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SINGAPORE BEATS SRI LANKA TO BECOME ASIAN NETBALL CHAMPIONS

Singapore maintained its supremacy in Asian netball after beating Sri Lanka 59-41 in the Asian Netball Championships final on Sunday (Sep 14) held at the Singapore Sports Hub's OCBC Arena. It was like a rerun of the 2012 final, with four-time champion Sri Lanka eager to avenge its defeat to Singapore. Led by their towering goalshooter Tharjini Sivalingam, who stands at 2.07m tall, the visitors started strongly and dominated the first quarter.

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SOME MATTERS OF TRAIN-ING

SMRT has been wise in allowing charters only during off-peak hours. The practice makes sense for commuters too. Would you rather have the schools (neighbourhood schools and ACS(I)) involved send their children en masse via the MRT without any prior warning to SMRT? When the schools decide to make their kids all queue up at the MRT station, they are members of the public you know. They have every right to take the train. In this scenario, SMRT cannot plan for the suddenly large influx of passengers. Instead of sending in more trains, to relieve the high volume, SMRT would have to make public commuters wait 5 times longer to board their trains.

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MP ELLEN LEE: S'PORE TABLE TENNIS WILL CONTINUE TO USE FOREIGN TALENTS

According to media reports, MP Ellen Lee of Sembawang GRC admitted to being apprehensive when approached by current chief MP Lee Bee Wah earlier this year to take over the helm of the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA). Yesterday (25 Aug), Er Dr Lee Bee Wah unveiled her preferred successors, MP Ellen Lee and MP Alex Yam; Ellen Lee for President and Alex Yam for Deputy President of STTA.

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YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES: 14-YEAR OLD SINGAPOREAN MARTINA LINDSAY VELOSO WON SILVER IN AIR RIFLE EVENT

Singapore's Martina Lindsay Veloso has won the country's first medal at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games. The 14-year-old Singapore Sports School student took the silver in the girls' 10m air rifle event at the Fangshan Shooting Hall on Tuesday morning. Her score of 207.2 was just behind Switzerland's Sarah Hornung's winning effort of 207.8. Germany's Julia Budde took the bronze with a score of 186.3.

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INSENSITIVE HOME UNITED FC SACKED MALAY MUSLIM PLAYER BEFORE HARI RAYA

This concerns former Lions XII and national defender, Sevki Sha'ban, who represented Home United FC since last year. He was unceremoniously dismissed over week ago without any compensation. What's troubling is the dismissal coincides with the Ramadan period and the upcoming Hari Raya Puasa. As a Malay-Muslim, this is the biggest festival of the year. What's even worse is that he was dismissed without any form of compensation.

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VALENCIA FC WANTS SINGAPORE STRIKER ALEKSANDAR DURIC

Valencia made surprise offer for Tampines and Singapore star striker Alec Duric. Straight Times Corrospondent is said to have witness Duric's agent Durian at the Mestalla training ground. It was rumored the transfer fee to be around $1.2m, with the Singapore star striker getting a whopping 5 digit salary per week for 1 year.

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THAILAND MILITARY RULERS TO BROADCAST ALL WORLD CUP MATCHES "LIVE" FOR FREE

In a bid to live up to its motto of "Bringing happiness back to Thai people", the junta managed to pull off a deal for the live telecast of all World Cup 2014 matches on free-to-air TV, which will bring joy to 22 million households. A press conference titled "TV5 returns happiness to Thai people to join the World Cup spirit" will be held on Thursday at the Army's TV5 headquarters. "It is public money. It's not that we have money and wake up one day and spend money to buy anything (we want). Unless we spend it for disaster cause," she tweeted. Social media users on Wednesday also voiced their disagreement. They said the NBTC should not use taxpayers' money to pay RS for the telecast rights.

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QUEK SOO BENG: MDA should explain why other nations can charge lower prices for World Cup

To end the controversy over World Cup pricing here, the Media Development Authority should, most importantly, explain how and why other football-crazy countries are able to view the tournament on free-to-air and/or pay-television at a fraction of the cost charged in Singapore. It has been reported that the next-highest price being charged elsewhere is about half the price here.

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TOP GEAR PRESENTER JEREMY CLARKSON NAMES HIS BLACK DOG, DIDIER DOGBA

The Top Gear presenter this morning announced that he was calling his new small black dog, Didier Dogba, after the former Chelsea footballer Didier Drogba. Cue an onslaught of comments accusing Clarkson of racism, proving that his appetite to stir controversy really knows no bounds. There is obviously nothing like a Bank Holiday Monday to offend a new set of people.

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DAVID MOYES TO BE SACKED AS MANCHESTED UNITED MANAGER

David Moyes is facing the sack as Manchester United manager with the club’s owners, the Glazer family, preparing to call time on the Scot’s disastrous tenure at Old Trafford. Just 11 months after being handed a six-year contract as Sir Alex Ferguson’s hand-picked successor at United, Moyes is understood to have lost the backing of the Glazers and senior executives at the club, with Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Everton proving the final straw.

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