Singapore guineas Chase

IN THE NICK OF TIME: Chase (No. 8) getting up in the last few strides to beat Mr Fantastic (No. 9) in Race 3 at Kranji on Sunday.
Matthew Kellady.
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'I believe we can do it'

Mourinho confident of title triumph, Terry lauds Blues' character

GOAL: Chelsea striker Loic Remy (centre) watching as his shot beats Hull City goalkeeper Allan McGregor. 

Jose Mourinho.
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Injured Lallana pulls out of England squad

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FA to review Skrtel's 'stamp' on de Gea

HEATED: David de Gea confronts Martin Skrtel after the Slovakian's apparent stamp on the Man United goalkeeper (above).
HEATED: David de Gea (in green) confronts Martin Skrtel (right) after the Slovakian's apparent stamp on the Man United goalkeeper.
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Gerrard's swansong season going all wrong

Steven Gerrard.

The talisman is no more. With one act of sheer mindlessness, Steven Gerrard's days as Liverpool's talisman and saviour officially ended on Sunday.

It has been a long time coming.

Indeed, until recently, many at Anfield refused to contemplate the day when his influence would finally wane.

Poetically, it was Manchester United, Liverpool's fiercest foes who were witnesses to the outgoing Reds captain's downfall.

This should have been the first of Gerrard's fitting final hurrahs.

After coming on at the start of the second half, a crunching challenge on Juan Mata was a perfect tonic for the Kop after witnessing their side, by Brendan Rodgers' own admission, fail to make a tackle during a lethargic first-half performance.

The intensity of this occasion has rarely consumed him but, laced with chants by United fans aligning his slip against Chelsea last season with Liverpool missing out on the English Premier League title, he lost his head.

Forty-three seconds was the margin between his moments of genius and insanity.

Read the full report in our print edition on March 24.

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Frenetic race to the finish line

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Neil Humphreys: Fellaini and Mata finally come good for United

Juan Mata.
Marouane Fellaini.

Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata once represented the failings of a coaching clown.

David Moyes was accused of bringing makeweights to Manchester United.

Fellaini arrived with an afro. Mata arrived in a helicopter. Both looked ridiculous, reports Neil Humphreys. 

The Belgian was soon dismissed as a clueless artisan among fading artists, all hustle and muscle with no finesse.

The Spaniard was considered damaged goods. Jose Mourinho had sold Moyes a dummy.

Against Liverpool on Sunday, they were United’s best performers in a thoroughly deserved 2-1 win. 

A few good Moyes men had saved Louis van Gaal’s bad signings, just as they had against Tottenham.

Fellaini rediscovered his brutish, often brilliant, Everton game as Mata discovered an unexpected tenacity to convince their suspicious manager.

Circumstances beyond their control offered a shot at redemption and they took it. The door was opened by others, but they stood tall and walked through.

Read the full report in our print edition on March 24. 

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Two S'poreans nabbed in Moldova for match fixing

CAUGHT: The two unidentified Singaporeans were arrested last Saturday for alleged match-fixing.
CAUGHT: The two unidentified Singaporeans were arrested last Saturday for alleged match-fixing.

If may appear that Singaporeans are again involved in the international football match fixing.

Apparently, Moldovan football had been targeted by two Singaporeans who are alleged match fixers, judging by a report published by Moldova-based ProTV Chisinau on March 21.

The two unnamed Singaporeans were said to have offered 50,000 euros ($75,000) in bribes to local football administrators so that their youth team would lose by a three-goal difference to a Belgian team.

The men are being held for 30 days by anti-corruption investigators.

Read the full report in our print edition on March 24.

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M'sia taxi fare hike goes ahead

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Attacked with Taser guns and bike locks

Three friends robbed after car breaks down in Petaling Jaya

BRUTAL: One of the victims needed 17 stitches after being beaten with a motorcycle lock.
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