MONASTIR, Tunisia (Reuters) - Vincent Aboubakar picked up where he left off some 50 days ago as he propelled Cameroon to a 1-0 friendly win over Tunisia in their first outing since winning the African Nations Cup. Aboubakar netted the winner for Cameroon in last month’s final against Egypt and repeated the feat with a 15th minute strike in the tourist resort of Monastir. He steered into the net with an outstretched leg following a curling free kick from captain Benjamin Moukandjo. Aboubakar had an excellent chance to score a second 10 minutes into the second half but hit his shot wildly over the top with just the goalkeeper to beat. (Reporting by Mark Gleeson, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
NEW YORK (March 25): Oil rose modestly on Friday in a spate of late-day activity, but fell on the week as concerns persisted over an excess of crude. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures settled up 27 cents to $47.97 a barrel, but lost 0.5 percent on the week. "We still are at record high inventories here in the U.S.," said Andrew Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates in Houston. Unless OPEC extends the curbs beyond June or makes bigger cuts, traders say oil prices are at risk of falling further. In Russia, private oil producers are ditching their skepticism and lining up behind an extension of output cuts after previous oil price increases compensated for lost income.
ANKARA (Reuters) - Cenk Tosun scored twice in the first 13 minutes as Turkey beat Finland 2-0 in their World Cup Group I qualifier in Antalya on Friday and boost their hopes of qualification for next year's finals. On nine minutes, Ismail Koybasi whipped in a cross from the left, which Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan flicked on for Tosun to net. Four minutes later Tosun produced a looping header from Selcuk Inan's corner to beat goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky at the far post. The win moves Turkey above Iceland in third place on eight points, behind Ukraine on goal difference having played one game more. (This version of the story corrects location of match in first paragraph)(Reporting by Ece Toksabay, editing by Neil Robinson)
TBILISI (Reuters) - Serbia stayed on course to reach their first major tournament in eight years after goals from Dusan Tadic, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Mijat Gacinovic gave them a smash-and-grab 3-1 win over Georgia in a World Cup Group D qualifier on Friday. The result provisionally lifted the Serbians, who have not played on the big stage since the 2010 World Cup, to the top of their group with 11 points from five games. Georgia thoroughly dominated the first half and missed several chances after Nika Kacharava gave them a sixth-minute lead with his first international goal after a howler by Aleksandar Kolarov. Stojkovic produced a triple save on the hour before Mitrovic fired Serbia ahead against the run of play. Tadic, who has scored four and assisted seven of Serbia's 12 goals in the campaign, was again instrumental as his deft touch released substitute and debutant Gacinovic to seal Serbia's win with his first international goal.
LONDON (Reuters) - Eric Dier said England's young players "cannot play the age card forever" as they seek to grow into a World Cup campaign and end the country's familiar under-achievement at big tournaments. "We might be quite young but I don't think we can play the age card forever," he told reporters on Friday. "I'm 23 now and I don't think that's very young. I don't think he's eager to change everything, it's just little things here and there," Dier added. "We are a very young team and we want to be part of something with him that's something special."
KUALA LUMPUR: The cash prize offered by Tan Sri Annuar Musa to anyone who can produce evidence that "Lim Kit Siang is allegedly racist, anti-Islam, and a dictator" is now RM50,000, reported mStar, the Star Media Group's Malay language portal. Umno information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa said that the reward was from "Hamba Allah (a servant of God)". Annuar had previously offered a RM10,000 prize on Thursday for doing so. "A prize of RM50,000 awaits you. Lim had responded by saying that the cash prize for those who can provide evidence suggests that Annuar has no proof of his allegations.
ALOR SETAR: A 16-year-old girl who was driving a car without a licence has allegedly rammed into a motorcycle near here, killing its 65-year-old rider. Padang Terap district police chief Dep Supt Ahmad Nasir Jaafar said that the accident took place at about 5pm on Friday. The car landed in a ditch," he said, adding that the motorcycle and rider were dragged along the road for about 21m. He said the accident took place at Kampung Musa in Kuala Nerang on Friday. Our initial investigations show that the driver of the car did not have a licence," he said.
KUALA LUMPUR (March 24): There is an urgency for employers and graduate jobseekers to recognise a changing job landscape and adapt to it, said INTI International University & Colleges chief executive officer Timothy Bulow. The findings were published in the Bank Negara Annual Report 2016, which was released yesterday. "The resultant stagnancy uncovers an urgency for both employers and graduate jobseekers to recognise a changing job landscape and adapt to it," he said in a statement. "What remains to be pursued is a commitment to capitalise on and collaborate with the supply of graduate jobseekers through investments in high-skilled job creations and trainings that will secure the competitive edges of their businesses," said Bulow. "Realigning this expectation will equip high-skilled jobseekers to bring the right attitude and aptitude to the table, effectively meeting the expectations of employers running increasingly digitised businesses," he said.
DHARAMSALA, India (Reuters) - Skipper Steve Smith believes clear thinking and efficient execution set his team apart from the Australian sides in the past who tried and failed in their bid to win a test series in India. A draw in the fourth and final test against India would be enough for Smith and his men to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, having triumphed at home in the 2014-15 season. The stage is really set now for a fantastic fourth test match and the guys are really excited by that." The touring team also met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, an experience, Smith hoped, would help him sleep better. "I asked him a question about sleep, how he could help me," Smith said.
MILAN (Reuters) - Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is set to play his 1,000th senior game on Friday when Italy host Albania in a World Cup qualifier. The 39-year-old will be making his 168th appearance for his country, a 20-year international career which began in October 1997 when he played in a World Cup qualifier against Russia. Buffon has also played 220 times for Parma, the club where he began his career, and 612 games for his current club Juventus who he joined in 2001. “It’s a great achievement, I’m happy but I won’t go on to the pitch with different emotions compared to my 999th game,” Buffon told Sky Sport Italia. “The most exciting games are always the first, whether it’s in Serie A or the national team.
SINGAPORE: Eleven puppies were found in the modified fuel tank of a Malaysian-registered car at the Woodlands Checkpoint here on Thursday, says the island nation's Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) in a joint release on Friday. ICA officers found the puppies at about 9pm when they directed the car, driven by a lone 43-year-old Malaysian, for further checks upon its arrival. The driver, puppies and car have been referred to the AVA. It is illegal to import any animals or live birds into Singapore without an AVA permit. The maximum penalty for such animal smuggling is a S$10,000 (RM31,600) fine, imprisonment for up to a year, or both.
(Reuters) - Candidates vying for the four available Asian Football Confederation (AFC) seats on the FIFA council have been cleared to stand for election by the world governing body, the AFC said on Friday. The four successful candidates at May's AFC congress in Bahrain will represent Asia on the body along with Bahraini vice president Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, also the head of the AFC, and members from Japan and Malaysia. Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad, who heads the Association of National Olympic committees and is an influential International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, has a FIFA Council seat currently, the term of which ends in May. The FIFA Council replaced the largely discredited Executive Committee as FIFA's decision-making body under reforms instituted in the wake of the 2015 corruption scandal in soccer's world governing body. Last September, the AFC extraordinary congress, called to conduct the elections for the FIFA Council, was postponed over the disqualification of a Qatari candidate.
SINGAPORE: A Primary 3 girl has landed in hospital after falling victim to a prank by a male classmate who secretly added liquid hand soap to her water bottle. The victim had a fever and bouts of vomiting after drinking from the bottle, reported Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao on Friday. The girl's father told Lianhe Wanbao that their maid was washing the girl's water bottle when she noticed soap bubbles. The girl's father said the hospital had informed the police about the case. On Thursday night, the girl told Lianhe Wanbao on her hospital bed that she had seen the boy laughing after she drank from the bottle.
SEOUL: K-pop group T-ara announced Thursday that Soyeon and Boram will not be renewing their contracts after they expire in May. “Boram and Soyeon’s contracts expire on May 15. The remaining members -- Qri, Eunjung, Hyomin and Jiyeon -- have extended their contracts until the end of December,” T-ara’s agency MBK Entertainment said. Soyeon and Boram will continue working with the group until June, according to the agency. T-ara debuted in July 2009 with the EP “Lies,” which was followed by its first studio album “Absolute First Album.” It enjoyed several hits, including “Bo Peep Bo Peep,” “You Drive Me Crazy” and “Roly-Poly.” - the Korea Herald/Asia News Network
KUCHING: Former deputy chief minister Tan Sri Dr Wong Soon Kai was a "humble yet firm man" who played an important role in uniting Sarawak's Chinese community, said Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg. The Chief Minister said that with Wong's death, Sarawak had lost a great son, who contributed a lot to the state and nation. Wong, 90, died on Wednesday after a long illness, leaving behind wife Puan Sri Jane Yong and three children. He served as deputy chief minister from 1994 to 1996 and was the third president of the Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP). Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, who appointed Wong as deputy chief minister when he was chief minister, said his former number two was someone he could "trust absolutely".