Oct 142017
 
Sri Lanka cricket team reluctant to tour Pakistan

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/9a52ef045c723243a294712a81c6e880.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTAvMTQvMjAxNyAxMDo0MDoyMCBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPUltdzV0c01xV0ZWOEhjcHRYRGlEbmc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] The Sri Lankan cricket team has indicated strong reluctance to visit Pakistan for the third and final T20I scheduled to be held on October 29 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.According to reports, forty contracted players of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have handed a letter to the board indicating that they do not wish to travel to Lahore for the last T20I against Pakistan.The letter, signed by the entire current squad and contracted players back home, has requested the board to consider a venue change.“SLC will have a quick chat to the players very soon. We don’t intend to disturb them in middle of a series, but we are left with no option but to address the issue. The ICC also will meet the players on Saturday to brief them about the situation in Lahore,” Cricbuzz reported, citing an SLC source.Earlier following the conclusion of ICC board meeting in Auckland, New Zealand, SLC had told PCB it was ready to send its team to Lahore for the third and final T20 on October 29, as scheduled, according to sources. The Gaddafi Stadium successfully hosted the Independence Cup and PSL final earlier this year, marking the return of international cricket to the country following the 2009 attack on Sri Lanka team.  Click for detailed story

Oct 142017
 
Sharapova reaches first final since drugs ban

Maria Sharapova in action during Tianjin OpenTIANJIN, CHINA: Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova crushed Peng Shuai 6-3, 6-1 at the Tianjin Open on Saturday to reach her first final since serving a 15-month doping ban.The 30-year-old Russian, playing on a wildcard in the seventh tournament of her comeback, hit top gear as she swept aside the Chinese third seed in one hour, 18 minutes.In front of a large home crowd, a businesslike Sharapova broke four times and conceded zero breaks of her own before wrapping up the semi-final with a clinical crosscourt forehand.In Sunday´s final — her first since she won the Italian Open in May 2015 — she will be the red-hot favourite against 102nd-ranked Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, who beat qualifier Sara Errani 6-1, 6-3.Sharapova has had a stop-start and injury-hit season since her controversial return at Stuttgart in April, following her ban for using the banned substance meldonium.The statuesque former world number one reached the Stuttgart semis but she retired in the Italian Open second round and also withdrew from her second-round match at Stanford.Sharapova missed Wimbledon qualifying because of injury and she wasn´t offered a wildcard to the French Open, but she reached the US Open last 16 on her return to Grand Slam tennis.She has cut a swathe through the limited draw in Tianjin, beating Irina-Camelia Begu, Magda Linette, Stefanie Voegele and Peng without dropping a set.Sharapova, one of the world´s highest-earning female athletes, will now expect to win her 36th career title and end a [Read More…]

Oct 142017
 
Sri Lankan board agrees to send team to Lahore for final T20

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/842e1f2c50ac6ede84adc1c66403a305.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTAvMTQvMjAxNyA5OjMyOjM4IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9MFlsNW9hei9UN2xnYldKSXJlZmh5QT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] LAHORE: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is ready to send its team to Lahore for the third and final T20 against Pakistan on October 29, as scheduled, PCB sources revealed following the conclusion of ICC board meeting in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday.Sources said that PCB chairman Najam Sethi had a detailed meeting with SLC officials on the sidelines of the ICC board meeting, where they assured him the team will be visiting Pakistan for the final T20, scheduled to be held at Gaddafi Stadium, which also successfully hosted the Independence Cup and PSL final earlier this year.Following the reassurance, top PCB officials instructed the board’s logistics department in Lahore to start finalising the arrangements for the match. PCB officials also had a fruitful meeting with their counterparts from the West Indian cricket board, who assured of the team’s visit to Pakistan in November. West Indies will play three T20s in Pakistan, the sources added. Pakistan, South Africa may play series later this year T20 Global League’s postponement opens window for bilateral series between Pakistan and South Africa It was also reported earlier that Pakistan and South Africa may play a series later this year, after the postponement of T20 Global League opened up a window for a bilateral tournament in South Africa. PCB and Cricket South Africa are believed to be in talks regarding the series.  Click for detailed story

Oct 132017
 
PSG chief in corruption probe put villa at Valcke?s disposal: police

ROME: Accused Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi put a Sardinian villa at the disposal of disgraced former top FIFA official Jerome Valcke, Italian police said on Friday. Khelaifi, the powerful Qatari sports executive who heads the BeIN media group, is said to have used the villa in Porto Cervo as a “means of corruption” over the sale of media rights for upcoming World Cups between 2018-30. Italian police said they had searched and seized the luxury “Villa Bianca”, owned by an international real estate agency, in a raid conducted in the presence of a “representative of the Swiss government”. Several people “linked to various titles to the company that owns the villa” have been questioned, police added. The Swiss attorney general’s office said Thursday they had opened a probe into Khelaifi and Valcke — who was Sepp Blatter’s right-hand man at FIFA — in March. Click for detailed story

Oct 132017
 
Gavrilova stutters into Hong Kong semi-finals

HONG KONG: Daria Gavrilova reached the semi-finals of the WTA Hong Kong Open for the second year in succession after a “silly” second-set meltdown and an error-strewn win against teenager Lizette Cabrera on Friday. The Australian world number 22 eventually came through 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, but only after an almighty struggle with her serve, a string of unforced errors and her own state of mind. She will play American Jennifer Brady on Saturday for a place in Sunday’s final. There was no sign of the drama to come when the 23-year-old raced through the first set 6-1 against her fellow Australian ranked 155. But the Russian-born seventh seed grew increasingly petulant in a second set where she committed 20 unforced errors. She took out her frustration on everyone including her father and coach Alexei Gavrilov at courtside, the crowd, the line judges and even a ball boy. “I lost my focus,” admitted the world number 22. “I said something silly to my dad. And I was just angry with myself.” And when, on losing the set, she threw her racquet at her chair it brought a chorus of boos from the normally respectful centre court crowd in Victoria Park. The third set was littered with double faults and unforced errors from both players. In the end Gavrilova sneaked over the line despite serving 16 double faults and having her serve broken five times. Her opponent on Saturday, Brady, reached a WTA Tour semi-final for the first time in her career [Read More…]

Oct 132017
 
Liverpool?s Klopp wary of much improved United

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp believes Manchester United have improved a lot since the teams last faced each other and is keeping an open mind about how Jose Mourinho’s side will set up when they visit Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday. United’s last trip to Liverpool ended in a scoreless stalemate, with Mourinho’s men sitting deep for most of the contest while looking to hurt Liverpool with long balls over the top to Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford in the reverse fixture ended in another draw, this time 1-1, as United looked once again to stifle their opponents, but Klopp knows they have more ways to hurt his team this time around. “Jose Mourinho’s teams play like they have to play in different moments,” the German told reporters on Friday. “In this moment of course they are in a much better situation than they were last year when we played them, but we cannot think too much about it. “We know how Manchester United is playing. Fantastic players involved in the team and we know about the qualities of (Romelu) Lukaku, (Marcus) Rashford, (Henrikh) Mkhitaryan, (Juan) Mata, all these guys.” United have been running riot over the opposition this season, with Lukaku’s raw power well complemented by Mkhitaryan plus Rashford’s pace and Mata’s guile. Mourinho’s men are second in the table, behind Manchester City on goal difference, with both teams unbeaten after seven league games with one draw each. Liverpool are seventh, with three [Read More…]

Oct 132017
 

KARACHI: Pakistan needlessly dropped points in their second fixture of the 2017 Asia Cup as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Japan in Dhaka. A day after thrashing hosts Bangladesh 7-0, the Greenshirts were a good bet to collect another win, even more so because Japan had suffered a 5-1 spanking at the hands of India in their opening fixture. A Pakistan win seemed a forgone conclusion when Arsalan Qadir successfully converted a penalty corner in the 16th minute to put the four-time world champions 1-0 up. But Japan had other plans as they hit back soon after via Kenta Tanaka’s field goal in the 22nd minute. A minute before half-time, the script completely flipped when Heita Yoshihara gave Japan an unlikely but not undeserved lead. The experience of trailing for the first time in the tournament threw Pakistan attackers into a state of frenzy, although Japanese backline kept them at bay. This, however, changed in the final quarter when the experienced Muhammad Umar Bhutta finally found the back of the net to leave the match level at 2-2. In the final 10 minutes, both teams tried their best to edge ahead but a winner was not to be found. “We tried to play the same way we did against the hosts but made some mistakes, and Japan also played well,” Pakistan captain Muhammad Irfan told The Express Tribune. With two points dropped, Pakistan will now have to avoid defeat against arch-rivals India in Sunday’s blockbuster encounter in order [Read More…]

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