Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

In NBA basketball news, 

Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson could be on the verge of returning to the Los Angeles Lakers for a 3rd time.

The Lakers have confirmed the 67-year-old and team officials met on Saturday, to discuss the job left vacant by the recent sacking of Mike Brown. 

Having won 5 championship titles with the Lakers over 2 different coaching stints from 1999 to 2011, Jackson is reportedly in better health than he was when he left the team last year. 

And Jackson could be signed later today, with former NBA coaches Mike D'Antoni, Nate McMillan and Mike Dun-leavy also seen as back-up candidates. 

In the opening 6 games of the new season, Kobe Bryant and company have lost 4.

Swinging over to tennis, 

Roger Federer will meet Novak Djokovich for the grand title in the ATP World Tour Finals in London. 

Earlier today, Djokovich took down Juan Martin del Potro in 3 sets in the 1st semi-final. 

And Federer beat Andy Murray 7-6, 6-2 in the other semi-final. 


Over in English football action, 

Edin Dzeko  scored 2 minutes from fulltime to lead Manchester City to a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur last night. 

With the win, City remain 2 points behind leaders Manchester United, while Spurs are in 7th place and 10 points off the lead. 

Over at Stamford Bridge, Luis Suarez found the equaliser in the 73rd minute to help Liverpool force a 1-1 draw against Chelsea. 

The draw means the Blues have not won in their last 3 league matches while the Reds are on a 6-game unbeaten streak. 

And over at Newcastle United, 

Former star striker Kevin Nolan returned to haunt his former club by scoring in West Ham's 1-nil victory last night. 

The win keeps the Hammers in the top 6 while the Magpies are in 10th position. 


In local horse-racing action, 

And the Longines Singapore Gold Cup was won by BETTER LIFE at the Kranji race-course yesterday. 

Running in her 1st race distance of 2,200 metres, the 4-year old mare won the $1.35 million race by 1-and-a-half lengths. 

Trained by Japan's Hideyuki Taka-oka, BETTER LIFE was in 6th position at the 1.6 kilometer mark. 

But over the next 300 metres, she charged forward from the outside and went on to beat MAURICE UTILLO into 2nd place, while DEEP POCKETS settled for 3rd spot.