History fires Garcia's passion in Ryder Cup

SEASONED CAMPAIGNER: Sergio Garcia will be playing in his seventh Ryder Cup come tomorrow.
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Europe's big Ryder Cup hope McIlroy in awe of Fergie

A RED DEVILS' FAN: Rory McIlroy (above) will hope to perform better than his favourite football team Manchester United, who are currently in 12th spot in the 20-team English Premier League.

Rory McIlroy is the world's No. 1 golfer, a four-time Major winner, multi-millionaire and the focal point of Europe's Ryder Cup team, but he was like a wide-eyed schoolboy in the presence of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The all-conquering Scot, who led United to 13 English Premier League titles and a host of other trophies in his 26½ years at Old Trafford, gave the team a pep-talk on Tuesday night and McIlroy, a United fan, said it was the highlight of his week.

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Qatar quits basketball over headscarf ban

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The rise of Palestine

FIGHTING SPIRIT: Palestine (in red) playing against Singapore in a first-round match.
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Ticket target within reach

Korean official says goal is to reach sales figure of $43 million

POPULAR: A packed audience during the badminton competition at the Gyeyang gymnasium (above).
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Mongolian mum bags historic shooting gold

Narantuya Chuluunbadrakh
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No medals, but on target

Shooters medal basket still empty, 
but Phua says they are making strides

Jasmine Ser.
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Surprise silver-finish for S'pore bowler

"This medal means a lot to me, since the Asian Games is something special and I didn’t have a good outing in this event at the last Games (in Guangzhou in 2010)." - Bowler Jazreel Tan (above), who came in second in the women’s singles.
Jazreel Tan.

With a five-game average of 204.2 pinfalls, bowler Jazreel Tan knew she had to go big in her sixth and final game in the Asian Games women's singles event to make the podium.

She duly delivered with a 256, the highest score for that game, for a 1,277-pinfall total to clinch the silver medal.

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Schooling's roll of honour

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Asian Games swim star Schooling believes he can beat the best

WELL DONE, JO: Joseph Schooling celebrating after clinching the 100m butterfly gold yesterday.
WELL DONE, SON: Joseph Schooling's father Colin gives him a peck on the cheek as mum May looks on.

He stood on the podium at the Munhak Park Tae-Hwan Aquatics Center, wearing Singapore red and a confident smile, as he struggled to adjust the medal to make it sit as it should around his neck.

Joseph Schooling had just won gold in the men's 100m butterfly at the Incheon Asian Games, touching the wall in 51.76 seconds, ahead of China's Li Zhuhao (51.91) and Japan's Hirofumi Ikebata (52.08). 

In one swoop, the 19-year-old rewrote two marks: His win was Singapore's first Asiad gold in men's swimming since Ang Peng Siong's 100m freestyle gold at the 1982 New Delhi Games; and his time, an Asian Games record. 

"I was tightening up at the end, but if someone wanted to run me down, they would have to die trying. I believed that I could win," Schooling said after his win.

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