Malaysian football authorities have imposed a lifetime ban on five players and three officials for match-fixing in the domestic league, a senior football official said on Saturday. The eight, who represented Kuala Lumpur, were also slapped with a 20,000 ringgit ($6,084) fine each, part of Football Association of Malaysia's (FAM) push to fight match-rigging in the Southeast Asian country. Taufek Abdul Razak, FAM disciplinary committee chairman said another seven players from the same football club will face a disciplinary hearing on Friday. After a dire season the Kuala Lumpur team have been relegated to the third-tier FAM Cup competition next season.
A weary Barack Obama, eyelids heavy, predicted Friday that the restorative power of sleep and the sunshine of his native Hawaii would restore his wilting fortunes after a bleak year. Ironically, Obama reached for the economy -- which has dogged him throughout his presidency -- with its sluggish recovery from crisis -- as a harbinger of better days ahead.