• Football friendly between Singapore and Cambodia on 28 July 2016. Screenshot: Prime Minister Hun Sen's Facebook pageFootball friendly between Singapore and Cambodia on 28 July 2016. Screenshot: Prime Minister Hun Sen's Facebook page

    Singapore were stunned 2-1 on Thursday night as they suffered their first loss to Cambodia in 44 years.

    The Lions were upset by opponents ranked 22 places in the world below them in a friendly at Phnom Penh’s National Olympic Stadium, where they beat the same opposition 4-0 last June in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

    The Angkor Warriors’ last triumph over Singapore was 3-0 result in 1972 at the Jakarta Anniversary Tournament, 16 matches ago.

    The match was the last of a training tour to help prepare them for November’s AFF Suzuki Cup. V. Sundramoorthy and his charges arrived in Cambodia from Japan, where they lost 3-2 to the Niigata University of Health and Welfare, beat Japan Soccer College 2-0 and lost 3-0 to J-League side Albirex Niigata.

    Despite it being only a friendly, the game received warm support in Cambodia, with Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen providing a “live” stream on his official Facebook page.

    Singapore had to do without overseas-based key players Hassan Sunny,

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    Singapore netball captain Vanessa Lee, flanked by co-vice captains Nurul Baizura (left) and Charmaine Soh (right). (Photo: Netball Singapore)

    Four years after last playing for Singapore, Vanessa Lee has returned to lead the team at the upcoming Asian Netball Championships.

    Having made her senior debut in 2002, Lee stepped down on a high after winning the Asian crown in 2012 as she felt “physically tired”.

    But she continued to play at club level and the defender’s strong performances with Sneakers Stingray in the Netball Super League (NSL) earlier this year caught the attention of Singapore head coach Ruth Aitken.

    The New Zealander asked Lee to consider coming out of retirement, believing that her experience and nous would be a “godsend” to a team that had lost three of their most senior players.

    “I didn’t have to talk her into it in the end,” Aitken told Yahoo Singapore. “I just said to her, ‘you’re playing well, why are you not available?’ And she went away, thought about it and

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    In conjunction with the upcoming ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD event on 13 August, ONE Championship has recently announced it is holding the ONE Grappling Challenge Macao. It is a no-gi grappling tournament hosted on the same day at The Venetian Macao between 10am to 4pm. The competition will follow IBJJF no-gi rules.

    There will be a prize pot of USD$50,000 up for grabs making it the biggest prize purse in Asian grappling. As part of the USD$125 registration fee, each competitor will also receive attractive incentives in the form of a free night’s stay at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel or Holiday Inn Hotel Macao, six complimentary tickets to ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD at the Cotai Arena, a 30% discount on additional tickets to ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD, and a tournament t-shirt.

    According to experience and belt colour, competitors will be divided into three categories: Beginner (BJJ white/blue belts and those with less than two years of experience), Advanced (BJJ purple/brown belts and those

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo fez um treino com Connor McGregor, lutador do UFCCristiano Ronaldo fez um treino com Connor McGregor, lutador do UFC

    After an intense Euro 2016 tournament in France, Ronaldo has been spending his summer holidays in style and partying up on a yacht. 

    He even met up with UFC star Conor McGregor at his gym in Las Vegas, and the heavily-tanned player posed in the octagon for a dramatic fight photo with McGregor who is preparing for his long-awaited return to the UFC.

    The Irishman also posted a snap which read: “My brother Ronaldo dropped by the gym today. He is an animal.”

    He added, “Thank you @cristiano, much respect! I will see you for that Forbes number 1 spot next year.”

    Man City enjoy Great Wall of China after cancelled friendly with United

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    Manchester City players have been spending their time in China for preseason duties this week, and they participated in a series of activities including visiting the Great Wall of China.

    Pep Guardiola’s team seemed to have enjoyed their visit the iconic site, with Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero all posing candidly for the cameras in these photos. 

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    Although they

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  • “Why I Play” is a weekly column every Wednesday showcasing the stories of people who enjoy playing sports in Singapore. Want to see your sport featured? Let us know via Facebook, Twitter or email.

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    Stanley Ng, 30, is the President of FAT UWR, which stands for First Asian Team Underwater Rugby – the only underwater rugby team in Singapore and first in the region. The team may be less than two years old but they have been punching above their weight clinching back-to-back third placing at the regional 2015 and 2016 Pan Pacific Cup in Australia.

    They train every weekend at Queenstown Swimming Complex.

    How did you get involved in this sport?

    I was looking for a sport that allowed me to keep up my active lifestyle, but without all the hard impact and negative side effects you would get from land sports. I knew the founder of the sport in Singapore, we were college mates and I thought I’d give it a go.

    What kind of a workout do you get from playing this sport?

    I would say it’s comparable to

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  • Martial arts has quickly grown in popularity as the top activity for children outside of school, and for good reason. Besides the many physical benefits and self-defense applications, martial arts aid greatly in a child’s character development, imbuing in them values such as discipline, confidence, mental strength, and respect.

    In fact, some of the greatest mixed martial artists today have credited early martial arts training with giving them the strength to overcome adversity in life, and strongly advocate starting children in training as early as possible.

    To make your options easier in choosing a martial art for your child, here are the top five martial arts programs for kids in Singapore.

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    1. Evolve MMA
    The Little Samurai Children’s Program at Evolve MMA is the only children’s martial arts program in Singapore that is designed by a Harvard MBA graduate, and developed around the multiple components of the fastest growing sport in the world today – mixed martial arts (MMA).

    Encompassing

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    Singapore U21 striker Amiruldin Asraf battles for the ball with two Iranian players. The hosts showed good fighting spirit despite losing. (Photo: FAS)

    Singapore’s Under-21 footballers put up a spirited showing in their 0-1 defeat by their Iranian counterparts on Saturday (23 July) night at Bishan Stadium.

    Both sides were contesting the final of the inaugural International Challenge Cup, a friendly tournament hosted by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS). Singapore thrashed Hong Kong 5-0 on Wednesday (20 July), while Iran saw off Uzbekistan on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

    Mehdi Mehdikhani’s clinical first-half goal was enough to separate the two sides, who also clashed twice in three days in Tehran in March this year. Singapore lost those games 0-1 and 0-2, but Iran head coach Amir Hossein Peiravani believes they have improved.

    “Today, Singapore were better than they were three months ago,” he noted. “Their transition from defence to attack was very good, especially on the

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  • To Tap, Or Not To Tap: That Is The Question

    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has taken the world by storm, with an increasing number of people taking up the submission grappling sport every single day. However, each training session will inevitably result in you being placed in one submission hold or the other, no matter how good you are.

    The question then becomes whether to tap or not, with some choosing not to as a matter of pride, or because they think they might be able to escape. We got Doctor Warren Wang, longtime BJJ practitioner, gym owner, and ONE Vice President of Medical Services, to give his perspective as part of a series of regular columns by the veteran fight doctor.

    Tap, or snap? Whether it is nobler in the mind to persevere and let your cartilage tear, joint dislocate, or worst of all, suffer a fracture dislocation of the joint, there is no correct answer.

    I have been asked multiple times on my thoughts on tapping by those that feel as a physician, I would have better insight on this topic. On the contrary, I will say

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    Michelle Nicolini is one of the most successful female Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners in the world, and the eight-time world champion is now training hard in Singapore as she prepares to make her ONE Championship debut.

    Nicolini recently joined the Evolve MMA Fight Team, which is also home to newly-crowned ONE Women’s Atomweight Champion Angela Lee. The two will be training together, and the Brazilian is hoping to make a similar impression on Asia’s biggest MMA promotion.

    “I just moved to Singapore to train full-time at Evolve MMA and I already signed with ONE Championship,” said Nicolini. “I am super excited to have my first fight, and I think we really have the best team at Evolve MMA.

    “The instructors are always there to patiently help and teach me. I totally trust in them, and have no doubt they will help me to improve my game and be a world champion in MMA. I will have to adapt my game to MMA because BJJ is not the same. I must learn Muay Thai, wrestling, and boxing, but my dream

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  • Up in the high altitudes of Baguio City, Philippines, ONE Championship lightweight standout Eduard “Landslide” Folayang spends long afternoons pounding away at the Team Lakay stable, where he and his brothers in arms train to hone their skills and answer the call of the cage.

    The 32-year-old Folayang recently starred in his most complete performance as a mixed martial artist yet against Tetsuya Yamada – a bout which he won comprehensively by unanimous decision. Folayang dominated with his wushu and newfound wrestling skills, cutting Yamada off at every corner to earn the judges’ nod.

    The secret to his success? Hard work and a strict diet, says Folayang. To keep healthy and fit in peak condition, Folayang tries his best to make the right health decisions when training for a fight.

    Here are Eduard Folayang’s top three ways to stay fit.

    1. Stay away from sweet and salty food

    “If a fight is coming up and I need to drop a few pounds, I try to stay away from sweet and salty food. The sugar and

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