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Jakarta Games inspires Indonesia's Londa to gold INCHEON: Long jumper Maria Londa won Indonesia's first Asian Games athletics gold since 1998 on Monday and said the decision to award the next Asiad to her country had inspired her.The 2013 South East Asian Games champion hit a personal best 6.55 metres at Incheon's Asiad Main Stadium to secure a surprise gold, 11 centimetres clear of Vietnam's Thi Thu Thao Bui.The leaping Londa, 24, said she wanted to defend her title when the Games go to Jakarta in 2018."I dedicate this gold medal to all of Indonesia. I was really inspired by the decision to give Indonesia the next Asian Games," she said.The award to Jakarta this month came five months after Vietnam said that it could no longer afford to stage the Olympic-sized event. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Veteran Lin sets sights on Tokyo Olympics INCHEON: Badminton great Lin Dan said he wants to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, dismissing retirement plans after winning Asian Games men's singles gold Monday.Asked how long he would keep competing, Lin at first said he did not know. But when pushed by reporters on whether he would defend his Olympic title in Rio in two years', Lin went one better, replying: "Tokyo".He went on to confirm his ambition to play in Japan, when he ...

PSG without Ibrahimovic against Barcelona PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Tuesday's Champions League clash with Barcelona at the Parc des Princes due to a nagging heel problem, the French club have confirmed."As the different tests carried out this morning on the problem with his left heel were not satisfactory, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out of the match against Barcelona," said a statement released by PSG.Ibrahimovic, who played for Barcelona in the 2009-10 season, had already missed his club's ...

White leaves Sharks to further international aspirations CAPE TOWN: Jake White has stepped down as Director of Rugby at South Africa's Sharks Super Rugby team to pursue international opportunities ahead of the World Cup next year. White, who coached South Africa to the 2007 World Cup, guided the Sharks to third in the 2014 Super Rugby season having led Australia's ACT Brumbies to the final the previous year. "The time is right for Jake to free himself up for any international coaching ...

Former champ Ferrer out of Japan open in first round TOKYO: Marcel Granollers knocked fellow Spaniard and former champion David Ferrer out of the Japan Open in a first-round upset on Monday 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.The win over the tournament's second seed was the first for Granollers in six meetings with his compatriot, ranked fifth in the world.The early loss is a blow to Ferrer's chances as he fights to qualify for one of five remaining spots at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in November ...

Indian middleweight slams new scoring system INCHEON: Indian middleweight boxer Vikas Krishan reached the last eight Monday at the Asian Games and then aimed a knockout blow at the controversial new scoring system."I feel good, but boxing has gone into regression," Krishan told AFP after beating Kyrgyzstan's Azamat Kanybek Uulu on points."We are not able to get the scores so we are not able to change our game because we don't know if we are up or down."Krishan won the gold ...

Faldo questions Mickelson criticism of Watson LONDON: Nick Faldo accused Phil Mickelson of "throwing the captain under the bus" with his outspoken criticism of United States skipper Tom Watson following the team's Ryder Cup defeat by Europe.No sooner had the US been well-beaten by 16 1/2 points to 11 1/2 at Scotland's Gleneagles course on Sunday, then senior US team member Mickelson contrasted Watson's approach unfavourably with that of Paul Azinger, who was the last victorious American captain back in 2008.But ...


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