• Manchester United's Ashley Young, right, scores past Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, April 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)Manchester United's Ashley Young, right, scores past Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, April 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    (First posted on Eurosport)

    Okay, so there's a danger that this map is the answer to a question that nobody was asking.

    But even still, it's pretty interesting: Twitter has cooked up a clever map which has the ability to show how popular the Premier League's teams are in different countries around the world.

    Almost, anyway. It actually measures how popular teams are based on their Twitter followers around the globe, so it could equally be argued that all this really tells us is which teams are most popular among the 9% of the world's population which uses the popular social networking site.

    Or, when you consider that less than half of Twitter's 650m users are actually active (it's reportedly around 289m), 4% of the world's population.

    Of course, of that 4% not all will be football/soccer fans. Let's say half are.

    And of that half, most will probably follow local teams rather than foreigh sides. If they do, however, the Premier League is enormously popular overseas, so we might assume

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  • Singapore's women floorball team training for the SEA Games. (Photo: Teng Kiat)Singapore's women floorball team training for the SEA Games. (Photo: Teng Kiat)

    Singapore is considered the gold medal favourite for both the men’s and women’s floorball competitions at the SEA Games in June.

    But the women’s team isn’t allowing complacency to set in.

    Coach Jaime Cheong singled out Thailand and Malaysia as rivals to watch out for, but is optimistic Singapore will triumph nonetheless.

    “Thailand, because we have never played them before and Malaysia because they are training hard and I'm sure they are very motivated to beat us,” she said.

    “I would say that we are confident of getting the gold, but you never know… “

    The Republic triumphed in both competitions when it was introduced as a demonstration event in the 2013 SEA Games and has an advantage compared to the rest of Southeast Asia, since Singapore has been playing the sport since 1994.

    Singapore recently qualified for the year-end World Floorball Championships (WFC) in Tampere, Finland, added Cheong.

    The current team, aged between 17 and 38, is ranked 20th in the world. Japan, at 15th, is the

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  • Rosenborg's Nicki Bille Nielsen looks disappointed after his team lost against Molde in the final of the Norway NM Cupen 2013 in Oslo, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Vegard Grott, NTB Scanpix)Rosenborg's Nicki Bille Nielsen looks disappointed after his team lost against Molde in the final of the Norway NM Cupen 2013 in Oslo, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Vegard Grott, NTB Scanpix)

    (First published on Eurosport)

    The 27-year-old was initially arrested for kicking a parking meter during a night out with friends while contracted to Norwegian club Rosenborg.

    It is then alleged that, upon being put in a police van, he bit a police officer after being targeted with pepper spray.

    Nielsen, who now plays for Ligue 1 side Evian, will appear in court in the Danish capital on Thursday.

    “He is quiet here with his family,” Evian team-mate Jesper Hansen told Le Dauphine Libere.

    “He is a sensitive man, with a lot of heart. He is a good person. On the field, he is a fighter who works hard every training session. When he was younger, he liked to party. Now he is quieter and there are no paparazzi here.”

    Le Dauphine Libere reports that he faces up to eight years in prison if found guilty.

    Nielsen has also played in Italy and Spain, and had trials in England with Newcastle and Portsmouth.

    He has three Denmark caps and one goal, which game in a 6-0 demolition of Malta in 2013.

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  • Marginal gains are all the rage in the upper echelons of elite level sport.

    Sleep – and in particular the quality of sleep – has become the focal point for athletes as they attempt to eek that little bit more from their bodies.

    A report from the BBC titled 'How Gareth Bale and Real Madrid sleep their way to the top' details the ways in which a lack of sleep can impact an elite level athlete, as sleep is a key part of recovery.

    A lack of sleep and fatigue go hand in hand and can cause a spike in cortisol levels in an athlete’s body. This can lead to poor decision making and impacts on the “brain's ability to send messages to and from different parts of the body - making injuries such as ankle sprains more likely.”

    Real Madrid are known for splashing the cash and they do all they can to protect their assets, adds the BBC report. So it is of little surprise that they have invested heavily in sleep tracking and methodology.

    In fact, they have worked with

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  • Chelsea's midfielder Cesc Fabregas celebrates after scoring a goal during the English Premier League football match in London on April 12, 2015Chelsea's midfielder Cesc Fabregas celebrates after scoring a goal during the English Premier League football match in London on April 12, 2015

    Richard Lenton is an experienced journalist and broadcaster. He won Best Sports Presenter at the 2013 Asian TV Awards, and, despite being in his late 30s, still believes that he can make it as a professional footballer. www.richardlenton.co.uk Twitter: @richardlenton

    Match Selection: Chelsea to beat Arsenal
    Making sense of the statistics to come up with a Premier League dead cert

    Should Chelsea win at the Emirates at the weekend then they’ll move to within a single victory of clinching the Premier League title.

    The Blues have been far from their fluent early season best in the past few weeks, stumbling over the line against Hull, Stoke, QPR and Manchester United by single goal margins.

    However, with Diego Costa likely to return, and with very little pressure on their shoulders now that the league title has all but been wrapped up, I expect Jose Mourinho’s men to inflict a rare defeat upon the in-form Gunners.

    Arsenal have won 17 of their last 19 games, but struggled to see off Reading at

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  • Steven Ribéry marque un ciseau retourné avec la réserve du Bayern Munich, le 17 avril 2015., DRSteven Ribéry marque un ciseau retourné avec la réserve du Bayern Munich, le 17 avril 2015., DR

    (First posted on Eurosport)

    The Frenchman, who moved to Bavaria to be with his older brother after failing to get a professional contact at Lens, scored a goal the Franck would have been more than proud of.

    The acrobatic scissor-kick sealed a 2-0 win for "little Bayern" over Garching to move them second in their regional division.

    Despite the family resemblance, Steven Ribery's coach says that Steven plays more like Arjen Robben than his brother Franck, playing on the right wing but cutting inside onto his left foot.

    With that being true, there remains an outside chance that the Ribery brothers could line up in the same side in the future.

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  • Strong is the new sexy and fitness is the new party. With society leaning towards health and fitness, Yahoo's #Fitspo of the Week series is dedicated to all inspirational women in Singapore leading active lifestyles. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on CherylTay.sg and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

    Photo by Cheryl Tay.Photo by Cheryl Tay.

    Name: Donna Samuel
    Age: 27
    Occupation: Freelance Personal Trainer
    Status: Single
    Height: 170cm
    Weight: 61kg  
    Diet: I have a habit of getting food into my system every two to three hours to keep my metabolism running throughout the day. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, I will always have a serving of meat, large quantity of vegetables and a serving of low GI carbs such as brown rice, sweet potatos, oatmeal etc. In between meals I will snack on a variety of things such as nuts, fruits, yogurt or a scoop of protein shake. I definitely allow myself occasional treats and indulgences too!
    Training: I do resistance training about three to four times a week, and one

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  • Yeo Jia Min makes her SEA Games debut in June 2015. Photo credit: Singapore Badminton AssociationYeo Jia Min makes her SEA Games debut in June 2015. Photo credit: Singapore Badminton Association

    Nineteen shuttlers, including 11 new faces, will represent the Republic in badminton this SEA Games.

    The men’s squad will see many new faces including champion of last year’s OUE Singapore International Series 18-year-old Loh Kean Yew, 21-year-old Sean Lee and 17-year-old Ryan Ng Zin Rei.

    Making her international debut for the women’s squad is 16-year-old Yeo Jia Min.

    “This will be my first major tournament and I am really excited although nervous at the same time. I hope to perform well as this would be my first step into the bigger and more prestigious games of my career,” said Yeo.

    The men’s squad will be backed by the likes of Derek Wong, Danny Bawa Chrisnanta, Chayut Triyachart and Hendra Wijaya, all whom have represented the country and won Commonwealth medals of various categories before.

    Wong said, “It is great to see new blood participating in the SEA Games, as this allows them to enter the foray of competitive badminton on a whole new level. As for myself, I look forward to

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  • 50 days to go before the SEA Games

    SEA Games countdown day 50. Photo: SINGSOCSEA Games countdown day 50. Photo: SINGSOC

    Fifty days to go before the SEA Games comes to town.

    As part of the lead up to the event, different interest groups are forming a number a day to count down to the Games' Opening Ceremony on 5 June.

    Nanyang Polytechnic kicks off the countdown with a light-up formation of the number 50. Check out the video below of how they did it:

     

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  • SEA Games 2015 men's football draw.SEA Games 2015 men's football draw.

    Singapore’s Under-23 football team were handed a boost in their quest for a first-ever SEA Games gold during the group-stage draw on Wednesday.

    Singapore will avoid meeting Malaysia and Vietnam at the group stage.

    The Young Lions, who finished third in 2013, were automatically drawn in Group A as hosts, while defending champions Thailand were placed in Group B.

    Indonesia, who finished as runners-up, will join Singapore in Group A instead of Malaysia. That meant Singapore avoided a trio regarded as the strongest in the region.

    The rest of the unseeded nations were drawn at random, with Singapore further joined by Myanmar, Cambodia and Philippines. Laos, Brunei and Timor Leste were the other sides drawn into B.

    With this draw, it appears that Aide Iskandar’s charges should have an easier path to the semi-finals – the top two in each group will advance.

    However, the former Lions captain, while “happy” with the draw, warned that his team cannot afford to underestimate their group

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