• 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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  • Malaysian-Kiwi sensation Ev “E.T.” Ting may have just given fans his most comprehensive performance to date with a three-round unanimous decision victory over “Ruthless” Robert Lisita last Friday, 2 September at ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS in Kuala Lumpur.

    The two warriors blasted each other repeatedly to near-exhaustion. The fans who packed the rafters at the iconic Stadium Negara kept their eyes glued to the center of the ONE Championship cage where the action and excitement ensued.

    In the end, Ting emerged with the satisfying win and positioned himself as a major force to be reckoned with at both lightweight. Here are five reasons he is Malaysia’s next MMA superstar. 

    He’s a Well-Rounded Mixed Martial Artist

    At a young and promising 27 years of age, Ting is a talented martial artist with great all-round striking and grappling skills. With a steady 12-3 clip, Ting owns a well-balanced four wins by decision, four wins by submission, and four by knockout.

    He’s a complete athlete with all the

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  • ONE Championship lead commentator and Fox Sports Presenter Steve Dawson proposes some future bouts in the aftermath of ONE’s blockbuster KL show.

    One of the best fights of the night (Ev Ting vs Rob Lisita) and the craziest fights of the year (Shannon Wiratchai vs Peter Davis) capped off a great fight card, now that the dust has settled in Kuala Lumpur after a thrilling Friday night at the Stadium Negara.

    Although Ting called for a title shot after his unanimous decision win of Lisita, he does so in the most competitive division of ONE Championship, so he might have to wait and battle for a short while longer. Ting vs Wiratchai would be a nice tussle to whet our appetites at Bangkok’s ONE offering in December. And once the Australian has healed, how about Honorio Banario vs Lisita?

    Jenny Huang’s unbeaten run continued at atomweight with a win over Jeet Toshi, but the shock of the night was April Osenio submitting Ann Osman in the strawweight divison. Osenio has fought at atomweight and

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  • It was an exciting night of action last Friday night, 2 September, as ONE Championship staged its ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS card live from the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    The riveting event was stacked with eleven bouts featuring homegrown talent, sensational finishes including a shocking eight-second knockout, and dynamic entrances inspired by Capcom’s Street Fighter and the latest app craze, Pokemon Go. Also, a new lightweight contender is waiting in the wings.

    In addition to that, the Universal Music Group added to the electrifying atmosphere in the jam-packed arena with musical performances by Malaysian sensations Faizal Tahir, “Ratu Rock” starlet Ella, and up-and-comers Nik Qistina and Natasha Sass.

    All in all, this night belonged to Malaysia. Here are the top five highlights from ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS.

    Highlight #1 - Ev Ting And Rob Lisita Set Off Fireworks

    The main event between Ev Ting and Rob Lisita truly defined the vibe of ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS. It was a

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    The main event for ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS was set to deliver fireworks and, judging by the crowd reaction at Kuala Lumpur’s Stadium Negara, it surely didn’t disappoint. 

    It was a back-and-forth Tasmanian affair, but in the end, Malaysian-bred, New Zealand-based lightweight Ev Ting edged out Australia’s “Ruthless” Rob Lisita via unanimous decision.

    From the opening bell, it was nonstop action. Lisita and Ting quickly engaged in a stand-up war, with the hometown hero doing the most damage on the former SFC South Pacific Featherweight Champion. But Lisita, who vowed to showcase his revamped wrestling game courtesy of Australian Top Team, stayed true to his word by mixing powerful strikes with excellent grappling, clever takedowns, and intense ground and pound of impressive variety.

    Though the Aussie mixed martial artist may have performed a little better in the first stanza, Ting stepped it up in the second round. The Auckland MMA product’s leg kicks and boxing grew much crisper,

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  • In a tremendous show of pure heart and determination, top lightweight contender Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai of Bangkok, Thailand went shot for shot with Malaysia’s Peter Davis in a highly entertaining contest.

    The two fighters gave everything they had and blasted each other with powerful shots every minute of the bout while it lasted, much to the delight of the packed Stadium Negara crowd.

    In the first round, Wiratchai showcased unbelievable calm and composure as Davis unleashed lightning-quick high head kicks, keeping Wiratchai tactically glued to the fence at all times.

    Wiratchai however, is among the most dynamic offensive fighters in ONE Championship regardless of weight class, and he brought his wide array of techniques right to Davis, repeatedly testing the Malaysian’s chin.

    A huge right hand towards the end of the round landed for Wiratchai, which dropped Davis, and a follow-up flurry nearly finished the fight if it weren’t for the saving grace of the bell signalling the end of the

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    April Osenio scored the biggest win of her MMA career, stunning Malaysian Ann Osman in one of the main fights of ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS from the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    After a brief period where Osenio showed off her world-class wushu skills standing, it was Osman who got the first takedown off a second attempt. 

    However, “Athena” was unable to really dominate her opponents like she has in her previous ONE fights. Osenio almost locked in a deep armbar off that takedown before reversing and displaying her strong ground kills.

    As the two strawweight competitors spent much of the round reversing position and trading blows and submission attempts, it was Osenio who got the jump on a guillotine choke. 

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    As she adjusted and tightened the grip, there was nothing that Osman could do but tap and end the fight in the first round. It was a heartbreaking loss for Osman, who has dropped two straight bouts fighting in front of her home fans. 

    Osenio improved to 2-1 with the win,

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  • Gilberto “Giba” Galvao made his ONE Championship debut on Friday, 2 September, at the jam-packed Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Despite a few accidental groin shots and the threat of an early stoppage, he powered his way to a unanimous decision over Tatsuya Mizuno.

    The Brazilian juggernaut didn’t waste any time as he ran forward with a few sharp punches and immediately clinched his Japanese opponent. Mizuno, a judo black belt, tried avoiding the takedown but Galvao, a former Aspera FC Middleweight Champion, didn’t quit. 

    He returned to his earlier strategy of employing his strikes as a distraction to set up the takedown. The newcomer even tried securing a rear naked choke, though he could only get his right hook in.

    Mizuno shook him off, and the two would engage in a counter-grappling contest, which eventually saw Giba take the back and fling knees to his opponent’s legs. The Japanese middleweight was able to separate and the two engaged in a seesaw stand-up war that got a

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