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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 082018
 
35,000 to appear in KP U23 Games trials

PESHAWAR: Around 35,000 youth would participate in the trials for the 3rd edition of the forthcoming Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inter-Regional Under-23 Games.Sharing details of the Under-23 Games with reporters at the Peshawar Sports Complex here, Director General (DG) Directorate of Sports Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Junaid Khan said that open trials would be conducted at the divisional level after January 15.He added that the logo of the Games would be unveiled in the separate ceremonies to be organised at all the seven regional headquarters including Peshawar, Mardan, Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu, Kohat, Hazara and Malakand.Junaid said that a total of 35,000 youth from across the province would be involved in the trials, out of which 11,500 youth would be shortlisted wherein 8,000 would participate at the divisional while 3,500 in the final round of the Games.Sports’ competitions involving male athletes include football, hockey, basketball, volleyball, squash, badminton, table tennis, tennis, athletics, gymnastics, judo, karate, wrestling, kabaddi, tug-of-war, taekwondo, cycling, handball, snooker, wushu, boxing, archery, mui-thai, weightlifting and full-contact karate.Female athletes will take part in cricket, hockey, basketball, volleyball, netball, squash, badminton, table tennis, athletics, baseball, judo, taekwondo, handball and wushu.He said that six new sports disciplines for males including wushu, boxing, archery, mui-thai, weightlifting, full body contact karate while for females taekwondo, wushu, tennis and rounder had been included in the divisional level competitions of the event.Junaid said that preparations for holding the event were in final stages, adding that Rs183 million were allocated for the Games in which Rs60 million would be [Read More…]

Jan 082018
 
FIFA WC trophy reaches Pakistan for first time

LAHORE: Football World Cup trophy, on the first tour of Pakistan, will be put on display at a local hotel here on January 10.Despite the ban by FIFA on Pakistan football, the FIFA trophy is touring Pakistan, one of the three countries of South Asia. Maldives and Sri Lanka are the other two countries which are part of the FIFA trophy tour.World renowned beverages company, Coca-Cola, which is part and parcel of world football, is handling the tour arrangements and for this historic FIFA trophy tour in Pakistan, a gigantic event has been arranged by Coca-Cola Pakistan to experience the first ever homecoming of FIFA Trophy to Pakistan.Earlier there were feelings that FIFA’s suspension of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) might hurt disrupt the trophy’s route and Pakistan may no longer be a stop for the World Cup trophy’s world tour.PFF’s suspension led to rumours that the trophy will be going to India instead of Pakistan. However, FIFA’s spokesperson later confirmed that no changes have been made to the tour. Football fans of the country are now looking forward to setting their sights on the fabled World Cup trophy, and it would be a sweet moment for former national skipper Saddam Hussain and midfielder Saadullah. For them, the trophy serves as little more than a stark reminder that while the World Cup may come to Pakistan, Pakistan are not going to the World Cup any time soon.After Pakistan’s tour, the 2018 FIFA World Cup trophy will be taken to Sri [Read More…]

Jan 082018
 
Hurricanes seal BBL thriller

SYDNEY: Sam Billings’ unbeaten 61 ended in heartbreak as Hobart Hurricanes clinched a thrilling five-run victory against Sydney Sixers.Billings kept Sixers in the chase with a stunning knock but with 18 needed off the last three balls, Billings connected with two sixes against Tymal Mills before missing the final one. It extended Sixers’ run without a win to five matches in the Big Bash League 2017-18.Brief Scores: Hobart Hurricanes 170/6 in 20 overs (D’Arcy Short 42, Matthew Wade 41; Sean Abbott 3/27) beat Sydney Sixers 165/4 in 20 overs (Sam Billings 61*, Jordan Silk 45; Tymal Mills 2/42). Click for detailed story

Jan 082018
 
Unpredictable Pakistan look to return to winning ways

NELSON: Pakistan’s nine-match One-day International unbeaten streak, since the Champions Trophy 2017, was brought to a screeching halt in Wellington. Pakistan, now, look to return to winning ways when they take on hosts New Zealand in the second game of the five-match series in Nelson on Tuesday.That Pakistan warmed-up for this series with a comprehensive 120-run victory at the same venue would inspire confidence in the side that suffered a top-order disintegration on Saturday and eventually succumbed to a 61-run defeat (on DLS) in the rain-hit encounter. With a century in warm-ups and an unbeaten 82 in the series, opener Fakhar Zaman, has done reasonably well to negate any doubts of his ability to deliver in unfamiliar conditions, and Faheem Ashraf too looked promising in his brief cameo. But the sight of all other batsmen crumbling against the relentless attack of New Zealand’s new-ball bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult was concerning. The pair shared five of the six wickets between them, reducing the visitors to 54 for 5 at one stage before a brief fightback came through. The worry for Pakistan in these tough conditions is the indifferent form of two of their most experienced campaigners – Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez. Malik had been in good touch during the last ODI assignment against Sri Lanka in UAE, but doesn’t boast of a good record in New Zealand. Being sparingly used as a bowler, he’d want to turn it around quickly with the bat to be able to hold [Read More…]

Jan 082018
 
Arif shines as Kemari Warriors beat Karimabad

KARACHI: Right-arm spinner Arif Yaqoob was on song with a four-wicket haul as Kemari Warriors defeated Karimabad Kings by eight wickets in their match of the Innovators Karachi Super League here at Naya Nazimabad Lawai cricket stadium on Sunday night.Batting first, Karimabad were bundled out for just 88 runs. Haider Abbas was the top-scorer with 29 runs. Kemari chased down the target with eight wickets in hand. Fareed Shah smashed a quickfire 44 and Kamran made 36. M Ali took one wicket. Click for detailed story

Jan 082018
 
Wozniacki jumps to 2nd in WTA rankings

PARIS: Caroline Wozniacki climbed to number two in the WTA rankings published on Monday following a run to the final in Auckland last week.It is the 27-year-old’s highest ranking in almost six years, when she lost the number one spot following a poor start to 2012. Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina moved up to fourth on the back of victory in Brisbane while German Julia Georges, who stunned Wozniacki in the Auckland final, climbed two places to 12th. Romania’s Simona Halep remains on top of the rankings ahead of the start of the Australian Open in Melbourne next week.Rankings as of January 8:1. Simona Halep (ROM) 6,425pts2. C Wozniacki (DEN) 6,095 (+1)3. G Muguruza (ESP) 6,005 (-1)4. E Svitolina (UKR) 5,785 (+2)5. Venus Williams (USA) 5,5676. K Pliskova (CZE) 5,445 (-2)7. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 4,9018. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 4,3859. Johanna Konta (GBR) 3,60010. Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 3,25811. K Mladenovic (FRA) 2,93512. Julia Georges (GER) 2,825 (+2)13. Sloane Stephens (USA) 2,80214. S Kuznetsova (RUS) 2,757 (-2)15. A Sevastova (LAT) 2,600 (+1)16. A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 2,485 (-1)17. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 2,220 (+1)18. Madison Keys (USA) 2,214 (+1)19. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 2,195 (-2)20. M Rybarikova (SVK) 2,141. Click for detailed story

Jan 082018
 
Australia?s Lynn out of England ODI series

SYDNEY: Big-hitting Australian batsman Chris Lynn has been ruled out of this month’s One-day International series against England with a calf problem, Cricket Australia said on Monday.Lynn suffered the injury to his right calf fielding in the Brisbane Heat’s Big Bash League match against the Perth Scorchers on Friday.It is expected the injury will sideline him for three to four weeks with selectors to announce a replacement shortly.The opening match of the five-game series takes place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Click for detailed story

Jan 082018
 
Caceres signs for Lazio

MILAN: Uruguayan defender Martin Caceres has signed a one-year contract with Lazio from Serie A rivals Verona, the Roman club confirmed on Monday.The 30-year-old former Barcelona, Sevilla and Juventus player’s contract includes an option for renewal, Lazio said in a statement. Caceres has recovered from injury problems which hampered him last season but has played 13 games since joining Verona last August after an unsuccessful three-months stint with English Premier League club Southampton. Click for detailed story

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