Sport Stories: Your Weekly News Roundup (Nov 2 - Nov 8, 2020)

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Singapore Sports News

Tampines Rovers coach Gavin Lee shrugs off favourites’ tag

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By Narendaren Karnageran | With a four-point cushion at the top of the Singapore Premier League table, Tampines Rovers have set the pace and emerged as early title favourites. But their coach Gavin Lee is only too keen to squash such a notion.

Akbar Nawas: I’m humbled by stint in India

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By Dilenjit Singh | The Covid-19 pandemic might have prompted Akbar Nawas to leave Chennai City, but the 44-year-old Singaporean coach believes he has learnt much from his stint in India.

Last week, Akbar parted ways with the club, whom he led to the I-League title in 2018/19, by mutual consent ahead of the upcoming season, with owner Rohit Ramesh saying he hoped the tactician would return in the future.

Quah Ting Wen lowers 50m freestyle national short-course record again

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By TNP Singapore | Swimmer Quah Ting Wen has rewritten the Singapore short-course record for the women's 50m freestyle for the second time in 11 days. Racing for DC Trident in the International Swimming League in Hungary yesterday, Quah clocked 24.03sec to finish fourth, bettering her 24.26sec effort on Oct 26.

Ironchamp getting stronger

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By Tan Thean Loon | It is evident that Ironchamp has hit a purple patch. Just look at his last two starts - a win and a narrow second. Both in Class 4. The thing is the Steven Burridge-trained four-year-old Australian-bred is looking like a million dollars on the training track.


Ironchamp flexes his muscles

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By Brian Miller | A win and a second from just four starts is not something to be sniffed at. Well, those are the credentials Ironchamp brings into Race 8 and, when all is done, it could be another fat cheque deposited in the bank.

Ironchamp was one of a handful of horses on the training track yesterday morning and, while he did not race against the clock, he did look in good condition when restricted to a round of cantering.

Australia Sports News

Maroons five-eighth Cameron Munster slams ‘disrespectful’ reporting ahead of Origin II

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By Nic Savage | (NCA Newswire) Maroons five-eighth Cameron Munster has hit back at Queensland’s critics ahead of State of Origin II on Wednesday, slamming “disrespectful” reporting in the media.

Queensland stars Kalyn Ponga, David Fifita, Michael Morgan, Moses Mbye and Valentine Holmes were each unavailable for the series opener at Adelaide Oval for varying reasons. With a cluster of debutants in their starting 13, several rugby league pundits labelled this year’s Maroons side the worst Queensland team in history.

‘Shut up’: Andrew Johns’ blunt response to Boyd Cordner concussion debate

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By Nic Savage | (NCA Newswire) Newcastle Knights legend Andrew Johns has pleaded for rugby league pundits to “shut their mouths” as debate rages on Boyd Cordner’s concussion difficulties.

During State of Origin I at Adelaide Oval, Cordner was assisted off the ground by trainers after copping a head knock while attempting a tackle on Queensland’s Felise Kaufusi. The New South Wales skipper was controversially allowed back onto the field 15 minutes later after passing a Head Injury Assessment (HIA) test.

It was latest in a long list of concussions scares the edge forward has suffered in 2020 — he missed six consecutive weeks of the NRL regular season after a particularly nasty incident in round 10.

Western Bulldogs left blindsided by Josh Dunkley’s trade demand

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By James McKern | The Josh Dunkley-Western Bulldogs saga has added another twist just a day after the star midfielder’s trade request became official. Dunkley endured a nightmare 2020 season with the Bulldogs as his playing time in the midfield dwindled.

AFL: Brisbane young gun Cam Rayner signs on until the end of 2023.

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By Russel Gould | (NCA News Wire) Brisbane young gun Cam Rayner says the Lions are a “brotherhood” and has signed a new contract to win a premiership with the club that drafted him.

The number one pick in the 2017 draft, Rayner’s development has been key to Brisbane’s resurgence which included a preliminary final appearance in 2020.

Rayner, 21, has played 63 games in three seasons, including 56 straight after a round 1 debut in 2018, and has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club until at least the end of 2023.

New South Wales Blues crumble to third-lowest Sheffield Shield total

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By Richard Earle | (NCA Newswire) Former Test seamers Jackson Bird and Peter Siddle consigned New South Wales to its third lowest Sheffield Shield total as the Tasmania Tigers dominated the opening day in Adelaide.

Bird (4/14) and Siddle (3/17) were unstoppable on a strip with true bounce and carry as the Blues were rolled for 64. Test spearhead Mitch Starc top scored with 18 in a 21-run stand with Sean Abbott (15) which highlighted a disappointing Blues effort.

World Sports News

Sports world reacts to Biden's election

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By Reuters Staff | (Reuters) - The sports world reacted on Saturday to the election of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States and also congratulated his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, who will be the first woman to serve in the executive branch.

“YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!!,” Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry tweeted shortly after multiple news organizations proclaimed Biden the winner over President Donald Trump. The results of Tuesday’s election hinged on the continuing vote count in several states, but the declaration of Biden as the winner of Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes put the former vice president over the 270 electors needed to become president of the United States.

Reports: Jays re-sign P Ray to one-year, $8 million deal

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By Reuters Staff | The Toronto Blue Jays re-signed free agent left-hander Robbie Ray to a one-year, $8 million contract, multiple outlets reported Saturday. It is the first reported free agent deal of the offseason.

Ray, 29, pitched in five games (four starts) with the Blue Jays this September after being acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in an Aug. 31 trade for fellow southpaw Travis Bergen. Ray was a combined 2-5 with a 6.62 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) with Toronto and Arizona. He struck out 68 batters and led the majors with 45 walks in 51 2/3 innings.

Washington QB Allen carted off with ankle injury

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By Reuters Staff| Washington Football Team quarterback Kyle Allen exited Sunday’s game against the New York Giants with an ankle injury with 1:04 remaining in the first quarter.

NFL Network reported that Allen was diagnosed with a dislocation and a small fracture. Allen is slated to undergo an MRI exam on Monday, according to another report. Allen was injured as he was sacked by New York safety Jabrill Peppers. Receiver Antonio Gibson tried to block Peppers, but Allen was accidentally leg-whipped by Peppers and fell to the ground while trying to elude the pocket.

Medvedev wears down Zverev in Paris to claim third Masters title

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By Julien Pretot | Paris (Reuters) Russian Daniil Medvedev outclassed German Alexander Zverev 5-7 6-4 6-1 in the Paris final on Sunday to claim his third Masters title.

The third seed, who also defeated Zverev in the Shanghai final last year, returned strongly throughout the match to take his first title of the year.Medvedev, 24, had more energy in the deciding set and made the most of his opportunities against an inconsistent Zverev, who had won five of their six previous meetings.

A double fault earned the Russian his eighth ATP title after two hours and seven minutes. Medvedev said he pulled off the win by making his “opponent crazy”.

Autumn Masters a unique showcase of Augusta National

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By Andrew Both | (Reuters) - If the Masters is a tradition unlike any other, a unique autumn showcase of golf’s most eagerly anticipated annual gathering will likely linger in the memory long after the Green Jacket donned by Tiger Woods last year is draped over the winner.

Played in late March or early April since its inception in 1934, the Masters was postponed this year until Nov. 12-15 after American sport shut down in March amid a widespread national novel coronavirus outbreak.