M'cyclist run over

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Obama outlines ISIS battle plan

US plans to expand military operations in bid to destroy Islamic State jihadists

BACKING: A woman showing support for her sons, who have volunteered to join the Iraqi army in its fight against the Islamic State.
ARMED: A fighter from the Islamic State manning an anti-aircraft gun mounted on the rear of a vehicle.
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Ghost steals it from go to whoa

ALL THE WAY: Ghost (No. 7), with BM Sharul in the saddle, holding off the challenge of Alexandra Palace.
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S.League a crucial piece of the jigsaw, says Sivaji

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Time for updates in Singapore football

THRASHING: The Under-21 players lost all their matches at the Hassanal Bolkiah Tournament in Brunei last month.

From the LionsXII in Malaysia's club competitions, to the core of the national Under-23 side, the S.League's Courts Young Lions, right down to the U-21 side and the Singapore women's team, developmental teams have had a poor run this year. 

A report in The New Paper last week wondered if it was time for changes in the Singapore football pipeline, a pertinent question, especially when the domestic league continues to struggle to capture the imagination of the country. 

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) will have its annual general meeting today, when two men, deputy presidents Bernard Tan and Edwin Tong, will perhaps start to play a bigger role, with Tan widely tipped to take over incumbent president Zainudin Nordin next year, writes SHAMIR OSMAN. 

Ahead of a new year for the FAS and Singapore football, and a big one at that, TNP speaks to former technical directors, managers and administrators, who give their take on what ails the sport and how the sport can reboot. 

Read the full report in our print edition on Sept 12.

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'Don't doubt FAS'

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Devils will rise again

Scholes believes van Gaal's side will soar after spending spree

PLAY ANGEL ON WINGS: United icon Paul Scholes (above) believes Angel di Maria is most effective on the flanks, not in the centre.
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Dancing debs is in rattling form


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They're worn, but not out

McIlroy believes Mickelson and Woods still have plenty to offer, even as they grapple with getting older

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy.
Phil Mickelson.
Tiger Woods.
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Ramsey doubtful against champions

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