Nov 292017
Brazil footballers remembered one year after plane crash

LA UNIAN, Colombia: Two army helicopters scattered flower petals over a town square Tuesday as part of sad tributes to the upstart Brazilian football team Chapecoense, most of whose players died in a plane crash exactly a year ago. La Union, the town closest to the site of the accident on a mountainside near Medellin, Colombia, hosted a commemorative ceremony. The names of the late players and team staff — members of a modest squad that was about to play in a championship game — were read aloud in the town plaza. The crash killed 71 of the 76 people aboard the plane operated by the Bolivian carrier LaMia. The team lost most of its players and coaches. Only three players survived.

Nov 232017
Brazil striker Robinho handed nine-year term for rape

Former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker Robinho was sentenced to nine years in prison in Italy on Thursday after he was convicted of gang rape, according to local media reports. The alleged incident occurred in January 2013, when Robinho was playing for Milan in Serie A. He was found guilty in absentia by an Italian court for sexually assaulting a 22-year-old Albanian woman. Five other people were also accused of the same crime, but their sentences are not yet known. According to Milan daily Corriere della Sera, Robinho and five friends made the young woman drink “to the point of making her unconscious and unable to resist”. They were then said to have engaged in “sexual intercourse multiple times in a row” with her. Robinho has denied the charges and can appeal the decision. The 33-year-old is currently playing for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil. He has 100 international caps for his country.

Sep 012017
Brazil on top as Chile, Argentina struggle

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay: Philippe Coutinho shrugged off his transfer disappointment with a goal as Brazil beat Ecuador to guarantee top spot in South America’s 2018 World Cup qualifying race on Thursday while Chile and Argentina stumbled once more. Liverpool star Coutinho, who had seen his hopes of a dream move to Barcelona dashed earlier Thursday as the transfer window slammed shut with no agreement, produced a scintillating second-half display in a 2-0 victory over Ecuador in Porto Alegre. The 25-year-old has not played for Liverpool this season, officially sidelined by a back problem as the intrigue over a move to the Camp Nou swirled. However Coutinho showed no sign of injury after coming on for Renato Augusto in the second half, enlivening the hosts after a goalless first 45 minutes before a restless home crowd in Porto Alegre. New Barcelona signing Paulinho opened the scoring for Brazil, lashing home from close range in the 69th minute after Willian’s corner. Coutinho then fashioned Brazil’s second, playing Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus into space behind the Ecuador back four with a lofted pass. Jesus wrongfooted the covering Ecuador defence with a sublime flick and then headed into the path of Coutinho who finished emphatically. The win was Brazil’s ninth consecutive qualifying victory and gives the five-time World Cup winners an 11-point cushion with three games remaining, meaning they cannot now be overhauled at the top of the table. The top four teams in South America’s round-robin competition qualify automatically for next year’s finals in [Read More…]

Jul 042017
Youth handball team to leave for Mauritius on 10th

KARACHI: Pakistan youth handball team will leave for Mauritius on July 10 to feature in the World Youth Beach Handball Championship to be held there from July 11-16. Pakistan Handball Federation (PHF) said on Tuesday that the event also serves as qualifying round for the Youth Olympics to be held in Argentina next year. The PHF hopes that the team will qualify for the Youth Olympics. Pakistan have been placed in Group A with Brazil, Chinese Taipei and Mauritius. Pakistan will face world champions Brazil and Chinese Taipei on July 11. On July 12 Pakistan will face Mauritius. Squad: Maaz Ali, Mudassar Ali (captain), Mujahid Ali, Ahmad Hassan, Muhammad Rizwan, Abrar-ul-Hassan, Abdul Rehman, Muhammad Azhar, Hassan TariqOfficials: Naseer Ahmad (coach), Javed Iqbal Gill (manager).