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IT is spring and a week has passed since the Easter Sunday celebrations in the quiet and serene city of Des Moines.
There is unlikely to be a more popular win anywhere in the world this year than the wire-to-wire triumph achieved by Fred Couples at the Houston Open on Sunday.
Fighting centuries by Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul had the West Indies on the brink of an historic victory over Australia in the fourth and final cricket Test at the Recreation Ground here on Monday.
Record-breaking West Indies made the highest-ever fourth innings winning total to beat Australia by three wickets in the fourth and final test on Tuesday and avoid an unprecedented home whitewash.
In the West, sportsmen can aspire to be millionaires; celebrities who share the limelight with royals and Hollywood's best. But to get there, one has to start from the bottom, with a proper grassroots programme. In Malaysia, though, sport is fast going from big drawcard to just a lucky draw. STARSPORT'S RAJES PAUL, who was in the US recently, draws a comparison.
Iraq's national football side, attempting to rebuild after the disruptions of war, will play two games in Australia in November.
A 10-member delegation from Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Iowa are here in Malaysia with a hope that their two-week presence will create greater awareness on the importance of sports at the grassroots level in the country.
Former international Ong Yu Tiang, who died on Monday, will be honoured at the third Ulu Klang Recreation Club (UKRC) International Veteran football 9's competition from the Dec 20-21 at the UKRC field in Ampang.
National number one Wong Choong Hann and the Hashim brothers, Roslin and Hafiz, are the notable absentees from the list of qualifiers for the National Grand Prix Finals at the Negri Sembilan Chinese Recreation Hall (NSCRC) in Seremban from Jan 8-11.
National number one doubles pair Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah have given up the chance to win a big ang pow ahead of the Chinese New Year.