Jan 092018
New Zealand beat Pakistan in rain-affected second ODI

Martin Guptill stayed not out at 86 and Ross Taylor at 45Three half-centuries including a late charge by Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan went in vain as New Zealand hunted down D/L revised target of 151 with seven balls to spare in the second one-day international in Nelson on Tuesday.Fifties by Mohammad Hafeez, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan carried Pakistan to 246 for nine batting first against New Zealand.  [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/6d27cbadd28fe143180d9a1796146194.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS85LzIwMTggNzoxNTozMyBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPU9jOU5TYWVxc0IrcXhuVkg0OHFiT2c9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] However, rain interrupted the match, reducing the second inning to 25 overs and revising down the target to 151.Martin Guptill stayed not out at 86 and Ross Taylor at 45.Mohammad Amir had Colin Munro caught in the deep for duck. Faheem Ashraf extinguished skipper Kane Williamson’s inning at 19 before rain stopped the match. Earlier, Mohammad Hafeez hit a solid 60, the 33rd ODI half-century for the veteran right-hander as he held the first half of the innings together. Hasan then blasted his first 50 and Khan his second when they mounted a rescue mission with Pakistan 141 for seven in the 37th over.The pair featured in a 70-run stand off 49 deliveries for the eighth wicket.It was Sarfraz Ahmed´s call to bat when he won the toss, saying it looked like a wicket that would favour the side having first use of it. But just as in the first ODI in Wellington on Saturday, the Pakistan top order were not allowed to settle.Imam-ul-Haq, in for the injured Fakhar Zaman, was out for two in the fourth over and Azhar Ali [Read More…]

Nov 082017
Mexican girls fight violence with boys' own game: football

Mexican indigenous teenager Liliana Gonzalez, 14, goalkeeper of the Lioness FC soccer team takes part in a training session at Metepec community, Mexico state on November 6, 2017. Photo: AFP San Felipe del Progreso: Guadalupe Garcia, an indigenous Mexican woman, was working as a maid when she fell in love — not with her boss, like a hackneyed telenovela plot, but with football.Garcia, a petite but powerful athlete with a sharp mind and wide smile, was not allowed to play football growing up as a poor Mazahua indigenous girl in the small village of San Juan Coajomulco.She got her first chance as a young adult, and discovered that football is “an act of rebellion” in a country where the sport is still seen as a boys´ game, she says.Garcia will be a keynote speaker this week at the Women´s Forum Mexico, an event designed to bring together influential voices to address the deep-rooted problems facing women in the country. Players of the Mazahua soccer team stretch before the match against “Hadas B” team of the Mexican Women Soccer league, Premier category, in San Felipe del Progreso, Mexican state on October 29, 2017. Today Garcia, 34, runs a football club for Mazahua girls and young women, using the sport to empower them in a country where machismo runs deep and violence against women is rampant.Her goal, she says, is to instill in them a vital message: “This body is mine, and nobody touches it unless I want.”The state of Mexico, where she lives, [Read More…]

Oct 182017

JERUSALEM: The head of Israel’s main opposition Labour party drew fire from the left and right on Tuesday after saying that Israeli settlements could be retained in a future peace with the Palestinians. In an interview Monday night with Israeli commercial TV Channel Two, Avi Gabbay said the concept of having to pull out of settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank as part of a peace treaty had become outdated. “If you make peace why do you need to evict [settlers]? I think that the terminology in which we are accustomed to speak here, by which if you make a peace treaty you evict people are not necessarily right,” he said in Hebrew. UN vote on Israeli settlements has changed little “If you make a peace agreement you can find solutions that don’t oblige you to dismantle [settlements],” he said. “You’re making peace!” Gabbay, 50, was elected in July to head Labour, which has historically supported an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. On Tuesday he elaborated somewhat on his previous day’s comments. “I am in favour of reaching a diplomatic solution which is based on two states for two peoples, where their state is demilitarised,” he told Channel Two. Palestinians publicly demand an end to Israel’s military occupation and its settlements, which are illegal under international law and seen by a large part of the international community as a main obstacle to peace. Hagit Ofran, of Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now, said Gabbay was deceiving the public by proposing an outcome [Read More…]

Sep 272017

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: Six rockets landed near Kabul’s international airport on Wednesday after US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis flew to the Afghan capital for talks, an official said. The volley of missiles struck near the military section of the airport but there were no casualties or immediate claim of responsibility, interior ministry spokesperson Najib Danish told AFP. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrives in Kabul for unannounced visit Police have cordoned off the area to find the exact location from which the rockets were fired, he said, adding that no flights were cancelled. The attack came hours after Mattis arrived in the Afghan capital, the first member of Donald Trump’s cabinet to visit the war-torn country since his pledge to stay the course in America’s longest war. The post Six rockets land near Kabul airport after Mattis arrives appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 022017

MOSCOW: Two crew members were killed Saturday after their Soviet-era biplane ploughed into the ground at an airshow near Moscow, local police said. The vintage An-2 aircraft crashed as it was performing an aerial acrobatics routine in front of a crowd at an airfield near the satellite town of Balashikha on the edge of Moscow. “We confirm the crash and that according to our preliminary information two people onboard were killed,” a spokesman for the Moscow region police told AFP. One dead in cargo plane crash near Mount Everest The spokesperson said the plane came down in a field and no spectators were hurt. Police were at the scene working to establish the causes of the crash. A source in the emergency services told TASS news agency that pilot error was viewed as the most likely cause of the crash. Russian media published video it said was from eyewitnesses showing the Antonov propeller plane bursting into flames after hitting the ground and then thick black smoke pouring into the air. The single-engine plane An-2 went into production shortly after World War II and was typically used for transport or crop dusting. The post Two dead in crash at Moscow airshow appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 192017
Smith banks on India experience to defeat Bangladesh

DHAKA: Australia captain Steve Smith said on Saturday his team’s experience in India earlier this year will help overcome the challenge of Bangladesh in the forthcoming two-Test series. “I think Bangladesh have played some very good cricket and they won a Test match here not very long ago. So we are seeing it as a big challenge,” Smith said in his first press conference since arriving here late Friday amid tight security. “Hopefully we can learn a lot from what we did in India and bring them into the game here and show some improvements,” he said. Australia visited India from February to March for four Test matches and despite a 2-1 loss in the series Smith’s men were praised for putting up a good performance. Smith led his side from the front scoring three centuries to become the highest run-getter in the series with 499 runs at an average of 71.28. The Aussies will leave Bangladesh on September 9 after the end of two-match Test series.  —AFP   Click for detailed story

Aug 172017
Milan top challengers to Juve?s magnificent seven

MILAN: Juventus, beaten Champions League finalists twice in the past three seasons, begin the 2017-2018 season looking to extend their current record of six consecutive title wins in Italy’s Serie A. Here, AFP looks at the teams looking to stop Massimiliano Allegri’s men from securing a seventh consecutive league crown. AC Milan An impressive summer spending spree, which included long-time Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, has boosted hopes at the seven-time European champions who are now owned by a Chinese consortium. Coach Vincenzo Montella has also signed Portugal starlet Andre Silva (Porto), is reportedly on the verge of capturing Fiorentina’s Croatian ace Nikola Kalinic and will recoup M’Baye Niang after his loan spell at Watford ended. The capture of Argentinian Lucas Biglia from Lazio will add muscle to a Milan midfield that is set to feature the attacking talents of Hakan Calhanoglu, Suso, Giacomo Bonaventura and powerful Franck Kessie. Inter Milan Bold predictions last season unravelled even before Frank De Boer was sacked after 85 days and replaced by Stefano Pioli before he, in turn, was shown the door amid a late-season downward spiral that saw Inter slide from Champions League contention to seventh place. Former Roma supremo Luciano Spalletti is now at the helm. Inter’s acquisition of Slovakian central defender Milan Skriniar from Sampdoria, Fiorentina midfielders Matias Vecino and Borja Valero and Brazilian left-back Dalbert (Nice) adds weight to a squad that, on occasion last season, showed glimpses of title-winning ability. Napoli Still searching to emulate the heady days of [Read More…]

Aug 082017

BANGKOK: A prominent Thai columnist who has chronicled the erosion of human rights under junta rule was charged with sedition on Tuesday over Facebook posts that criticised the regime. Pravit Rojanaphruk, a senior writer for the local news outlet Khaosod English, told AFP he faces up to 14 years in prison over two cases filed by police. The first is linked to his Facebook posts from February 2016 that criticised a junta-drafted constitution. The second case concerns Facebook posts from last month that criticised junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha’s handling of floods and the trial of ousted premier Yingluck Shinawatra, whose elected government was toppled in a 2014 military coup. Bangladesh arrests journalist over Facebook post on dead goat “I have seen the content and I insist this an abuse of the sedition law,” Pravit told AFP after meeting police to hear the charges. “The law is being used to silence criticism on social media.” The writer also faces charges under the Computer Crime Act — another tough law used by the junta to stamp out online dissent. Since the coup Pravit has twice been detained by soldiers for “attitude adjustment” sessions. English daily’s reporter missing after overnight raid at his home But he has continued his criticism of the military regime, detailing the surge in prosecutions of government and monarchy critics. Last month he was named winner of a international press freedom award from the Committee to Protect Journalists. The International Commission of Jurists, which sent a representative to accompany Pravit [Read More…]

Aug 032017
La Liga rejects payment of Neymar buyout clause

MADRID: Spain’s La Liga refused to accept the payment of Neymar’s 222 million euro ($260 million) buyout clause on Thursday, delaying the Brazilian’s world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain. However, legal experts believe La Liga won’t be able to prevent PSG pushing the transfer through.“We can confirm that the legal representatives of the player attended La Liga to pay the clause and this has been rejected,” a La Liga spokesperson told AFP. Neymar had been expected to complete his move to the French giants by the weekend after Barcelona announced the 25-year-old striker’s decision to leave on Wednesday on the condition his buyout clause was met. La Liga president Javier Tebas has been an outspoken critic of PSG’s move.Tebas believes the astronomical sums being spent by the French giants, including a reported 30 million euro salary after tax for Neymar, makes it impossible for them to comply with financial fair play regulations (FFP). “La Liga is an entity that defends the interests of the clubs and right now it is defending Barcelona,” said Marcos Galera, a lawyer and founding member of Spanish sports law specialists Agaz. “But if you follow literally Spanish legislation, they had an indemnity clause agreed….and the rules are that if you have a clause agreed, you have to abide by it.”One option open to PSG and Neymar is for the money to be deposited with a notary and to seek an international transfer certificate through FIFA. “PSG and Neymar have the option to go [Read More…]

Aug 022017
Embattled Wu defiant as AIBA offices reopen

LAUSANNE, Switzerland: The offices of amateur boxing’s ruling body AIBA reopened on Wednesday after a week-long closure with embattled president Wu Ching-Kuo on site despite a push for his ouster by rival executives. Wu’s executive committee has passed a motion of no-confidence against his leadership and have asked Swiss courts to approve a temporary administration, accusing the Taiwanese president of financial mismanagement. A notice posted on the door of the organisation’s headquarters here last week announced that the office had been closed following the no-confidence vote. “The staff and the president are back at work, especially to prepare for the World Championships in Hamburg”, Wu told AFP, referring to the competition set to take place in the German city from August 25 to September 2.Wu has previously charged his rivals with trying to pull off “a military coup”. AIBA’s executive committee meeting in Moscow last week passed the no-confidence motion, claiming that the body was on the brink of bankruptcy.Executive committee member and Wu rival Pat Fiacco of Canada told AFP on Tuesday that AIBA had racked up debts worth 15 million Swiss francs ($15 million, 13.1 million euros). Fiacco said they wanted Swiss justice to take “provisional measures” until October or November when an AIBA board meeting will vote on the no-confidence motion. Wu told AFP he had nothing to fear from the courts.“We respect the Swiss justice system and we are waiting with confidence for the decision, because there is only one truth,” he said. He claims the [Read More…]

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