Captain Guaycochea lifts Perak again with inspiring display

PETALING JAYA: Captain and midfielder Luciano Guaycochea has shown good leadership qualities to spark a change in Perak’s performance. On Wednesday, the Argentinian was instrumental again as Perak beat Penang 3-1 in their Super League match at the Perak Stadium. The win came just a week after the team led by Guaycochea had upstaged Kedah 3-1 in...

Zii Jia stays calm over tough opener against Jonatan at worlds

PETALING JAYA: Men’s singles Lee Zii Jia (pic) has just started taking baby steps under new coach Wong Tat Meng in resurrecting his career but he has been handed the worst possible draw for the World Championships from Aug 21-27 in Copenhagen. In the draw released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) yesterday, the unseeded Zii...

Favourable draw at world meet a relief for under-fire junior shuttlers

PETALING JAYA: The national junior shuttlers received some much needed luck after being handed a favourable draw in the group stage of the mixed team event at the World Junior Championships in the United States from Sept 25-30. The junior team led by men’s singles player Eogene Ewe had come under fire recently for their disappointing...

Amazing resolve – Mei Xing’s game for challenge of double duty

PETALING JAYA: Bring it on! Teoh Mei Xing is ready to embrace the challenge of playing in both the women’s and mixed doubles. The national shuttler is set to take on double duty after her women’s doubles partner Anna Cheong recovered from a long-term injury. Mei Xing had combined with Hoo Pang Ron in the mixed doubles when...

Soccer-Jamaica and Colombia to battle on the pitch after partying at nightclub

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Spreading joy on and off the pitch at the Women's World Cup, Jamaica and Colombia will battle for a quarter-final place on Tuesday after partying with each other at a Sydney nightclub. The Caribbeans and South Americans have plenty in common, not least a love of music and dancing. Both teams have impressed with...

Hongyang shows nerves of steal to pip Prannoy to title

PETALING JAYA: Weng Hongyang of China avenged his defeat to H.S. Prannoy in the Malaysian Masters in May by overcoming the Indian in spectacular style to win the Australian Open in Sydney yesterday. Prannoy, 31, was just two points away from clinching his second Badminton World Federation (BWF) tour title when he led 19-14 in the...

Hendrawan keeps Tze Yong’s indomitable spirit up

PETALING JAYA: Accept the defeat, move on and use it as a motivation to work harder. This was the advice given by national men’s singles badminton coach Hendrawan to Ng Tze Yong after the latter crashed out in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. World No. 21 Tze Yong suffered a narrow 21-17, 24-26, 19-21 defeat to...

Zii Jia’s experience and bravery make the difference in laboured win over Tze Yong

PETALING JAYA: Independent shuttler Lee Zii Jia proved that he is still the country’s No. 1 men’s singles shuttler after storming into the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Despite his struggles, the world No. 17 Zii Jia rose to the occasion to narrowly triumph 17-21, 26-24, 21-19 over his much-improved former national teammate Ng Tze Yong...

Umar finishes seventh in 400m at World University Games

PETALING JAYA: Umar Osman ended his campaign in the World University Games by finishing seventh in the men's 400m final in Chengdu on Thursday (Aug 3). Umar, running in a difficult Lane 1, clocked a respectable 46.41s in a fast race that broke the 26-year-old championship record of 44.81s. Joao Coelho of Portugal and Reece Nathaniel Holder...