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American Lipsky eyes ticket home with Malaysia win KUALA LUMPUR: Asian Tour Order of Merit leader David Lipsky has already secured European Tour playing privileges this year but the American is eyeing an even grander ticket to his home PGA Tour at this week's CIMB Classic in Malaysian.The 26-year-old Californian made the most of the Asian Tour's co-sanctioning tie ups to seal a European circuit card until the end of 2016 with victory in Switzerland last month at the European Masters.The lucrative win rocketed him to the top of the regional money list and helped book one of the 10 spots for Asian Tour players at the U.S. PGA Tour's $7 million CIMB Classic which begins on Thursday and offers an even greater prize.The $1.26 million winner's cheque would all but end the annual earnings race in Asia but the two-year exemption on the world's most prestigious and lucrative tour would be far more valuable."Being from the United ...

FIFA fully supports 2018 World Cup in Russia: Blatter MOSCOW: World football boss Sepp Blatter said Tuesday that FIFA categorically backs Russia's staging of the 2018 World Cup and praised its preparations."FIFA unconditionally supports the staging of the World Cup by Russia," he told the R-Sport news agency in comments translated into Russian.Diplomatic sources said last month that European nations were discussing a British-backed plan to boycott President Vladimir Putin's showpiece staging of the World Cup because of the conflict in eastern Ukraine."A boycott ...
Manly release Watmough, sign Mason, Mateo and Vave SYDNEY: The Manly Sea Eagles Tuesday released Anthony Watmough from his contract, after accepting his request to be released early as they signed Willie Mason, Feleti Mateo and Siosaia Vave for next season.Head coach Geoff Toovey said the Australian National Rugby League club was "disappointed to lose a quality player", as local media reported that Watmough was believed to be in final talks with rival team the Parramatta Eels."He has been an integral part of ...
'Daddy' Stenson pulls out of BMW Masters SHANGHAI: The European Tour's flagship event in China suffered a new blow Tuesday when it was confirmed that Henrik Stenson had withdrawn after the birth of his third child.The $7 million BMW Masters, which begins at Lake Malaren on Thursday, was already reeling from world number one Rory McIlroy's decision last week to pull out.It lost another of its big stars in the Swede, who last year won both the USPGA Tour's Fedex Cup and ...
Wallabies are not sexists, says Phipps LONDON: Wallaby scrum-half Nick Phipps has insisted the Australia rugby union squad are not a bunch of sexists following the fall-out caused by Kurtley Beale's offensive text message to a female team official.Last week a disciplinary tribunal found Beale guilty of sending an offensive picture message to Wallaby team business manager Di Patston, who resigned as a result of the fall-out from the incident, and fined him $Aus45,000 ($38,500).However, Beale was not suspended, meaning he ...
Austin powers QPR to crucial victory LONDON: Charlie Austin eased the pressure on Harry Redknapp as the QPR forward struck twice to lift his side off the bottom of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday.Redknapp's side secured just their second victory of the season, and their first since August, thanks to the predatory finishing of Austin, who netted in either half to see off lacklustre Villa at Loftus Road. Austin's heroics ended QPR's three-match losing ...
Durant's cryptic tweet stirs up Wizards fans WASHINGTON: For a cyber-minute on Monday, a cryptic tweet from NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant had Thunder fans wondering and Wizards fans hoping."Just wait on it," the Oklahoma City superstar tweeted in response to a Twitter post by ESPN reporter Britt McHenry.She said she'd like to see Durant in a commercial similar to a heart-tugging Beats headphone ad chronicling NBA great LeBron James' return this season to his native Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers ...


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