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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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It might be over for the Thorpedo

Former swimming superstar Ian Thorpe is in intensive care after being treated for a serious infection, and may not be able to swim competitvely again, according to his manager James Erskine. The 31-year-old is said to be in a Sydney hospital, having returned to Australia after contracting the infection following a series of shoulder surgeries at a hospital near his home in the Swiss town of Ronco sopra Ascona.

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SingTel secures rights to air World Cup 2014

Three months before the World Cup 2014 is due to kick off in Brazil, SingTel announced yesterday it has secured the broadcast rights, soothing the nerves of football fans who had to wait until just weeks before the previous tournament to know if they would be able to watch the games on television. Fans will be able to watch all 64 matches for a one-time price of S$105, excluding Goods and Services Tax (GST), said SingTel, which is also finalising arrangements with StarHub to let its customers access the matches as, under the cross-carriage rule, exclusive pay-TV content has to be offered to customers of rival providers. The price is up to 59 per cent higher than what fans had paid to watch the previous World Cup in 2010, which was broadcast by SingTel and StarHub under a joint bid.

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The many ways we played soccer as kids

It is safe to say that many Singaporeans have played soccer at one point or another, whether it was during PE lessons on the school field, at the void deck or even your living room. While I now indulge in the occasional Sunday soccer sessions with a proper size 5 ball, I still fondly remember the many different and ingenious ways my friends and I played Singapore’s favourite sport.

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LionsXII pull off late comeback win over ATM

Defender Afiq Yunos scored a stoppage-time goal to secure a precious 2-1 away win for the LionsXII against bogey team Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM) in a Malaysian Super League clash tonight. The goal was the defender’s first of the season and helped Fandi Ahmad’s side to record their second win of the season. It was also the perfect ending to an impressive comeback by the LionsXII

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World Cup 2014: Broadcast rights not yet secured in Singapore

Telcos SingTel and StarHub have still not secured a deal to broadcast the World Cup in Brazil, risking a replay of the fiasco in 2010 when a last-minute deal jacked up prices for fans. Although this year's global football tournament kicks off in less than four months on June 12, both firms said yesterday they are "still in discussions" with Fifa, the event's rights holder. Other markets have moved faster - over 200 territories including Malaysia, Hong Kong and Indonesia have secured their rights.

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LionsXII held at home

The LionsXII were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Terengganu today (Feb 8), a result that did their hopes of retaining the Malaysian Super League (MSL) title no favours. The Singaporean side has now won just one of their opening four fixtures, and lie sixth in the league with five points, one ahead of big-spending rivals Johor Darul Takzim.

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LionsXII show their resilience against JDT

But two goals in four minutes after the break turned the tie completely on its head, as Khairul Amri’s second goal in as many games and Hafiz Sujad’s tap-in earned the visitors a deserved draw at the Tan Sri Dato' Hj Hassan Yunos Stadium on Tuesday evening. With a young team whose average age is only 22.5 years, a new coach in Fandi Ahmad

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Singapore Telcos still battling to air World Cup

WITH less than five months to go before the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, Singapore's race to bag television rights for the tournament could head into extra time. At least 208 territories worldwide have already secured the rights, but cable-TV providers SingTel and StarHub told MyPaper that they are still locked in negotiations with Fifa, the sport's world governing bod

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