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Spluttering Spieth three off the pace in Singapore

Spluttering Spieth three off the pace in Singapore

By Patrick Johnston

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – World number one Jordan Spieth struggled again with his putting as he ended a long 28-hole Saturday three shots off the pace at the Singapore Open.

The American was on the course at 07:30 (1830 EDT) to complete 12 holes of his weather-delayed second round, signing for a one-under-par 71 before returning in the afternoon to shoot one-under for 16 holes of his third round before dusk fell.

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Horne blows ahead of Spieth in Singapore

Horne blows ahead of Spieth in Singapore

By Patrick Johnston

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – World number one Jordan Spieth lurked one-shot off the lead before thunder halted the first round of the Singapore Open on Thursday yet the American, missing his regular caddie, was left frustrated by his inaccurate approach play.

Spieth's agent & manager Jay Danzi stepped up to carry the bag on a stifling first morning at the Sentosa Golf Club, with injury sideling regular caddie Michael Greller, & the duo struggled to negotiate the yardages to threaten the pins.

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Singapore's 'match-fixer extraordinaire' jailed for four years

Singapore's 'match-fixer extraordinaire' jailed for four years

Singapore (AFP) – A Singaporean man described by state prosecutors as "a criminal match-fixer extraordinaire" was sentenced to four years in jail Monday for conspiring to rig a match in the recent Southeast Asian Games.

Rajendran R. Kurusamy, 55, pleaded guilty to charges of bribing the manager & players of East Timor's under-23 football team to lose a preliminary match against Malaysia scheduled for May 30 in Singapore.

He had offered Sg$15,000 ($10,651) to team manager Orlando Marques Henriques Mendes & Sg$4,000 each to seven East Timor players to lose the game.

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Singaporean jailed 4 years for soccer match-fixing

Singaporean jailed 4 years for soccer match-fixing

SINGAPORE (AP) — A supervisor at a construction company with a match-fixing history was on Monday sentenced to four years in jail for bribing a foreign coach & players in Singapore an attempt to rig a preliminary Southeast Asian Games soccer match.

Rajendran R Kurusamy, 55, pleaded guilty to meeting Timor Leste's team manager, Orlando Marques Henriques Mendes, in Singapore on May 28 with the assist of an Indonesian referee & a former Timor Leste player.

Mendes, who was moreover the technical director of the Football Federation of Timor Leste, was offered 15,000 Singapore dollars ($10,700) by Rajendran to hold a goalless score-line for 20 minutes in a first-round match against Malaysia, before losing by a few goals. Mendes allegedly accepted the bribe. Rajendran moreover offered to pay at least seven players $4,000 (US$2,844) each.

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Singapore jails Indonesian for SEA Games match-fixing

Singapore jails Indonesian for SEA Games match-fixing

Singapore (AFP) – An Indonesian man was jailed for 30 months Tuesday in Singapore for conspiring to fix a football match during the recent Southeast Asian Games in the city-state.

Nasiruddin conspired with two other persons to bribe the technical director of East Timor's football team, Orlando Marques Henriques Mendes, to lose a match against Malaysia, Singapore's Corrupt Practices & Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said.

The Indonesian had offered Sg$15,000 ($11,000) to the East Timor soccer official, the CPIB said in a statement.

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Soccer-Indonesian jailed for match-fixing attempt in Singapore

Soccer-Indonesian jailed for match-fixing attempt in Singapore

By Patrick Johnston

SINGAPORE, July 21 (Reuters) – An Indonesian man was jailed for 30 months on Tuesday for attempting to fix a soccer match at the recent Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

Nasiruddin, 52, conspired with two others to donate East Timor soccer official Orlando Marques Henriques Mendes $15,000 to ensure they would lose to Malaysia on May 30, Singapore's Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau said in a statement.

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Soccer-Everton boss Martinez critical of Chelsea's Stone pursuit

Soccer-Everton boss Martinez critical of Chelsea's Stone pursuit

By Patrick Johnston

SINGAPORE, July 18 (Reuters) – Everton boss Roberto Martinez has hit out at the public manner of Chelsea's attempts to sign his promising young centreback John Stones.

Chelsea had a 20 million pounds ($31.22 million) offer for the versatile defender, who made his England debut last year rejected by Everton on Friday, British media reported.

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Soccer-Welsh stars past and present heap praise on current crop

Soccer-Welsh stars past & present heap praise on current crop

By John O'Brien

SINGAPORE, July 17 (Reuters) – As Welsh football enjoys a run of success that has seen the side rise to 10th in the FIFA rankings, a former manager & leading light of the current squad believe qualification for the Euro 16 finals in France will be just reward for a golden generation.

Wales are top of Group B, undefeated on 14 points after six games, having recently beaten Belgium & set to advance to their first ever appearance in the European Championships with home ties against Israel & Andorra still to come.

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Soccer-Wenger expects 'cohesive' squad to mount title challenge

Soccer-Wenger expects 'cohesive' squad to mount title challenge

By John O'Brien

SINGAPORE, July 17 (Reuters) – Manager Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have a strong enough squad to challenge for a first Premier League title since 2004 with back-to-back FA Cup victories in the last two seasons bringing a winning mentality to the side.

"Winning the title is our target & we feel we have a chance in a very competitive league," Wenger told reporters in Singapore on Friday, a day ahead of Arsenal's Premier League Asia Trophy final against Everton.

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Wenger expects 'cohesive' squad to mount title challenge

Wenger expects 'cohesive' squad to mount title challenge

By John O'Brien

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Manager Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have a strong enough squad to challenge for a first Premier League title since 2004 with back-to-back FA Cup victories in the last two seasons bringing a winning mentality to the side.

"Winning the title is our target & we feel we have a chance in a very competitive league," Wenger told reporters in Singapore on Friday, a day ahead of Arsenal's Premier League Asia Trophy final against Everton.

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