Can Singapore avoid the wooden spoon?

Singapore midfielder Ashriq Ferdaus (above, left)

Based on the official rankings, the Singapore men’s hockey team will head into their final match of the FIH World League Round 2 against Mexico tomorrow as favourites.

But, after a grim campaign, one wonders if the hosts can pick up the pieces in the play-off for 7th/8th and avoid the wooden spoon.

The Republic, world No. 37, fell 3-0 to Bangladesh at the Sengkang Stadium yesterday, their fifth defeat in a row.

Solomon Casoojee’s men were humiliated 16-1 by neighbours Malaysia on Tuesday night in a Pool A, and in all they’ve conceded a whopping 32 goals, while only scoring four times.

The Mexicans, ranked 39th in the world, could prove a tough obstacle.

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Singapore expected to surpass 50-gold milestone

SIGNING CEREMONY: The Singapore National Olympic Council extends a 42-year partnership with apparel sponsors Yonex, a deal that will last until the 2020 Olympic Games. (Clockwise from near left) Director of Sunrise, Jimmy Seth, Sunrise's head of group business development Harinder Garga, SNOC secretary- general Chris Chan and Minister for Manpower and SNOC president Tan Chuan-Jin.

Singapore's swimmer Joseph Schooling on his way to winning the gold in the 200m butterfly at the 27th South-east Asia (SEA) Games held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar on 16 December 2013.

Singapore's athletes reached the 50-gold medal milestone when the Republic hosted the 28th South-east Asia (SEA) Games in 1993.

It remains the country’s biggest haul of gold medals in history, and when the region’s biggest multi-sport event finally returns here this June, many believe that milestone will be comfortably surpassed.

Much will be expected from sports like swimming, sailing, shooting and table tennis. The Republic’s bowlers, fencers and wushu exponents can also be counted on to deliver find a golden seam.

Many in this football-mad nation dream of a first gold in the event in this edition of the Games, which will be extra special because it will be played in front of “home” fans.  

As the clock ticks down to the Games, the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) is keeping a close eye on the various National Sports Associations (NSA).

According to SNOC secretary general, Chris Chan, they have already conducted a few “progress checks” across various sports, with one more to go soon.

Chan said the signs have been encouraging, and predicted NSAs would face a good selection headache ahead of the Games.

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Shaw holds the key to the Woodlands Classic Stakes

REAL CLOSE: In Fact (No. 10) going down by a narrow margin to Longines Singapore Gold Cup winner Quechua in the Group 3 New Year Cup on Jan 1.
"He pulled up very well after his last race and I expect him to run well again this Sunday... Even though his rating is still a bit low, the Derby is the race I’ve set for him and I have no doubt he’ll run in the Derby."- Trainer Patrick Shaw (above), on In Fact
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Iraq spot on

2007 champions set up semi-final date with South Korea but Iran coach Queiroz fumes over sending-off

MARATHON SHOOT-OUT: Iraqi players celebrating after beating a Carlos Queiroz -led Iran 7-6 on spot-kicks.
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'We were the better team'

Aguirre rues missed chances as defending champions crash out

ENTHRALLING GAME: UAE players (above) celebrating their first Asian Cup semi-final appearance since 1996, at the expense of defending champions Japan (in blue), after superstars Keisuke Honda (No. 4) and Shinji Kagawa (No. 10) missed their spot-kicks.
ENTHRALLING GAME: UAE players celebrating their first Asian Cup semi-final appearance since 1996, at the expense of defending champions Japan (in blue), after superstars Keisuke Honda (No. 4, above) and Shinji Kagawa (No. 10) missed their spot-kicks.
ENTHRALLING GAME: UAE players celebrating their first Asian Cup semi-final appearance since 1996, at the expense of defending champions Japan (in blue), after superstars Keisuke Honda (No. 4) and Shinji Kagawa (No. 10, above) missed their spot-kicks.
ENTHRALLING GAME: UAE players celebrating their first Asian Cup semi-final appearance since 1996, at the expense of defending champions Japan (in blue), after superstars Keisuke Honda (No. 4) and Shinji Kagawa (No. 10) missed their spot-kicks.
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Man City to play big guns

Pellegrini has no plans to rest star players against high-flying Boro

NOT SERIOUS: Frank Lampard is expected to play despite sustaining an injury in Man City's friendly against Hamburg.
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Schuerrle, Salah staying at Blues

Mourinho says there will be no January moves at Chelsea as he plans to start second-stringers against Bradford

NO GO: Andre Schuerrle and Mohamed Salah (above) are not leaving unless there is a phenomenal offer.
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