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    L-R: Singapore head coach V. Sundramoorthy, captain Hariss Harun, Malaysia captain Amri Yahyah and head coach Ong Kim Swee. (Photo: Teng Kiat)

    The last time Singapore played Malaysia in 2014, the home fans at the National Stadium did not leave with happy memories.

    The Lions were poised to qualify for the semi-finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup when Khairul Amri scored an 83rd-minute equaliser, only for the visitors to snatch a 3-1 win with two late goals.

    A draw would have been enough for Singapore and captain Hariss Harun admitted the result was “disappointing”, but insisted it would not be about revenge when both teams face off in a rematch on Friday night.

    “It’s more of a rivalry, not revenge,” he told a press conference ahead of the Causeway Challenge, which will be the first meeting between both teams since that loss.

    “I think [that] last game was a learning experience for us – we had control at 1-1 and were going to quality with 10 minutes to go, then we just collapsed.

    “We were a

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    Joshua Pacio may be the youngest member of Baguio City’s famed Team Lakay, but by the end of the week, he could become its one and only MMA world champion.

    At 20 years of age, Pacio is a just a youth chasing his MMA dreams in Asia’s largest mixed martial arts promotion. But his outstanding 8-0 unbeaten record and 100 per cent finishing rate earned the Filipino fighter a shot at newly-minted ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka Naito.

    The Japanese MMA veteran is 12 years Pacio’s senior, and owns a more experienced resume based on his hefty work in Japanese promotion Shooto as its Flyweight Champion. This makes Naito a tall order for any opponent, including former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, who lost the title to Naito earlier this year.

    Pacio is obviously lacking in experience. One year removed from essentially still being a teenager and he gets a call to fight for a world title. One cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like for him, but the

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    ONE Championship is pulling out all the stops to close the year on a high note, and the card this Friday is no exception. On 7 October, the promotion returns to the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar, for ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS.

    In the main event, ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito makes the first defense of his title against top Filipino challenger Joshua Pacio of the famed Team Lakay in the Philippines.

    In the local main event, Myanmar’s favorite son the “Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang appears in the ONE cage for the second time this year in Yangon against former ONE light heavyweight title challenger Michal Pasternak.

    Here are some of the fighters to look out for once the action begins.


    Yusup Saadulaev

    It seems the fighters coming out of Dagestan, Russia, are getting better all the time. After all, this is a country that has produced top prospect Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev, ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat Gafurov, and MMA veteran Yusup “Maestro”

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  • There were plenty of eye-catching sporting moments from the week past, including an ankle-breaking tennis player, a half-court shot and a brawl right in our own backyard. Yahoo Singapore picks out a selection.

    1. French goalkeeper pulls off incredible triple penalty save

    Jean-François BedenikJean-François Bedenik


    A goalkeeper playing in the fifth tier of French football became an overnight sensation when he made a stunning sequence of saves during a league game.

    With Vannes OC leading 2-0 against TA Rennes, the latter were awarded a penalty. Up stepped Renaud Dreuslin, who sent goalkeeper Jean-François Bedenik the wrong way but saw his shot hit the post.

    The ball then bounced along the goal-line towards the sprawled Bedenik, hitting him on the back and rebounding towards Dreuslin, who instinctively headed it back towards goal.

    Incredibly, Bedenik somehow blocked it, but what happened next was even more amazing.

    As the saved shot fell to Rennes attacker Cyril Durand, who headed it towards goal again, 37-year-old Bedenik

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  • The Malaysian football team training at Bishan Stadium on Wednesday (5 October) ahead of their match against Singapore on Friday. Photo: Safhras Khan/Yahoo SingaporeThe Malaysian football team training at Bishan Stadium on Wednesday (5 October) ahead of their match against Singapore on Friday. Photo: Safhras Khan/Yahoo Singapore

    The Malaysian football team may have experienced major changes recently but the prospects for the team are bright, said Hamidin Amin, Secretary-General of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).

    Speaking exclusively to Yahoo Singapore on Wednesday (5 October), Hamidin dismissed criticisms by Malaysian fans that the team are on the wane.

    Fans have speculated if Ong Kim Swee, the coach of Harimau Malaysia, has what it takes to bring the team forward. But Hamidin, who is attending the friendly match between Singapore and Malaysia on Friday at the National Stadium, defended Ong.

    The FAM chief said he was satisfied with the Malaysian team’s recent form - three wins, three draws and four losses - since Ong was appointed last year.

    "The chemistry within the team is good. I hope it will improve and we are willing to let Ong finish his (two-year) contract," said Hamidin at Bishan Stadium, where the team was training ahead of the match against the Lions.

    Hamidin also denied that FAM was

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  • The Malaysian football team spent about two hours training at Bishan Stadium on Wednesday (5 October) ahead of their match against Singapore on Friday. Photo: Safhras Khan/YahooThe Malaysian football team spent about two hours training at Bishan Stadium on Wednesday (5 October) ahead of their match against Singapore on Friday. Photo: Safhras Khan/Yahoo

    The Malaysian football team are aiming for a confidence-boosting win over arch-rival Singapore on Friday (7 October) as they prepare for the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Championship.
    Speaking to Yahoo Singapore, head coach of Harimau Malaysia, Ong Kim Swee, said on Wednesday (5 October) that the Causeway Challenge 2016 match at the National Stadium would be a good opportunity for him to assess his team’s cohesion after four senior players retired recently.

    "We have senior players but we also have a lot of new faces. I hope that they are able to play well. A good result is important especially now when the team is moulding together," Ong said at Bishan Stadium, where his team was training ahead of the match.

    Ong's preparation for the AFF tournament was affected after Safiq Rahim, Amirul Hadi Zainal, Aidil Zafuan and S. Kunalan, - all from Malaysian Super League team Johor Darul Takzim - called time out on their international careers a few months ago.

    "Yes they are a big loss but we

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    Coming completely out of left field and dethroning an undefeated champion is no easy task, but that’s exactly what Japanese strawweight stalwart Yoshitaka Naito had accomplished — and in his ONE Championship promotional debut, no less.

    There is no doubt that Naito, 32, is immensely talented. He would have to be, with the way he took the ONE Strawweight World Championship belt from former titleholder Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke’s iron grip. Plus, he was a Shooto Flyweight Champion who had defended his title twice.

    And you do not just beat a world champion like that without having the skills necessary to do so, in your opponent’s backyard, against all odds. Naito overcame Dejdamrong’s tremendous world-class striking prowess to win by submission within four rounds of a terribly grueling contest, and it was impressive, to say the least.

    This Friday, 7 October, the unbeaten Naito (11-0) takes on undefeated young gun Joshua Pacio (8-0) of the Philippines at ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS in Yangon’s

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  • A personal account analyzing an upcoming bantamweight bout at ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS in Yangon by ONE Championship lead commentator and Fox Sports Presenter Steve Dawson.

    I am going to break a primary rule of journalism and make this story on other people about myself. Every rule is meant to be broken, or at least bent. If nothing else, the act of breaking well-conceived rules underscores their legitimacy.


    I went to Baguio 10 months ago to shoot a documentary on Kevin Belingon, the fleet-footed, hard-hitting bantamweight from Team Lakay. I charted his career during the build up to a world title fight he had been craving against ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes. 

    Having spoken previously to the Brazilian Fernandes at some length, I was rather torn as to whom I wanted to win (a journalist is rarely devoid of partisanship; it is professional objectivity that leads his published opinion). Nonetheless, I was totally convinced about who actually would.

    Styles make fights, and

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  • Fandi Ahmad (right) and Edwin Tong, vice-president of FAS (left), at the media conference on 5 October. Photo: Safhras Khan/Yahoo Fandi Ahmad (right) and Edwin Tong, vice-president of FAS (left), at the media conference on 5 October. Photo: Safhras Khan/Yahoo

    Over two decades until his retirement as a football player in 1999, Fandi Ahmad brought glory to Singapore as one of the most lethal strikers in Asia.

    Now, Singapore's favourite footballing son has an important role in identifying young talent and coaching them to become the next generation of football stars.

    Fandi is the new head coach (youth) with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and his appointment was revealed at a media conference at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday (4 October).

    Fandi has signed a three-year plus three contract and will be coaching the Singapore teams for the 2018 Asian Games, 2019/2021 Asean Games and 2020 Olympic Games, said Edwin Tong, the vice-president of FAS.

    Sitting beside Tong, Fandi also revealed that he recently turned down an offer from Malaysian Super League side Pahang.

    The Sultan of Pahang had approached Fandi about the offer but when Fandi told him that he wanted to focus on Singapore’s football development, Sultan Ahmad Shah gave his

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  • After pushing Angelique Kerber in the US Open final, Karolina Pliskova rued her inexperience.After pushing Angelique Kerber in the US Open final, Karolina Pliskova rued her inexperience.

    Heading into 2016, Karolína Plíšková had a very simple aim: to go past the third round of a Grand Slam tournament.

    The Czech made her first Slam main draw at the 2012 French Open, where she lost in the first round. In the 13 ensuing tournaments, the furthest she progressed was the third round and that extended to the first three Slams this year.

    But the 24-year-old’s breakthrough finally came in the last Major, where she embarked on a stunning run to the US Open final. Plíšková shocked Serena Williams in straight sets in the semi-finals, before giving Angelique Kerber a run for her money in a 2-1 final loss.

    “I'm happy! The start of the season wasn’t as good as I’d have liked it to be but at least the end is better, so I would not change it,” she told Yahoo Singapore in a recent interview as she reflected on her year.

    The Louny native, who broke into the top 10 of the WTA rankings for the first time in August last year, is now ranked a career-high number six. Nicknamed Kaja (Kah-ya),

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