Spieth to headline Singapore Open

SINGAPORE - Jordan Spieth, the 2015 USPGA Tour player of the year, will headline the Singapore Open in January when it returns after a three-year absence, organisers said Tuesday. The 22-year-old world number two, who counts the Masters and US Open among five wins during a breakout 2015, said he was "really looking forward" to playing at the tournament. "I'm very fortunate to play golf around the world and can't wait to visit Singapore for the first time," Spieth, a member of the US team who won the Presidents Cup in South Korea earlier this month, said in a statement. Under a three-year deal with Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, the SMBC Singapore Open will offer a minimum prize fund of $1 million and will be held at Sentosa Golf Club from January 28-31.–AFP

Man City’s Aguero out for a month

LONDON - Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed on Tuesday that Sergio Aguero will be out for a month with a hamstring injury sustained on international duty. Aguero, 27, scored five goals against Newcastle United on his last City appearance, but was stretchered off during the first half of Argentina's 2-0 loss to Ecuador. Pellegrini also said that Aguero's fellow injury victims Gael Clichy, Fabian Delph and David Silva could return to action next week. "Aguero is out for a month," Pellegrini told reporters. "Maybe next week Clichy, Delph and Silva will be fit." Pellegrini also played down an interview that midfielder Yaya Toure gave to French sports daily L'Equipe in which the Ivorian said he was "not happy" due to a perceived lack of recognition in the English media.–AFP

2016 Tour will suit me more: Froome

PARIS - Minutes after discovering the route for the 2016 Tour de France, defending champion Chris Froome issued a warning to his rivals, saying next year's route suits him even better. Organisers unveiled a balanced route Tuesday, one that will heavily favour the climbers but also includes two demanding time trials featuring a few ascents -- the perfect mix for the double Tour champion. "I think it's a great course," he said. "It really does challenge in every aspect of cycling -- time trials, the mountains, a tricky technical descent also. It's such an amazing, special race, I'm still 30 years old and feel I have a lot left in my legs. (Next year's course) suits me better," he added, in reference to the two time trials. This year's event featured only one individual time trial.–Reuters

Rose tips Fitzpatrick as contender

HONG KONG - Former major winner Justin Rose said Tuesday that rising star Matthew Fitzpatrick would be among the toughest contenders at the upcoming Hong Kong Open, but his own chances of winning were still "decent". Fitzpatrick, a 21-year-old fellow Briton, won his first European Tour title at the British Masters this month and came second in the Omega European Masters in July. Currently 12th in the "Race to Dubai", he is also ranked 61 in the world. "He is going to probably be tough to beat on this course. He's an especially great putter, and keeps the ball in play off the tee. But the tour is very strong.... so many players can come out and win. So I'm not singling out anybody. That's really the great thing about golf is that the golf course is your ultimate competitor," Rose said.–AFP

German FA investigates handball goal

BERLIN - The German Football Association (DFB) launched an investigation into Hanover 96 player Leon Andreasen after he clearly used his arm to score a controversial winner against Cologne on Sunday. "The player is suspected of extreme unfavourable sporting behaviour in the Oct 18 game between Cologne and Hanover 96," the DFB said. "Andreasen is suspected of knowingly using his right arm to put the ball into the goal." The 32-year-old Danish midfieder scored against the run of play, charging into the box at a corner and putting the ball into the net at the far post with Cologne players instantly calling for handball. Replays showed Andreasen clearly used his hand but referee Bastian Dankert and his assistants missed it and accepted after the game they had made a wrong call. –Reuters