• Singapore’s Olympic hero Joseph Schooling said on Thursday (24 November) that he plans to give the prize money for his gold medal win at the 2016 Rio Games to his parents.

    Speaking to the media prior to receiving the $1 million cheque under the multi-million dollar awards programme (MAP), the 21-year-old swimmer said that he was just happy for the support from his parents, Colin and May Schooling, to chase his sporting dreams.

    “Probably they will put it into the bank, invest it. Why does a college kid need all that money?” Schooling said on the sidelines of the Singapore National Olympic Council’s (SNOC) MAP ceremony, which was also attended by his parents.

    “I’m just going back to school (at the University of Texas) and do my thing.  I don’t need that (money) but it’s nice, I appreciate it,” Schooling added.

    Schooling was presented with the cheque by Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), Grace Fu, Minster

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  • Thai forward Sarawut Masuk celebrating his goal against Singapore in the AFF Suzuki Cup match on 22 November. (Photo: AFF Suzuki Cup website)Thai forward Sarawut Masuk celebrating his goal against Singapore in the AFF Suzuki Cup match on 22 November. (Photo: AFF Suzuki Cup website)

    Once again, Singapore deployed defensive tactics in the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup tournament but Thailand managed to upset the apple cart of the Lions in their second group match by scoring a late goal to win 1-0.

    With the 89th minute header goal by forward Sarawut Masuk, Thailand are through to the semi-finals of the tournament with a game to spare after having beaten Indonesia 4-2 three days earlier.

    For Singapore, they are now staring at elimination from the tournament with just one point so far after drawing 0-0 against the Philippines in their opening game on Saturday.

    “We almost got that important point (against Thailand) for us to progress to the next game to see where we stand,” Singapore coach V. Sundramoorthy told a post-match press conference. “There were just minutes on the clock but that's football.”

    From the start of the match, the Lions had many men behind the ball as they tried to deny the defending champions the space to attack.

    Thailand kept Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny

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  • The Philippines football team (Photo: AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 website)The Philippines football team (Photo: AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 website)

    For a tournament that will last for almost a month, Thomas Dooley, the head coach of the Philippines football team, knows that getting it right in several key areas of the game is crucial if the co-host nation were to win the ongoing AFF Suzuki Cup for the first time ever.

    Speaking to Yahoo Singapore in Manila after the Philippines drew 0-0 against Singapore on Saturday (19 November) in their opening match of the 2016 tournament, the former American international said that the Azkals may have home advantage over their opponents in the area of fitness.

    “Some teams arrive at tournaments after long seasons and the players are tired and feeling burnt out but we would be just approaching peak fitness and still be fresh.”

    Apart from Singapore, the Azkals are facing Indonesia on Tuesday and Thailand on Friday. At the time of this story’s publication, the Azkals are losing 2-1 to Indonesia in the 68th minute of the match.

    But in the area of tactics, Dooley knows that the team have room for

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  • From left, Singapore's Safuwan Baharudin, the Philippines' Phil Younghusband and Kenshiro Daniels battle for ball possession in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 Group A final round at the Philippine Sports Arena in Bocaue township, Bulacan province north of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
    Singapore battled to a 0-0 draw against the Philippines in their opening game of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup in Manila on Saturday (19 November) after playing for about an hour with 10 men.

    The Lions were lucky to get away with a point after their midfielder Hafiz Sujad was given a red card in the 34th minute for a dangerous challenge on Philippine captain Phil Younghusband.  The four-time champions dug in and managed to frustrate the co-hosts thanks to dogged defending and fine stops from goalkeeper Hassan Sunny.

    Singapore set out from the start to play a defensive match with six players positioned to protect Hassan's goal. Their task became harder after the sending off but the Lions fought hard to
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  • Joseph Schooling of Singapore celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 100m Butterfly Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)Joseph Schooling of Singapore celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 100m Butterfly Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

    Three months after clinching his historic Olympic gold medal in Rio and returning home to a rapturous reception from Singaporeans, swimming hero Joseph Schooling is priming himself for the big competitions next year.

    Getting back “into the groove” of training and studies was more difficult than being in the spotlight, said Schooling.

    “But I think I’m finally in a rhythm and I’m back to work so I’m happy about that. I don’t have any regrets,” Schooling told Yahoo Singapore in a recent phone interview from Austin, Texas, where he trains and studies.
     
    The 21-year-old is clear-minded about his targets as he prepares for his upcoming competitions.  
     
    “My job over here is to swim, to be the best in the world so I want to prepare myself. I don’t like to lose.”
     
    Schooling has a packed schedule of competitions next year, starting with the conference competition in February, followed by the inter-college NCAA championships in March, the FINA World Championships in July and the SEA Games in

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  • There were plenty of eye-catching sporting moments from the week past, from a stunning turnaround in form by the Thai national football team to a mannequin challenge NBA-style. Yahoo Singapore picks out a selection.

    1. Thailand’s football coach Kiatisuk Senamuang breaks down after guiding his team to a 2-2 draw against Australia 

    Thailand were bottom of the group with four defeats from four matches heading into the match against Australia in the final round of the qualifiers.Thus, the draw mattered little as the team have already fallen short of their goal to be the first Southeast Asia country to make the World Cup finals.

    But the 2-2 draw in the final round of the qualifiers against the Socceroos was a massive boost to a nation still in mourning after the recent death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

    The War Elephants even led the Asian champions 2-1 at one stage. Given the sombre mood of the Thai people since the King’s passing on 13 October, and it is understandable why the Thai coach

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  • Danny Murphy demonstrating ball control to a few kids at a football clinic in SentosaDanny Murphy demonstrating ball control to a few kids at a football clinic in Sentosa

    The England football team are hiding behind "too many excuses" whenever they underperform in tournaments, former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy said on Thursday (10 November).

    The 39-year-old ex-England player made the comment when he was asked by Yahoo Singapore whether the influx of foreign players into the English Premier League has harmed the Three Lions instead of helping them.

    “I still think we have good players, we shouldn't be looking for too many excuses. The quality we have, we should have done better than the recent tournaments, there's no doubt,” Murphy said, after attending a  football event for kids in Sentosa.

    During his 20-year career, Murphy only earned England nine caps despite being called up into the squad on many occasions. Regarded as one of the best English midfielders during his prime, Murphy rarely took to the field because of the intense competition for places.

    He said, “When I was trying to get in the England side, there was (Paul) Scholes,

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  • Teddy Sheringham (right) with former England and Liverpool goalkeeper David James at a media conference in Singapore on Wednesday (9 November) ahead of the England Masters vs Germany Masters match this Saturday.Teddy Sheringham (right) with former England and Liverpool goalkeeper David James at a media conference in Singapore on Wednesday (9 November) ahead of the England Masters vs Germany Masters match this Saturday.

    Former Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham believes that this season’s English Premier League can see up to seven leading clubs vying for the title.

    With 11 matches played by each club so far this season, Liverpool are leading the table with 26 points. Sheringham’s former clubs are currently among the top seven in the league - unbeaten Spurs are fifth, trailing Liverpool by five points, while sixth-placed Red Devils are eight points behind.

    Last season, only Spurs were still in the race in the final few games but lost out to eventual champions Leicester City.

    Speaking to reporters in Singapore, Sheringham said on Wednesday (9 November) that the league has become more competitive this season. The former England international is here to represent England Masters in the Battle of Europe match against Germany Masters, which takes place on Saturday at the Singapore National Stadium.

    “I think it’s fantastic that the Premier League have got six or seven real top

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  • There were plenty of eye-catching sporting moments from the week past, particularly in the NBA where a certain rookie from the worst NBA team gave the best basketball player in the world a moment of embarrassment. Yahoo Singapore picks out a selection. 

    1. Joel Embiid’s chase-down block on LeBron James

    King James has long been known as the best in the business for making blocks like this. But on Saturday (Nov 6), it was James who was on the receiving end after Embiid gave him a taste of his own medicine when Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Philadelphia 76ers. 

    Just barely five minutes into the game, the Cavaliers secured a defensive rebound and looked to break quickly with James handling the ball. He quickly blew past everyone on the Sixers team, including Embiid, and it appeared that James would have an easy bucket. 

    Just as James was laying the ball in though, the rookie center somehow found a burst of pace to catch up and slams the ball against the backboard so hard that it went

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  • Left to right: FAS council member S Thavaneson, Vice President Lim Kia Tong, Vice President Edwin Tong, President Zainudin Nordin and Secretary-General Winston Lee (Photo: Yahoo Singapore/Safhras Khan)Left to right: FAS council member S Thavaneson, Vice President Lim Kia Tong, Vice President Edwin Tong, President Zainudin Nordin and Secretary-General Winston Lee (Photo: Yahoo Singapore/Safhras Khan)

    The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) plans to hold its first ever election to choose its council members by May next year.

    The announcement was made after FAS held an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to seek approval for the proposed amendments to its constitution at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Monday (7 November).

    Speaking to the media, Lim Kia Tong, vice-president of the current council, said that all 38 members who attended the meeting voted for the amendments.

    A constitutional task force led by Lim had recommended the changes after close consultation with the world governing body FIFA as well as FAS' affiliates and members.

    Lim emphasised the need to create a constitution that is transparent and workable. The next step is to hold the election as planned, said Lim.

    "The longer we delay the process, we will hamper the progress of football in Singapore," said Lim.

    The new 15-member council will see the president, deputy president, four vice presidents and three other members

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