21-15; Liu Cheng-Bao Yixin (Chn) bt Ko Sung-hyun, Kim Ha-na (Kor) 21-17, 21-16.

Basketball

NBA CHAMPIONSHIP 

Championship Finals: Cleveland v Golden State.

Tennis

French Open

Third round

Men’s singles: Kei Nishikori (Jpn) bt Benjamin Becker (Ger)- walkover; Teimuraz Gabashvili (Rus) bt Luks Rosol (Cze) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4; Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) bt Pablo Andjar (Spa) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 6-3; Tomas Berdych (Cze) bt Benot Paire (Fra) 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4; Stanislas Wawrinka (Swi) bt Steve Johnson (US) 6-4, 6-3, 6-2; Gilles Simon (Fra) bt Nicolas Mahut (Fra) 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-1; Gael Monfils (Fra) bt Pablo Cuevas (Uru) 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; Roger Federer (Swi) bt Damir Dzumhur (Bih) 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

Women’s singles: Ana Ivanovic (Srb) bt Donna Vekic (Cro) 6-0, 6-3; Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) bt Elena Vesnina (Rus) 6-2, 6-4; Elina Svitolina (Ukr) bt Annika Beck (Ger) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4; Alize Cornet (Fra) bt Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Cro) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5; Flavia Pennetta (Ita) bt Carla Surez (Spa) 6-3, 6-4; Garbie Muguruza (Spa) bt Angelique Kerber (Ger) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; Lucie Safarova (Cze) bt Sabine Lisicki (Ger) 6-3, 7-6 (7-2); Maria Sharapova (Rus) bt Samantha Stosur (Aus) 6-3, 6-4.

Golf
Port Dickson Championship

Leading final round scores (Malaysia unless stated): 273: Sean Riordan (Nzl) 71-62-69-71; 274: Paul Donahoo (Aus) 71-71-66-66; 275: Oskar Arvidsson (Swe) 74-68-67-66, Shaaban Hussin 70-68-69-68, R. Nachimuthu 68-71-68-68, Kemarol Baharin 68-70-67-70; 277: Arwed Fischer (Ger) 72-70-69-66, Airil Rizman Zahari 71-65-70-71, Chanat Sakulpolphaisan (Tha) 69-70-66-72, Micah Lauren Shin (US) 69-70-66-72; 278: Mohd Wafiyuddin 72-69-68-69, Hans Jamil 70-67-69-72; 279: Tyler Ekenberg (US) 71-69-72-67. 

Byron Nelson Championship

Leading second round scores (United States unless stated): 130: Jon Curran 67-63, Steven Bowditch (Aus) 62-68, Jimmy Walker 64-66; 131: Cameron Percy (Aus) 67-64, Ryan Palmer 65-66; 132: Nick Watney 67-65, Jerry Kelly 68-64, Jonathan Randolph 69-63, Hunter Mahan 68-64.

Irish Open

Leading second round scores: 139: Rafa Cabrera-Bello (Spa) 71-68, Tyrrell Hatton (Eng) 73-66, Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 69-70, Ritchie Ramsey (Sco) 72-67, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 72-67, Chris Wood (Eng) 70-69; 140: Luke Donald (Eng) 70-70, Padraig Harrington (Irl) 67-73; 141: Matt Ford (Eng) 70-71; 142: Bradley Dredge (Wal) 72-70, Rickie Fowler (US) 71-71, John Parry (Eng) 72-70.

LPGA Shoprite Classic

Leading first round scores (US unless stated): 68: Morgan Pressel; 67: Ryann O'Toole, Alena Sharp (Can), Min Lee (Tpe), Anna Nordqvist (Swe); 68: Jenny Shin (Kor), Catriona Matthew (Sco), Pernilla Lindberg (Swe), Sydnee Michaels, Thidapa Suwannapura (Tha), Brooke Henderson (Can), Park Hee-young (Kor), Christel Boeljon (Ned), Gerina Piller; 69: Mika Miyazato (Jpn), Marissa Steen, Kelly Tan (Mas), Moriya Jutanugarn (Tha), Kim Kaufman, Seo Hee-kyung (Kor), PK Kongkraphan (Tha), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (Eng), Katherine Kirk (Aus), Yoo Sun-young (Kor), Mo Martin, Mina Harigae.  

Cycling

Giro d’Italia

Stage 20 (196km): 1. Fabio Aru (Ita) AST 5’12:25, 2. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) CAN 18 seconds behind, 3. Rigoberto Uran (Col) ETI 24, 4. Mikel Landa (Spa) AST same time, 5. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LNL 34, 6. Alberto Contador (Spa) TIN 2:25, 7. Tanel Kangert (Est) AST 2:28, 8. Franco Pellizotti (Ita) AND, 9. Leopold Konig (Cze) SKY, 10. Diego Rosa (Ita) AST all same time.

Leading overall standings: 1. Alberto Contador (Spa) TIN 84’03:30, 2. Fabio Aru (Ita) AST 2:02 behind, 3. Mikel Landa (Spa) AST 3:14, 4. Andrey Amador (Crc) MOV 8:19, 5. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) CAN 9:52, 6. Leopold Konig (Cze) SKY 10:50, 7. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LNL 11:02, 8. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC 12:17, 9. Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ 16:00, 10. Yuri Trofimov (Rus) KAT 16:23.

Squash

Malaysian Tour Squash Circuit - Fourth Leg

(Malaysia unless stated)

Final

Men: Elvinn Keo (Mas) bt Sanjay Singh Chal (Mas) 11-5, 11-5, 7-11, 11-3.

Women: Vanessa Chu (Hkg) bt Teh Min Jie (Mas) 11-4, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7.

Motorsport

Italian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Qualifying

MotoGP: 1. Andrea Iannone (Ita) Ducati 1:46.489, 2. Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha 0.095 seconds behind, 3. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati) 0.121, 4. Cal Crutchlow (Bri) Honda LCR 0.168, 5. Aleix Espargaro (Spa) Suzuki 0.365, 6. Michele Pirro (Ita) Ducati 0.381, 7. Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Honda 0.386, 8. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 0.434, 9. Maverick Vinales (Spa) Suzuki 0.445, 10. Pol Espargaro (Spa) Yamaha Tech3 0.561

Moto2: 1. Sam Lowes (Bri) Speed Up 1:51.514, 2. Dominique Aegerter (Sui) Kalex 0.342 seconds behind, 3. Tito Rabat (Spa) Kalex 0.360, 4. Thomas Luthi (Sui) Kalex 0.365, 5. Luis Salom (Spa) Kalex 0.606, 6. Johann Zarco (Fra) Kalex 0.626, 7. Simone Corsi (Ita) Kalex) 0.630, 8. Xavier Simeon (Bel) Kalex 0.641, 9. Alex Rins (Spa) Kalex 0.726, 10. Axel Pons (Spa) Kalex 0.813.
Selected:
14. Hafizh Syahrin (Mas) Kalex 0.996, 24. Azlan Shah (Mas) Kalex 2.038, 28. Zaqhwan Zaidi (Mas) Suter 3.293.

Moto3: 1. Danny Kent (Bri) Honda 1:56.615, 2. Hiroki Ono (Jpn) Honda) at 0.289 seconds behind, 3. Romano Fenati (Ita) KTM 0.704, 4. Karel Hanika (Cze) KTM 0.714, 5. Niccolo Antonelli (Ita) Honda 0.718, 6. Jakub Kornfeil (Cze) KTM 0.751, 7. Enea Bastianini (Ita) Honda 0.778, 8. Francesco Bagnaia (Ita) Mahindra 0.914, 9. Andrea Locatelli (Ita) Honda 0.936, 10. Isaac Vinales (Spa) Husqvarna 1.032.
Selected:
25. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Mas) KTM 1.840.

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Sports Calendar

May

ATHLETICS

May 15: Doha Diamond League, Qatar
May 17: Shanghai Diamond League, China
May 29 & 30: Prefontaine Classic, Oregon, US

BADMINTON

May 10-17: Sudirman Cup, Dongguan, China

FOOTBALL

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

GOLF

Asian Tour
May 7-10: Mauritius Open

European Tour
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

US PGA
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

LPGA
April 30-May 3: North Texas Shootout, Texas
May 14-17: Kingsmill Championship, Virginia
May 29-31: ShopRite Classic, New Jersey

FORMULA ONE

May 8-10: Spanish GP, Barcelona
May 21-24: Monaco GP

MotoGP

May 1-3: Spanish GP, Jerez
May 15-17: French GP, Le Mans
May 29-31: Italian GP, Mugello

TENNIS

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

SQUASH

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

AQUATICS
June 26-28: FINA Diving Grand Prix, Madrid, Spain.

ARCHERY
June 8-14: Archery World Youth Championships, Yankton, US.

ATHLETICS
June 3-7: 21st Asian Athletics Championships, Wuhan, China.
June 7: IAAF Diamond League, Birmingham, England.
June 13: IAAF Diamond League, New York, US.

BADMINTON
June 2-7: Indonesia Open Superseries, Jakarta, Indonesia.
June 16-21: US Open Badminton Championships, New York, US.

BASKETBALL
June 4 onwards: NBA Finals, USA/Canada.

FOOTBALL
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.

HOCKEY
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.

GOLF
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

TENNIS
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

MOTORSPORTS
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.

MULTI-SPORTS
June 5-16: SEA Games, Singapore.

July

AQUATICS
July 3-5: FINA Diving Grand Prix, Bolzano, Italy.
July 24- Aug 9: Swimming and diving World Championships, Kazan, Russia.

ARCHERY
July 26- Aug 2: Archery - World Championships, Copenhagen, Germany.

ATHLETICS
July 15-19: IAAF World Youth Championships 2015, Cali, Colombia.
July 24-25: Diamond League, London, England.

BADMINTON
July 14-19: Yonex Open Chinese Taipei, Taiwan.
July 21-16: Russia Open.

CYCLING
July 4-6: Le Tour de France, France.

FOOTBALL
July 4: Copa America Final, Santiago, Chile.
July 5: Women’s World Cup final, Vancouver, Canada.

GOLF
July 6-12: John Deere Classic, Silvis, Illinois, US.
July 9-12: US Women’s Open, Pennsylvania, US.
July 16-19: The Open, St Andrews, England.
July 27-Aug 2: Quicken Loans National, Gainesville, Virginia, US.
July 30-2 Aug: Women’s British Open, Turnberry, Scotland.

SQUASH
July 25- Aug 4: World Junior Championships, Cairo, Egypt.

SWIMMING
July 13-19: IPC World Championships, Glasgow, Scotland.

TENNIS
June 26-July: Wimbledon, UK. (Grand Slam)
July 17-20: Davis Cup Quarter-finals, various locations.
July 20-26: WTA Istanbul Cup, Turkey.
July 27-Aug 1: Hamburg Open, Germany.
July 27-Aug 2: Swiss Open, Gstaad, Switzerland.
July 27-Aug 2: WTA Zhonghong Jiangxi Intl Women’s Open, China

MOTORSPORTS
July 5: F1 - British Grand Prix, Silverstone, England.
July 26: F1 - Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary.
July 12: Moto GP - German Grand Prix, Sachsenring, Germany.

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