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
 
Guptill assault hands Pakistan second loss

NELSON: Martin Guptill’s maniac hitting helped New Zealand secure a 2-0 lead against Pakistan courtesy a comprehensive eight-wicket win in Nelson on Tuesday.Set to chase a revised target of 151 off 25 overs after losing over two hours to rain, the New Zealand opener switched gears effortlessly to polish off the target with seven balls to spare. Guptill (86 not out) was well complemented by Ross Taylor, who stayed unbeaten on 45.Defending a modest 246, Mohammed Amir provided Pakistan an ideal start with the ball by taking out the dangerous Colin Munro, who edged to third man to bag a two-ball duck. Five balls later, Amir convinced skipper Sarfraz Ahmed to review a lbw call turned down against Kane Williamson when he hadn’t even opened his account. While Williamson did survive the review – the ball tracked to be bouncing over the stumps – he didn’t last long enough afterwards. Shadab Khan took a screamer at backward point to cut short the New Zealand captain’s stay in the middle, reducing the opponents to 47 for 2. Rain arrived shortly afterwards – with New Zealand on 64 for 2 after 14 overs – and only got heavier for the next hour. Having lost more than two hours of play, New Zealand’s target was recalculated to 151 from 25 overs. Effectively, the hosts needed 87 off 66 balls once the play resumed but also had to keep up with the DLS par score in case rain made an appearance again. Fittingly, Guptill [Read More…]

Jan 092018
 
US opts for youth with no World Cup in sight

LOS ANGELES: Acting US national team coach Dave Sarachan opted for young prospects in calling upon 30 players on Monday for the Americans annual January training camp.The session is set to open Wednesday at Los Angeles with the culmination of workouts to be a January 28 friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the training camp in Carson, home of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.“It’s all about the future and opportunity. We clearly feel that we want to have a look at these players that have the chance to be a part of the National Team for a number of years to come,” Sarachan said.The US team failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Russia and has eight candidates fighting for the presidency of the US Soccer Federation, with Sunil Gulati to be replaced in voting next month. So the Americans have no chance at a World Cup until 2022 in Qatar even as they bid with Mexico and Canada to co-host the 2026 event.And the camp comes on the same day that reports emerged that one of their top teen prospects, Monterrey midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez, has opted to play for Mexico rather than the US senior-level squad after years on American junior teams.The most capped player in camp with 37 is Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Gyasi Zardes followed by New England forward Juan Agudelo with 27 and seattle forward Jordan Morris with 24. “It’s a long journey forward, but this is the first step starting in 2018 [Read More…]

Jan 092018
 
Sri Lanka bring back Mathews as limited-overs captain

COLOMBO: All-rounder Angelo Mathews has been appointed Sri Lanka’s limited-overs skipper six months after relinquishing the captaincy across all three formats.The 30-year-old stepped down as captain last year after Sri Lanka’s shock home defeat to Zimbabwe, which he described as “one of the lowest points” of his career.Dinesh Chandimal was named the new Test captain, while Upul Tharanga was put in charge of the limited overs side.Tharanga was then striped of the captaincy after a string of defeats and replaced by Thisara Perera, who oversaw the team’s 2-1 loss in India last month, on a temporary basis.“When I stepped down I never thought of taking over the captaincy again,” Mathews, who is expected to lead the side into the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales, told reporters on Tuesday.“I took a few a few days to think about it, and because of a few reasons I decided to accept it.”Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said Mathews was given the job “on a long term basis” after he agreed to board president Thilanga Sumathipala’s request to shoulder the responsibility.“We need stability running into the World Cup,” said Mathews, who will begin the new phase of his captaincy in a tri-series in Bangladesh that also involves Zimbabwe later this month.“We’ve had a few captains over the last few months because of injuries. The other captains did a good job, though we didn’t get the results. But going into the World Cup we need that stability.” Click for detailed story

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