Nunes gets Storm Trooper home in style

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Alviz can be on song

Tampines coach Sundram confident newly-signed Croatian midfielder can fill the boots of injured Mitrovic

IMPRESSED: Stags coach Sundram likes how Roberto Alviz (above) performed for DPMM last season.
IMPRESSED: Stags coach Sundram likes how Roberto Alviz (above) performed for DPMM last season.
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SEA Games is Courts Young Lions' target

GUNNING FOR GOLD: 
(From right) Striker Shahfiq Ghani, coach Aide Iskandar, goalkeeper Syazwan Buhari and defender Al-Qaasimy Abdul Rahman are aiming to win Singapore's first football title in June's SEA Games.

Player development is the overarching philosophy behind the Courts Young Lions but, even with that mantra in mind, the 2015 Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League season will be a distinctly different one for the team. 

The South-east Asia (SEA) Games, to be hosted by Singapore in June - and not results in the league - will be the sole target of Aide Iskandar's side that are effectively the national Under-23 team. 

"What's important, is the SEA Games. We must be tactful, we don't want to be going for results (in the league), and end up fatigued during the SEA Games - that's crucial," Aide told The New Paper, on the sidelines of the launch of the Young Lions' 2015 S.League season yesterday. 

The football competition at the SEA Games is an Under-23 affair, and the team are gunning to win Singapore's first-ever gold medal in the sport.

Read the full report in our print edition on Feb 28. Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at http://bit.ly/tnpeshop.

Ex-United striker Cole to inspire Young Lions for SEA Games

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Aussie journalist held in Indonesia

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LionsXII's reserve goalkeeper Khairulhin to step in for injured Izwan

His last start for the LionsXII came two seasons ago, when they fell 2-0 to Kelantan in the last Malaysian Super League game of the season in Kota Baru.

But goalkeeper Khairulhin Khalid was full of confidence at the prospect of starting tonight’s Malaysia FA Cup match against PB Melayu Kedah at the Darul Aman Stadium in Alor Setar tonight.

The 23-year-old will be stepping in between the posts for an injured Izwan Mahbud against a side that were formed in 2012 and ply their trade in the third-tier FAM League.

Affectionately known as Khai (right), the player said: “I am excited and looking forward to the game. I am confident that I’ll put on a good show.”

“Afiq, Madhu and I played well together in the Maldives during pre-season, and I am sure they will guide me throughout the game,” he added, referring to centre backs Afiq Yunos and Madhu Mohana.

Read the full report in our print edition on Feb 28.

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Boost for youth development

SBA outsources age-group tournaments and aims to widen talent pool

TALENT: Promising shuttlers such as Ryan Ng (above) have come through the previous youth tournament structure, which the Singapore Badminton Association is revamping this year.
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Messy McIlroy

World No. 1 struggles to 
a 73 in his 
first US PGA Tour start of the season

SILVER LINING: Rory McIlroy (above) is not too disappointed with his effort coming off a three-weak break and tough conditions.
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Table tennis competition for veterans

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Jail, fine for HK woman who abused maid

BEATEN: Ms Erwiana Sulistyaningsih (middle), a former Indonesian maid in Hong Kong, joins hands with supporters as she arrives at the district court yesterday.
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