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 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 for the next big fight [Read More…]

Jan 102018
 
Amir Khan ends feud with Eddie Hearn

Amir Khan and Eddie Hearn at London’s Dorchester Hotel. Photo: ReutersAmir 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 of [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 squad1) Sarfraz Ahmed (C)/W-K2) Fakhar Zaman3) Ahmed Shehzad4) Babar Azam5) Shoaib Malik6) Harris Sohail7) Muhammad Hafeez8) Muhammad Nawaz9) Shadab Khan10) Faheem Ashraf11) Amir Yamin12) Muhammad Amir13) Hasan Ali14) Rumman Raees15) Umar Amin Click for detailed story

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/REUTERSMELBOURNE: 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 5-4 when Djokovic broke again to wrap up [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
 
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
 
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…]

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