From Ahmad Kamal Dahalan ', TEXTFONT, 'Verdana, Arial, Helvetica', TEXTSIZE, '1', WIDTH, 75)" onmouseout="nd()">SHAH ALAM, Dec 19 (Bernama) -- Tennis superstars, Sania Mirza, Elena Dementieva, Maria Kirilenko and Zheng Jie gave the local fans their money's worth with some sensational tennis action in the "Showdown of Champions" at the Malawati Stadium here on Saturday night.
Dementieva, the world number five, and her partner Kirilenko (world number 62) both from Russia overcame Asian representatives Zheng Jie from China and Mirza from India 2-1 in a pulsating match that was decided by a tie-break.
Though the Russian duo took the first set 6-4, largely due to numerous mistakes by Zheng early in the match, the Asian duo fought back superbly to draw level with a 7-5 win in the second set.
The Russians however, turned on their power to walk away with a 10-8 victory in the deciding tie-break.
Tomorrow, Dementieva will take on Sania in a singles match while Kirilenko is slated to face Zheng in another tie.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
From Ahmad Kamal Dahalan ', TEXTFONT, 'Verdana, Arial, Helvetica', TEXTSIZE, '1', WIDTH, 75)" onmouseout="nd()">SHAH ALAM, Dec 19 (Bernama) -- Tennis superstars, Sania Mirza, Elena Dementieva, Maria Kirilenko and Zheng Jie gave the local fans their money's worth with some sensational tennis action in the "Showdown of Champions" at the Malawati Stadium here on Saturday night.
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 (Bernama) -- Preparations for the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia is expected to start early although the Laos SEA Games had just ended three days ago.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek who has directed the National Sports Council (NSC) to start preparations early, said since Indonesia are expected to host the 2011 SEA Games in June, there would only be 18 months before the next SEA Games.
"Furthermore, we have to start preparing all the logistics involved, including the delegation of duties for officers involved since the Games will be hosted at four main venues," he told reporters after chairing the NSC's Board meeting here on Monday.
Indonesia which has a population of 222 million are said to have scheduled the Games at four venues - Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung and Semarang.
Ahmad Shabery said the meeting also adopted a proposal to take a different approach since other countries have managed to achieve a better ranking in the Laos SEA Games.
"It must be given proper attention because it is what the people want. Like football being the most popular sport, we need to defend the gold medal. We have also won the football gold in the 1979 Jakarta SEA Games," he said.
Meanwhile, NSC director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong said preparations for the 2011 SEA Games would start soon.
He added that since the allocation for the NSC had been reduced, the council would be prudent in their spending.
"Though we will be prudent, sports that did well in Laos, like boxing and silat will be allocated additional funds for their preparations. It was also agreed during the meeting to send 12 coaches for a one year stint in Canada as part of preparations for the 2012 London Olympics," he said.
He added that though NSC has yet to identify the 12 coaches, there was a possibility that the coaches would be among those involved in the Road To London 2012 programme involving badminton, archery, cycling and diving.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
PETALING JAYA, Dec 15 (Bernama) -- National striker Mohd Zaquan Adha Abdul Radzak who recovered from an eye infection, was today rushed to Laos in efforts to beef up coach K. Rajagobal's squad that face Vietnam in the final, on Thursday.
Zaquan who was sent home to receive treatment for an eye infection has been certified fit to play by medical officers said Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) secretary general Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad here Tuesday.
"He left to Laos this morning to join the rest of the players in the squad, currently preparing for the final, following a request from Rajagobal," he said.
Malaysia who qualified for the final after beating Laos 3-1 in yesterday's semi-final, will face Vietnam on Thursday, in what will be a repeat of their group match which was won by Vietnam (3-1).
Zaquan's presence would provide Rajagobal more options in attack since he would also have Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, Mohd Fakri Saarani and Abdul Manaf Mamat.
Azzuddin also urged athletes and players in the Malaysian contingent who do not have events on that day, to be at the stadium to drum up support for the national team since Rajagobal's boys would be out to end a 20-year wait for the gold in the SEA Games football competition.
Malaysia last won the gold when Malaysia hosted the 1989 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
From Zulhilmi Supaat ', TEXTFONT, 'Verdana, Arial, Helvetica', TEXTSIZE, '1', WIDTH, 75)" onmouseout="nd()">VIENTIANE, Dec 14 (Bernama) -- Malaysia have the chance to end their 20-year gold drought when their men's Under-23 squad play in the final of the SEA Games football competition after trouncing Laos 3-1 at the Main Stadium, National Sports Complex, here, Monday.
Malaysia will on Thursday play against Vietnam who thrashed Singapore 4-1 in another semi-final match at the Chaou Anouvong Stadium, near here.
Two of Malaysia's goals came from Baddrol Bakhtiar in the 13th and 79th minute, with Safiq Rahim scoring the third goal in the 84th minute.
Although the Main Stadium was filled by 23,000 home fans, K.Rajagobal's boys started confidently and made several dangerous moves to test their Laotian opponents.
The two teams did not meet at the group stage. Malaysia were runners-up in Group A while Laos topped Group B.
The last time Malaysia played in a SEA Games semi-final was in 2005 in the Philippines.
Baddrol's goal was the result of a cross from Abdul Manaf Mamat in front of the goal mouth and Baddrol did a scissor kick, sending the ball into the back of the net.
Feeling comfortable with that first goal, the Malaysians slowed down the pace.
Realising the fragility of the defence, Rajagopal took out Sabree Mat Abu to be replaced by Muhamad Azmi Muslim.
It was rather too late as Laos equalised in the 72nd minute with a strike from Kanlaya Sysomvang after he tricked Malaysia's defence.
However, seven minutes later, Baddrol was Malaysia's hero with a second goal.
In the tussle in front of the goal mouth, S.Kunalan's attempt hit the goal post before Baddrol swiftly followed up.
Safiq's goal, the third for Malaysia, came from a pass to him from Norshahrul Idlan Talaha.
The last time Malaysia won gold in football at the Games was in Kuala Lumpur in 1989, under British coach Trevor Hartley.
Since then, Malaysia managed only a silver in the 2001 edition of the Games in Kuala Lumpur when the competition format was changed to allow only the Under-23 teams to compete, and then won a bronze in 2003 in Vietnam and in 2005 in the Philippines.
In the 2007 Games, Malaysia had an early exit at the group stage.
For the record, Malaysia last met Laos in the Jakarta SEA Games in 1997 where Laos beat Malaysia 1-0.
Malaysia began the challenge in Group A this time by thrashing Timor Leste 11-0, lost 1-3 to Vietnam, and won 4-0 against Cambodia before their shocking 3-1 win over Thailand, the defending champions in the last eight editions of the Games.
Laos, top in Group B, drew 1-1 with Myanmar, the runners-up at the Korat SEA Games in 2007, before defeating Indonesia 2-0 and drawing 0-0 against Singapore, the runners-up in Group B.
From Zulhilmi Supaat ', TEXTFONT, 'Verdana, Arial, Helvetica', TEXTSIZE, '1', WIDTH, 75)" onmouseout="nd()">VIENTIANE, Dec 15 (Bernama) -- While the Malaysian media were congratulating K. Rajagobal after his boys defeated hosts Laos to go into the football final of the 25th SEA Games, the coach's frowned expression suggested that he was thinking hard.
Perhaps he was thinking of ways to fire up the spirits of his squad who will meet Vietnam in the final on Thursday. Vietnam had beaten Malaysia 3-1 in the second match in Group A on Dec 6.
"Maybe I shouldn't be talking too much and let the players think for themselves how to boost their own spirits and win the final," he said after the Malaysia-Laos semi-final match at the Main Stadium, National Sports Complex, here, Monday night.
Vietnam were top in Group A and Malaysia the runners-up.
In another semi-final match at the Chaou Anouvong Stadium, here, Vietnam trounced Group B runners-up Singapore 4-1.
The Malaysian Under-23 squad, not expected to go into the final, beat the hosts 3-1, giving them a chance to win gold since Malaysia last did at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 1989.
On Monday's match, Rajagobal said after Baddrol Bakhtiar scored the first goal in the 13th minute, there was a lapse of concentration and his boys allowed their opponents to control play.
But they got a wake-up call when Laos equalised in the 72nd minute through Kanlaya Sysomvang and then started to play more attacking football.
Rajagobal said not many people realised how difficult it was for the Malaysian squad playing against Laos as they were without their regular strikers.
"Mohamad Zaquan Abdul Radzak is still injured while Ahmad Fakri Saarani and Mohd Amirulhadi Zainal are suspended.
"I only had a midfielder of calibre, Safiq Rahim, and he proved his capability," said a relieved Rajagobal.
While controlling the midfield, Safiq also gave Malaysia's third goal in the match. Baddrol had earlier scored the second goal in the 79th minute.
Laos coach Alfred Riedl said Malaysia controlled the first-half and his charges the second.
"But lady luck was not on our side as Malaysia managed to find our net twice in the second-half," said the Austrian coach.
In their last meeting at the Jakarta SEA Games in 1997, Laos beat Malaysia 1-0.
From Jumiati Rosly ', TEXTFONT, 'Verdana, Arial, Helvetica', TEXTSIZE, '1', WIDTH, 75)" onmouseout="nd()">VIENTIANE, Dec 15 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's challenge in the badminton men's singles at the Laos SEA Games ended as early as in the first round when Muhammad Hafiz Hashim and Liew Daren lost their matches at Gymnasium 1, National Sports Complex, here.
Without the presence of world number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia had to forget about a gold medal in the men's singles.
However, Malaysia's men's doubles pairs of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Mohd Fairuzizuan Tazari-Mohd Zakry Latif, and women's singles Wong Mew Choo and Lydia Cheah will be in the quarter-finals Tuesday.
So will the women's doubles pairs of Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui and Woon Khe Wei-Chong Sook Chin, and mixed double pairs of Koo Kien Keat-Wong Pei Tty and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying.
Hafiz lost to Sony Dwi Kuncoro for the second time in a row in a three-set match with scores of 12-21, 21-19, 14-21.
The chance given to Liew Daren to fill the vacancy left by Chong Wei failed to bear fruit when the young player lost to an unknown, Vietnam's Nguyen Hoang Hai 9-21, 15-21.
In the women's singles, Mew Choo was given a bye in the opening round, but will face a still fight in a quarter-final match Tuesday Olympic bronze medallist, Maria Kristin from Indonesia.
Lydia beat Nhung Le Nguyen from Vietnam, 14-21, 21-12, 21-12, to face Zhang Beiwen from Singapore.
Malaysia's number one doubles Kien Keat-Boon Heong, however, had to go into the third set to defeat Bodin Isara-Maneepong Jongjit 14-21, 21-12, 23-21, while Mohd Fairuzizuan-Mohd Zakry had to fight hard to overcome Vietnam's Bui Bang Duc-Dao Manh Thang 21-15, 18-21, 21-10.
After Sunday's victory in the women's team event, Khe Wei returned to her original partner Chong Sook Chin and defeated Khonesanith Inthavanh-Manivone Meungchaleun 21-8, 21-11.
Pei Tty-Eei Hui, who received a bye in the first round, will face Frances Liu-Vanesa Neo from Singapore Tuesday.
Malaysia will also continue its challenge in the mixed doubles after Kien Keat-Pei Tty defeated Jeffrey Wong-Fu Mingtian from Singapore 21-17, 21-10, while Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying beat the Vietnames pair of Duong Bao Duc-Thai Thi Hong 21-15, 21-11.
Monday, December 14, 2009
VIENTIANE, Dec 13 (Bernama) -- The Malaysia-Laos football semifinal match of the 25th SEA Games here may be telecast live to Malaysia.
The match is scheduled for 8 pm (Malaysian time) tomorrow at the National Stadium of the National Sports Complex.
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Razali Ibrahim told Malaysian reporters on Sunday, the ministry, through the National Sports Council, was discussing the matter with the Information Communication and Culture Ministry.
The Malaysian squad, under coach K. Rajagobal, entered the semifinals after beating eight-time consecutive champion Thailand 2-1 in the last match of Group A on Friday.
Malaysia last won the football gold medal in the biennial SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1989. The coach then was Trevor Hartley of Britain.
From Zulhilmi Supaat
VIENTIANE, Dec 13 (Bernama) -- Malaysian players have been reminded not to bask in the glory of having beaten eight-time champions Thailand but to focus on the match against host Laos in the semifinal on Monday of the SEA Games football competition.
National head coach K. Rajagobal said one of the challenges tomorrow would be to focus on the game in the Main Stadium of the Laos National Sports Complex here where 20,000 supporters are expected to be cheering the home team.
Rajagobal had earlier taken the Malaysian squad through a light training session at the Laos Football Federation field here.
Malaysia, who were not given any hope of making it to the semifinals especially when they had to get past Thailand who have not missed a semifinal in 36 years, beat Thailand 2-1 in the final match of their group last Friday.
Malaysia will face Laos in their semifinal match at 7pm (8pm in Malaysia), and the match is likely to be telecast live to Malaysia over TV2 with the cooperation of the Information Communication and Culture Ministry and the Youth and Sports Ministry.
Rajagobal said he was without three key players, Ahmad Fakri Saarani, Mohd Amirulhadi Zainal and Mohamad Zaquan Adha Abd Radzak.
Ahmad Fakri and Mohd Amirulhadi have been suspended for one match after being shown a second yellow card in the match against Thailand.
Striker Mohamad Zaquan Adha, who can play following his two-match suspension, is suffering from an eye ailment and is seeking treatment back in Kuala Lumpur. He was shown the red card in the match against Vietnam.
"I have been in contact with him and, according to him, he is recovering following a medical examination this morning," he said, but added that bringing Mohamad Zaquan Adha for tomorrow's match would depend on his health and the flight schedule.
Vietnam will play Singapore in the other semifinal match, also at the same time, at the Chou Anouvong Stadium near here.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
LONDON (AP): Chelsea stretched its lead over Manchester United at the top of the Premier League to three points despite a 3-3 draw with Everton after the defending champion lost 1-0 at home to Aston Villa.
Didier Drogba scored twice as Chelsea recovered from an early own-goal by goalkeeper Petr Cech, but Everton fought back to equalize twice and secure a valuable point in its efforts to move away from the bottom of the standings.
Chelsea had not conceded a goal at Stamford Bridge since the opening day of the season in August.
It has now lost its perfect home record and has not won for four matches, but was helped by United's fourth loss of the season.
Gabriel Agbonlahor scored for Villa in the 21st minute with a header from Ashley Young's curling left-wing cross.
"Who can say we are in crisis?" Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said. "I don't think so. I want to be objective and, when I look at the game and the way we played, I saw that my team played very well.
"We still have the same chance to win the title. It will be a long race until the end of the season. The Premier League is very competitive."
Also Saturday, Manchester City equalized three times to hold Bolton 3-3 and draw for the eighth time in nine Premier League games, while Tottenham's hopes of staying in contention for Champions League qualification took a big hit with a 1-0 loss against visiting Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Chelsea was undone by poor defending at set pieces.
Yakubu Ayegbeni had only just come on as a substitute when he made it 2-2 in first-half injury time following John Terry's failure to clear a throw and, although Drogba restored Chelsea's lead in the 59th minute, Louis Saha scored for 3-3 four minutes later.
Drogba was helping out in defense but headed a free kick by Johnny Heitinga into Saha's back and the ball bounced over Cech and into the empty net.
"To come here and get a draw, especially with the players we played, is terrific," Everton manager David Moyes said of his injury-hit side. "We deserved it. We never gave in when we went behind."
Everton had led in the 12th when Saha's header from a free kick hit the post and rebounded into the net off Cech's back. Ricardo Carvalho and Frank Lampard set up Drogba for an equalizer five minutes later, and Nicolas Anelka made it 2-1 in the 23rd with a close-range shot into the roof of the net.
Drogba has now scored 18 goals this season and Anelka has seven but Chelsea has conceded 10 goals in four games.
Villa rarely threatened apart from when Agbonlahor hit his eighth league goal of the season. United striker Wayne Rooney had plenty of possession but was below the form that brought him 11 Premier League goals so far this season.
United brought on Michael Owen, Dimitar Berbatov and Darron Gibson in search of a goal and continued to dominate without reward. Berbatov was unmarked in front of goal but completely missed Michael Carrick's cross and Nemanja Vidic had a header blocked on the line.
United has 34 points to Chelsea's 37. Villa's first win at Old Trafford since 1983 lifted it two places to third, although Arsenal could retake third if it beats Liverpool in Sunday's only game.
Carlos Tevez scored two of Manchester City's goals to take his tally to five in the Premier League, while Tottenham had 83 minutes plus injury time to recover from a third-minute goal by Wolves striker Kevin Doyle but still lost a third home game of the season.
"The players were magnificent for 96 minutes," Wolves manager Mick McCarthy said.
Birmingham moved to within three points of Spurs with midfielder Lee Bowyer scoring for a 1-0 win over former club West Ham, Fulham drew 1-1 at Burnley and last-place Portsmouth equalized in the final minute for a 1-1 draw at Sunderland.
But Portsmouth's Younes Kaboul got a second yellow card for removing his shirt in celebration of his goal and was sent off.
In the other games, Blackburn drew 0-0 with Hull and Maynor Figueroa scored from halfway to help Wigan to a 2-2 draw at Stoke.
Newcastle lost the chance of winning an eighth straight League Championship match when it drew 2-2 at Barnsley but still stretched its lead at the top of the second tier to eight points.
Second-place West Bromwich Albion is not in action until Monday, giving Nottingham Forest and Leicester the chance to move closer.
Third-place Forest won 1-0 at Swansea, while Leicester beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-0.
Tiger Woods of the U.S. gestures as he watches his ball on the fifth hole during the final round of the Australian Masters golf tournament in Melbourne November 15, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas/FilesBy Jim Loney and Pascal Fletcher
MIAMI, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Tiger Woods said on Friday he would take an indefinite break from professional golf, admitting he cheated on his wife and bowing to the pressure of two weeks of frenzied media scrutiny of his private life.
The world's No. 1 golfer made the stunning announcement in his latest posting on his website in which he confessed "infidelity" for the first time, said he was sorry and asked his family, friends and supporters for forgiveness.
Woods, 33, one of the most admired sport personalities on the planet and the married father of two young children, had previously owned up only to "transgressions" in response to multiple media allegations of numerous extramarital flings.
The allegations followed a bizarre, minor early morning car accident outside his Florida home on Nov. 27 that rapidly ballooned into a full-fledged sex scandal that turned his previously unblemished life and career upside down.
"I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children," said Woods.
His previous perfectionist image was a magnet for lucrative sports sponsorships and endorsements, and according to Forbes magazine, he was the first athlete to earn $1 billion, making him one of the world's wealthiest sports figures.
"After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person," Woods said.
"I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness. It may not be possible to repair the damage I've done, but I want to do my best to try," he added.
The announcement by the greatest golfer of his generation left the world of professional golf reeling, although his closest collaborators expressed understanding.
"The entirety of someone's life is more important than just a professional career. What matters most is a young family that is trying to cope with difficult life issues in a secluded and caring way. Whenever Tiger may return to the game should be on the family's terms alone," his agent and friend Mark Steinberg said.
IMPACT ON SPONSORS?
Although Woods' major commercial backers and sponsors - which include PepsiCo's Gatorade, Procter & Gamble's Gillette, Electronic Arts and Nike - have up to now stood by him, Steinberg acknowledged the golfer's announcement could affect his business relationships.
"Of course, each sponsor has unique considerations and ultimately the decisions they make we would fully understand and accept," he said.
Woods has been far and away the top draw on the PGA Tour. He is chasing Jack Nicklaus' record for victories in major tournaments and the unofficial title of best golfer ever. He has won 71 times on the tour in a spectacular career that includes 14 major wins.
But PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem expressed sympathy for the reasons behind his decision to take a break.
"His priorities are where they need to be, and we will continue to respect and honor his family's request for privacy," Finchem said.
"We look forward to Tiger's return to the PGA Tour when he determines the time is right for him," he added.
It was the early hour and circumstances of the Nov. 27 car accident and Woods' refusal to answer police questions, followed by reports he had argued with his wife that night, which triggered worldwide speculation about his personal life.
Woods suffered facial cuts and bruises in the one-car accident, in which he hit a water hydrant and a tree.
The Florida Highway Patrol has closed its investigation into Woods' accident after issuing a ticket to him for careless driving and saying no criminal charges would be brought.
His Swedish wife, Elin Nordegren, told police she pulled him from the crashed car after using a golf club to smash a window. Woods has paid his $164 traffic fine.
PARADE OF ALLEGED MISTRESSES
As the scandal over his private life unraveled, more and more U.S. and British tabloid newspapers and media websites published comments from and photos of a parade of between eight to 12 women, including cocktail waitresses and porn stars, who claimed relationships with Woods.
The media scrutiny prompted Woods to seek and obtain a British court order banning publication in Britain of any photos or video showing him nude or having sex.
British law firm Schillings, which specializes in protecting the reputations of celebrities, obtained the injunction on Woods' behalf on Thursday at the High Court in London, partner Simon Smith told Reuters by phone on Friday.
A letter from the lawyers accompanying the injunction contains a statement that "this Order is not to be taken as an admission that any such photographs exist."
At least one U.S. publication has said it has been offered pictures of Woods naked.
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Football Steals The Show In Vientiane
From Zulhilmi Supaat
VIENTIANE, Dec 11 (Bernama) -- Although aquatic events provided Malaysia with five gold medals, including setting three new records and improving on four national records, the focus was definitely on football after K.Rajagobal's squad qualified for the semi-finals.
The Malaysian squad beat Thailand 2-1 to deny Thailand a berth in the semi-finals for the first time in 36 years.
The last time the Malaysian squad took a gold medal in the biennial games was 20 years ago in 1989 in Kuala Lumpur under British coach, Trevor Hartley.
Malaysia today won six gold medals, three in swimming, karate (2) and diving (1).
The national contingent also won three silver medals (karate, shooting, snooker and billiards) and nine bronze medals (swimming - 2, shooting - 2, taekwondo - 2, diving - 1, karate - 1 and cycling - 1)
National swimmer, Daniel Bego, broke the SEA Games record and the national record in the 200m men's freestyle with a time of 50.16 seconds.
The games record was previously held by Richard Sam Bera of Indonesia (50.80s) and Daniels's national record was a time of 50.94s set in the World Swimming Championship in Rome.
Siow Yi Ting also broke a games record in the 100m women's breast stroke with a time 1:09.82s.
Siow erased the record of 1:10.55s set by Nicoletta Teo of Singapore in Korat, Thailand last year, and her national record of 1:11.29s set in the Doha Asian Games in 2006.
Khoo Cai Lin in the 400m women's freestyle set a personal best with 4:10.75s, some six seconds faster than her national record of 4:16.96s.
The time renewed her SEA Games record of 4:18.20s set in Korat, Thailand.
Malaysia also set a new national record via the women's freestyle quartet with a time of 3:51.40s, bettering the old record of 3:54.91s.
Karate contributed two gold medals through Mohd Hatta Mahmud in the men's kumite below 84kg while Jamalliah Jamaludin got a gold in the women's kumite above 60kg.
The shooting squad's hopes for a gold were dashed after Bibiana Ng managed a silver in the 10m Individual Women's Air Pistol.
Bibiana Ng and team mates Joseline Cheah and Siti Nur Masitah Mohd Badrin then won a bronze in the 10m Team Air Pistol event while another bronze was won in the 50m Women's Team Prone Rifle event after Muslifah Zulkifli, Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi and Nor Ain Ibrahim failed to defend their title won in Korat.
At the end of the third day of the 25th games, Malaysia was at fifth place with eight golds, nine silvers and 18 bronzes.
Vietnam is at the top spot with 14 golds, 10 silvers and 10 bronzes, followed by Singapore (14, 6, 12), Thailand (13, 22, 17) and Indonesia (11, 7, 14.)
Tomorrow, the fourth day of the 25th SEA Games that began officially on Dec 9 and ends on Dec 19, the focus returns to aquatic events.
Leong Mun Yee, Pandalela Rinong and Yeoh Ken Nee will take part in the diving event and Daniel Bego in the swimming event.
Meanwhile, other events like badminton and golf are still in the early rounds.
From Hilary Sebastian
VIENTIANE, Dec 12 (Bernama) -- National Petanque athlete Mohd Nuzul Azwan Ahmad Temizi had to settle for the silver after he lost to Heng Than of Cambodia in the final of the men's individual shooting event at the Booyong Gymnasium, National University Centre, here, Saturday.
Backed by hundreds of Cambodian and Lao supporters, Heng Than was in his own league collecting point after point from almost accurate throws from the start till the end, with the final scoreline reading 48-19.
"It was a suprise as Heng Than had almost perfect throws. Maybe, it was the crowd factor that influenced his fighting spirit and motivation," said Mohd Nuzul afterwards.
In the semi-final, he said, Heng Than did not perform well as he only won 27-17 against his Vietnamese opponent.
Mohd Nuzul had had thrashed Thailand's Buttree Puedpong 44-25 in his semi-final.
Friday, December 11, 2009
KUCHING, Dec 11 (Bernama) -- Debt-ridden Football Association of Sarawak (Fas) has set up FAS Football Management Group (FMG) Sdn Bhd to manage it senior squad for the 2010 Premier League season.
Fas secretary-general Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki, who is also FAS FMG Sdn Bhd director, said the role of the new entity would be solely to manage the overall aspects of the senior team to allow the association to only focus on tackling its long-standing debts.
"Hopefully, after this, there will be no problems involving late salary payments," he said, at the contract signing ceremony for Sarawak's new coach and 22 players for the new season here on Friday.
Later, at a media conference, FAS FMG chairman Datuk Sudarsono Osman said initial funding to operate the entity would come mostly from goverment grants and subsequently, sourced from the private sector.
For the new season, Sarawak has hired ex-Negeri Sembilan coach Zaki Sheikh Ahmad as its new coach and manager while signing seven players from other states and clubs, including ex-international Wong Sai Kong, to beef up its preparations.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
SELEPAS berjaya memikat beberapa pemain bintang yang akan memantap- kan skuad musim depan, Kelantan seperti masih belum berpuas hati.
Kini giliran penyerang sensasi T-Team, Hairuddin Omar menjadi sasaran mereka.
Bekas pemain kebangsaan itu yang berjaya menjulang Piala Malaysia bersama Negeri Sembilan, November lalu dikhabarkan akan menjadi pemain kelapan menyarung jersi Kelantan untuk musim depan.
Sumber Kosmo! memberitahu, Hairuddin kini hampir pasti akan menyer- tai Kelantan untuk menghadapi saingan Liga Super musim 2010.
Menurutnya, Persatuan Bola Sepak Kelantan (KAFA) dan Hairuddin kini berada pada peringkat akhir perbinca- ngan sebelum menandatangani kontrak bersama The Red Warriors.
"Perbincangannya sudah pada peringkat serius dan sekiranya ia menjadi realiti, kehadiran Hairuddin pastinya memantapkan lagi kekuatan Kelantan.
"Jika segalanya berjalan lancar, beliau akan menandatangni kontrak sece- pat mungkin dan akan terbang ke Bangkok untuk menyertai sesi latihan bersama pasukan Kelantan di sana," katanya ketika dihubungi semalam.
Tambahnya, ketika tarikh pendafta- ran pemain akan berakhir hari ini, Hairuddin mungkin akan menjadi pemain terakhir melengkapkan senarai pemain Kelantan musim depan.
Jelasnya, kehadiran Hairuddin akan memantapkan lagi bahagian serangan Kelantan yang kini memiliki Indra Putra Mahayuddin, Akmal Rizal Rakhli, Nurshahrul Idlan Talaha, Norfarhan Mohamad dan S. Chanturu.
Sebelum ini Norhafiz Zamani Mis- bah dan K. Soley turut dikaitkan akan beralih angin ke Kelantan, namun ia tidak dapat direalisasikan.
"Apa yang jelas, kehadiran Hairuddin pastinya akan memberi impak kepada pasukan kerana beliau merupakan seorang pemain yang berkualiti.
"Kehadirannya bersama pasukan Negeri Sembilan ketika menewaskan Kelantan pada perlawanan akhir Piala Malaysia lalu membuktikan beliau masih merupakan seorang pemain yang perlu diberi perhatian," ujarnya.
Hairuddin sebelum ini turut dikaitkan akan menyertai Negeri Sembilan selepas membantu skuad Rusa menjulang Piala Malaysia sebagai pemain berstatus pinjaman.
From Zulhilmi Supaat
VIENTIANE, Dec 8 (Bernama) -- Malaysia beat Cambodia 4-0 in a SEA Games Group A match at Chao Anuvong Stadium here Tuesday night to keep its semi-final hopes alive.
The goals were scored by Abdul Manaf Mamat (34min), Norshahrul Idlan Talaha (76min), S.Kunanlal (81min) and Shafiq Rahim (84min).
Malaysia has to beat SEA Games defending champion Thailand this Friday to book a ticket to the semi-final.
The team played without striker Mohamad Zaquan Adha who was suspended two games and goalkeeper Mohd Farizal Marlias who was suspended one game for the incident after the 1-3 defeat to Vietnam on Sunday.
Thailand tops Group A with seven points from three matches while Vietnam was second with the same points but with less goals scored.
Malaysia was third with six months from three matches while Cambodia fourth with three points from three matches while Timor Leste which lost all three matches was bottom.
At the association's extraordinary general meeting (EGM) tomorrow, he is said to be the favoured man to take over the leadership left vacant by the resignation of Ahamad Mohammad, the chief executive officer of Kulim Bhd, last October.
Johor FA's executive secretary Wan Nizam Wan Omar confirmed that the EGM which was being called to fill up the existing vacancies in the association, including the post of the two vice-presidents and honorary secretary.
The two vice-presidents are Rozan Mohd Saat, an executive with the Johor Corporation and Shukri Misbah, the former director of the Johor Sports Council. The honourary secretary is Lukman Abu Bakar, also from the Johor Corporation.
All three resigned, together with the president.
In fact, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, who is also the association's patron, has been briefed on the latest development within the Johor FA by deputy president Datuk Razak Hassan, the Mersing district officer, on Monday.
"The menteri besar has left it to the affiliates to decide on who should lead the association," said a JFA spokeman.
Aziz, a vocal critic of Johor football at State Assembly sittings, has been thrust into the limelight lately.
His appointment as Johor team manager late last month and as the man who launched the Johor FA's Chief Minister's Trophy, a tournament for clubs, speaks volumes on his influence within the footbal circles.
"Barring any last minute changes and politicking, Aziz is the man who will lead the Johor FA," said the spokesman.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
LONDON (AFP) –has backed goalkeeper Petr Cech and to bounce back from being blamed for the club's defeat to Manchester City at the weekend.
Cech was criticised for allowing Carlos Tevez to score City's winner from a 25-yard free-kick while Lampard has been under the spotlight for having an 83rd-minute spot-kick saved by Shay Given.
But Ancelotti shrugged off both incidents as minor blips and insisted Chelsea had played reasonably well at Eastlands.
"This season, I think Cech did very well," the Italian said. "I like him. He takes the responsibility and likes to come out and catch the ball in the box.
"He could do better if you ask me about the free-kick on Saturday. I think the goalkeeper has to stay on his post and, if the player puts the ball over the wall and in, we have to congratulate him.
"Even a good goalkeeper can make a mistake sometimes but this season Petr has been doing very well."
Ancelotti added: "I can say that, at our training ground, Lampard is the player who practices penalties more than any other player."
With Chelsea having already won their group in the Champions League, Ancelotti has the option of resting key players for Tuesday's clash with Apoel Nicosia.
Michael Ballack and Ashley Cole are struggling with ankle and knee problems respectively.could be allowed to rest a sore knee while
APOEL have yet to win a match in group D but their coach, Ivan Jovanovic, insisted they have learned from their experience amongst Europe's elite this season.
"Chelsea are the best team in this group," said Jovanovic. "They are certainly one of the teams capable of winning the tournament.
"We will try our best as we have done in every game we have played this season.
"My team has exceeded itself. We will try and do the same tomorrow and hope for the best possible result. Our progress in the last six months is what we will take out of this Champions League experience.
"We will try to do everything to be here again next year. It is the greatest recognition we have had."
Football Team's Vientiane Debacle A Shame To The Country - NSC
From Zulhilmi Supaat
VIENTIANE, Dec 7 (Bernama) -- National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong described the action of the men's football team to manhandle match officials after their 1-3 loss to Vietnam, as a disgrace to the country.
He added that the reason offered by head coach K. Rajagobal that the incident was triggered by bias and controversial decisions made by the referee against Malaysia, cannot be accepted.
"To me, the referee was fair and indeed a number of decisions made by him favoured the Malaysian team," said Zolkples who was among those who watched the match on Sunday.
In the match held at the Main Stadium of the Laos National Sports Complex, Malaysia lost 1-3 to Vietnam, a result that put Malaysian semifinal hopes on tender hooks.
When South Korean referee Kim Jong Hyeok blew the final whistle, some of the Malaysian players charged at the referee to register their protest after the South Korean had dismissed substitute Mohd Zaquan Adha Abd Radzak for a second bookable offence.
Players had also retorted to throwing water bottles aimlessly at the match official before security officials from Laos intervened and prevented the situation from getting out of hand.
Zolkples also blamed all the Malaysian team officials for further provoking the players, with the exception of Tan Cheng Hoe (coach) who sat calm on the bench.
He added that Malaysia should have just accepted the result because the Vietnam players played better as they were fitter and faster.
"From my observation, our players played below their capabilities and paid too much respect to their opponent," he said.
Monday, December 7, 2009
From Zulhilmi Supaat
VIENTIANE, Dec 6 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's hopes of making it to the semi-finals of the Laos SEA Games men's football competition, suffered a major setback after a 1-3 loss to Vietnam, at the Laos National Stadium here Sunday.
Malaysia who beat Timor Leste 11-0 on Wednesday, were not able to find their scoring boots today, in a match dominated by the fitter and faster Vietnamese and even the solitary goal was a result of an own goal by Vo Hoang Quang who headed the ball into his own net.
It was the second consecutive time Malaysia suffered a defeat at the hands of Vietnam in the SEA Games, since Vietnam scored a similar victory during the Korat SEA Games in Thailand two years ago, a result that doused Malaysia's hopes of winning a medal.
Vietnam scored their first goal through Nguyen Cong Minh in the 11th minute after South Korean referee Kim Jong Hyeok awarded a penalty for handball.
Jolted by the goal, K. Rajagobal's boys went on the offensive in search of an equaliser, leaving gapping holes in defence and Vietnam exploited the opportunity when Mai Tien Thanh set out on a solo run to beat Malaysian goalkeeper Mohd Farizal Marlias in the 24th minute.
A minute later, Malaysia were thrown a lifeline when an own goal by Hoang Quang, reduced the deficit to 1-2, but any hopes of a resurgence diminished when Nguyen Trong Hoang struck the third goal to restore a two goal advantage in the 43rd minute.
Rajagobal tried to inject fresh blood by introducing Mohamad Zaquan Adha Abd Radzak, K. Gurusamy and S. Kunalan for the non-effective Amar Rohidan, Abdul Manaf Mamat and Ahmad Fakri Saarani, but though the trio managed to mount a series of attacks, they were not able to penetrate a stout Vietnamese defence.
Meanwhile, Rajagobal attributed the loss to the inability of his young players to control their temper, due to a number of poor decisions made by the match officials.
"There were many questionable decisions by the referee and that resulted in the players losing their rhythm and focus. Zaquan may also be penalised further for his red card," he said after the match.
Even after the match, players who were unhappy with the match officials, surrounded them while some threw water bottles into the pitch, but Rajagobal managed to calm down his boys and restore order.
With the win, Vietnam top Group A with seven points from three matches while Thailand are second with four points from two matches and Malaysia has three.
Malaysia will now have to beat Thailand in their next match to have any chance of making it to the next stage.
JOHOR BAHARU, Dec 6 (Bernama) -- Badminton World Federation (BWF) has concluded that twelve months in a calendar year was not enough to complete the Super Series which culminate into the Masters Final.
So, in their bid to find a suitable date for their year end Super Series Masters Final which is the crown jewel in their calendar with a total prize money of US$500,000 (RM1.75 million), the BWF might have to extend the season by another month.
As a result, the next Masters Final could be held in January, since the BWF calendar has a tight schedule and the fact that the dates had clashed with a number of other events, which saw a spate of withdrawals for the just concluded five-day championship at the City Council Indoor stadium here.
China in particular, did not send their big names, citing the need for their best to be in Hong Kong for the East Asia Games while Indonesia had also decided to give their top players a break, to prepare for the SEA Games, next week.
"We are aware that 2010 is going to be another hectic year for badminton with the Thomas/Uber Cup finals and the Super Series. There is also the Commonwealth Games in India in October and the Asian Games in Guangzhou in late November.
"So we have to find a more suitable date which would allow the best players to have some breathing space to take part in the Super Series Masters Final," said Darren Parks, the event director of BWF.
And January of the following year is being mulled as the possible date for the richest event in the BWF calendar.
The Super Series Masters Final is the culmination of the Super Series event, where the top eight ranked players in their respective events after the completion of the series, qualify to play based on merit points.
"And we also looking into the possibility of the Master Finals being moved elsewhere after two consecutive years in Malaysia," added Parks.
Critics claimed that the 2009 Masters Final was a dull affair due to the lack of big names and crowd here at the City Council Indoor stadium but Parks rebuffed such notion.
"We had Lee Yong Dae-Jung Jae Sung, the world's top men's doubles and Boe Mathias-Carsten Morgensen of Denmark who contested a worthy final, we had Lee Chong Wei, Peter Gade and Taufik Hidayat in the men's singles, three of the most accomplished singles players in the world.
"Maybe the women's singles was affected by the absence of the top Chinese players but overall I thought it was a credible field out there. As to the crowd, I can sympathize with the BA of Malaysia.
"But to be fair, they only had one month to prepare for the championship and the lack of publicity surrounding the event was understandable. But we still had a good turn-out in the final," added Parks.
VIENTIANE, Dec 6 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian women's football team suffered their second consecutive big defeat in the SEA Games football competition after losing 0-8 to Vietnam in their round robin match at the Laos National University Stadium here Sunday.
Malaysia who suffered a 0-14 loss to defending gold medallist Thailand on Friday, conceded another eight goals today as Nguyen Thi Muon (20th, 68th min), Doan Kim Chi (17th, 85th), Tran Kim Hong (29th), Ng T Minh Nguyet (63rd), Van Thi Thanh (72nd) and Lee Thi Oanh (80th) did the damage.
Malaysia will next meet host Laos on Friday, before completing their fixture against Myanmar on Sunday, in the five-team round robin competition.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Malaysia Thrash Timor Leste 11-0 To Open Sea Games Campaign In Style (BERNAMA)
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 (Bernama) -- Malaysia thrashed Timor Leste 11-0 in a men's group A match to open their Laos Sea Games campaign in style at the National Stadium in Vientiane, on Wednesday.
According to the official games website, www.laoseagames.2009, striker Ahmad Fakri Saarani led rout with a hat trick, while fellow striker Norshahrul Idlan Talaha struck twice.
Zaquan Adha Abdul Razak, Baddrol Baktiar, Amirulhadi Zainal, Amar Rohidan, Safiq Rahim and Aidil Zafuan Abdul Razak contributed a goal each to enable Malaysia to score their biggest victory in the history of the Games.
Malaysia's second match will be against Vietnam on Sunday, Cambodia on Dec 8 and defending champions Thailand on Dec 11.
All matches will be played at the National Stadium, except the match against Cambodia, which will be played at the Chao Anouvong Stadium.
Group B comprise host Laos, Myanmar, Singapore and Indonesia.
Laos kena belasah (Utusan Malaysia Online)
KUALA LUMPUR – Skuad kebangsaan bukan sahaja mendapat tiga mata penuh yang dihajatkan, tetapi turut berpesta gol apabila membelasah Timor Leste 11-0 pada perlawanan pembukaan acara bola sepak Sukan Sea XXV Laos di Stadium Nasional di Vientiane, semalam.
Dalam satu lagi perlawanan Kumpulan A, juara bertahan Thailand dan Vietnam seri 1-1.
Penyerang dari Perlis, Ahmad Fakri Saarani muncul penjaring terbanyak ketika menentang pasukan di ranking ke-200 dunia itu apabila menjaringkan hatrik pada minit ke-41, ke-71 dan ke-77.
Norshahrul Idlan Talaha turut meledak dengan dua gol, masing-masing pada minit ketiga dan ke-30.
Enam lagi gol masing-masing dijaringkan oleh Zaquan Adha Abdul Razak (m-15), Baddrol Baktiar (m-12), Amirulhadi Zainal (m-88), Amar Rohidan (m-90), Safiq Rahim (m-28) dan ketua pasukan, Aidil Zafuan Abdul Razak (m-58).
Lebih membanggakan sebelas gol tanpa balas yang dicatatkan semalam merupakan rekod baru jaringan terbesar dalam acara bola sepak di peringkat Sukan SEA.
Jaringan terbesar acara bola sepak pada Sukan SEA sebelum ini dicatatkan oleh Indonesia yang membelasah Kemboja 10-0 pada Sukan SEA 1995 di Thailand.
Lain-lain perlawanan yang berakhir dengan jaringan besar dalam acara bola sepak pada SEA ialah sembilan gol tanpa balas yang dicatatkan Indonesia ke atas Brunei (Sukan SEA 2001, Kuala Lumpur).
Thailand mengalahkan Filipina dan Vietnam mengalahkan Laos dengan jumlah gol yang sama pada Sukan SEA 1999 di Brunei.
Sementara itu, Setiausaha Persatuan Bola Sepak Malaysia (FAM) Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad menyambut baik kemenangan besar skuad negara.
Namun, beliau berkata, para pemain tidak seharusnya terlalu terpengaruh dengan jumlah gol yang dijaringkan ke atas Timor Leste kerana ada tugasan lebih besar menanti, iaitu menentang Vietnam Ahad ini.
“Kemenangan besar ke atas Timor Leste ini mungkin didorong oleh semangat pemain yang mahu melepaskan geram akibat penerbangan ke Laos yang tertunda kelmarin.
“Secara peribadinya, bagi saya kemenangan ini adalah satu permulaan baik. Walaupun menang ke atas pasukan bukan pilihan, tetapi kita harus ingat bahawa pasukan lawan juga membuat persiapan yang baik untuk menyertai kejohanan ini.
“Saya harap pemain tidak hilang tumpuan dengan kemenangan besar ini, kerana saya bimbang jika kita tidak berjaga-jaga dan terus gah dengan margin gol yang besar ke atas Timor Leste, padah menanti kita pada perlawanan seterusnya,’’ katanya ketika dihubungi semalam.
Malaysia akan menentang Vietnam dalam perlawanan kedua Ahad ini, Kemboja pada 8 Disember dan juara bertahan Thailand pada 11 Disember.
Semua perlawanan akan berlangsung di Stadium Nasional, kecuali perlawanan menentang Kemboja yang akan diadakan di Stadium Chao Anouvong.
Kumpulan B terdiri daripada tuan rumah Laos, Myanmar, Singapura dan Indonesia.
Kali terakhir kita memenangi emas Sukan SEA pada 1989 di Kuala Lumpur tetapi kempunan sebarang pingat pada Sukan SEA Korat 2007.
SHAH ALAM, Dec 2 (Bernama) -- Former Selangor team manager Zakaria Ab Rahim was surprised and disappointed with the announcement made by the Football Association of Selangor (FAS) with regard to the appointment of team manager for next season.
Zakaria who was appointed team manager in 2008 said he has not received anything official from the FAS with regard to his position and only learnt about his position from the media and after receiving a telephone call from deputy president Datuk Mokhtar Ahmad today.
"I need an explanation with regard to my position. I had wanted to meet the president Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, but he was busy today due to a state Exco meeting," Zakaria told reporters here on Wednesday.
He said he was willing to accept whatever decision made by FAS but added that he should have been briefed of his status or designation since his contract as manager only expires in May 2010.
Zakaria who became the first full-time manager in the country was given a two-year contract and led Selangor to a runner-up position in the FA Cup and Malaysia Cup in 2008 and achieved a superb result last year by lifting three title - Charity Shield, FA Cup and Super League.
"I am really puzzled because FAS makes surprise decisions just like Akademi
"Some of the players who called me were also puzzled with the decision but urged me to be patient. I knew the risks involved when taking up the job but what I do not understand is that despite achieving the targets set, this has happened," he said.
He added the players and family members had provided support for him.
Mokhtar had yesterday announced that coach K. Devan would assume the role of coach and team manager next season while Zakaria's role would be to promote and find sponsorship for the Selangor team.
My wish was to guide Selangor into the final of the 2010 AFC Cup but with the latest development, all that would remain an unfulfilled dream, he said.