PETALING JAYA: A delayed start in the All-England have brought contrasting fortunes for Malaysia in the mixed doubles department. Independent shuttlers Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying ( pic ) shrugged off rustiness to beat world No. 81 Mathias Thyrri-Mai Surrow of Denmark 21-23,21-15,21-12 in a first round battle that lasted 63 minutes at the Arena Birmingham. Peng Soon-Liu Ying face Thailand’s Nipitphon Phuangphuapet-Benyapa Aimsaard next and if they win, they should set up a last eight clash against recently-crowned Swiss Open champions Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue of France. Unlike Peng Soon-Liu Ying, world No. 11 Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie made it a forgettable trip when they went down 19-21,16-21 to world No. 34 Sam Magee-Chloe Magee of Ireland to mark one of their worst defeats. The last time they lost to opponents ranked outside top 30 was against world No. 217 Wang Zekang-Li Yinhui of China at the Australian Open in May 2018. Soon Huat-Shevon, who made the … [Read more...] about Chan-Goh scrape through but it’s all over for men’s doubles
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NORWICH, England (Reuters) - Championship leaders Norwich City were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Blackburn Rovers on Saturday as second-placed Watford closed the gap at the top to eight points with a convincing 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Birmingham City. Norwich took the lead eight minutes into the second half as Kenny McLean exchanged passes with Kieran Dowell before scoring from close range, but the hosts were denied all three points as Blackburn substitute Sam Gallagher headed in from a free kick. Daniel Farke's runaway leaders have 83 points from 38 games. Watford were in complete control against Birmingham as goals from Ken Sema, Nathaniel Chalobah and Andre Gray secured a ninth win for the Hornets in 10 games and their fifth on the trot. Fourth-placed Brentford drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest in the day's early game to move within a point of fellow promotion hopefuls Swansea City above them. Steve Cooper's third-placed side, who have 69 points, face … [Read more...] about Soccer-Leaders Norwich held by Blackburn, Watford win again
N orwich City defender Max Aarons is signing a new five-year contract in another huge boost for last season’s Championship winners. Aarons, an England under-19 international, has emerged as one of the most highly regarded young talents in the country and has agreed an improved and lengthy deal, his third in the space of 12 months. The EFL’s Young Player of the Season made 40 appearances in the Championship last season after only making his league debut for Norwich in September, scoring two goals. The right-back’s impact has been so impressive that negotiations began shortly after Norwich clinched promotion back to the Premier League. Norwich have now reached an agreement with the 19 year old’s representatives and confirmation is expected in the next few days. Norwich have rewarded many of Daniel Farke’s squad with new deals after securing promotion, with Teemu Pukki, Emi Buendia, Tim Krul, Ben Godfrey, Onel Hernandez, Timm Klose, Kenny McLean, Marco Stiepermann and Todd … [Read more...] about Norwich agree new five-year contract with highly-rated defender Max Aarons
With the 2020-21 Premier League season heading into the home stretch, three clubs are set to depart via relegation, opening the door for three EFL Championship sides to take their place via promotion. [ MORE: Open-play goals: The stat to tell the Premier League table’s true story? ] Between now and the end of the season, PST will have you covered on the latest goings-on in the second division of English football, as the likes of Norwich City, Watford, Swansea City, Brentford battle for automatic promotion, all the while a potential USMNT star of the future leads Barnsley to the unlikeliest of playoff pushes… Norwich City headed for title, PL return on first try Norwich’s Pukki Party looks all but certain to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking, thanks in very large part to the namesake himself, Teemu Pukki. Asfter scoring 29 goals in the EFL Champions two seasons ago, Pukki bagged 11 in the Premier League as the Canaries sped toward relegation and … [Read more...] about EFL Championship focus: Norwich, Watford set for PL return, but who joins them?
PETALING JAYA: Toh Ee Wei has made a superb return to the national team by reaching the semi-finals in her first tournament in more than two years. Ee Wei and her new partner Choong Hon Jian defeated homesters Maciej Matusz-Szubert Karolina 21-16,21-9 in the mixed doubles quarter-finals of the lower-ranked Polish Open in Gniezno yesterday. It was the first time Ee Wei is playing in the mixed doubles. She was Pearly Tan’s former doubles partner and their last tournament together was when they won a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in Canada in 2018. She quit due to a health issue but returned last year. Ee Wei-Hon Jian will take on another Polish pair Milosz Bochat-Wiktoria Adamek for a place in the final next. In the men’s singles, former international Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin spoiled a perfect day for Malaysia. Iskandar was the only casualty in the quarter-finals as three others, Leong Jun Hao, Ng Tze Yong and Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin, made it a grand … [Read more...] about No mix-up as Ee Wei and new partner Hon Jian reach semis