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Jan 102018
Boxer Amir Khan says has left behind family troubles

LONDON: British Pakistani boxer Amir Khan said that he has put behind his matrimonial troubles and is totally focused on winning the next big fight in April when he returns to the ring after the absence of nearly two years. The 31-year-old former world champion told Geo News that he will return to the ring at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, on April 21, with an opponent to be announced in a week. Amir Khan announced his return to boxing at a press conference in Dorchester Hotel here, when he was joined by his father Shah Khan and promoter Eddie Hearn. “I have put behind all the family problems, personal problems and relationship problems,” he said when asked about his issues with wife Faryal Makhdoom, which made headlines for at least three months. The couple is now back together and expecting their second child. Amir Khan told that he has entered a new chapter in his life and he is focused on that. He said that next few years are going to be the final years of his boxing career as he is now 31 and has few fights left. “I am 31 and will make sure I make no more mistakes – staying happy and making sure no mistakes are made and doing the right thing. Boxing is everything for me and I will make sure that I achieve the highest goals,” Khan said. Amir Khan’s father Shah Khan said that his son was focused on training and getting ready [Read More…]

Jan 102018
Amir Khan ends feud with Eddie Hearn

Amir Khan and Eddie Hearn at London’s Dorchester Hotel. Photo: Reuters Amir Khan has ended feud with his former rival Eddie Hearn, teaming up with him for a three-fight deal. According to British media, the Bolton-born fighter will have his first fight in the United Kingdom on April 21 at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. Amir believes that teaming up with Hearn can help him become world champion for the third time as the latter is also the promotor of his rival, Kell Brook. The boxer — who has not fought since being knocked down by Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez in May 2016 — said he was thrilled to be teaming up with Hearn’s Matchroom stable. Matchroom Sport, founded by Hearn’s father, owns, manages and promotes sporting events. “The decision is not one I have taken lightly as I’m at a hugely important time in my career,” the British media quoted Amir as saying. “But having spoken to Eddie at length, it was clear he and I were on the same page on terms of what I want to be doing and what I still want to achieve. Amir said he was determined to win world championship once again and was confident of the team that was behind him. “I’ve been out of the ring for too long and I’m desperate to make up for lost time, starting in April,” the boxer said. As per reports, Hearn wants Amir to fight twice in 2018 for lead to a clash at the end [Read More…]

Jan 102018
Pakistan names 15-member squad for T20 series against New Zealand

Ahmed Shehzad – File Photo  LAHORE: Pakistan on Wednesday named its 15-member squad for T20 series against New Zealand. The three-match series will commence from January 22 and conclude on January 28, 2018. “Imad Wasim was yet to recover from his knee injury and was told to continue his rehabilitation at the NCA. Mohammad Nawaz has been named to replace Imad Wasim. Sohaib Maqsood was not considered for selection due to a back injury, and will undergo rehabilitation at the NCA,” said chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq. Pakistan’s 15-member T-20I squad 1) Sarfraz Ahmed (C)/W-K 2) Fakhar Zaman 3) Ahmed Shehzad 4) Babar Azam 5) Shoaib Malik 6) Harris Sohail 7) Muhammad Hafeez 8) Muhammad Nawaz 9) Shadab Khan 10) Faheem Ashraf 11) Amir Yamin 12) Muhammad Amir 13) Hasan Ali 14) Rumman Raees 15) Umar Amin

Jan 102018
Djokovic back with a bang at Kooyong

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic stretches to hit a shot during his match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem/REUTERS MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic returned to competitive tennis with a bang on Wednesday, bringing a six-month spell on the sidelines to an end with a thumping 6-1 6-4 win over world number five Dominic Thiem at the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament. Six-times Australian Open champion Djokovic pulled out of a tournament in Abu Dhabi last week because of continuing problems with his right elbow and wore a sleeve over the joint during his round robin match against the Austrian. In a huge boost for Melbourne Park organisers, who have already lost Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori to injury, Djokovic showed no obvious discomfort as he broke Thiem three times to win the first set in just 21 minutes. “It was a great start, it feels really good to be back on the court,” a beaming Djokovic said in an on-court interview after his first competitive set since Wimbledon last year. “I can´t stop laughing outside and inside. It´s a great joy, I love this sport, it´s a great passion of mine so I missed it. “I wasn´t that nervous, although I had that matchplay attitude .. I wanted to be back on court, unfortunately the elbow wouldn´t let me last week.” The 30-year-old, who won the year´s first grand slam five times in six years until 2016, did not have it all his own way in a tighter second set and it went with serve to [Read More…]

Jan 092018
New Zealand beat Pakistan in rain-affected second ODI

Martin Guptill stayed not out at 86 and Ross Taylor at 45 Three half-centuries including a late charge by Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan went in vain as New Zealand hunted down D/L revised target of 151 with seven balls to spare in the second one-day international in Nelson on Tuesday. Fifties by Mohammad Hafeez, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan carried Pakistan to 246 for nine batting first against New Zealand.  [embed_video1 url= style=center] However, rain interrupted the match, reducing the second inning to 25 overs and revising down the target to 151. Martin Guptill stayed not out at 86 and Ross Taylor at 45. Mohammad Amir had Colin Munro caught in the deep for duck. Faheem Ashraf extinguished skipper Kane Williamson’s inning at 19 before rain stopped the match.  Earlier, Mohammad Hafeez hit a solid 60, the 33rd ODI half-century for the veteran right-hander as he held the first half of the innings together. Hasan then blasted his first 50 and Khan his second when they mounted a rescue mission with Pakistan 141 for seven in the 37th over. The pair featured in a 70-run stand off 49 deliveries for the eighth wicket. It was Sarfraz Ahmed´s call to bat when he won the toss, saying it looked like a wicket that would favour the side having first use of it. But just as in the first ODI in Wellington on Saturday, the Pakistan top order were not allowed to settle. Imam-ul-Haq, in for the injured Fakhar Zaman, was out for [Read More…]

Jan 082018
Coutinho move could spark spending spree

Philippe Coutinho´s 160-million-euro ($192 million) deal to join Barcelona is likely to unleash a series of big-money transfers PARIS: Philippe Coutinho´s 160-million-euro ($192 million) deal to join Barcelona is likely to unleash a series of big-money transfers, not least as Liverpool seek to re-invest the proceeds. It took the third largest amount ever paid for a footballer to prise Coutinho away from Liverpool and the rumour mill has already linked the club with Leicester´s Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez as a possible replacement for the Brazilian playmaker. Neither club has officially confirmed or denied the deal, despite reports from France saying Mahrez would have a medical soon at Liverpool. The club´s number one target, according to many reports, is the French international forward Thomas Lemar, part of the impressive Monaco team that reached the Champions League semi-finals last year but which has since been dismantled. Arsenal had a £92 million bid ($125 million, 104 million euros) for 22-year-old Lemar rejected in the summer transfer window and the player is reportedly keen to work with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Monaco have already crashed out of the Champions League this season, so Lemar could be open to a move, although coach Leonardo Jardim is reluctant to see one of his remaining star names leave. “Monaco don´t usually make big sales in the winter,” Jardim said last week. Other reports have linked Liverpool with Arsenal´s Alexis Sanchez, an increasingly divisive figure at the Emirates. His contract expires in the summer, meaning Arsenal either cash [Read More…]

Jan 082018
Pakistan eye early wickets of Guptill, Munro in second ODI

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur (L) and bowling coach Azhar Mahmood/File photo Pakistan have set their eyes on getting New Zealand batting powerhouses Martin Guptill and Colin Munro out early in the second one-day international in Nelson on Tuesday. Bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, speaking to media during a team practice session in Nelson today, said he has faith in the team’s bowling attack to get the key wickets of openers early in the game. “Both [Guptill and Munro] are in great form and playing well. We need to get them out early. We will bowl to get wickets,” he said, noting the distinct playing styles of the two batsmen. “Munro likes hitting. Guptill is a [great] batsman, takes his time. We will aim to get them out.” To a question, the coach said failing to get the openers out early would not take the match out of Pakistan’s hands. “I don’t believe so, I have complete faith in our bowling. Our bowlers can take wickets [at any point in the match]. The new ball will also be key. Our bowling is strong and we will perform [better] in the next match.” Mahmood lamented the rain intervention in Wellington, where New Zealand beat Pakistan by 61 runs (D/L method). But he was quick to laud the Black Caps’ performance. “It was obviously frustrating. But rain wasn’t in our control. Credit to New Zealand, who played really well,” he said, adding that playing in the cold, windy conditions was a challenge. He also [Read More…]

Jan 082018
Kyrgios wins Brisbane tennis title in Australian Open boost

Kyrgios became the second Australian to lift the trophy in the tournament’s 10-year history after Lleyton Hewitt in 2014 Nick Kyrgios beat Ryan Harrison 6-4 6-2 in the Brisbane International final on Sunday to clinch his maiden tour title on home soil and gain a big confidence boost ahead of the Australian Open. Carrying a niggling knee injury, the mercurial Australian made a slow start and was forced to save five break points before he managed to carve out own his first break in the seventh game. The 22-year-old claimed the first set before taking control of the match after his American opponent dropped serve at the start of the second set with a double fault. Kyrgios broke the big-serving Harrison again in a sublime second set display to close out the match and seal his fourth career title. He thrilled the crowd with his delightful touch at the net, while his ability to crank up the pressure with his groundstrokes threw Harrison off his game. “I’ve got fond memories of Brisbane, played Davis Cup here and had a massive win over the US,” Kyrgios said. “Coming here all week I felt right at home… I love playing in front of you guys even though sometimes you may not see it that way, but I do.” Kyrgios became the second Australian to lift the trophy in the tournament’s 10-year history after Lleyton Hewitt in 2014. The triumph lifts him four spots to 17th in the world rankings ahead of this [Read More…]

Jan 082018
Australia rout England by an innings to win Ashes 4-0

Australia team poses with the Ashes urn, SCG, January 8, 2018/CA Twitter  SYDNEY: Australia ruthlessly extinguished England´s resistance to claim an innings victory in the fifth Ashes Test and complete a 4-0 series rout on the final day in Sydney on Monday. The beleaguered tourists, with skipper Joe Root weakened by a stomach bug and unable to continue batting, dissolved after lunch, losing their last four wickets for their fourth comprehensive defeat of the series. “It has been a great couple of months. The cricket that we have played in the last couple of months has been outstanding,” Australia skipper Steve Smith said. “We have just been able to get on top and win those key moments and not let them back in the game which is crucial.” Pat Cummins led the Australian offensive in Sydney with four wickets for 39 to finish man-of-the-match and the leading wicket taker in the series with 23. “To get through the five Tests and end the series here at home. I couldn´t asked for much more,” said an ecstatic Cummins. England finished at 180 for nine off 88.1 overs as Australia won by an innings and 123 runs. It followed comprehensive losses on the troubled five-Test tour in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. The fourth Test was drawn in Melbourne. Stricken Root did not come out to bat after lunch as he continued to experience discomfort after his overnight stomach bug. “He is asleep. He has a gastro bug and he has not been [Read More…]

Jan 082018
Ailing captain Root bats on in bid to save England

SYDNEY: Stricken captain Joe Root returned to batting after a night struggling with a stomach bug to keep England alive on the final day of the fifth Ashes Test against Australia on Monday. Root went to hospital overnight with England Cricket initially saying he had “severe dehydration” after fielding and batting in intense heat on Sunday. But team officials corrected earlier statements and said Root was instead weakened by the effects of a gastro bug. Root came out to bat on the dismissal of Moeen Ali for 13 an hour into the final day´s play. At lunch, England were 144 for five and trailing Australia by 159 runs with Root on 58 and Jonny Bairstow not out 38. Root was sent for checks after experiencing diarrhoea and vomiting overnight. The skipper, who has reached his fifth half-century of the series but has yet to reach a century, is seen as England´s last major hope of staving off a 4-0 series rout. His plight evoked memories of Englishman Eddie Paynter, who got out of his hospital bed to play an heroic four-hour innings of 83 in Brisbane to help England overhaul Australia´s first innings in the 1933 Bodyline series. Spinner Nathan Lyon claimed Moeen´s wicket for the seventh time in the series when he trapped him leg before, which Moeen did not review. Lyon had taken three wickets for 50 off 32 overs at lunch. Cameron Bancroft, fielding close in at bat-pad, took a full blow from Root on the helmet [Read More…]