Aug 192017
?Waseem needs funds to have title bout staged in Korea?

KARACHI: World Boxing Council (WBC) two-time world silver flyweight champion Mohammad Waseem’s promoter Andy Kim is making hectic efforts to organise the world title bout for the Pakistani boxer in South Korea but he is facing a huge sponsorship problem. If he fails to meet the required financial demand then Waseem will have to play in his rival’s country and this may create problems for the Quetta-born fighter to secure his first world crown. “I will need the funds so that I will be able to host the world title bout in Korea, our own territory. Otherwise, we may get the title shot but have to go to Japan which means he is likely to lose by hometown decision,” Kim told ‘The News’. The world No 1 Waseem is expected to meet in the world title fight against the knock-out artist and Japan’s most accomplished 22-year old boxer Daigo Higa, reigning flyweight world champion. He is the most dangerous fighter in his class, having won all his 13 bouts he has played so far through knock-outs. In the WBC convention in October, Kim would formally file a request for the title shot of Waseem against Higa. When asked how much sponsorship he has managed so far he said: “I have got no sponsors and we will need funds more than we needed last time because world title fight is very expensive. I am worried as Japanese have a lot of money. Higa is their hero just like Waseem,” Kim feared. [Read More…]

Aug 182017
Pakistan's Mansoor Zaman to face Jordan in Asian Junior Squash final

KARACHI: Pakistani professional squash player Mansoor Zaman has qualified for the final of Asian Junior Squash championship, which is currently being held in Amman, Jordan.Mansoor defeated Alireza Shameli of Iran in the semi-final of the U19 category. He only took 34 minutes to take down his opponent to win the match 12-10, 11-6, and 11-8.Pakistan will now play Jordan – represented by Mohammad Al-Sarraj – in the championship final. Top-seeded Sarraj defeated Pakistan’s Abdul Malik in the tournament’s second semi-final.However, Pakistan’s Huzaifa Ibrahim and Asadullah were defeated in the semifinals of U13 and U15 categories, respectively.Ibrahim went down fighting against top seed Joachim Chuah Han Wen of Malaysia in the semi-final of the U13 category.Asadullah, on the other hand, lost to Muhammad Amir Amirul Bin Azhar – a top seed from Malaysia – in the U15 semi-final. Click for detailed story

Aug 182017
Chromatex win junior girls team event title

KARACHI: Chromatex lifted the title of the junior girls team event after beating defending champions Sindh, while Sindh wore the crown of the cadet girls team event competitions when they upstaged Punjab in their last league fixtures of the Panasonic 24th National Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships here at the Islamia Club on Friday. In the junior girls team event’s last fixture, Chromatex defeated Sindh 3-2. In the first game, Maira Khan lost to Hareem Anwer 0-3 with the set score of 2-11, 7-11, 2-11 and Fatima Khan defeated Nimra Faiq 3-0 with the set score of 11-2, 11-4, 11-4. Maheen beat Ayesha Zafar 3-0 with the set score of 11-5, 11-3, 11-4 while Fatima Khan lost to Hareem Anwer 11-5, 11-13, 9-11, 9-11 and Maira Khan overcame Nimra Faiq 3-2 with the set score of 11-9, 13-11, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7. Meanwhile in the cadet girls team event’s final fixture, Sindh defeated Punjab 3-2 to win the title. Maryam Faiq lost to Zainab 2-11, 6-11, 3-11, Maria Tazeem overpowered Nimra 11-2, 11-5, 11-4 while Maryam and Mehak went down 2-3 against the pair of Zainab and Nimra with the set score being 9-11, 1-11, 15-13, 11-7, 10-12. Similarly, Maria Tazeem defeated Zainab 3-1 with the set score of 3-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6 and Maryam Faiq overwhelmed Nimra 3-0 with the set score of 11-6, 12-10, 12-10. Meanwhile, Army and Sindh blasted their way into the final of the junior boys team event competitions. In the semi-finals, Army defeated Punjab [Read More…]

Aug 182017
Premier League managers back transfer window change

BURNLEY, England: Premier League clubs will vote next month on a proposal to ensure the transfer window closes before the season starts, with the plan already winning the backing of several managers. A vote will take place at the Premier League shareholders meeting on September 7 and clubs from the lower divisions in the English Football League are set to follow suit next month.Currently, the window closes on the last day of August but the Premier League season began on August 11 with the lower divisions kicking off a week earlier. Burnley manager Sean Dyche said the current system can seriously disrupt the work of a manager and his team.“You don’t want to start the season and lose three of your players when you’re three games into the season. That could be really hard to take. And that happens,” he said. “I think if you could get that done as well, it means that once the football starts, the managers, coaches and teams can just get on with the football.” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, Swansea boss Paul Clement and Stoke’s Mark Hughes are among those who have backed a change.“From a manager’s point of view I would be in favour of the window closing before the season starts because of the disruption it causes,” Hughes said on Friday. West Ham United’s Croatian manager Slaven Bilic supports the idea but has highlighted one potential pitfall to a change — the risk of a different window deadline from European leagues. “For me [Read More…]

Aug 182017
Cyclist Usama, coach Haroon to attend UCI camp in Seoul

KARACHI: Young cyclist Usama Ahmed and coach Mohammad Haroon will attend a cycling camp which will begin at the international cycling governing body’s (UCI) satellite training centre in Seoul, South Korea, from August 20. They were scheduled to fly out of Islamabad for the Korean capital on Friday night.Lahore-born 17-year-old Usama is yet to make his international debut. Haroon is the secretary of Islamabad Cycling Association. He is also the grandson of former Test cricketer Fazal Mehmood. He will attend level-1 and level-11 coaching courses. The camp will last 40 days. They will return on September 30, Pakistan Cycling Federation’s (PCF) secretary Syed Azhar Ali Shah told ‘The News’ on Friday.Sardar Nazakat Ali (coach) and Marium, the rider of Army, got training in Seoul last year. Shah said that such centres are also operating in Japan and India. He thanked Korean Cycling Federation (KCF), President and Secretary of Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC), and President of UCI Bran Cookson for their efforts in providing world-class training opportunities to PCF cyclists and coaches. Shah also requested the federal and provincial governments’ sports departments to include the scheme of construction of cycling velodromes in their respective ADPs so that they could be used to groom national riders for future national duty.   Click for detailed story

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 182017
Amir allowed to travel to Pakistan for fitness tests by Essex

KARACHI: English county Essex has confirmed that its oversea signing from Pakistan, fast bowler Mohammad Amir, has been allowed to travel back to Pakistan to attend fitness tests being conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).The county, in a statement released on Friday evening, said that Amir has been released on the request of PCB and he will return to the county after the tests. “Essex Cricket overseas star Mohammad Amir will return to Pakistan tomorrow for a series of fitness and medical tests at the request of the Pakistan Cricket Board,” said the county spokesman.“Amir is scheduled to return to England on August 26, in time for the crucial Specsavers County Championship game against Somerset at The Cloudfm County Ground,” the statement adds.Amir has been impressive with his superb performance with Essex this season with 12 wickets in two county championship matches and 13 wickets in 12 Natwest T20 tournament matches.The Pakistan international will still be involved in Friday’s NatWest T20 Blast clash against Sussex Sharks as the Eagles hunt for a quarter-final place. Click for detailed story

Aug 182017
Chinese fans tell 'Homesick Boy' Tevez to stay away

SHANGHAI: Chinese football fans and media are urging underperforming Carlos Tevez not to return from a trip to Argentina, nicknaming him “Very Homesick Boy” as speculation swirls that he wants out of China.The 33-year-old Argentine former international has been a flop since moving this year to Shanghai Shenhua on a fat salary, scoring only twice, missing half the games through injury and having his commitment repeatedly questioned by fans.Tevez, who has previously suggested he would look to leave after the season, flew to Buenos Aires this week for treatment on a muscle injury.The trip has fuelled suspicions that he may not return, though the Chinese Super League (CSL) club told AFP this week Tevez was expected back by the end of the month.Shanghai Shenhua made Tevez one of the best-paid players in the world when they signed him in January from Boca Juniors on reported weekly wages of around 730,000 euros ($850,000).But the former Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus star has failed to settle and has been christened by supporters and media in China as “Very Homesick Boy” — a play on how his name is pronounced in Chinese.The label is also an apparent reference to Tevez’s falling-out with then-City boss Roberto Mancini, when Tevez refused to warm up as a substitute in the last moments of a Champions League match against Bayern Munich in September 2011.Tevez flew back to Argentina and considered retiring, before eventually returning to England in February 2012.Many football fans on Weibo, China’s equivalent of [Read More…]

Aug 182017
Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir to feature in World XI squad: PCB sources

South Africa’s star batsman Hashim Amla and spin king Imran TahirLAHORE: With just a few weeks to go until the ICC World XI team comes to Pakistan for a three-match T20 series, the Pakistan Cricket Board has made positive progress in talks with foreign cricketers for the tour. According to PCB sources, South Africa’s star batsman Hashim Amla and spin king Imran Tahir will be included in the World XI squad, which is expected to tour Pakistan between September 10-15. Former Zimbabwe captain and England coach Andy Flower is playing a key role in putting together the World XI team and has made progress in talks with Amla and Pakistan-born Tahir, the sources said. Punjab govt asks PCB to reschedule World XI tour Rescheduling advised due to by-election of NA-120 on September 17 A list of 13 players featuring in the World XI squad will be announced in the next few days, the sources added.The World XI tour was originally scheduled for late September, but the Punjab government reportedly advised the PCB to push back the tour dates before the NA-120 by-election on September 17. A security report on the proposed tour will be delivered soon by the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA), which will go a long way in persuading players whether it is safe to tour. Click for detailed story

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