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NATIONAL STADIUM U-TURNS TO ARTIFICIAL TURF AFTER WASTING $1.5 MILLION ON SANDY GRASS PITCH

After months of controversy and spending S$1.5 million on new lighting equipment to try to improve the quality of the National Stadium pitch, Sports Hub Pte Ltd (SHPL) is making a drastic U-turn: It will resurface the pitch permanently with artificial turf – the surface it had originally considered but opted against, TODAY has learnt. This means that less than six months after the new stadium was opened, the S$800,000 Desso GrassMaster pitch – a hybrid of synthetic and natural grass– faces the prospect of being replaced with an all-new synthetic surface.

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Rio Ferdinand suspended for three games and fined £25,000 by the FA for sexually abusive tweet

Rio Ferdinand was banned for three matches and fined £25,000 on Wednesday night after failing to respond to an FA charge of misconduct regarding an abusive tweet. The Queens Park Rangers defender had reacted to online provocation by using the word ‘sket’ in a post about the person’s mother. Sket is a Caribbean word meaning a whore or a promiscuous girl or woman.

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ALEKSANDAR DURIC'S LETTER: THANK YOU VERY MUCH SINGAPORE

While my club career was important to me, my proudest and biggest moment was when I received my Singapore citizenship in October 2007 and was called up by Coach Raddy for the national team at the age of 37. I would score both goals in my first game against Tajikistan in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier on my debut. It still sends shivers down my spine when I talk about it now.

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Sim Lim dispute come in handy for underperforming diver

Coaches for Malaysian diver Ooi Tze Liang said he performed badly at the Singapore Fina Diving Grand Prix 2014 finals on Saturday after getting involved in a dispute over iPhone 6 purchases. The Commonwealth Games gold medallist, 20, was expected to perform well, but finished fifth in the men's 3m springboard finals at the OCBC Aquatic Centre at the Sports Hub.

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FANDI'S SON IRFAN NAMED ONE OF WORLD'S TOP 40 YOUTH FOOTBALLERS

The naming of Irfan Fandi as one of world football’s top 40 young talents by Britain’s The Guardian newspaper has come as a surprise to the 17-year-old’s father, Singapore football icon Fandi Ahmad. Speaking to TODAY, Mr Fandi, who is currently head coach of the LionsXII, said he hopes his eldest son will go on to become a successful and dedicated professional footballer. Irfan was named in a list of top 40 young talents in world football, alongside five others from the Asian region: China’s Li Zhongyi, Japan’s Daisuke Sakai, South Korea’s Seo Jung-hyun, Vietnam’s Phan Thanh Hau and Daniel Da Silva from Australia.

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GOVT: WE WON'T PAY S'PORE SPORTS HUB A SINGLE CENT UNTIL PITCH IS UP TO STANDARD

Sport Singapore (SportSG), the governing body for Singapore sports, maintains that it will not pay for the Singapore Sports Hub until the National Stadium pitch is of a standard befitting the magnitude of the sports events being held at the new arena. In a statement released by chief executive officer Lim Teck Yin on Tuesday, SportSG said that the pitch remains one of the key deliverables that SportsHub Pte Ltd (SHPL) has yet to fulfil, in spite of promises and assurances given in the past to the government and the public.

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JOSEPH SCHOOLING CLINCHES FIRST ASIAN GAMES GOLD FOR SINGAPORE

Swimmer Joseph Schooling won Singapore's first gold at the Asian Games in the 100m Butterfly finals in a Games record time of 51.76 seconds, beating China's Li Zhu Hao who was in second place. This is Singapore's first men's swimming gold since 1982. The 19-year-old came in at the turn in first place, and managed to fend off the competition from second-place Li and Japan's Hirofumi Ikebata, who clinched bronze, to come in first.

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LEICESTER CITY 5 - 3 MANCHESTER UNITED

When you have just spent £150million in the transfer market and secured a player of the quality of Angel di Maria, then a forward who only four years ago was playing for Stocksbridge Park Steels really should not be making you look a mug. But Louis van Gaal will have to accept that Jamie Vardy was chief among a spirited group of Leicester City players who embarrassed Manchester United’s manager and a side that remains some way off the level required to return to the summit of the English game.

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