Sports Digest, October 9, 2012

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 October, 2012, 4:08am

Malaysian FA orders clubs to pay deposits

Malaysia's soccer clubs will next season be ordered to pay deposits of millions of ringgit before they can compete to ensure players receive their wages. Ten clubs in the 14-strong M-League are in the red, while three teams face sanctions for failing to settle players' wages. Four months ago, the Football Association of Malaysia warned all teams they could face expulsion from the nation's top flight if they failed to pay players on time. From next season, top-flight clubs must pay a deposit of three million Malaysian ringgit (HK$7.5 million), second-tier clubs two million ringgit and third-level clubs 500,000 ringgit before they can compete. Reuters

Bolt vows to defend sprint crowns in Rio

Jamaica's Usain Bolt vowed yesterday to defend his Olympic sprint titles in Rio, but, buoyed by the West Indies' World Twenty20 triumph, declared that cricket was his "first love". Bolt, who said in August that he was considering swapping sprinting for the long jump to provide a fresh challenge ahead of the 2016 Games, said he had decided to defend the titles he won in Beijing and London. "Rio is about going and defending my titles," the reigning 100-metres, 200-metres and 4x100-metre relay Olympic champion said during a visit to New Zealand. "I don't want to try any different events at Rio, because at Rio I will just defend my titles to show the world there is a possibility that I can do it again - to do the three-peat, that is the focus." Speaking a day after the West Indies won the World Twenty20, he said: "[Cricket] was my first love, but I don't play much now. The only time I play now is with my brother." AFP

Turkish World Finals to tee off despite tensions

The inaugural eight-man Turkish World Finals featuring golf's world No1 Rory McIlroy and 14-times major winner Tiger Woods will go ahead this week despite violence in the region. Turkish forces fired across the frontier into Syria on Sunday after a shell launched from its neighbour landed in the border town of Akcakale, underlining Ankara's warning it will respond with force to any violence spilling into its territory. But organisers of this week's US$5.3-million tournament said Woods, McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson and Charl Schwartzel had arrived for today's first round. Reuters