• Singapore's Joseph Schooling (R) celebrates with South Africa's Chad le Clos after in the 100m butterfly in RioSingapore's Joseph Schooling (R) celebrates with South Africa's Chad le Clos after in the 100m butterfly in Rio

    Four years ago, Chad le Clos stunned two-time Olympic champion and world record-holder Michael Phelps to win the 200-metre butterfly gold at the London Games.

    But the South African could not repeat the feat in Rio earlier this year as he finished fourth behind Phelps, who retook the title. He also finished second behind Singapore’s Joseph Schooling in the 100m butterfly. Le Clos left the Olympics without a gold and plenty of disappointment.

    “I had the best training ever [and] there's no one that trained like I did before the Olympic Games so the disappointment I am feeling right now is, I think, because of the way I trained,” he told local media on Thursday afternoon.

    “In terms of training, my training was spot on, preparation was perfect and it just didn’t happen.”

    His haul of one gold and three silvers still makes him South Africa’s most-decorated Olympian ever and Le Clos is already bouncing back from Rio.

    Competing at the various World Cup legs and “kicking a**” has helped him

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  • ONE Championship has just announced that it is making its way back to Manila, Philippines, on 2 December with ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION. The event will feature the return of ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera (14-7, 1NC), who is set to defend his title against unbeaten Japanese fighter Hideki Sekine (7-0).

    The Filipino-American mixed martial arts veteran last fought nearly a year ago, when he captured the Heavyweight world title belt with a 26-second first-round knockout of Paul “Typhoon” Cheng. He is a perfect 2-0 since making his debut for ONE Championship in 2014.

    Vera’s opponent Sekine, on the other hand, is set to make his ONE Championship promotional debut after having established himself as a top prospect in Japanese MMA promotion DEEP.

    Known for his incredible strength and technical grappling ability, Sekine owns an impressive three victories by submission and another three by knockout. When he takes on Vera for the heavyweight title, the matchup will represent

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  • There were plenty of eye-catching sporting moments from the week past, particularly in England where a footballer tried stealing a march on his opponents in an unusual manner. Yahoo Singapore picks out a selection.
    1. Old is gold

    Must-see sports moments of the week: Gianluigi Buffon still makes sick savesMust-see sports moments of the week: Gianluigi Buffon still makes sick saves

    The best way to respond to criticism is often to simply prove people wrong and Gianluigi Buffon has been around long enough to know that.

    The legendary Italian goalkeeper had made a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes for both country and club recently in their matches against Spain and Palermo respectively.

    But the Juventus man reminded everyone just how good he still is even at 38 with a stunning display on Tuesday against Lyon in the Champions League.

    First, he saved a penalty (0:29) in the 35th minute, going the right way to push it away though admittedly the ball wasn’t very well struck.

    It would be his next save (1:07) that made jaws drop. Nabil Fekir’s effort from 16 yards took a deflection and seemed destined to go in - only for Buffon to somehow

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  • ONE Championship has become known for putting on exciting events filled with highlight-reel finishes over the past five years, and its past three events did not disappoint.

    However, looking back at this past quarter, a handful of performances truly stood out. Here are the five best fights in ONE Championship during this period.

    #1 Ev Ting vs Rob Lisita at ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS, Kuala Lumpur, 2 September

    Over the past couple of years, Malaysian-Kiwi sensation Ev “E.T.” Ting has made a home for his noteworthy performances in Kuala Lumpur. He has headlined ONE Championship events in Malaysia’s capital city with tremendous success, and as he climbs to the top of the ranks, Ting promises more memorable bouts to come.

    This September, Ting took on the always dangerous “Ruthless” Rob Lisita. Nevermind that upon entering the cage, Lisita had been on a three-fight skid. The Australian brawler will always pose a threat no matter what the circumstances, and the same rang true when he stood across

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  • Roanne Ho, 50m breaststroke at the 28th SEA Games. Photo: SINGSOC/Action Images via ReutersRoanne Ho, 50m breaststroke at the 28th SEA Games. Photo: SINGSOC/Action Images via Reuters

    Athletes often have to confront different kind of fears. It could be fear of failing to perform when it matters, to live up to expectations, or that their hard work will never pay off.

    There is also the fear of being forgotten despite all that you have done, of being overtaken by those who are on the back of your heels if you stand still.

    It was a fear that national swimmer Roanne Ho felt acutely this year when she was sidelined by two very different but serious incidents: a collapsed right lung that threatened her life, followed by a right shoulder tear.

    The 24-year-old only managed to return to proper training a month ago ahead of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup this weekend (21-22 Oct), which will be her first competition this year.

    For someone who has been in the pool for the most part of her life since first representing Singapore at 11 and has trained full-time since June 2014, the extended time-out caused Ho to wonder whether she would be consigned to the back of others’

    Read More »from Swimmer Roanne Ho feared becoming ‘irrelevant’ during injury-plagued year
  • The humble knockout is one surefire way to end a fight without having to leave the decision at the hands of the judges — but it is not the only way.

    The science of submissions is equally as beautiful. How a fighter transitions from one position to another, how they set up with subtle movements before pouncing to finish is truly breathtaking in the literal and figurative sense.

    In celebration of this beautiful art, let’s take a look at five of the best ONE Championship submissions in the three months.

    #1 Martin Nguyen (Guillotine Choke) at ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD, Macau, 13 August

    Was there any submission this quarter more exciting and more shocking than the way Martin Nguyen put Christian Lee to sleep with a guillotine choke? “The Situ-Asian” posed the toughest test for the previously-unbeaten Lee, and for good reason. Nguyen was an experienced, older opponent for the youngster.

    If Lee had gotten past Nguyen, it would surely have sent a message to the division that Lee was ready for a run

    Read More »from ONE Championship’s Top Five Submissions of the Past Quarter
  • There’s just something about knockouts that captivates combat sports fans. When a strike connects with speed, accuracy, and power, it is truly a sight to behold.

    Over the past three months, ONE Championship fans have been witness to some spectacular knockouts that do not seem to run in short supply.

    Here are the five best ONE Championship knockouts of the past three months.

    #1 Narantungalag Jadambaa one-shots Eric Kelly

    Eric Kelly likes to think of himself as a born fighter, hence his moniker “The Natural.” But what happened when he met another fighter even more adept than he is? 

    Mongolia’s Narantungalag Jadambaa was just the man at ONE: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS (HEFEI) last July during the evening’s main event. An overwhelming force that is hard to deny for any opponent, Jadambaa needed only one punch to separate Kelly from his senses in just 44 seconds of the very first round. 

    “I have no weaknesses,” Jadambaa exclaimed in the pre-fight build up. He didn’t seem to think there was anything

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  • American Serena Williams will once again miss the WTA Finals, sidelined by injury.American Serena Williams will once again miss the WTA Finals, sidelined by injury.

    For the second year running, 22-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams is giving the year-end WTA Finals in Singapore a miss.

    In a video released by the WTA on 17 October, the American apologized to fans, citing medical advice. “I have received disappointing news from my doctor that I must undergo a series of medical treatments for my shoulder and will be off the court for the next several weeks,” she said. Williams added that it is her goal to qualify for the tournament next year.

    Based on Williams’ social media activity, some sports journalists had already began speculating that Williams would not play the tournament in Singapore Williams had posted several videos on Snapchat of her trip to Disneyland on Sunday.

    This is the second time Williams has withdrawn from the tournament. Last year, Williams also skipped the Singapore year-end tournament due to injury.

    In contrast, 2015 WTA Finals defending champion Agnieska Radwanska is already in Singapore to prepare for the tournament.

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  • AFP file photo of football in Southeast AsiaAFP file photo of football in Southeast Asia

    The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has come out to address concerns about its spending on grassroots football after news about its lack of investment in grassroots efforts drew outrage last month. 

    It had been revealed during the FAS Annual General Meeting (AGM) last month that organising expenses on grassroots competitions like the National Football League (NFL), Island Wide League (IWL) and FA Cup came up to about $70,000 during their last financial year from April 2015 to March 2016. This prompted a strong response from figures in the footballing community, according to a report from TODAY.  

    In a press conference on Wednesday morning (13 Oct), chaired by FAS vice-presidents Bernard Tan and Lim Kia Tong along with general-secretary Winston Lee, it was revealed that investment in the NFL and IWL was “substantially more” than the $70,000 figure.

    “If you participate, we ask that you (teams) pay some token amount so you take it seriously - that is the notion,” Tan clarified

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  • There were plenty of eye-catching sporting moments from the week past, including a stunning goal right in our own backyard. Elsewhere, are Welsh players taking the mickey out of photographers? Yahoo Singapore picks out a selection.

    1. Amateur Singaporean footballer goes viral with spectacular penalty

    Yishun Stadium played host to a magical moment over the weekend when National Football League side Yishun Sentek Mariners FC took on Island Wide League team Kaki Bukit Sports Club in an FA Cup tie.

    The Mariners were leading 4-0 when substitute Syafiq Sazali won a penalty on 68 minutes and the striker dusted himself down before stepping up to the spot.

    What happened next was an outrageous piece of skill. The 21-year-old smacked the ball with his left foot to score while performing a somersault in one fluid motion.

    His feat went viral worldwide after head coach Yakob Hashim uploaded a clip of the penalty online, with sites like Goal and the Mirror picking it, while it spread like wildfire

    Read More »from Must-see sports moments of the week: A somersault penalty kick in Singapore


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