Jul 232017
 

England on Sunday beat India by nine runs to win the Women’s World Cup at London.

India were set a score of 229 runs by Heather Knight’s England but they lost their last wicket in the 49th over, just nine runs short of the target.

For India, Punam Raut was the top-scorer with 86 off 115 balls.

Anya Shrubsole was the chief destructor for England as she bagged six wickets in 9.4 overs for 46 runs.

Earlier, England were helped by Natalie Sciver (51 off 68) and Sarah Taylor (45 off 62) as they scored 288-7 in their 50 overs.

Jhulan Goswami bagged three wickets for India in her 10 overs, giving away only 23 runs with three maidens to her name.

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Jul 232017
 
I’m no longer in control of police dept, Sindh IGP tells CM

The Sindh police chief told the chief minister on Sunday that he was no longer in control of his department as government departments were meddling in police affairs, crippling its entire administrative structure. There could be a law and order crisis in the province as there was no progress on the apex committee’s decisions, IGP AD Khowaja warned CM Murad Ali Shah in a letter. The police chief complained that he had not been empowered in line with the apex committee’s decision and police transfers and postings were being carried out without his permission. The police chief’s letter comes a few days after a massive reshuffle in the Sindh police, wherein the Karachi police head and other officials were replaced. Ghulam Qadir Thebo replaces Mushtaq Maher as Karachi police chief Khowaja pointed out that the home and the services & general administration coordination departments were unduly interfering in police affairs. He added that police officers were being harassed and pressured to take illegals actions. The police chief told the CM that the additional IG operations and the DIG finance were transferred without his approval. Pointing out that central police’s administrative structure had been paralysed, the IGP implored Shah to “save the [police] department from drifting into complete maladministration.”     The post I’m no longer in control of police dept, Sindh IGP tells CM appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jul 232017
 

STOCKHOLM: The issue of mental health in football was thrown back into the spotlight this week as figures released in Norway showed that four in 10 of the nation’s elite football players have suffered from anxiety and depression. NISO, the representative organisation for Norway’s professional players, took part in a survey in 2015 organised by global players’ union FIFPro, and the local results shocked NISO boss Joachim Walltin, who called it “a matter of life and death”. “I think we could help turn many of them around if we could talk to them about it, and they could get help at an early stage,” said Walltin. Mental health awareness A number of high-profile players have spoken out on the subject, including former England internatonal Steven Caulker, of Championship club Queens Park Rangers, who in June described his own struggle with mental illness and addiction. The Norwegian survey results showed that 43.8 % of respondents said they suffered from anxiety or depression, with almost a quarter having trouble sleeping and close to seven percent saying they had a problematic relationship with alcohol. The symptoms are familiar to Thorstein Andersen Aase, who turned his back on top-flight football in his early 20s after suffering from a prolonged bout of anxiety about his performances. Korn guitarist calls Chester Bennington a ‘coward’ for committing suicide “It was a time where the faults in my motivation progressed into symptoms that could represent depression and angst, but as soon as I stopped playing they were gone,” he [Read More…]

Jul 232017
 

BEIJING: Yang Qianqian holds out her smartphone to scan a barcode on the mobile of a vendor selling fresh fruit and vegetables at a bustling outdoor market in Beijing. The dance student is part of an explosion in the use of mobile payment platforms in China as consumers increasingly take out phones instead of cash to pay for everything from a coffee to a language class or a gas bill. “Even though I have cash on me it’s not convenient to get it when I am carrying a lot of bags,” said Yang, 25, clutching plastic bags filled with pears, potatoes and watermelon. China was the first country in the world to use paper money but centuries later the soaring popularity of mobile payment has some analysts forecasting it could be the first to stop. The gross merchandise value of third party mobile payment rose more than 200 per cent to 38 trillion yuan (about $5.6 trillion) in 2016 from a year earlier, according to China-based iResearch. Samsung to launch web payments service for Android phones in South Korea The growth of the cash-free system has been supported by China’s rapidly expanding e-commerce market as Chinese shoppers increasingly shun bricks and mortar stores. “I think it’s really very possible that China becomes the first or one of the first cashless societies in the next decade,” said Ben Cavender, a director at China Market Research Group. Cavender estimates China’s mobile payment market is already 40-50 times larger than the United States. Alipay, [Read More…]

Jul 232017
 
Pakistani tennis star Aisam ul Haq bags yet another title

KARACHI: Continuing his superb form this year, Pakistan’s tennis star Aisam ul Haq has added yet another feather to his cap by winning the doubles title of the ATP Hall of Fame Tennis Championship, held in Newport.The top seeded pair of Aisam and Rajeev Ram – his partner from the US – defeated the Austrian duo of Matt Reid and John Smith in a thrilling final that lasted 75 minutes.The Pak-US duo won the first set without much resistance, dropping only four frames, but lost the second frame 4-6. In the super tie breaker, Aisam and Ram were better than their opponents, securing a 10-7 victory.With this win – 6-4, 4-6, and 10-7, Aisam has bagged his fifth ATP title of the year apart from four ATP World Tour ones, all with different partners, and one ATP challenger at Surbiton, UK.Aisam emerged the victor in ATP World Tour titles at Auckland (with Marcin Matkowski), Barcelona (with Florin Mergea), and Antalya (with Robert Lindstedt). The win at Newport completes 15 ATP world tour double titles for the Pakistani player.This was also his first title with Ram and Aisam was happy to be paired with him, saying that he looks forward to winning more tournaments with him.“It’s been a pleasure to play with Rajeev. It’s been a great week. I love Newport and I love coming back here. He’s won so many titles on grass so it was a perfect combination,” he said.Talking about future, Aisam said, “Hopefully, we can play in the future again. [Read More…]

Jul 222017
 
Ronaldo will remain Real player '2-3 more years', says Zidane

Real Madrid’s striker Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his second goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Real Madrid vs FC Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 18, 2017, AFP/Christof Stache LOS ANGELES: Cristiano Ronaldo will remain a Real Madrid player for “the next 2-3 years”, coach Zinedine Zidane said Saturday, ending talk the Bernabeu superstar might depart for Manchester United.On the eve of Real’s pre-season friendly against United at Santa Clara, California, Zidane spoke in Los Angeles about the 32-year-old Portuguese forward who is currently on vacation.“There has been a lot of talk surrounding Cristiano, that he wanted to go,” Zidane acknowledged. “I only believe in one thing – whenever I’ve spoken to him, he has been very relaxed.“He’s on holiday and he will be back with us on the fifth (of August). I listen, just like everyone else, but the only thing I’m concerned with is what he wants to do with Real Madrid.“He’ll be here with us on the fifth and I think he’ll stay for the next 2 or 3 years he’s got left with us.”Real will also play US tune-up matches on Wednesday against Manchester City at Los Angeles and next Saturday against bitter rivals Barcelona in Miami before next month´s scheduled return for Ronaldo.“He’s on a very well-deserved holiday after the year we’ve had,” Zidane said. “He has to come back in and we’ll look at when he’ll get some playing time. I’m sure he’ll be ready in [Read More…]

Jul 222017
 
Germany edge Italy, Sweden sink Russia

DEVENTER, Netherlands: Babett Peter´s second-half penalty edged defending champions Germany to a 2-1 victory over 10-woman Italy at the women´s Euro tournament in Netherlands on Friday. In the other Group B game, captain Lotta Schelin and Stina Blackstenius powered Sweden to a 2-0 win over Russia. In an eventful game in Tilburg, Germany drew first blood in the 19th minute when Josephine Henning headed home after Italian keeper Laura Giuliani spilled the ball following Dzsenifer Marozsan´s free-kick. Italy equalised from a counter-attack 10 minutes later as Ilaria Mauro nutmegged German keeper Almuth Schult after a pass from Barbara Bonansea who had sprinted down the whole length of the left wing. Peter scored from the spot on 67 minutes after Giuliani had brought down Anja Mittag in the box, and a minute later Italy were reduced to 10 players as defender Elisa Bartoli picked up a second yellow card. Germany hit the post twice — Sara Daebritz in the first half and Mandy Islacker in the second — while Bonansea saw her free-kick cleared by a diving Schult with 10 minutes to go as Italy were eliminated. “I think this was a great Italy,” said Italy coach Antonio Cabrini. “We played on a par with a much better team than us. We had a great 70 minutes and believed in it to the very end.” In Deventer, Schelin scored Sweden´s opening goal on 22 minutes, heading in a superb free-kick taken by Magdalena Ericsson. Blackstenius made it 2-0 in the 51st [Read More…]

Jul 222017
 
Valverde dismisses talk of Neymar move

NEW YORK: Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde swatted down talk of star striker Neymar departing for a world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, dismissing “rumours” on Friday and saying the squad wants him to stay. Amid reports that Neymar´s future at the Camp Nou is in doubt, Valverde says the Brazil international is beloved and wanted at Barca for years to come. “This is a time of rumours. We understand it´s how it is,” Valverde said. “He is with us right now. One of us. It´s a player we love and we want. Not only football-wise, but also for the things he brings to the locker room. “It´s only rumours. There´s no need to worry about something we don´t know if it´s going to happen or not. If it happens in the future, we´ll see. But no need to worry about it now.” The comments came as Barcelona opened a US exhibition tour to prepare for the upcoming campaign. Barcelona midfielder and captain Sergio Busquets also shrugged off talk of Neymar departing as rumour. “It´s a period of rumours and there´s a lot of news going on,” Busquets said. “He´s the only one who knows. If he has to say something he will. There´s nothing I have to tell him. He already knows where he is.” Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano called Neymar the future of the Spanish giants, telling ESPN on Friday that he hopes the striker stays as well. “In the case of Ney, obviously he is young, and I hope [Read More…]

Jul 222017
 

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has failed to wrap up the infamous spot-fixing scandal from the Pakistan Super League second season despite spending hundreds of thousands of rupees on it from its funds, per Daily Express. During the sophomore season of its prized T20 league this year, Pakistan cricket once again faced a moment of infamy when it occurred that several of its cricketers were embroiled in a fresh spot-fixing scandal. The board at that time reacted immediately, suspending Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif before adding some other names to the list, but it has failed to conclude the matter despite several months having passed by. Spot-fixing trial against Sharjeel, others underway Meanwhile, the three-member tribunal, headed by Justice (R) Asghar Haider and formed to probe the case, has continued to conduct the hearings. Haider, and the two other members of the said tribunal — former PCB Chairman Lt Gen (R) Tauqir Zia and ex-Test cricketer Waseem Bari — are each paid Rs25,000 per day for their sources, per sources. According to a modest estimate, the tribunal conducted 29 hearings between May 15 and July 18, totaling to Rs2.1m in payments made to the tribunal members alone, which does not include the legal cost. Hence, after tarnishing the board’s reputation once, the spot-fixing case continues to bleed the PCB. The post Spot-fixing scandal continues to bleed PCB appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jul 222017
 

Fresh from stunning the local scrabble circuit by becoming Pakistan’s youngest national champion, Sohaib Sanaullah has now set his sights on next month’s World Junior Scrabble Championship in England. Pitted against tournament favourites such as 2013 World Youth Scrabble Championship (WYSC) winner Moizullah Baig, 2016 WYSC runner-up Abdullah Abbasi and defending champ Waseem Khatri, 15-year-old Sanaullah  sprang a major surprise, sneaking with the national championship as his three major rivals finished second, third and fifth respectively. “It feels great to be a champion but it was not easy to win the national title as our circuit is just so competitive,” Sanaullah told The Express Tribune. “We have Abdullah, Moiz and Khatri and several others who have been to the WYSC before so it was not easy at all. I had to really focus and give my all. I’m now looking forward to the world championship.” The Generation’s School student started playing scrabble just four years ago, and got his big break two years later when he made it to local championships. During this time he has had to work hard on his game but he says it was worth the effort. Details disclosed for scrabble qualifiers “It’s been a journey,” he said. “I used to play recreationally but then two years ago I entered the national championships and since then all I’ve wanted to do is to improve my game. But this title is just the culmination point as only I know how many games I lost in the last [Read More…]

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