LONDON: Tennis’s marathon man John Isner has welcomed Wimbledon’s decision to introduce tiebreaks at 12-12 in the final set.The American became something of a Wimbledon cult hero when beating France’s Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set in 2010 – a record-breaking duel lasting 11 hours five minutes and spanning three days and in which the last set alone (eight hours 11 minutes) would have broken the previous longest-match record.After his 2010 exploits Isner, 33, was involved in the second-longest Wimbledon match in this year’s semi-finals when he went down 26-24 in the fifth set to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson – a battle lasting six hours and 36 minutes.That led to further calls to bring in sudden-death tiebreaks and Wimbledon’s organisers announced this week that next year’s Championships would use them after 24 games in deciding sets. “I have said all along 12-all is good,” he told BBC Radio 5 on Sunday.“That is sensible – you’re getting people who like the advantage and people who like tie-breaks. It is bucking tradition but a lot of people believe that is not a bad thing.” The world number 10 even joked that the new ruling should be named after him.“The next match that gets to that, they should just say we will now play the Isner Rule,” he said. “I don’t think they are going to do that, but I think I’ve been a big driving force for it.”
BARCELONA: Lionel Messi scored and then went off injured as Barcelona beat Sevilla 4-2 on Saturday to move back to the top of La Liga.Messi had to be substituted in the 26th minute at the Camp Nou after falling awkwardly on his right arm, but not before the Argentinian had doubled Barca’s lead with a curling left-footed finish.Barcelona now face an anxious wait, with the Clasico against Real Madrid fast-approaching next weekend.Philippe Coutinho had opened the scoring and Luis Suarez’s penalty, which he also earned, made sure of victory before a three-goal flurry in the final 11 minutes.Pablo Sarabia and Luis Muriel twice reduced the deficit to two, either side of a sweeping volley from Ivan Rakitic. Messi fell to the ground following a tussle with Sevilla’s Franco Vazquez and, as his right hand tried to cushion the landing, his elbow appeared to buckle.
MOTEGI: Japan: Honda’s Marc Marquez stormed to a nail-biting victory in Japan Sunday to capture his third straight MotoGP world championship as Ducati rival Andrea Dovizioso crashed out.The Spanish sensation has now won five championships in motorcycling’s premier class, putting him level with Australian legend Mick Doohan.Marquez, still just 25, trails only the Italian pair of Valentino Rossi, who won the last of his seven championships in 2009, and Giacomo Agostini, whose record eighth came in 1975, in the all-time list.“I feel really, really good,” whooped Marquez after Dovizioso’s late spill confirmed his eighth victory of the season.“I already imagined that it will be (decided) here but the important thing is that when you have the first chance, you do it. “It wasn’t the best circuit to do it but I worked hard all weekend,” added Marquez.“I was able to follow Andrea and decided to attack before the last lap. I was pushing really hard, so he made a mistake — I’m disappointed because he deserves to be on the podium with us.” Marquez started from sixth on the grid at Motegi but quickly knifed through the field and was third by the end of the first lap. He flirted with disaster on lap 14, however, after overtaking Dovizioso at turn nine before running wide at the next corner and spitting up dirt and dust as he battled to control a violent wobble.That heart-in-mouth moment allowed Dovizioso to retake the lead, but Marquez continued to swarm all over the Italian, [Read More…]
LAHORE: The Pakistan National U-15 Team have left for Nepal to participate in the SAFF U-15 Championship. The event is going to be held from October 25 to November 3 at Kathmandu, Nepal.The team: Muhammed Awais, Afnan Shahid, Muhammed Hamza Naseem, Haseeb Ahmed Khan (Captain), Mohibullah, Najeebullah, Junaid Aahmed Shah, Jawad Bashir, Khushal Khan, Asif Ali, Muhammed Kashif, Shahzaib Jawed, Wasif, Adnan Justin, Syed Ali Shah, Osama, Saad Khan, Mudassar Nazar, Hassan Shereen, Iftikhar Ahmed, Moin Ahmed, Muhammed Amir Khan.Jose Roberto Portella(Head Coach) Asghar Khan Anjum (Asst.Coach/Asst Manager) Sheikh Zahid Niaz (Assistant Coach), Ghulam Shabir (Assistan Coach) Choudary Noman Ibrahim (Goalkeeper Coach), Muhammed Adnan (Physio).
LAHORE: SNGPL and NBP interesting battle ended 3-3 draw In Pakistan Premier Football.In Punjab Stadium Lahore Sui Northern Gas Pipe Lines (SNGPL) got off to a flying start against National Bank of Pakistan (NBP). Muhammad Shoaib Provided lead in the 16th minute but Adil Ahmad equaliser in the 21th minute stunned the SNGPL.He scored again to make it 2-1 for NBP after 12 minutes. Sher Ali added one more to the lead before end of the first half. SNGPL fought well for the comeback Bahar Ali reduced the deficit in the 70th minute and then provided the equaliser after 5 minutes to make it 3-0. No team was able to get lead in the remaining time. In the second encounter Baloachistan FC Noshki and Civil Aviation Authority match ended a goalless draw. Both teams made some good moves put poor finishing denied the goal.
SHANGHAI: Matteo Trentin of the Mitchelton-Scott team won the penultimate stage of the Tour of Guangxi on Saturday as fellow Italian Gianni Moscon kept the overall race lead in China.In fog and rain, the 29-year-old Trentin streaked home for victory in the 212.2 kilometre stage five from Liuzhou to Guilin in 4hrs 54mins 34sec. Team Sky’s Moscon was seventh, enough to maintain his lead over his rivals in the general classification. The 24-year-old has a nine-second advantage over Austria’s Felix Grossschartner of Bora Hansgrohe, with Russia’s Sergei Chernetski, riding for the Astana team, 14 seconds off. Sunday is the sixth and final stage over 169km in the city of Guilin.
LAHORE: Eyebex beat Meezan Bank by 1-Run in the Lahore Corporate T20 Cricket Cup match at Race Course Park Cricket Ground.Scores: Eyebex 167/5 after 20 overs (Ahmad Ali 49, Umair Rafaqat 48, Sheroz Tariq 28 and Hamza Farooq 18 Runs).Meezan Bank 166 all out after 20 overs (Yousaf Iftikhar 43, Yaseen Cheema 33, Nasir Mehmood 30, Muhammad Ashraf 21 and Zeeshan Ahmad 18. Zohaib Ashraf 3/15, Waqar Bukhari 3/33, Umair Rafaqat 2/14).Javaid Ashraf and Farhan Ashraf were umpires and Muhammad Akyan Khan was the scorer. Later, Chief Guest Zeeshan Ahmad gave man of the match award to Umair Rafaqat whuile Coordinator Muhammad Ajmal was also present on the occasion.
NEW DELHI: Former India and Uttar Pradesh seamer Praveen Kumar has retired from all forms of cricket.Known for his ability to swing the ball both ways and bowl long spells, the 32-year-old played 84 internationals for India between 2007 and 2012, taking 112 wickets across formats.“I have no regrets. Dil sey khela, dil sey bowling daala (I played and bowled with my heart). There are good bowlers waiting in the wings back in UP and I don’t want their careers to be affected,” Praveen told an Indian newspaper. “My time is over and I have accepted it. I’m happy and thankful to God for giving me this chance.”
LAHORE: Golden Eagles beat Turk Plast by 4 runs at Shah Faisal Cricket Ground and qualified for the quarter final of the 5th Shami Memorial Veterans Cricket Cup. Amar Cables, Aftab Qarshi, Shah Jamal Green, Income Tax Seniors, Turk Plast, Punjab Cottage and Lahore Green also qualified the quarter-final.Scores: Golden Eagle 206/9 after 30 overs (Farhan Khan 79, M Hafeez 37, Saleem Elahi 17, Kashif Raja 15, Salman Khan 13. Rana Naveed ul Hassan 3/25, Nadeem Baig 2/34. Turk Plast 202 all out after 29.5 overs (Kamran Hussain 54, Adnan Khan 40, Rizwan Ahmad 33. Tajamul Ch. 3/51, Farhan Khan 2/18, Rashid Latif Junior 2/30). Javaid Ashraf and Qaiser Waheed were umpires and Farrukh Ilyas Raja was the score.In the end chief guest international cricketer Rana Naveed ul Hassan gave away man of the match award to Farhan Khan.
ISLAMABAD: Rawalpindi hit back after conceding a 34-run first innings lead against Multan in their Quaid-i-Azam Trophy match at the Pindi Stadium on Saturday.Resuming at the overnight score of 56-1, Rawalpindi were bowled out for 178 in their first innings. That was in response to Multan’s 212 on the opening day.Rawalpindi then reduced Multan to 110-5 when stumps were drawn for the second day. The visitors are now 144 runs ahead.Scores in brief: At Pindi Stadium, Rawalpindi: Multan 212 all out in 57.1 overs (Zeeshan Ashraf 101, Yousaf Babar 41; Syed Touseeq Shah 5-75, Saad Altaf 4-70) and 110-5 in 40 overs (Imran Rafiq 43; Haseeb Azam 2-41). Rawalpindi 178 all out in 50.5 overs (Zeeshan Malik 39, Tayyab Riaz 29; Sajjad Hussain 5-58, Mohammad Ali 4-79).