• A special moment at the Rio Paralympics. Photo from Yip Pin Xiu's Instagram accountA special moment at the Rio Paralympics. Photo from Yip Pin Xiu's Instagram account

    It’s a touching photo that’s making waves on social media.

    The photo shows Paralympic gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu visibly teary-eyed, embracing her best friend and bronze medallist, Theresa Goh.

    The heartwarming photo — taken by Yeo Hwee Koon, a physiotherapist with Team Singapore in Rio — was shared and reposted several times after Yip posted it on her Instagram account with a caption describing Goh’s journey to becoming a Paralympic medallist.

    “The world doesn't need to see my ugly crying face (yours is really well hidden). But the world needs to know how proud I am of you. You finally did it. You freaking did it. You are now a Paralympic medalist after 17 years of training and perseverance. Nobody knows our journey like us and I am so incredibly proud of you,” she wrote.

    Yeo told Yahoo Singapore the moment happened in a split second after she wheeled Goh to the warm-up pool before the victory ceremony.

    “When I saw her at the mixed zone after her race, her face and grin on her face

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  • Singaporean Su-Ann Heng is a former professional golfer and national athlete. She's also a fitness fanatic who loves a good workout. In this series, Su-Ann demonstrates five of her favourite workouts that you can do at home if you don't have time to hit the gym. Most of these exercises don't require any equipment, and can be done at home. (Videos by Jeremy Ho and Stefanus Ian)

    1. Squat with single leg lift
    This exercise helps build your leg muscles, as well as improve your lower and upper body strength.



    2. Single leg deadlift
    This exercise helps strengthen hamstring muscles and improve core stability. It also helps improve hip mobility and overall hip health.



    3. Walk out
    This is a good warm-up exercise that strengthens your upper body and core.



    4. Superman push up
    This challenging exercise is a full-body muscle builder.



    5. TRX row
    This is a good exercise for strengthening your back, shoulders and core.

    Missed the first series? Click here to check it out.

    Su-Ann is a golf pundit on Fox

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  • 2016 Rio Paralympics - Swimming - Women's 100m Breastroke - SB4 - Finals - Aquatic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/09/2016.  Singapore's Theresa Goh celebrates with her bronze medal TSRIO2016  REUTERS/Jason O'Brien  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.2016 Rio Paralympics - Swimming - Women's 100m Breastroke - SB4 - Finals - Aquatic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/09/2016. Singapore's Theresa Goh celebrates with her bronze medal TSRIO2016 REUTERS/Jason O'Brien FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

    Before this morning, Theresa Goh had been in nine Paralympic Games swimming finals but never won a medal.

    The first ever Singaporean swimmer to qualify for the Paralympics when she made it to Athens 2004, the closest Goh came was a pair of fourth-placed finishes in Beijing in 2008.

    But that all changed on Monday morning (Singapore time) when the 29-year-old swam the race of her life to clinch bronze in the 100-metre breaststroke SB4, clocking 1:55.55sec at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro to achieve her first ever Paralympics podium finish.

    It is Singapore’s second medal in Brazil following team-mate Yip Pin Xiu’s gold two days earlier and one that Goh holds most dear amongst the plethora of accolades she has notched in 17 years of competitive swimming.

    “It really means the world to me,” she told Yahoo Singapore from Brazil. “It means that everything has fallen into place and I've managed to achieve something that I wanted for a really long time.”

    It was not an easy

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  • 2016 Rio Paralympics - Swimming - Women's 100m Backstroke - S2 - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 09/09/2016. Pin Xiu Yip of Singapore reacts on the podium  REUTERS/Sergio Moraes NO SALES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.2016 Rio Paralympics - Swimming - Women's 100m Backstroke - S2 - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 09/09/2016. Pin Xiu Yip of Singapore reacts on the podium REUTERS/Sergio Moraes NO SALES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

    She knew she was in good form heading into the Paralympics, but Yip Pin Xiu was still nervous before her first race on Saturday morning.

    With the 100-metre backstroke S2 event being contested at the Games for the first time, it was something still “really new” to the Singaporean swimmer.

    But the 24-year-old put those nerves to bed in style when she won Singapore’s first gold in Rio de Janeiro, blitzing to the wall first in a new world record time of 2:07.09.

    That was more than two seconds faster than the mark of 2:09.79 she had previously set at the International Paralympic Council (IPC) Swimming European Open Championships in May.

    China’s Feng Yazhu was second in 2:18.65, while Ukraine’s Iryna Sotska came in third in 2:21.98. It is the first time this event is being contested at the Paralympics.

    Her split timing of 59.38s also meant that Yip rewrote her own world record in the 50m backstroke S2.

    “I wasn’t thinking about my competitors and how fast they were going, I really just

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    Filipino fighters, particularly fighters from Baguio City’s famed Team Lakay, are not exactly known for their world-class grappling skills inside the ONE Championship cage. However, a noticeable trend in recent victories suggests things are changing in the Philippines’ premiere MMA stable.

    Since Kevin Belingon’s loss to reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes in China this past January, Team Lakay has railed off 13 straight victories, including four wins by submission. That was virtually unthinkable just a year ago.

    In recent months, Team Lakay has embarked on an incredible winning streak, showcasing a stunningly-improved ground game to thwart several top opponents. Examples include Edward Kelly’s submission of Australian champion Jordan Lucas, Geje Eustaquio’s battle against Gianni Subba, and Eduard Folayang’s triumph over top contender Adrian Pang.

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    In fact, Team Lakay is about to challenge for two ONE World Championships. Joshua Pacio is taking on ONE Strawweight

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    To have the biggest players in the industry who have shaped Asian MMA into what it is today all under one roof is a rare occurrence. Yet, that is exactly what will happen this month.

    ONE Championship is hosting the third iteration of its Asia MMA Summit from 21-23 September at Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay Sands, and aims to bring together the most brilliant minds in the sport and business world to discuss ways to take MMA in Asia to the next level.

    The possibilities emerging from the summit are endless, especially with the calibre of speakers that are bound to be present. Public registration is also available for those interested in attending the summit to learn more about the industry.

    Here are three reasons the Asia MMA Summit 2016 could change the game, and have a lasting impact on the sport:

    1. The Collective Decision-Making Power Present

    Judging from past summits, the biggest names in the game are coming to town, including representatives from global television networks, top

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  • Ang Peng Siong at Farrer Park Swimming Complex on Tuesay 6 September 2016.Ang Peng Siong at Farrer Park Swimming Complex on Tuesay 6 September 2016.

    Slightly under a month ago, Singapore came to a standstill and watched Joseph Schooling make history in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Ang Peng Siong was no different, as he watched the 21-year-old win only the nation’s fifth Olympic medal and more importantly, the first one ever with a gold hue.

    It was a watershed moment for Singapore sport, but it was also a particularly poignant one for the former national swim star.

    “Winning that gold medal has always been something that, personally, I wanted for Singapore,” he told Yahoo Singapore earlier this week at Farrer Park Swimming Complex, home of the swim school he started 20 years ago.

    “I think…” he trailed off, as emotions got the better of him, perhaps at what could have been. Ang needed a minute to compose himself before continuing the interview. 

    Fighting back tears, he said, “It’s a special moment... For Joseph to win the gold medal at the Olympic Games and to hear Majulah Singapura is definitely a rare occasion and something to celebrate

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  • Thai weightlifters Sopita Tanasun (left) and Sukanya Srisurat (right) won gold in the Rio Olympics. Photo: Safhras Khan/Yahoo SingaporeThai weightlifters Sopita Tanasun (left) and Sukanya Srisurat (right) won gold in the Rio Olympics. Photo: Safhras Khan/Yahoo Singapore

    Asean’s Rio Olympic medalists said the award of free flights by Malaysian budget airline AirAsia will spur them to bring more glory to their countries and help defray training costs.

    AirAsia awarded a total of 21 Olympic athletes from Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia. Asean’s gold medal winners received a lifetime of free flights, while silver and bronze medalists got five and three years’ worth of flights, respectively.

    Vietnamese shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh, who won his country’s first ever Olympic gold medal, told Yahoo Singapore that he would use the award to go for overseas training and competitions.

    Calling it an honour, the army colonel said, “Going overseas to train or compete is expensive but with the help from AirAsia, it will reduce the cost.“

    Sopita Tannsun, Thailand’s gold medalist in weightlifting, agreed with Hoang that the award can help offset training costs.

    However, she will not be using her first free flight with AirAsia to go for

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  • Ron Harper in Singapore on 7 September 2016 as part of the junior NBA programme.Ron Harper in Singapore on 7 September 2016 as part of the junior NBA programme.

    Ron Harper had the privilege of playing alongside the basketball greats Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant during his career.

    Despite playing on star-studded teams, Harper seldom took on scoring responsibilities, and willingly embraced a bench player’s role. The five-time NBA champion strongly feels that younger players in today’s NBA have a different attitude towards being role players.

    Ahead of a basketball clinic as part of the Junior NBA 2016 National Training Camp in Singapore from 9 to 11 Sept, Harper shared his thoughts with Yahoo on the 2015-16 season, and who he thinks will be the teams to watch when the next season begins.  

    Q: Lets talk about the whole concept of the super team – what’s the difference between a team like the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls and the current Golden State Warriors?
     A: The super team? The Bulls team is one of the super teams. I think anytime you have Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Toni Kukoc, on the basketball team is a very good basketball team. We got

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  • Xavier Alexander (#15) of the Singapore Slingers in action against Westports Malaysia Dragons during Game 4 of the ASEAN Basketball League Finals at OCBC Arena on March 20, 2016. Photo: Lim Yong TeckXavier Alexander (#15) of the Singapore Slingers in action against Westports Malaysia Dragons during Game 4 of the ASEAN Basketball League Finals at OCBC Arena on March 20, 2016. Photo: Lim Yong Teck

    After a 20-year hiatus, basketball fans can look forward to a tournament featuring international talent when the Merlion Cup makes its return. 

    Last held in 1996, the  tournament will be staged again in Singapore’s OCBC Arena from 21 to 25 September and feature six of region’s best basketball clubs. 

    The others are ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) champions Westsports Malaysia Dragons, ABL runner-up the Singapore Slingers, South Korea’s Seoul Samsung Thunders, Taiwan’s Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor, Philippines’ Mighty Sports and China’s Shanghai Sharks, which is owned by former NBA star Yao Ming.

    While the Basketball Association of Singapore (BAS) mulled over plans to host the 10th edition of the Cup in recent years, it was only this year that things fell in place and they were able to go forward, according to president David Ong.

    “We knew it would be a task that would be quite huge,” he told Yahoo Singapore on Thursday at the association’s headquarters. “This year, we were able to make it into

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