• Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur takes a goal kick during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on August 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur takes a goal kick during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on August 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

    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

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

    According to an interview Dutch legend Ruud Gullit once gave to British TV, goalkeepers are goalkeepers because they can’t play football.

    However, these days, goalkeepers have to be as adept with the ball at their feet as they are with their hands. A brilliant shot-stopper like the former Manchester United and Australia ‘keeper Mark Bosnich would surely struggle in the current era of the ‘Sweeper Keeper’ as he could barely kick a football.

    Napoli’s Pepe Reina can apparently hold his own as an outfield player in training, but arguably the best Sweeper Keeper currently plying his trade in the EPL is Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris.

    The Frenchman is

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  • Singapore football fans dismayed over match-fixing scandal

    Singapore football fans. (Goal.com photo)Singapore football fans. (Goal.com photo)

    By Justin Ong

    Singapore has been identified as the epicentre of a sprawling worldwide football betting ring.

    With operations implicating hundreds of matches across the globe and the crime syndicate’s link to Singapore, what do local football fans make of it all?

    Some of those Yahoo! Singapore spoke to expressed their dismay at the revelations.

    “What bothers me is that these far-reaching ill-effects, on something I love, originated so close to home,” said Zacharoy Dass, 25.

    Yusuf Abdol Hamid bemoaned the potential consequences for the viewing of the sport.

    “If there is match-fixing involved, it removes the drama and tension in football, because fans will now be suspicious of every dubious call by match officials, or a ridiculous player mistake, that ends up costing the game.”

    He admitted that he will find it “hard to trust match results from now on.”

    S-League follower Azmi Suhaimi, 27, was surprised at the syndicate’s ability to evade Singapore’s stringent laws. But his main worry lies

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  • Yani Tseng is eyeing the HSBC Women's Champions title (Getty Images)Yani Tseng is eyeing the HSBC Women's Champions title (Getty Images)

    "I can't wait to go."

    That stark warning came from top woman golfer Yani Tseng in the press conference of this year's HSBC Women's Championship, which tees off this Thursday at the Tanah Merah Country Club.

    Tseng, the Taiwanese world No 1, says she is looking forward to seeing "what I can do on the golf course" at Tanah Merah, as she eyes the US$1.4 million (S$1.8 million) prize money on offer.

    And she has certainly prepared herself well for the Singapore challenge.

    Before touching down in Changi Airport on Monday, Tseng, 23, bagged the winner's trophy at the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament at the Siam Country Club Old Course at Pattaya.

    That dramatic victory was sealed with a tap-in for a birdie on the final hole.

    But standing in her way of more glory is a strong field led by the tournament's defending champion Karrie Webb from Australia.

    While acknowledging that Tseng - who had 12 tournament wins, including seven on the LPGA tour last year - had an amazing 2011, Webb is adamant she

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  • By Nicholas C. Reposted from Yahoo! Malaysia

    The world’s number one badminton player was spotted out and about recently in a spanking new ride.The world’s number one badminton player was spotted out and about recently in a spanking new ride.

    Badminton star Lee Chong Wei is famous for his fast and furious smashes on the badminton court, but off the court, same can be said about his rides too.

    A couple of pictures that have been circulating around the Internet suggest that the world number one singles player from Malaysia recently bought himself a spanking new car: a white Ferrari F430! Debuted at the 2004 Paris Motor Show, the F430 is a lean, mean driving machine; the F430 is powered by a 4.3L V8 engine that oozes more than 480 in horsepower, so yeah, it's pretty nasty.

    The F430 Scuderia does 0-100km in 4 seconds and it has a top speed of 315km/h. And the price tag? A cool RM1.6 million up (S$663,027)!

    But before you say that he bought a Ferrari because it's a Ferrari, the 29-year-old Chong Wei knows a lot about cars. A self-confessed super car lover, he's already own a sleek grey Nissan GT-R (which he rumoured to have sold off to get the Ferrari), a BMW X6 Coupe and of

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  • Remy Ong allegedly ran over a stray dog (Photo courtesy of Danny Danerthon Ng)Remy Ong allegedly ran over a stray dog (Photo courtesy of Danny Danerthon Ng)

    National bowler Remy Ong has apologised for hitting a stray dog with his car on Sunday afternoon. But the 33-year-old denied driving off intentionally after the incident, claiming he thought the dog "was going to be alright".

    Ong was driving along Changi Coast Road after leaving the National Service Resort and Country Club nearby when his black Porsche Boxster hit a female cross-breed dog at about 1pm.

    The dog died 20 minutes after the incident.

    Speaking to Yahoo! Singapore over the phone on Monday afternoon, Ong apologised for the incident.

    "I just want to say I'm really sorry about the whole incident. At the end of the day, it's a life that is lost and I feel very bad about it," said Ong who owns a female poodle.

    Giving his version of the event, Ong added: "The dog came out of nowhere and it felt like it brushed against my car. So I thought she was going to be alright."

    He was then on his way to pick up his friend at the Singapore Expo, but had returned to the accident scene as he

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  • By Eurosport | World of Sport Reposted from uk.eurosport.yahoo.com

    A week ago, Michel Platini was wading into Dinamo Bucharest players when a friendly against CSKA Sofia degenerated into a mass brawl but the Romanians were more impressed by his football skills and promptly signed the striker from the Bulgarian side.

    The 28-year-old Brazilian, named after the former France captain and current UEFA president, has signed a three-year deal with the Romanian league leaders yet only last Wednesday, he was blamed for sparking the melee in the Turkish resort of Antalya.

    The hot-tempered Platini reacted badly when he was fouled in the second half of the match, retaliating by kicking offender Laurentiu Rus and punching several other of his future team mates before both players were sent off.

    Platini, who has played for 10 clubs in as many years, travelled back to Romania with his new team but club officials kept his presence a secret from the rest of the squad as a precautionary

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  • By Brooks Peck, reposted from Yahoo! US sports blog, Dirty Tackle

    By now you have probably heard of the tenuous attempt to link Aaron Ramsey's occasional goal-scoring to several notable deaths that have happened in the days that followed. Osama Bin Laden, Steve Jobs, Muammar Gaddafi and, most recently, Whitney Houston have all coincidentally died in the days after a Ramsey goal for Arsenal (his goals for Wales apparently do not have fatal powers). And now, the bizarre news team at Taiwan's NMAtv have given Ramsey's "kick of death" their animated treatment.

    In NMA's version of events, each person's death is literally caused by a football. They show Steve Jobs' life support machine getting smashed by one and Whitney Houston gets hit in the head while she takes pills on the edge of a bathtub. Poor taste or just NMA being NMA?

    Previously in NMA fever dreams: Ashley Cole makes a kid's stomach explode, Mario Balotelli in Grand Theft Auto V and Ryan Giggs getting pooped on by Twitter

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  • A relieved Qiu Li passes the Beep Test on his fifth attempt (Yahoo! Photo/Daniel Teo)A relieved Qiu Li passes the Beep Test on his fifth attempt (Yahoo! Photo/Daniel Teo)

    On his fifth attempt this year, Qiu Li finally passed the dreaded Beep Test on Thursday morning at Woodlands Sports Hall after achieving a score of 13.2.

    His score was the minimum passing rate for all S-League players before they can take the field for their respective clubs.

    Speaking to Yahoo! Singapore, the Home United and Singapore striker expressed his relief but admits he may hang up his boots if his Beep Test woes continue next year.

    He said while still catching his breath: "If there is still the Beep Test next year, I may stop playing altogether and go into coaching."

    "The test is good for improving the level of a player's fitness. But to use it as a mandatory test to measure our fitness level is not right and accurate."

    "There are players who achieve high scores for the Beep Test but could not even last a full match. On the contrary, I can last 90 minutes even if I fail. So who is the fitter one?"

    The China-born player stressed that knowing when and where to run on the pitch

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  • Raddy Avramovic shocked many by dropping Aleksandar Duric. (AFP file photo)Raddy Avramovic shocked many by dropping Aleksandar Duric. (AFP file photo)


    Singapore national football coach Raddy Avramovic's latest 25-men team selection for two upcoming Lions games is puzzling.

    The Lions are scheduled to play Azerbaijan in a friendly game in the UAE next Friday before taking on Iraq in a final dead rubber group game of their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign on 29 Feb.

    With no points from the five previous games, Singapore is set to finish last in Group A of the qualifiers, rendering this tie meaningless.

    The next major competition in line for the national team is the ASEAN Football Championships (or Suzuki Cup) in December.

    With this mind, Raddy would do well to select players expected to compete for a place in the eventual Suzuki Cup squad, as well as youngsters whom he might like to assess personally.

    Duric out

    The biggest surprise is no doubt the omission of evergreen striker Aleksandar Duric.

    Even at the ripe age of 41, he has been one of the more consistent performers in the Lions squad. He passed the mandatory beep

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  • By Brooks Peck

    Early in the second half of last Saturday's Jupiler League match between Lierse and Zulte Waregem, linesman Frederick Geldhof was struck in the back of the head by a mystery object. As soon as it hit, Geldhof fell to the ground and scrambled onto the pitch, away from whatever attacked him. Disoriented and in pain, the match was momentarily stopped so Geldhof could be treated.

    Oddly enough, the only foreign object found at the scene was a bit of cardboard that didn't seem capable of causing such a reaction. After the match, Geldhof clarified that what he felt did not feel like flimsy cardboard (via 101gg):

    "My head was struck by an object. and I thought it was a block of ice. I was dizzy and thought I would faint… I heard later that it was a piece of cardboard... It's no laughing matter. I am father of two children and my daughter sent a text message because she was worried."

    If you watch the start of the video closely, it looks like the object that hits

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