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Aug 182017
6th Army PACES Championship concludes

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Okara Cantt at the conclusion of 6th Army PACES (Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System) Championship and distributed awards to the winners. A total of 250 contestants from 10 best teams participated in different events of the championship which was held from Aug 9 to 18. PACES was introduced in the Pakistan Army in 2010 by revamping existing physical training methods with the objective to improve the fitness and agility of troops. Speaking on the occasion, COAS appreciated the physical fitness standards displayed by the participants and efforts of both trainers and trainees in achieving those standards. He said that regardless of the advances in warfare technology, the basic traits of soldiering are linked with physical fitness. Rawalpindi Corps team won the Championship, while Karachi Corps team won the second position. Sepoy Zahir Shah won the overall best player award and Sepoy Nasir Ullah secured the second position. In individual matches, Sepoy Ashir Masih secured the first position in 3.2 km run by covering the distance in 9:57 minutes. Sepoy Shamraze Shaheen won the first position by completing combat efficiency test in 53.26 seconds. Sepoy Jamshaid Khan did           112 pull ups to clinch the first position in pull ups match. Sepoy Ashir Azeem secured the first position in sit up match by doing 2377 sit ups. Sepoy Irfan Riaz did 1503 push-ups to secure the first position. Click for detailed story

Aug 172017
Bolt reveals injury details and rounds on doubters

LONDON: Usain Bolt delivered a rebuke those who questioned whether he really suffered an injury in his farewell race at the World Athletics Championships by revealing details of his hamstring tear on Thursday. The Jamaican, stung by speculation that he had pulled up in the anchor leg of the 4 x 100 metres relay final in London on Saturday because he was too far behind to win the race, said the injury would need three months of rehabilitation. Accompanied by an x-ray of the injury to his left hamstring, the eight-times Olympics gold medallist was also adamant in social media posts that he never cheated his fans.The 30-year-old explained on Twitter: “Sadly I have tear of the proximal myotendineous junction of biceps femoris in my left hamstring with partial retraction. “I don’t usually release my medical report to the public but sadly I have sat and listened to people questioning if I was really injured. I have never been one to cheat my fans in any way & my entire desire at the championship was run one last time for my fans. Thanks for the continued support my fans and I rest, heal and move onto the next chapter of my life #Love&LoveAlone.” Bolt had been three metres down on the two leaders as he took on the last leg of the relay, which was won by Britain, only to pull up sharply and fall to the ground.He speculated on Sunday that the injury might have been caused by having [Read More…]

Aug 172017
Ahsan, Shahram struggling to reach knockout round

KARACHI: Seventh seed Mohammad Ahsan Javaid and eighth seed Shahram Changezi jeopardised their chances of proceeding to the knockout phase by succumbing to defeats on the penultimate day of league matches in the 9th NBP Ranking Snooker Championship 2017 here at the NBP Sports Complex in Clifton on Thursday. Unseeded Agha Bilawal qualified for the pre-quarter-finals from the Group A in which top seed Mohammad Sajjad is the leading contender for the other slot. Second seed Asjad Iqbal and unseeded Mubashir Raza have already secured the two pre-quarter-final berths from the Group B. Third seed Khurram Hussain Agha is the favourite to join the last 16 from the Group C alongwith unseeded Haris Tahir, who has already qualified. Fourth seed Nadir Miran, having lost a game, is struggling to make the cut from the Group D from which unseeded Majid Ali has already advanced to the pre-quarters. Both the last-16 slots have been decided in the Group E as fifth seed Shahid Aftab and unseeded Mohammad Ijaz have progressed to the next round. There was fierce competition for the knockout slots and there was everything to play for in the Group F, G and H going into the fourth and final day of preliminary round matches on Friday (today). Defending champion Mohammad Asif and sixth seed Sohail Shahzad are in contention for the knockout places from the Group F where Abu Saim and Aakash Rafique have also mounted great challenge. Seventh seed Ahsan Javaid still has a hope of entering [Read More…]

Aug 172017
Milan top challengers to Juve?s magnificent seven

MILAN: Juventus, beaten Champions League finalists twice in the past three seasons, begin the 2017-2018 season looking to extend their current record of six consecutive title wins in Italy’s Serie A. Here, AFP looks at the teams looking to stop Massimiliano Allegri’s men from securing a seventh consecutive league crown. AC Milan An impressive summer spending spree, which included long-time Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, has boosted hopes at the seven-time European champions who are now owned by a Chinese consortium. Coach Vincenzo Montella has also signed Portugal starlet Andre Silva (Porto), is reportedly on the verge of capturing Fiorentina’s Croatian ace Nikola Kalinic and will recoup M’Baye Niang after his loan spell at Watford ended. The capture of Argentinian Lucas Biglia from Lazio will add muscle to a Milan midfield that is set to feature the attacking talents of Hakan Calhanoglu, Suso, Giacomo Bonaventura and powerful Franck Kessie. Inter Milan Bold predictions last season unravelled even before Frank De Boer was sacked after 85 days and replaced by Stefano Pioli before he, in turn, was shown the door amid a late-season downward spiral that saw Inter slide from Champions League contention to seventh place. Former Roma supremo Luciano Spalletti is now at the helm. Inter’s acquisition of Slovakian central defender Milan Skriniar from Sampdoria, Fiorentina midfielders Matias Vecino and Borja Valero and Brazilian left-back Dalbert (Nice) adds weight to a squad that, on occasion last season, showed glimpses of title-winning ability. Napoli Still searching to emulate the heady days of [Read More…]

Aug 122017
Bolt anchors Jamaica into finals

LONDON: Usain Bolt’s bid to bring the curtain down on his glittering career with a 15th world gold medal remained on track as Jamaica qualified for the final of the 4x100m relay. Bolt took the unusual step of racing the relay heats, something usually reserved for the more unheralded members of the squad. Tyquendo Tracey, Julian Forte and Michael Campbell safely negotiated the first three legs before Bolt steered his team home in a winning, season’s best of 37.95 seconds. Bolt acknowledged that Yohan Blake would likely come in for the final, all the while praising his less-experienced relay teammates. “The young runners in our team — it is just about executing and coming through the race for them,” he said. “We have been training that relay, there were some camps. Still there were some mistakes. Yohan Blake coming in for the final is definitely good.” Bolt’s bid to retain his 100m title went up in smoke as American Justin Gatlin won gold, with Christian Coleman taking silver. No matter the result of the relay, organisers said Bolt will be afforded a dedicated lap of honour on Sunday (today) in tribute to his amazing track career. Gatlin ran the second leg for the US team, led off by Mike Rodgers, another dope cheat, BeeJay Lee and Coleman on anchor. They clocked 37.70 seconds to finish 0.06sec ahead of Britain. Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers held on to retain her world 200m title on Friday as the United States had another night [Read More…]

Aug 102017
UBL Independence Day Cup promises top class action

KARACHI: Pakistan’s leading golfers were on Thursday seen flexing their muscles for the UBL 9th Independence Day Cup Open Golf Championship which tees off here at the picture-perfect Defence Authority Country and Golf Club from Friday (today). While the subsidiary events of the Rs2.5 million championship were held in pleasant conditions on Thursday, the real action will start today when the country’s top professionals will begin their campaigns for the coveted title. On Thursday, the course was playing well as a pleasant breeze allowed the players to give their best. Among the various events that were held on Thursday were — senior amateurs, ladies, juniors and veteran’s (over 65 years). On Friday, Pakistan No. 1 Shabbir Iqbal will begin his quest to retain the title in a 54-hole contest that will pit him against several battle-hardened opponents.Among his chief rivals will be Muhammad Munir, who was the runner-up at the last year’s event. Earlier, the tournament’s officials and sponsors shared details of the event stressing that it will be a befitting occasion to mark the 70th Independence Day celebrations.Brig Tariq Rafique, the DACGC Secretary, said that over 400 players will be featuring in the various events of the championship. He said that the organizers have made best possible arrangements for yet another successful event. Lt Col Zahid Iqbal, the Club’s Captain, said that the DACGC course was in excellent shape. He said that the DACGC has the second best course in Pakistan with lush green fairways and greens that offered [Read More…]

Aug 082017
McLeod wins title, Merritt?s dream dashed

LONDON: Jamaica’s Omar McLeod added the world 110 metres hurdles title to his Olympic crown here on Monday and jointly dedicated it to his mother and superstar Usain Bolt. However, world record holder Aries Merritt’s dream of winning at least a medal two years after a kidney transplant were dashed as the American 2012 Olympic champion finished fifth. McLeod, 23, led from start to finish to take the title in 13.04 seconds from defending champion Sergey Shubenkov with Balazs Baji of Hungary taking a surprise bronze.“It’s crazy, it’s my moment,” said McLeod. “I had to win tonight as my mother (Arnella Knight-Morris) was watching in the stands. I dedicate this win to my mother.”McLeod provided Jamaica with a much-needed boost after both Bolt and women’s double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson failed to bring home gold in the 100m. “I really wanted to come out here and keep the Jamaican flag high,” said McLeod.“Usain Bolt he’s still legendary, this is also for you! His legacy to Jamaican athletics he deserves such a tribute!” McLeod added: “This one is special, honestly. There was a lot of pressure coming in but I channelled it positively.“It’s totally different to last year where we had Usain and Elaine winning, which I used to propel me. I didn’t have that this time so I really wanted to come out and shine my own light.” McLeod dominated the race leaving the others to fight it out for the minor medals with Merritt in contention until the [Read More…]

Aug 082017
Nadal not eyeing number one ranking in Montreal

MONTREAL: Rafael Nadal says he’ll focus on the foes in front of him at the ATP Montreal Masters this week, and not on his chance to return to number one in the world. A semi-final run here would see the Spaniard supplant Britain’s Andy Murray atop the rankings.“I don’t even think about that now,” Nadal said of number one. “I’m trying to have the right preparation now and that’s it. “I’m going to keep trying to play the way I did in the first part of the season, so if I’m able to make that happen, I hope to have a chance to do well.”The top seed is expected to open his campaign for a fourth Canadian title on Wednesday with a second-round meeting against either Croatian Borna Coric or Russian lucky loser Mikhail Youzhny.Nadal could also be on track for a third round showdown against 2009 tournament runner-up Juan Martin del Potro.  Click for detailed story

Aug 062017
Cool-headed Marquez at the double at Czech GP

BRNO, Czech Republic: Honda’s Marc Marquez led a Spanish podium sweep at the Czech GP on Sunday to extend his MotoGP world championship lead with a second straight win. Dani Pedrosa was second almost 13 seconds back ahead of Maverick Vinales in third and nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi in fourth.“I could have gone faster but there was no need to do so, I had it won and I’m not taking those risks anymore,” said the three- time world champion who however celebrated by standing on his bike as he rode past the main stand to an ovation. “These kind of races (mixed weather) can be very challenging and you have to remain focussed,” Marquez said after negotiating his tyre change early.The result leaves the overall standings on a relative razor’s edge as Marquez leads with 154 points ahead of Vinales on 140, Andrea Dovizioso is third on 133, Rossi fourth on 132 and Pedrosa has 123 in fifth. In his third win of the season the defending champion Marquez was in truly imperious form, starting from pole and dominating, holding his nerve during the tyre change as he temporarily dropped down the field before gradually lap after lap extending his lead.   —AFP Click for detailed story

Aug 062017
Dutch beat Danes to win Women?s Euro 2017

ENSCHEDE, Netherlands: A brace from Vivianne Miedema led hosts Netherlands to a 4-2 win over Denmark and their first Women’s Euro title here on Sunday. Miedema pulled the hosts level at 1-1 on ten minutes and added her second goal two minutes from the end to round off the scoring, with Lieke Martens and skipper Sherida Spitse also scoring for the champions. Denmark took the lead as Nadia Nadim scored from the penalty spot on six minutes after Kika van Es had brought down Sanne Troelsgaard in the box. Miedema then fired home a superb cross from right winger Shanice van de Sanden who had outsprinted Cecilie Sandvej on the wing. Martens turned with the ball just outside the box in the 28th minute and her low left-footer beat diving Danish keeper Stina Petersen at her left post. The valiant Danes equalised on 33 minutes when skipper Pernille Harder picked up a long pass on the right wing, took it inside the box and wrong-footed Dutch keeper Sari van Veenendaal, scoring with a low left-foot shot to her left post. Spitse then scored five minutes after the break with a low shot from a free-kick and Miedema made it 4-2 after fooling a defender inside the box and beating Petersen with a low shot in the 89th minute. The Dutch are only the fourth team to lift the trophy after eight-time champions Germany, two-time winners Norway and Sweden, who won the first edition in 1984. Denmark, like the Dutch playing [Read More…]

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