Slammers owner expects big crowds

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Asiad shorts

Princess superal.
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No Pardew crisis talks

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Disposition looks hard to beat

Comments courtesy of The Australian Associated Press

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Balotelli must deliver to repay Rodgers' faith

BLIND FAITH? Mario Balotelli (left) has yet to show he is capable of filling the giant gap left by Luis Suarez's departure, but Red boss Brendan Rodgers (right) has persisted with the Italian.

When Brendan Rodgers signed Mario Balotelli, he admitted he was taking a risk. The Liverpool manager had no idea what he was letting himself in for. Balotelli could write his boss' obituary.

Rodgers claimed he wasn't desperate. He was diligent. He researched Balotelli's colourful career and believed he had the insight to succeed where every other manager - and Balotelli's family at times - had failed.

Tomorrow morning's (Singapore time) Champions League encounter against FC Basel may prove if the Italian was a risk worth taking or a scathing indictment of a cockeyed transfer policy governed by hubris.

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Great way to play tennis

Li Na.
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Miss Mee? Famous Lavender wonton mee stall moves to nearby coffeeshop

PATIENT: The waiting time for each customer at Kok Kee Wanton Noodles yesterday was about 25 minutes.
PATIENT: The waiting time for each customer at Kok Kee Wanton Noodles yesterday was about 25 minutes.

This wonton noodle stall is no stranger to long queues.

During lunch hours, the wait for a bowl of noodles can last up till 45 minutes.

With Lavender Food Square stopping operations yesterday , it would be the last day of work for Kok Kee Wanton Noodles too.

But for patrons who think that they have missed their last chance to eat at the stall, fret not, as it might be relocating to a nearby coffee shop.

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Tags: Lavendar, food and wonton

Herrera blow for United

Midfielder suffers fractured rib but van Persie says 'frightening' attack will strike fear into opponents

DEADLINE NOT SET: Ander Herrera (in red) will be out for the foreseeable future, after the midfielder suffered a fractured rib against West Ham last Saturday.
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Give Schooling a stern warning, and let's change how we handle our athletes

IN HOT WATER: Schooling (above), Ho and Teo allegedly returned to the Games Village drunk on Saturday morning.
IN HOT WATER: Schooling, Ho (above) and Teo allegedly returned to the Games Village drunk on Saturday morning.
IN HOT WATER: Schooling, Ho and Teo (above) allegedly returned to the Games Village drunk on Saturday morning.

He trained to be in peak form to take on some of the world’s best butterfly sprinters at the Commonwealth Games in July.

And delivered silver in the 100m fly in Glasgow in July.

He recharged quickly, returned to the pool and worked hard through a much shorter but possibly even more intense programme, to get ready to take on the continent’s best butterfly sprinters at the Asian Games in South Korea.

Once more, Joseph Schooling delivered, this time with medals in all three butterfly disciplines — gold in the 100 metres, silver in the 50m and bronze in the 200m.

His parents Colin and May may be nervous after it was reported yesterday that their 19-year-old son had returned to the Athletes Village in Incheon drunk on Saturday morning after a night out hours after the swimming programme had ended at the Asian Games.

They will wonder over any fallout, and any possible major distraction as he continues to work towards glory at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Chef de mission Jessie Phua said in a statement that an investigation will be opened once the Games are over on Oct 4.

There are some questions over how the whole incident has been handled - why was it not nipped in the bud and handled on Saturday, and why did it only come to light more than 48 hours later, and only through back channels?

It also throws up question marks over the strategy employed by Team Singapore officials to handle and take care of our athletes.

As for the errant trio, I believe Schooling, Roanne Ho and Teo Zhen Ren deserve only a stern warning for leaving the village without permission.

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It hits 2 men before plunge

LOST CONTROL: The lorry plunged into a canal just as it was about to turn into Eunos Link from Bedok Reservoir Road.
LOST CONTROL: The lorry plunged into a canal just as it was about to turn into Eunos Link from Bedok Reservoir Road.
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