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England’s Walker Hails Unity In Squad Ahead Of World Cup

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The unity within the England squad will help the players flourish at the World Cup, defender Kyle Walker has said ahead of the team’s final warm-up match against Costa Rica on Thursday. England are aiming to move past underwhelming campaigns at the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 European Championships by progressing deep in Russia…

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Long-Serving Cricket Australia Boss Sutherland To Step Down

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MELBOURNE- Long-serving Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland said on Wednesday he would be stepping down from his role as chief executive next year. The 52-year-old, who took up the role in 2001, resigns amid reviews into the cricket board and the national men’s team triggered by the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal. “Today, I’m announcing my…

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Jones Defends England Training Style As Injuries Mount

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England coach Eddie Jones has responded to Bath owner Bruce Craig’s criticism of his training methods by saying that a high-intensity regimen is required to prepare players for international matches. Bath prop Beno Obano suffered ligament and hamstring tendon damage in England’s training camp at Brighton earlier this month, taking the number of players from…

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World Cup 2018 To Be Aired Live On RTM1

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PUTRAJAYA- The 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia will be aired live on RTM 1, for free. Communications and Multimedia Minister, Gobind Singh Deo, said the details on the selected matched will be revealed in the near future. “For now, we are announcing that the World Cup will be aired on RTM1. Other information will…

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Saracens’ Vunipola Suffers Fresh Injury Setback

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England and Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola has suffered a fresh injury setback after he pulled up with a hamstring problem during a training session, the Premiership team’s director of rugby Mark McCall has said. Vunipola, who missed England’s Six Nations campaign after missing four months with a broken arm, had only returned to action…

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Focus And Do Your Best, Says Former Olympian

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PETALING JAYA, Aug 8 – With just 11 days before the 29th Kuala Lumpur SEA Games (KL2017) kicks off, athletes were advised to keep their head in the game and remain focused. Malaysia’s former Olympian and two time SEA Games gold medalist Jeffrey Ong said the pressure will be higher on the athletes to perform…

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Philippines Clinch Overall Title In Beautiful Terengganu International Judo C’ships

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KUALA NERUS – The Philippines contingent emerged as the overall champion in the veteran category of the ‘Beautiful Terengganu’ International Judo Championships 2017 held at the Gong Badak Sports Complex, here. The Philippines contingent won four gold, three silver and five bronze medals while Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail (SSTMI), Johor finished second in the…

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Arie Sets Sights On PGM CCM Championship

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KUALA LUMPUR – Local pro golfer, Arie Irawan will turn his attention to the PGM CCM Championship which starts tomorrow at Seriemas Golf & Country Club in Nilai, after missing out on an Asian Tour card last week. Arie,26, who finished one shot outside the top-35 and ties at the Qualifying School in Thailand, hopes…

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Two World’s Finest Golf Players To Compete In Maybank Championship 2017

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KUALA LUMPUR – Two holders of the prestigious Masters green jacket will compete in the Maybank Championship 2017 at Saujana Golf and Country Club from Feb 9 to 12 next year, as Charl Schwartzel was announced today as the latest player getting ready for the event. He will be joining reigning Masters Champion, Danny Willet…

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IWWF Picks Aaliyah As One Of Only 27 Women Skiers For World Games

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KUALA LUMPUR – National water skier Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah was picked as one of only 27 open women skiers to participate in the 2017 World Games that will be held in Wroclaw, Poland from July 22-29. Aaliyah, 13, received the invitation from the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) through the Malaysian Waterski and Wakeboard…

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Zulfadli, Mixed Doubles Pair Adance To French Open Second Round

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KUALA LUMPUR – National men’s singles player Zulfadli Zulkiffli played better than the other foreign competitors, but still struggled to advance to round two of the French Open badminton championship. Zulfadli, now ranked 33rd in the world, defeated Huang Yuxiang from China in 24-22, 12-21 and 22-20, taking one hour 13 minutes, early today at…

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No Clash Of Dates Between World Championships And Sea Games

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KUALA LUMPUR – National diver Pandelela Rinong will have no problem competing in the 2017 SEA Games as the dates do not clash with the World Championships. Pandelela said the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary will be held from July 14 to 30 while the SEA Games is scheduled from Aug 19 to 31. She…

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Kim Swee Hopes Tigers Can Tame The Lions In Causeway Challenge

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SINGAPORE – Malaysian coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee hopes the national team can play ‘much better’ in the Causeway Challenge tomorrow. “The players know their responsibility. Hope they would play as how they played against Timor Leste,” he said at a pre-match press conference held here today. In June, Malaysia defeated Timor Leste to seal…

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Analysis – Zlatan Again Fails To Shine In City Of Light

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PARIS (Reuters) – In the city where they are accustomed to savouring his magic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic once again failed to live up to his own exalted billing for Sweden as he went missing in their fortuitous 1-1 draw with Ireland. It might have been Ibra’s cross that Ciaran Clark headed into his own net to…

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More To Cycling Than Prize Money, Says Former National Cyclist

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PETALING JAYA: There is more to cycling competitively than winning prize money, says former Malaysian Olympic and Commonwealth Games cyclist Josiah Ng. “There were many moments that I could have adopted the RM10 mindset and just complained or quit. But I didn’t and looking back, I received something that RM10, RM100, RM1,000, or even RM1,000,000…

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Despite Defeated By Saudi, Kim Swee Pleased With Harimau M’sia

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KUALA LUMPUR: National football team head coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee has expressed satisfaction with the performance of his team despite their 0-2 defeat to West Asian giant Saudi Arabia early today. Their loss was in the final Group A match of the 2018 World Cup/2019 Asian Cup Qualifier at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium…

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Coutinho Stunner Ensures United Exit From Europa League

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LONDON (Reuters) – An impudent individual goal from Philippe Coutinho steered Liverpool comfortably into the quarter-finals of the Europa League on Thursday after a 1-1 draw at bitter rivals Manchester United completed a 3-1 aggregate win. Liverpool’s Brazilian playmaker danced down the touchline and glided past a defender, before chipping the ball over keeper David…

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Natasha Sweeps Inter-State Women’s Gold Medal To Make Up For Last Edition’s Disappointment

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  PETALING JAYA: National kegler Natasha Roslan made up for her disappointment last year by winning the gold medal in the women’s 29th Inter-State Tenpin Bowling Championships here today. In last year’s edition, Natasha from Selangor had to be contended with the silver medal after losing to Kuala Lumpur’s ace Sharon Koh. Natasha, 20, who…

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A Bronze For Azizulhasni At London World Meet

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PETALING JAYA: Azizulhasni Awang has once again put Malaysia on the world cycling map with a brilliant ride to snatch bronze in the keirin event at the Track Cycling World Championships in London. The Pocket Rocketman did just enough to grab third place behind Edward Dawkins of New Zealand in the final at Lee Valley…

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WTTC: Women’s And Men’s Team Shown Exit

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SHAH ALAM: The Malaysian men and women’s squads ended their campaign in the 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championship (WTTC) Thursday, suffering 0-3 defeats to Chinese Taipei and Poland respectively. In the women’s 13-24th place classification matches, 2015 Singapore SEA Games bronze medallist, Ho Ying brought cheer to the local fans by winning the first…

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Ronda Rousey Wants To Kill Herself After Defeat To Holly Holm

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Ronda Rousey contemplated suicide after suffering her first UFC defeat. The 29-year-old mixed martial arts star lost her Bantamweight belt in a shock loss to Holly Holm last November, and while it was only her first defeat in the sport the blonde star considered killing herself because she didn’t think her life would be worth…

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Tze Liang, Fatin Nurfatehah Win OCM Coca-Cola Olimpian Award

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KUALA LUMPUR: National Olimpic diver Ooi Tze Liang is named the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) Olympian of the Year Award in the men’s category. He was the most outstanding athlete in the Singapore SEA Games based on the achievement of four gold medals in the three metre men’s individual springboard and men’s individual 10…

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Khairy Wants You To Be One Of 20k Volunteers For 2017 SEA Games

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PETALING JAYA: If you are a sports enthusiast and want to get close to athletes, here’s your chance. The Youth and Sports Ministry wants 20,000 Malaysians to serve as volunteers for the 2017 SEA Games. Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said volunteers, regardless of age, could contribute to make the event a successful and memorable one. So…

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Another Defeat For Nicol

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KUALA LUMPUR: Eight-time women world squash champion Datuk Nicol Ann David’s fine run at the United States Open 2015 was stopped by England’s Laura Massaro, on Thursday. It was her fifth defeat this year. According to the competition’s official website, www.usopensquash.com, the second half of the quarterfinal matches held at Drexel University in Philadelphia, United…

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KSN Performs Aerobic Exercise With 2,000 Civil Servants

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PUTRAJAYA – Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa joined more than 2,000 civil servants from the various departments and agencies here at the ‘Senamrobik Ceria@Hari Sukan Negara’ exercise in conjunction with the National Sports Day Saturday. Also present were Director-General of the Public Service Department, Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal, Director-General…

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Malaysians Must Make Sports As A Culture

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SHAH ALAM – Malaysians must make sports as a culture and not only indulge in the activity on the day of celebration, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He said if sports were made as a culture and life style, the country would be able to churn out great champions in the eyes…

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Five Sports Selected For Sports Development Programme

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PUTRAJAYA – Five sports have been selected under the Sports Development Programme that will be jointly carried out by the National Sports Council (NSC) and National Sports Associations (NSA). The five sports selected are swimming, cycling, athletics, badminton and sepak takraw. “The programme was initiated following the announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun…

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Malaysia-Born Teen Cools To Man United Cauldron

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SINGAPORE: He is just 19, and already he is set for a baptism of fire tonight when his side Club Brugge step out onto the cauldron that is Old Trafford. For Malaysia-born Belgian teenager Dion Cools, playing against the likes of Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Bastian Schweinsteiger is a football education that he has…

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Sarawakian Sanjay Aims To Be The One Squash Player In The Country

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MIRI:  SEA Games gold medallist Sanjay Singh Chal has set the target to be the country’s number one squash player by 2018, just like fellow Sarawakian Mohd Azlan Iskandar. Fresh from his success of winning two gold medals in the recent Singapore SEA Games, Sanjay, 21, now ranked fourth in the country and 115th in the world, has…

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Landslide Forces Organizers To Change Tour Route

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PARIS (Reuters) – Tour de France organisers have amended the route for the 20th stage of the race after a landslide forced them to scrap the climb up to the Col du Galibier. The penultimate stage will still finish at the top of the 21 hairpins of l’Alpe d’Huez but the ascent of the Galibier…

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