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Jan 102018
 
Reichelt fastest in downhill training

LAUSANNE: Austrian veteran Hannes Reichelt clocked the fastest time in the second men’s World Cup downhill training in Wengen on Wednesday. The 37-year-old former world super-G champion and Wengen winner in 2015 timed 2min 31.50sec down the 4.4km-long Lauberhorn course, the longest on the World Cup circuit. Click for detailed story

Jan 102018
 
PSS upset Fame in Punjab Soccer

LAHORE: Pakistan Soccer School (PSS) upset Fame Football Club by 3-1 and reached the semifinal of the ongoing First All-Punjab Football Challenge Cup at the Model Town Football Ground here on Wednesday.It was a hotly contested match as host Fame Football Club was considered favorites. However, Pakistan Soccer School strikers launched a series of attacks which frustrated their opponents. Midfielder Muddasar led the charge with two beautiful goals in the first half to consolidate his team’s position. Usama scored a field goal in the second half. Wajahat struck the lone goal from Fame Club. In the semi finals Pakistan Soccer School will face Campus United and Real Lahore will play against Baba Cargo. Click for detailed story

Jan 092018
 
Top Japan canoeist banned for ?evil? drink spiking

TOKYO: Japan’s anti-doping body has banned a top canoeist for eight years after he spiked a rival’s drink with a banned substance to boost his own chances of selection for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.The Japan Anti-Doping Agency slapped sprint canoeist Yasuhiro Suzuki, 32, with the eight-year ban, the Japan Canoe Federation announced Tuesday, slamming his offence as “extremely evil”.According to the federation, Suzuki confessed to putting a banned muscle-boosting substance into the drink bottle of rival Seiji Komatsu, 25, during a domestic competition in September.“Suzuki’s conduct is totally contrary to the spirit of sporting fair play,” the Japan Canoe Federation said in a statement.The canoe body said it will consider expelling Suzuki permanently as he has a history of sabotaging competitors, including by stealing their equipment.Suzuki admitted spiking the drink after receiving an intensive anti-doping lecture during a training camp, according to the federation.“I was fretting. I did it as I thought he would overwhelm me. I didn’t expect he’d actually test positive,” public broadcaster NHK quoted Suzuki as telling the federation. Click for detailed story

Jan 092018
 
Baig to lead Pakistan in Vietnam Faldo Series

LAHORE: Ahmed Baig – a young, promising amateur golfer of the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) – clinched the Faldo Series Pakistan Championship title in the under-21 category in Karachi, and has been nominated the Captain of Pakistan Team which will represent the country in Faldo Series Championship to be played in Vietnam in March this year. The office-bearers of Wapda Sports Board congratulated Ahmed Baig on winning the title with splendid display of his skills. Faldo Series title is yet another feather to his cap, as Ahmed brought many laurels to him, Wapda and the country during 2017 as well.Prior to his recent victory, Ahmed Baig, won First International Amateur Golf Championship Iran in May 2017, Sri Lankan Junior Championship in August, the CNS Golf Championship Karachi in August, Corps Commander Cup Golf Championship Gujranwala in October, Prime Minister Golf Championship Rawalpindi in November and Punjab Amateur Golf Championship Lahore in November 2017. Click for detailed story

Jan 092018
 
Nazir Sr Nricket

LAHORE: Sajid Memorial Cricket Club beat Zafar Memorial Cricket Club by 87 runs in the 4th Nazir Sr Memorial Cricket Tournament at Carson Ground.Scores: Sajid Memorial Club 201. (Khasata Khan 46, Farman Butt 31, Faiz 31, Shahid 3/46). Zafar Memorial Club 114. (Umar 21, Shahid 20, Abdul Manan 4/17). Click for detailed story

Jan 092018
 
Sri Lanka bring back Mathews as limited-overs captain

COLOMBO: All-rounder Angelo Mathews has been appointed Sri Lanka’s limited-overs skipper six months after relinquishing the captaincy across all three formats.The 30-year-old stepped down as captain last year after Sri Lanka’s shock home defeat to Zimbabwe, which he described as “one of the lowest points” of his career.Dinesh Chandimal was named the new Test captain, while Upul Tharanga was put in charge of the limited overs side.Tharanga was then striped of the captaincy after a string of defeats and replaced by Thisara Perera, who oversaw the team’s 2-1 loss in India last month, on a temporary basis.“When I stepped down I never thought of taking over the captaincy again,” Mathews, who is expected to lead the side into the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales, told reporters on Tuesday.“I took a few a few days to think about it, and because of a few reasons I decided to accept it.”Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said Mathews was given the job “on a long term basis” after he agreed to board president Thilanga Sumathipala’s request to shoulder the responsibility.“We need stability running into the World Cup,” said Mathews, who will begin the new phase of his captaincy in a tri-series in Bangladesh that also involves Zimbabwe later this month.“We’ve had a few captains over the last few months because of injuries. The other captains did a good job, though we didn’t get the results. But going into the World Cup we need that stability.” Click for detailed story

Jan 092018
 
Guptill assault hands Pakistan second loss

NELSON: Martin Guptill’s maniac hitting helped New Zealand secure a 2-0 lead against Pakistan courtesy a comprehensive eight-wicket win in Nelson on Tuesday.Set to chase a revised target of 151 off 25 overs after losing over two hours to rain, the New Zealand opener switched gears effortlessly to polish off the target with seven balls to spare. Guptill (86 not out) was well complemented by Ross Taylor, who stayed unbeaten on 45.Defending a modest 246, Mohammed Amir provided Pakistan an ideal start with the ball by taking out the dangerous Colin Munro, who edged to third man to bag a two-ball duck. Five balls later, Amir convinced skipper Sarfraz Ahmed to review a lbw call turned down against Kane Williamson when he hadn’t even opened his account. While Williamson did survive the review – the ball tracked to be bouncing over the stumps – he didn’t last long enough afterwards. Shadab Khan took a screamer at backward point to cut short the New Zealand captain’s stay in the middle, reducing the opponents to 47 for 2. Rain arrived shortly afterwards – with New Zealand on 64 for 2 after 14 overs – and only got heavier for the next hour. Having lost more than two hours of play, New Zealand’s target was recalculated to 151 from 25 overs. Effectively, the hosts needed 87 off 66 balls once the play resumed but also had to keep up with the DLS par score in case rain made an appearance again. Fittingly, Guptill [Read More…]

Jan 092018
 
Technical Course for Coaches concludes

LAHORE: The OCA-sponsored Technical Course for Coaches allocated by Pakistan Olympic Association to Pakistan Kabaddi Federation was held from January 03 to 08.Initially the course was held at the Conference Room of Sports Board Punjab in the National Hockey Stadium and the closing ceremony was organized at Olympic House Lahore. The main purpose of the course was to develop the knowledge, skill and competence of the infield Kabaddi Coaches and develop a hierarchy of trained and accomplished coaches for the training of athletes on the modern scientific lines for achieving excellence in the International arena.The Asian Kabaddi Federation nominated Muhammad Sarwar, Secretary General Asian Kabaddi Federation and Pakistan Kabaddi Federation, a qualified expert, to tutor the course. In all 38 coaches with the split of 30 male and 08 female from all over the country affiliated to Pakistan Kabaddi Federation participated in this course. In order to make the course more purposeful and beneficial Badsha Gul, International Referee of Kabaddi, Dr Asad Abbas, Physio and Sports Medicine Expert, Muhammad Khalid Mahmood, Secretary General POA and Mian Muhammad Rafiq, Director Coordination POA also delivered lectures to add to the knowledge of the participants.Sarwar expressed his deep gratitude for President POA Lt Gen (R) Syed Arif Hasan for providing this opportunity to PKF that has really helped them to learn new things to implement.The closing ceremony was presided over the Arif Hasan. Before his presidential words he ascertained views of the participants whether it was beneficial and useful for them. All of [Read More…]

Jan 092018
 
Batsmen struggle as Pakistan lose again

NELSON, New Zealand: Martin Guptill was at his belligerent best as New Zealand thrashed Pakistan by eight wickets in Nelson on Tuesday, although captain Kane Williamson admitted a rain delay had done the hosts a favour.The second One-Day International was evenly poised when rain forced the players from the field for more than two hours with New Zealand 64 for two after 14 overs in reply to Pakistan’s 246 for nine.When play resumed under the Duckworth-Lewis system New Zealand’s target was revised to 151 in 25 overs meaning they had 11 overs left to make 87.“Pakistan showed some real resistance at the end and put some partnerships together which would have been a tricky total on that surface,” Williamson said, adding the rain break “worked in our favour a little bit”.But the New Zealand skipper also hailed the “brilliant” partnership involving Guptill and Ross Taylor to get New Zealand home with seven balls to spare.Guptill, 31 off 40 at the break, was 86 not out off 71 deliveries at the end. Taylor advanced from 14 in as many balls to 45 off 43.“For Martin and Ross to come out after that rain break… and play so beautifully and to see Martin play with freedom at his best was great to watch,” Williamson said.“And (with) Ross a calming influence at the other end… it was a brilliant partnership to get us across the line.”It left Pakistan winless after two rain-affected matches in New Zealand with both decided under the Duckworth-Lewis method.“We [Read More…]

Jan 092018
 
US opts for youth with no World Cup in sight

LOS ANGELES: Acting US national team coach Dave Sarachan opted for young prospects in calling upon 30 players on Monday for the Americans annual January training camp.The session is set to open Wednesday at Los Angeles with the culmination of workouts to be a January 28 friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the training camp in Carson, home of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.“It’s all about the future and opportunity. We clearly feel that we want to have a look at these players that have the chance to be a part of the National Team for a number of years to come,” Sarachan said.The US team failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Russia and has eight candidates fighting for the presidency of the US Soccer Federation, with Sunil Gulati to be replaced in voting next month. So the Americans have no chance at a World Cup until 2022 in Qatar even as they bid with Mexico and Canada to co-host the 2026 event.And the camp comes on the same day that reports emerged that one of their top teen prospects, Monterrey midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez, has opted to play for Mexico rather than the US senior-level squad after years on American junior teams.The most capped player in camp with 37 is Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Gyasi Zardes followed by New England forward Juan Agudelo with 27 and seattle forward Jordan Morris with 24. “It’s a long journey forward, but this is the first step starting in 2018 [Read More…]

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