• National hurdler Zaki Sapari (right), seen here with national track legend C Kunalan. (YouTube screengrab)National hurdler Zaki Sapari (right), seen here with national track legend C Kunalan. (YouTube screengrab)

    It was meant to be a day of celebration but instead ended in tragedy for Singapore national hurdler Zaki Sapari and his friends and family.

    The 22-year-old full-time national serviceman was killed and pronounced dead on the scene when his motorcycle collided with a lorry on Mandai Road on Friday evening.

    The national junior men's 400m hurdles record-holder and also 2011 Jakarta SEA Games bronze medallist had been looking forward to compete and win Singapore's first ever gold medal in 400m hurdles at next year's SEA Games in Singapore.

    The Singapore Athletics Association and athletics community were devastated by the sudden loss and published a tribute video to "one of the brightest hurdling talent the Republic has unearthed in decades".

    "He was a humble and well-liked young man, evident from the outpouring of love and tributes," said the description which accompanied the video.

    Fellow track athlete and national distance runner Soh Rui Yong said, "More than his exploits on the track,

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  • People wave flags at the Christ the redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007, after Brazil was officially chosen by FIFA as host of the 2014 World Cup. This decision returns the showcase event to the soccer-mad country that held the tournament in 1950 and has captured the title a record five times. On the background is the Maracana stadium. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)


    It looks like history is about to repeat itself with Singapore telcos SingTel and StarHub yet to secure broadcast rights to the 2014 World Cup.

    The globe’s biggest football event is less than four months away, with the Brazil-Croatia opener kicking off on 13 June, but the two companies remain locked in negotiations with rights holder FIFA.

    According to local broadsheet The Straits Times, the telcos have haggled with FIFA for “more than a year” over issues such as cost, timings of matches as well as the omnipresent cross-carriage rule.

    It is a scenario similar to the 2010 World Cup, when SingTel and StarHub shared broadcast rights in a deal concluded mere weeks before the matches began.

    The last-minute arrangement left TV viewers with subscription prices that skyrocketed from S$10 in 2006 to SS$70 in 2010.

    Now there is the concern that consumers will be made to pay through their noses yet again, as this brewing World Cup broadcast saga threatens to become the latest chapter in a long-running

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  • SINGAPORE - AUGUST 28: The new National Stadium inside the Sports Hub area is reflected on the Kallang River on August 28, 2013 in Singapore. The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) has announced on August 12 that it has upgraded the GDP growth forecast for this year from 1.0 to 3.0 per cent, to 2.5 to 3.5 per cent. (Photo by Nicky Loh/Getty Images)


    [UPDATE on Wednesday, 19 February, 10:00am: Adding details of Sports Hub's phased opening]

    The long-awaited return of Singapore’s iconic National Stadium will not be in April as previously promised, according to local newspaper TODAY.
     
    Instead, the 55,000-seater centrepiece of the upcoming billion-dollar Singapore Sports Hub is slated to be ready only around June.
     
    TODAY reported that the delay is due to “higher-than-average rainfall in December” as well as “engineers working to ensure the complex functioning of the stadium’s retractable dome roof will be glitch-free”.
     
    “The safety and quality of experience at the Sports Hub are paramount and we want to ensure that these are not compromised,” Sports Hub CEO Philippe Collin Delavaud told TODAY.
     
    He was also quoted as saying the Hub’s facilities will be “progressively rolled out from April”.

    On Tuesday evening, the Sports Hub released a statement confirming that 95% of construction will be completed by April, and its various venues will open

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  • Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia hits a return during his men's singles final match against Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia at the Malaysian Open Super Series 2014 badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur January 19, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: SPORT BADMINTON TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)


    [UPDATE on Friday, 28 February, 1pm: Adding confirmation of international participants]


    Singapore's biggest badminton event, the OUE Singapore Open, announced the addition of Malaysian superstar and world No.1 Lee Chong Wei on Friday afternoon. The Olympic silver medalist, arguably his country's most successful athlete ever, last crossed the Causeway in 2010 and had this to say: "It's been a long time since I last came here to meet my fans... hope I can do well."

    Powerhouse China has also confirmed its presence at the 2014 OUE Singapore Open with 20 singles and doubles entries, including Olympic women's singles gold medalist Li Xuerui and defending Singapore Open women's singles champion Wang Yihan.

    Elsewhere in Asia, Japan entered 20 shuttlers, Korea 17 and Indonesia confirmed 38 participants with men's singles defending champion Tommy Sugiarto leading the charge. World No.1 men's doubles Hendra Setiawan and Mohamad Ahsan will also contest the April event at the Indoor Stadium.

    Other

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  • By Early Doors (original post by Yahoo Eurosport can be found here)



    Joseph Minala, the 17-year-old who plays for Lazio, has now shut down his social media accounts following abuse over his age.

    The internet was awash with pictures of the teenage midfielder with everyone staggered that he was just 17.

    Well, sadly the uproar over Minala's birth date on his passport seems to have really got to the poor guy after he closed down his social media accounts.

    The Cameroonian has now blocked photos on his Instagram account, deleted his Facebook profile and filtered out Twitter pictures of himself.

    He did, however, tweet the following message, which has been translated.

    "Envy is the weakness of man, and those with a poor soul hurt others when you are in Serie A. Love you! Forza Lazio."



    He may only be 17, but it's already been a pretty controversial career for Minala who, some have rather harshly said, has looked to have aged a lot through it already.

    "He had a difficult time growing up. If you talk to

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  • OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team riders Travis Woodford (left) and Low Ji Wen (right) provide safe cycling tips to Yu Neng Primary School students Jovi Huang (second from left) and Ryan Muhd Syafiq (second from right) during a Safe Cycling Clinic at the launch of the OCBC Cycle Singapore Safe Cycling Campaign 2014 on Wednesday at Yu Neng Primary School.  (Photo: OCBC Cycle Singapore)


    It would be “fantastic” if Singapore had bicycle lanes, said Travis Woodford, a rider signed to OCBC Singapore’s professional cycling team.

    The full-time national serviceman, 22, has strong reason to think so: four months ago, he was riding home alone from training when a car rammed into his two-wheeler from the back.

    While Woodford was fortunate to escape with minor injuries and whiplash, it wasn’t his first run-in with a vehicle – and if he had it his way, there would be a lot more respect between motorists and cyclists who share the roads in Singapore.

    That was one of many messages shared by Woodford and his OCBC teammate Low Ji Wen as they launched this year’s OCBC Cycle Singapore’s Safe Cycling Campaign with a clinic at Yu Neng Primary School.

    Into its fourth year running, the initiative saw Low and Woodford give over 800 kids a brief presentation on cycling etiquette and road rules, as well as the importance of wearing helmets.

    Student Jovi Huang, who takes a ten-minute bicycle

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  • Sherilyn's before and after. (Photo courtesy of Sherilyn Lim)


    Passionate about cars and motorsports, Cheryl Tay is a familiar face in prominent local, regional as well as international automotive titles. More of her at CherylTay.sg. and on Facebook, Twitter orInstagram (cheryltay11). She also happens to be a recent gym and fitness convert.

    She may be a lean, mean fighting machine now, but once upon a time, Sherilyn Lim was that poor girl in class that everyone picked on.

    “I was fat, rounder and chubbier during my secondary school and polytechnic days, weighing the heaviest at 67kg,” said the Singaporean pro-mixed martial artist (MMA) signed to One Fighting Championship (One FC).

    “I got bullied… my secondary school classmates didn’t want to talk to me, often ostracising me. I was also always the last to be picked for group activities.”

    The 23-year-old Fight G gym member cum employee was also given nicknames associated with being “fat” or “ugly”.

    These ghosts of her past have yet to be completely exorcised, admitted Lim, who said she continues to

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  • By The Hairdryer (original post on Yahoo Eurosport can be found here)


    First off, let me say that the support for David Moyes shown by the Manchester United fanbase (well, not ALL of them…) over the last nine months has been exemplary.

    Yes, I'm well aware that said support is probably motivated more by a desire to appear less fickle than other fans than it is by genuine humanitarianism, but nonetheless, it has been refreshing and commendable.

    Which is why I would like to hereby declare that as of 18:00 GMT on Sunday, February 9, 2014, the 'give David Moyes the benefit of the doubt' window is well and truly closed.

    Every Manchester United fan, regardless of their stance on the torrid first season of the Moyes campaign so far, should no longer feel any moral obligation whatsoever to any possible excuse for why United are such a shambles.

    This includes:

        - It's impossible to immediately follow Sir Alex Ferguson, the greatest British manager of all time.
        - The squad Moyes inherited was one

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  • Azodicarbonamide strengthens the Subway dough, but is also used to make yoga mats more flexible.


    It was reported recently that the Subway chain of sandwich restaurants has decided to remove the chemical Azodicarbonamide (ADA) from breads. Most consumers would prefer not to eat a chemical found in shoes and rubber mats.

    The most common symptom if you are sensitive to this chemical is asthma along with increased cancer risks.

    As a side note, ADA's use is not allowed in Singapore according to food regulations but are commonly used in food products in the United States.

    This is a good sign of a company listening to the voices of informed customers. As a side note, the breads in most other fast food chains like Dunkin' Donuts, Burger King and McDonald's also contain this chemical - so now you are a more informed customer as well!

    Hopefully our desire for healthier, non cancerous food choices will make food producers give us what we want.

    But there are a bunch of other things in processed food that we should be aware of!

    Maybe if consumers give feedback about these we will find less of

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  • Chelsea's Samuel Eto'o passes the ball forward during their English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


    Richard Lenton is an experienced journalist and broadcaster. He was the editor of the critically-acclaimed but rarely bought Football Punk magazine in the UK, before heading to Singapore to present live football coverage on Mio TV. www.richardlenton.co.uk Twitter: @richardlenton


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    It may have taken African legend Samuel Eto’o a while to settle in to the pace and rhythm of English Premier League football after his two-year spell in Russia, but the veteran front man has begun to show his immense class in recent weeks.

    The Cameroon international, who has won titles in Italy and Spain, bagged a hat-trick last month as Chelsea crushed champions Manchester United 3-0. This goalscoring display was described as a ‘breakthrough performance’ by newspapers back in the UK, but Eto’o insists that he was performing well regardless and that he had nothing to prove.

    He told French newspaper Le Monde: "I have

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