• Singapore's Benson Tan takes gold and sets a new record in the 100m freestyle (S14) event at the ASEAN Para Games in Myanmar. (SDSC Photo)


    Singapore extended its winning streak in the pool on Thursday at the ASEAN Para Games in Myanmar, with swimmer Benson Tan taking gold and setting a new meet record in the 100m freestyle (S14) event.

    With his time of 1 min 2.88s, the 22-year-old successfully defended one of two titles he won in 2011 -- the other being a gold in the 50m butterfly (SB14).

    Tan also broke his own previous Games record of 1:03.79 in a closely-fought race with Indonesia's Kevin Ode Natama and Dan Nugroho WIjayanto finishing just under two seconds behind.

    Benson Tan touching home in a new meet record of 1.02.88s in the 100m freestyle (SDSC Photo)


    Tan is an athlete with intellectual disability but decorated with a gold in 100m butterfly from the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

    "I'm quite happy he got the event out of the way, as he was a little under the weather the day before," said coach Leonard Tan. "Benson has worked hard for this, and all his preparations have paid off."

    Meanwhile, Theresa Goh secured her second gold of the Games in the 200m freestyle (S5) event. She finished in a comfortable

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    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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    Manchester United may have ended an abysmal run of three straight defeats last weekend with a 2-0 success over Swansea, but those hard-earned three points have merely papered over the cracks at Old Trafford.

    Nobody could have predicted such an implosion following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season and the ascension to the throne of the Chosen One, David Moyes, but for whatever reason, the Red Devils find themselves well off the pace in the most open title race in years.

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  • Theresa Goh touching the wall first in the women's 50m breaststroke at the ASEAN Para Games in Myanmar. (SDSC Photo)


    Singapore swimmer Theresa Goh clinched the nation's first victory at the ASEAN Para Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar with a dominant performance in the women's 50m breaststroke (SB4).

    The 26-year-old Paralympian coasted home at the Wunna Theikdi swimming pool in 59.15s, far ahead of Myanmar's Aye Thu Au who finished in 1min 28.14s.

    "It feels great to be able to start it off for the team," said Goh. "I didn't expect (gold) because there were some new faces and I didn't know how fast they were, before today."

    Goh with her first gold medal of the Games (SDSC Photo)

    Goh, a two-time Singapore Sportsgirl of the Year, fell just short of the ASEAN Para Games record of 57.90s, which she set in 2011.

    "I was (still) quite pleased with my time because I was aiming to go under one minute and I achieved that," she said. "Definitely there were some things that I'll make improvements on in the next races, but nothing really went 'wrong'."

    Goh has two races left over the next two days and said she hopes to score more golds as well as better timings.

    Also securing a

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  • Singapore athlete with disability Suhairi Suhani (Photo: Singapore Disability Sports Council)Singapore athlete with disability Suhairi Suhani (Photo: Singapore Disability Sports Council)

    “Don’t let other people look down on me. If able can, why disabled can’t (sic)?”

    Such is the powerful motivation behind Singaporean Choo Leng Hin’s desire to improve himself as an athlete with disability.

    The 19-year-old sprinter, born with cerebral palsy, met Yahoo Singapore last week ahead of his trip to Myanmar for the ongoing ASEAN Para Games, where he will compete in his pet 100m and 200m events.

    Also flying the flag for Singapore in the 100m, as well as the 4x100m and long jump events, is Suhairi Suhani.

    He may be an athlete with intellectual disability, but much like Choo, the cheerful 16-year-old is fully aware of what drives him to train and compete in sport.

    “I want to let the whole world know that I can do it,” he said.

    Fighting spirit

    Choo Leng Hin training for his big race at the ASEAN Para Games. (Photo: SDSC / Lawrence Cai)Choo Leng Hin training for his big race at the ASEAN Para Games. (Photo: SDSC / Lawrence Cai)

    To prepare for the meet, Choo trained up to six days a week, despite having to wake at 5am everyday for classes at Metta School.

    From the school’s location in Simei, he would then rush home to Bukit Batok before heading out to training in Bukit Timah.

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    He was a left-hander who had his left arm ripped from him, along with both legs and three right fingers.

    Now, just over a year after his tragic accident at sea, Singapore navy regular Jason Chee is grasping a table tennis bat with what remains of his right, non-master hand as he heads to Myanmar to represent his country at the ASEAN Para Games.

    “It’s challenging,” admitted the wheelchair-bound 30-year-old, speaking last week at a media preview of Singapore’s closing ceremony performance at the Games. “My right hand is quite weak.”

    One would not say the same about his sheer willpower and fighting spirit.

    In the middle of 2013, Chee, who holds the rank of Military Expert 2, began training his right hand to play table tennis with the aid of prosthetic fingers.

    The former weapons systems supervisor went on to clinch two gold medals in the National Disability League a mere three months later.

    And this week, Chee finds himself draped in the red and white of Singapore, set to make his debut on the

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  • Singapore football hero Fandi Ahmad returns home (Yahoo Photo).Singapore football hero Fandi Ahmad returns home (Yahoo Photo).

    When he strode into the room, everyone fell silent. But when he took to the podium, the applause was deafening.

    Such is the halo of reverence that accompanies Singapore’s favourite footballing son known as Fandi Ahmad, newly returned to these shores as head coach of reigning Malaysian Super League (MSL) champions LionsXII.

    The 51-year-old could do no wrong as he delivered a speech ahead of the LionsXII’s 2014 MSL campaign, due to kick off on Friday with a Charity Shield match against Pahang.

    “After seven years in exile, I’m back,” Fandi announced. “I hope to give back what you’ve given me – that’s very important to me.”

    And to do that, the former national captain must do with the LionsXII what he did best as a player: bring glory to Singapore.

    “I really hope we can achieve the goal of retaining the title... When I go fighting, I want to win,” he said, as the cheering continued to crescendo.

    (Yahoo Photo)(Yahoo Photo)


    Return

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  • Jason Puncheon reacts to having hit perhaps the worst penalty in Premier League historyJason Puncheon reacts to having hit perhaps the worst penalty in Premier League history

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

    Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon thought Christmas had come late when the Eagles were awarded a penalty barely five minutes into their Premier League match against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

    But his dream start quickly turned into a nightmare: Puncheon strolled up, looking full of confidence - but he somehow swiped his effort half a dozen yards high and the same again off to the left of the target.

    Amazingly, the on-loan Southampton player is the first player to miss the target when taking a penalty in the Premier League so far this season.

    But that stat won't be remembered - instead, all anyone will talk about is whether his effort was worse than those of David Beckham in Euro 2004 qualifying or John Terry in the 2008 Champions League final.

    Beckham misses his penalty against TurkeyBeckham misses his penalty against Turkey

    Both were just as bad, but at least Beckham and Terry had the excuse that they'd slipped during their run-ups - Puncheon's was just plain atrocious.

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  • Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa, right, fights for the ball against Arsenal's Bacary Sagna during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday Nov. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)


    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

    Selection dilemmas

    Helping you choose the right players for your Yahoo! Fantasy Premier League team

    If it wasn’t for the form of Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta and the astonishing breakthrough campaign that Everton’s Seamus Coleman is enjoying, I’m sure Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna would be receiving plenty more plaudits for his performances. Plaudits that he thoroughly deserves, thanks to an outstanding season thus far.

    I’m feeling pretty smug about backing Sagna at the start of the campaign and picking him up for a cool £9.66m; his price has since rocketed to £14.01m after accumulating 121 points in Yahoo Fantasy Football.

    The French defender has already been involved in 16 clean sheets for club and

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  • Singapore gym Radiance PhysioFit hopes to educate members on the benefits of using physiotherapy to enhance training -- all under one roof.Singapore gym Radiance PhysioFit hopes to educate members on the benefits of using physiotherapy to enhance training -- all under one roof.

    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 or Instagram (cheryltay11). She also happens to be a recent gym and fitness convert.

    Many hold the impression that physiotherapy is all about treating injuries or providing rehabilitation.

    But believe it or not, you can also visit a physiotherapist before – touch wood – anything happens, and all for your own good too.

    That’s what Singapore gym Radiance PhysioFit, recently opened in October last year, would like you to know.

    “People tend to think that they have to be injured and in a lot of pain before they go to a physiotherapist,” said Declan Halpin, senior physiotherapist at Radiance. “What they may not realise is that a physiotherapist can help them to spot areas of weaknesses and imbalances, which will then help in planning their training programmes for better results.”

    He added:

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  • Yao Lei (left) and Shinta Mulia Sari clinched Singapore badminton's only medal at the SEA Games last year. (Getty Images)Yao Lei (left) and Shinta Mulia Sari clinched Singapore badminton's only medal at the SEA Games last year. (Getty Images)

    In football, it is not uncommon for coaches to be fired within months, sometimes weeks, of failure.

    But in badminton? Not often heard of.

    Yet it is the very course of action taken by the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA), on the back of what president Lee Yi Shyan acknowledged as a year of “faring poorly” at tournaments like the Li-Ning Singapore Open and the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

    The association has parted ways with singles coach Luan Ching and doubles trainer Yoo Yong Sung, both of whose contracts were due to run till the end of the year.

    SBA officials confirmed that China native Luan ended his four-year tenure by consensual agreement while Yoo of South Korea resigned from a post he had held for only a year.

    “They both made valuable contributions during their stay here,” said Lee at a press conference on Wednesday at the Singapore Sports School. “But we have to move on, so we can continue to raise the standard of the team.”

    The man tasked to do so is Liu Qingdong, who will

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