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Dec 152017
 
Federer voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year

Roger Federer picked up a record eighth Wimbledon crownLONDON: Roger Federer has been voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year for a record fourth time after an astonishing season during which he picked up two more Grand Slam titles.The Swiss, 36, returned from six months out with knee trouble to win the Australian Open before picking up a record eighth Wimbledon crown and ended the season with a 52-5 record, ranked world number two behind his great rival Rafael Nadal.Federer previously won the award, which is voted for by the public, in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Muhammad Ali and Usain Bolt have each won it three times.“It makes me incredibly proud that the UK public have chosen me as the BBC overseas sports personality of the year for 2017,” said Federer.“The support that the UK crowds give me whenever I´m here is amazing and to be recognised on the shortlist alongside some of the greatest sports people of all time is extremely humbling.”He overcame competition from American football quarterback Tom Brady, swimmer Katie Ledecky, para-athlete Tatyana McFadden, athlete Sally Pearson, and darts player Michael van Gerwen.Federer and the other award winners will be honoured during Sunday´s BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Liverpool. Click for detailed story

Dec 152017
 
Hewitt comes out of retirement to play doubles at Australian Open

Lleyton Hewitt/File photo MELBOURNE: Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt is to come out of retirement temporarily and play doubles with compatriot Sam Groth at next month’s Australian Open, local media reported on Friday.Hewitt, a US Open and Wimbledon singles champion, officially retired from top-level tennis after his home grand slam in 2016, where he also played doubles with Groth. He did, however, play doubles during the Davis Cup and Wimbledon last year.“It’s going to be a bit of fun. That’s what the Australian Open is about,” Hewitt told News Corp Australia on Friday.”I‘m going to really enjoy it. We’ve been hitting a lot of balls, hitting every day, and we’re not just going out there making up the numbers.“We want to give it a fair crack.” Sam Groth of Australia celebrates a point with Lleyton Hewitt/File photoGroth, who is retiring after the season-opening grand slam and is hoping for a wildcard for the singles draw, will also play mixed doubles with Sam Stosur.“Its something Lleyton and I have talked about and it’s perfect for me,” Groth said.“I was there when Rusty retired in 2016 and its great that he’ll be there with me when I bow out. He’s not just someone I know through tennis, he’s a great mate.” Click for detailed story

Dec 152017
 
Lewandowski shoots into Bundesliga's top 10

Robert Lewandowski has fired his way into 10th place in the list of the Bundesliga’s all-time top scorers as the Polish striker just keeps on hitting the net.Lewandowski rescued Bayern with a second-half winner in Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over bottom side Cologne as the league leaders struggled to break down a determined defence at the sold-out Allianz Arena.“It is unbelievable that he is in the top 10 – he is simply a goal hunter,” Arturo Vidal said of his team-mate as Bayern went nine points clear at the top of the table.The Poland international has now scored 21 goals in 24 games in all competitions this season, plus five more in World Cup qualifiers to help book Poland’s place in Russia.Lewandowski’s goal against Cologne was his 166th since 2010 in Germany’s top flight — a tally achieved with Bayern and former club Borussia Dortmund.He is in good company as Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes is third on the list with 220 goals scored for Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hanover 96 between 1963 and 1978.But Lewandowski is a distance off the record 365 goals scored by Bayern and West Germany legend Gerd Mueller.The 72-year-old former World Cup winner, nicknamed ‘Der Bomber’, netted the phenomenal tally between 1964 and 1979 — and Lewandowski is not even halfway to that mark.The 29-year-old Poland forward is also 25 goals short of becoming the highest-scoring active player in Germany.Veteran Peru striker Claudio Pizarro, 39, now at Cologne, has scored 191 goals over multiple stints at Bayern [Read More…]

Dec 152017
 
Mourinho asked to explain pre-match Man City comments

LONDON: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been asked by the Football Association to explain comments he made before his club’s Premier League derby match against Manchester City on Sunday.The FA said on Thursday that Mourinho had been asked for his “observations” on comments he made on Dec. 8 in interviews ahead of Sunday’s game, which United lost 2-1.It did not, however, specify the comments under investigation or what — if any — rules might have been broken.During a pre-match news conference, Mourinho questioned City players’ ability to stay on their feet, saying: “A little bit of wind and they fall.”He also doubted he would be allowed to make the sort of political statement that his opposite number, Pep Guardiola, had when wearing a yellow ribbon in apparent protest against the imprisonment of pro-independence politicians in Catalonia.The FA is already investigating an incident after the match in which milk was thrown at Mourinho after he reportedly complained about City’s “excessive” dressing-room celebrations following their victory at Old Trafford. Click for detailed story

Dec 142017
 
Pakistan sports youth delegation visits China

BEIJING: A sports youth delegation comprising 91 members, including sports officials, is currently visiting China. The trip is sponsored by the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan and aimed at having better interaction with Chinese youth in the field of Sports.Pakistan Embassy in Beijing hosted a dinner in the honor of the visiting delegation. Speaking on the occasion, Pakistani ambassador to China Ambassador Masood Khalid said that approximately 22,000 (twenty-two thousand) Pakistani students are currently studying in China. “I am happy that there are opportunities to further enhance cooperation in education and support besides the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor,” the ambassador said. He added that success of the Chinese nation is hidden in four things: planning, implementation, monitoring, and hardworking. Ambassador Khalid advised the students to do their best in their relevant fields of studies and learn lessons from the Chinese society.Talking with Geo news, Joint Secretary of National History & literary Heritage Division Syed Junaid Akhlaq praised Chinese hospitality. He further said that this visit will provide benefits for visiting students to learn from Chinese culture and history.Deputy Director General (Admin) Pakistan Sports Board said that during their meeting with Chinese officials, they mutually agreed that both sides will support and promote sports diplomacy. The Deputy DG showed willingness to launch sports channels between the two countries, with the Chinese offering technical and infrastructure support. In the delegation, 40 students are those who got medals in different fields of sports. After two-day stay in Beijing, Pakistan youth sports delegation will leave for [Read More…]

Dec 142017
 
Malan scores debut ton as England reach 305-4 at stumps

Dawid Malan takes in his maiden Test hundred, Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 1st day, December 14, 2017/Getty ImagesPERTH: A magnificent debut Test century by Dawid Malan took England to 305 for four at stumps on the first day of the third Ashes Test against Australia in Perth.Malan was on 110 not out, with Jonny Bairstow on 75.Earlier, Australia´s pace trio turned up the heat on England on the opening day of the third Ashes Test.After Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat, the tourists were 175 for four at tea facing hostile bowling on a bouncy WACA Ground wicket hosting an Ashes Test for the last time.The visitors were well-placed just before lunch at 89 for one, but lost James Vince (25) minutes before the first break and were then subjected to a brutal barrage of fast, and often short, bowling after the resumption.Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins terrorised the English with aggressive bowling that was often more than 90 miles per hour. Starc claimed two wickets, and his fellow quicks took one each. The pace and bounce of the WACA is one of the main reasons English have only won once in Perth since 1970, and captain Joe Root was the first victim after lunch, caught down the leg side off the bowling of Cummins for 20.But it was Stoneman, who had looked in very good touch before lunch, who was on the receiving end of the most brutal Australian bowling as the home [Read More…]

Dec 142017
 
Wasim Akram?s reunion picture brings back good ol? memories

Old days: The lethal pair of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis The ‘Swing ka Sultan’ Wasim Akram recently shared a golden picture of his reunion with former cricketing greats, transporting us back to the good old days.The former captain reunited with fellow former pacer Waqar Younis, spin legend Mushtaq Ahmed, former wicket-keeper Moin Khan and current selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and tweeted a memorable picture of the occasion.“It was really amazing to see my old team mates buddies and Pakistan’s cricketing greats @waqyounis99 Inzi, Moin and @Mushy_online # memories-forever#goodolddays,” Wasim posted. “Old is Gold…Rock Stars of the 90s ,” Waqar Younis was quick to respond.  Nostalgic fans shared their thoughts.“3 bowling greats from Pakistan having 2051 International wickets among them.. 1705 between the 2 deadly fast bowling Combo of all time..” tweeted a fan from across the border. “Legends of Pakistan cricket in one frame,” said another. “Our pride,” one fan put it simply. Another fan thanked the legends for the memories.  Click for detailed story

Dec 132017
 
Rohit Sharma becomes first batsman to hit three double centuries

Rohit Sharma soaks in his third double-hundred in ODIs, India v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Mohali, December 13, 2017/BCCIMOHALI: Rohit Sharma on Wednesday became the first batsman to hit three double centuries in one-day internationals as he powered India to 392-4 in their second match against Sri Lanka.The opener, captaining the team in absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, smashed 12 sixes and 13 fours in an unbeaten 208 after the hosts, who trail the three-match series 1-0, were put in to bat in Mohali.Sharma reached 200 in the 50th over, bowled by opposition skipper Thisara Perera. His first hundred came off 115 balls, and his second off just 36 balls.The right-hander scored 209 against Australia in Bangalore in 2013, and followed that double-hundred with his highest score of 264 against Sri Lanka a year later in Kolkata.Martin Guptill (New Zealand), Virender Sehwag (India), Chris Gayle (West Indies) and Sachin Tendulkar (India) have recorded a double century each in ODI cricket.Sharma made a bright start with his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (68) after the Indian batsmen´s horror showing in the opening ODI, when they were skittled out for just 112.Sharma’s 213-run stand for the second wicket with Shreyas Iyer, who scored 88, also stood out on a hazy day in Mohali. Dhawan, who hit nine boundaries during his 67-ball knock, was caught at mid-wicket off Sachith Pathirana.But the wicket proved to be a minor blemish on India´s innings as Sharma dominated the bowlers with the attack-minded Iyer for company.Sharma took [Read More…]

Dec 132017
 
World changed for English cricket after Stokes incident: Cook

Alastair Cook during ongoing Ashes 2017/Getty ImagesPERTH: Senior batsman Alastair Cook says the world has changed for English cricket in the wake of the damaging Ben Stokes affair, and warned the team cannot afford any more “mistakes”.The star all-rounder is currently banned from the international game while authorities probe his alleged involvement in a late-night fight outside a nightclub.Cook, a former captain who will become the first Englishman to play 150 Tests when he appears against Australia in Thursday´s crucial third Ashes clash in Perth, admits his side has been slow to learn from the fall-out.Dubbed a “behavioural cleanskin”, Cook senses England should have learnt their lesson months ago that standards would be intensely scrutinised in the wake of the Stokes scandal.“It has been a very strange thing,” he told reporters in Perth late Tuesday.“The world has obviously changed for the English cricket team from September. We have taken a couple of months to really realise that.“These last two incidents have proved that. I´ve seen words written down, ´trivial misdemeanour at best´, but since the Stokes incident times have changed for the English cricket team.” Stokes is currently banned from international cricket while authorities probe his alleged involvement in a late-night fight outside a nightclubCook was referring to further off-field alcohol-related scandals involving Jonny Bairstow and Ben Duckett on the tour of Australia.“It´s sad in some ways because we have always been a bit different to football and been able to go under the radar a bit and enjoy playing [Read More…]

Dec 132017
 
UEFA and UN to stage 'Match for Solidarity' in April

UEFA and the United Nations will team up to stage a charity match in Geneva on April 21 next year, European football’s governing body said on Tuesday.Two star-studded teams, managed by Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti and France coach Didier Deschamps and captained by Luis Figo and Ronaldinho, will take to the field at the Stade de Geneve in a match whose proceeds UEFA says will help “finance international humanitarian and development projects”.“I am honoured to participate in this global event. As the most popular sport in the world, football is uniquely placed to bring people together and to be a force for good,” said Figo, who is currently a UEFA football advisor.“As players, it is great that we can give something back to society and help create a better world.”The coaches and captains will select their teams in the coming months. Former international referee Pierluigi Collina will officiate the contest. Click for detailed story

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