Win a hotel staycation

Mark the date - Oct 7.

There's no love lost between the national football teams of Singapore and Malaysia, and the two arch-rivals will renew their rivalry when they lock horns in the Causeway Challenge at the National Stadium.

In partnership with the Football Association of Singapore, The New Paper is offering readers the chance to win attractive prizes ahead of the big clash.

Answer a simple question and stand a chance to win a two-day, one-night staycation worth $500 at a four-star hotel in the city.

The grand-prize winner will also receive a pair of Cat 1 match tickets, two Singapore national team jerseys, two scarves and two clappers and stress balls.

Five consolation prizes are also up for grabs for readers who correctly answer the question.

They will receive a pair of Cat 1 match tickets, two Singapore national team jerseys, two scarves and two clappers and stress balls.

Winners can also look forward to a 15-minute meet-and-greet session with national coach V Sundramoorthy and selected players at the Geylang Training Field on Oct 5.

QUESTION:

Name the two teams who will play in the Causeway Challenge at the National Stadium on Oct 7.

E-mail your answer with your full name, I/C number (last four digits without the alphabet) and contact details to npsports@sph.com.sg by 6pm on Sunday.

Winners will be picked in a random draw and notified to collect their prizes.

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One team, one unit

Clarke makes call for camaraderie as Europe seek fourth straight triumph

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'Let's go crush these guys'

Love taps on rah-rah style of American football coaches to rally US team

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Jasmine finishes with women's Masters bronze

Senior bowler wins Masters bronze to emerge as Republic's best performer

I tried to make shots as best as I could, but I guess I was too slow to make adjustments on the lane, and I will learn from that. - Singapore bowler Jasmine Yeong- Nathan (above) on her loss to South Korea’s Jung Da Wun in the first stage of the stepladder finals

Jasmine Yeong-Nathan is Singapore's best bowler at the Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships in Hong Kong, which ended yesterday.

She came in seventh in the women's singles, fifth in the doubles and had the highest six-game average in her team, as Singapore clinched a bronze in the team event on Monday.

Yesterday, the 27-year-old finished in style with a bronze in the women's Masters, after she lost 224-177 to South Korea's Jung Da Wun in the first stage of the step-ladder finals.

Jung then beat teammate Baek Seung Ja 440-364 to win the gold.

Of her match with Jung, Yeong-Nathan said: "I tried to make shots as best as I could, but I guess I was too slow to make adjustments on the lane, and I will learn from that."

Yeong-Nathan finished eighth in the All Events - an accumulation of individual scores of the singles, doubles, trios and team events - and was joined in the Masters finals on Tuesday by teammates Daphne Tan and Joey Yeo, who were ninth and 15th on the list respectively.

Yeong-Nathan was fifth after the first block of eight games on long oil on Tuesday, while Yeo was second behind Baek.

Yesterday's second block of eight games was played on medium oil, which the Singapore team have struggled in previous events in this tournament.

But Yeong-Nathan found her groove, scoring 1,711 pins to propel her to third with a combined 3,519, with a high-game of 277 in her second game.

Baek topped the pool of 16 with 3,794, while Jung was second with 3,571.

Yeo finished fifth (3,410 pins) while Tan was 14th (3,249).

On the team's performance in the whole tournament, assistant national coach Clara Lau said: "They gave their best and definitely learnt together from their experience in the last 10 or 11 days... They went away each day learning more in terms of strategies and game plans."

YEAR-ENDER

Yeong-Nathan's results in Hong Kong will put her in contention for a spot in the year-ending World Singles Championships in Qatar, where each country can send a maximum of two men and two women.

Competition for the two women's places would be high though, with Bernice Lim, Cherie Tan and New Hui Fen all winning titles on the US Professional Women's Bowling Association circuit this year.

Yeong-Nathan said: "The girls have had a fantastic year this year and I don't know that much about selection, but I am sure whoever gets selected eventually would be a strong one capable of medalling."

Strength in depth

Pochettino delighted with the quality of his squad in absence of key players

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0 to 1

A significant statistic for Juve striker Dybala

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Rested Ronaldo back in the groove

After being substituted in last game, Ronaldo dances with joy in the next

VICTORY JIG: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo's (above) goal against Borussia Dortmund that calls for a celebration.

GROUP F

BORUSSIA DORTMUND 2

(Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 43, 
Andre Schuerrle 87)

REAL MADRID 2

(Cristiano Ronaldo 17, Raphael Varane 68)

Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't do apologies. They are unbecoming of his status.

Gods, after all, are never wrong.

But the brief handshake at least offered a begrudging acceptance that his manager might have had a point after all.

Ronaldo shook Zinedine Zidane's hand after scoring Real Madrid's opening goal yesterday morning (Singapore time).

VICTORY JIG: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo's goal against Borussia Dortmund that calls for a celebration. PHOTO: AFP

The riveting Champions League encounter ended 2-2, with Borussia Dortmund snatching a late equaliser, but a rest had clearly worked wonders.

A recharged Ronaldo offers Real more than a fading freak of nature.

The monarch of Madrid is slowly morphing into a semi-regular person.

But, if Ronaldo is learning that to err is human, it can still be divine.

He savoured his most accomplished and sustained performance of the season, scoring an excellent first goal and providing a sumptuous assist for the second.

More importantly, he completed the 90 minutes, something that can no longer be taken for granted.

The 31-year-old was substituted at Las Palmas at the weekend and retaliated by shouting and allegedly swearing at Zidane.

Real's unflappable coach brushed off the exchange, as if he was removing dandruff from a blazer.

Besides, he was right. If the night belonged to Ronaldo, vindication belonged to Zidane.

His new "rest and recuperate" approach, which led to Ronaldo coming off 20 minutes early in Las Palmas, energised the ageing thoroughbred.

The winger's lacklustre trudging in La Liga gave way to a sprightly gallop in the Champions League.

Not every endeavour came off. He was lucky to get away with a handball that denied an obvious goal-scoring opportunity for Dortmund and he lost the ball to the impressive Ousmane Dembele in a dangerous position.

HANDSHAKE

But Ronaldo was occupying the left-back position at the time. He started the contest as a nominal left winger. He was all over the place, tracking back and making tackles.

His goal and assist were celebrated with teammates, both on the pitch and in the dugout, rather than with himself and a cluster of grateful photographers.

Most of all, there was the handshake, an acknowledgement of their respectful relationship and perhaps even Ronaldo's evolving relationship within the team.

His skills must be deployed more judiciously because he plays only one way, fast and furiously. He's a predator, not Andrea Pirlo.

There's no semi-retirement home waiting for him in front of the back four.

His explosiveness, his very existence on a football field, depends upon his physicality. Push-ups and pull-ups can hold off the body fat, but not the 32 candles on his next birthday cake.

To continue his scoring form - he volleyed home his 17th goal in 18 games against German opposition - Ronaldo might see his number on the subs' board more often.

Zidane's intelligent use of his prized asset becomes more critical when examined in conjunction with Real's alarming defensive frailties. 

Without the injured Casemiro, Real have dropped points - and conceded soft goals - in three consecutive games.

Ironically, pre-season target Julian Weigl now plays the Casemiro role at Dortmund, babysitting the back four and offering the dependable cover missing at Real.

Toni Kroos and Luka Modric's attacking attributes are obvious, but neither is renowned for his defensive strengths. Ronaldo popped up at left-back with good reason.

Real failed to reinforce in pre-season. No back-up for Casemiro was signed and options remain limited.

As the club are now banned from registering new players until January 2018, Zidane's defensive problems are acute, particularly in goal.

NERVOUS NAVAS

Against Dortmund, Keylor Navas didn't look like a Real Madrid goalkeeper. At times, he didn't look like a goalkeeper.

His farcically weak punch of a routine free-kick gifted Dortmund a first goal and his poor handling throughout always threatened a second.

Clean sheets appear unlikely at Real Madrid. Outscoring the opposition currently looks the most viable option, which makes Ronaldo's role all the more pivotal.

As he approaches the twilight of his career, his performances must be managed and his ego carefully massaged, because it's a real mess in defence.

It feels good not to have lost after being behind twice in the match. But we feel we can do even better.

— Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel

When you concede three minutes from the end it hurts, especially given the effort the players put in. But it is not a bad result. It is a difficult place to come against a good team, but I am very proud.

— Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane

'An error of judgment'

Allardyce admits his mistake but adds that 'entrapment has won'

FACING REALITY: Sam Allardyce talking to the media outside his home in Bolton yesterday, before leaving for an overseas break.
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5 even shorter coaching stints

Sam Allardyce left his post as England manager 67 days after his appointment yesterday.

Here, AFP Sports looks at five other managers whose reigns lasted 
an even shorter space 
of time.

Steve Bruce - Wigan (55 days)

Ironically the front runner among bookmakers for the England vacancy, the former Manchester United skipper didn't dally long at Wigan. He took charge for eight games in 2009 at the Second Division side but after a play-off loss, he left to join Crystal Palace.

Alan Shearer - Newcastle (51)

The Newcastle legend, who did not have managerial experience, could not save his beloved club from relegation in the 2008/09 EPL season. "I am hurting. I am raw, I take my share of the blame I thought I could save them in those eight games," he said.

Brian Clough - Leeds United (44)

Took over at Leeds after Don Revie became the England boss. The strong character clashed with similar individuals at Leeds. He left after just one win in seven games, before going on to lead Nottingham Forest to two European Cup victories.

Jorg Berger - Arminia Bielefeld (5)

A former East German national youth-team handler who had fled to West Germany in 1979. He was called up to literally the last chance saloon for Bielefeld's final game of the season and a relegation decider. They drew and it was not enough to save them, nor him.

Marcelo Bielsa - Lazio (2)

The Argentinian agreed to take over at Lazio in June this year, but backed out just 48 hours later, because he claimed that the club, who had released 18 players from last season, broke their promise of signing at least four new players before July 5. - Wire Services.

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