Flood 'tourists' causing jams

STUCK: Massive traffic jam in Jalan Padang Garong, in Kota Baru, Kelantan yesterday.
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New national swim coach Lopez gets down to work

GETTING FAMILIAR: At his first training session, swim coach Sergio Lopez (above) was just trying to know the kids. 



It was his first time working with Singapore's swimmers at a pool yesterday, and new national coach Sergio Lopez was happy enough.

The 46-year-old Spaniard held his first session with 18 swimmers from the National Training Centre squad at the OCBC Aquatic Centre at the Singapore Sports Hub.

Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) vice-president Joscelin Yeo had sent out an invite to 59 carded athletes last month to join the national training squad and 35 applications were received.

The SSA will add 10 more swimmers to the squad next Thursday to make it a 33-strong training team.

Amanda Lim, Darren Chua and Hannah Quek, who are already in the team, will be allowed to train with their clubs for the South-east Asia (SEA) Games here in June, the only time swimmers from the outfit will be given this dispensation.

A swimmer's place in the squad will be reviewed every December.

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Cavaliers stand by coach Blatt

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Ethan does it Becker's way

Unseeded 13-year-old storms to junior tennis title in Sydney

"I still have a long way to go, but I’m putting in as much effort and hours as I can on the court to get better." - Ethan Lye (above)
"I still have a long way to go, but I’m putting in as much effort and hours as I can on the court to get better." - Ethan Lye (above)
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Clippers star Griffin: Spurs are still favourites for NBA title

"The Spurs, you have to give them respect. They’ve been there multiple years. There’s been times when people wrote them off, said that they couldn’t do it any more, but they always found a way." - Blake Griffin (above)

After a chaotic off-season fuelled by the racist remarks made by former owner Donald Sterling, all eyes were on the Los Angeles Clippers when the 2014/2015 NBA season kicked off.

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer bought the club for a reported US$2 billion ($2.7b) last August, and the Clippers are doing well as the season approaches the All-Star break, and the halfway point of the season.

With 23 wins and 11 losses, they are in sixth spot in  the Western Conference and are on course for the play-offs. 

The Clippers are regarded as one of the teams capable of knocking off the San Antonio Spurs as NBA champions. 

The limping Spurs are one spot behind (21-14), but — speaking at a media roundtable on Monday — Clippers’ All-Star Blake Griffin insisted that San Antonio remained the team to beat.

Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 6. 

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Cruyff: LVG has no right to complain about fixtures

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'I want to win a title'

Van Gaal pleased with unbeaten run as he seeks to end United's 11-year FA Cup drought

SENSATIONAL EFFORT: Ander Herrera (in red) scoring Man United's first goal against Yeovil Town on Sunday.
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Neil Humphreys: Arsenal have a new weapon - speed

SPEED DEMONS: Arsenal forward line comprising (in red) Alexis Sanchez, Joel Campbell and Theo Walcott is among the fastest in the EPL.
SPEED DEMONS: Arsenal forward line comprising (in red) Alexis Sanchez, Joel Campbell and Theo Walcott is among the fastest in the EPL.
SPEED DEMONS: Arsenal forward line comprising (in red) Alexis Sanchez, Joel Campbell and Theo Walcott is among the fastest in the EPL.

Liverpool have it on one flank, Manchester City have it in small pockets and Manchester United don't really have it at all.

But the Gunners suddenly have it all over their forward line.

Arsene Wenger's men are a bright, blurred vision of blistering pace.

For the first time this season, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez shared the same pitch and issued a captivating statement of attacking intent.

Back in May, Hull faced Arsenal in the FA Cup final and were unlucky to lose.

Yesterday morning (Singapore time), they were lucky to lose only 2-0.

In Sanchez, the Gunners have a forward with no cruise control. He's Jeremy Clarkson in an Arsenal jersey. He performs only in top gear.

In Walcott, the Gunners have a forward with a point to prove and pace to burn. He's playing catch-up. He won't take long.

Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 06.

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Newitt scores on Olympic Anthem

SMART DEBUT WINNER: Newcomer Olympic Anthem beating Good News (No. 3) to give jockey Craig Newitt his first win of the new 2015 season in Race 9 at Kranji on Sunday.
Craig Newitt.
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Sunday’s Singapore Stipendiary Stewards’ Report Highlights

CLOSE CONTEST: 
Lign Em Up getting the better of Tme Odyssey (No. 12) after a tense battle in the straight in Race 4 at Kranji on Sunday.
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