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India need to deliver for Tendulkar

India need to deliver for Tendulkar

NEW DELHI – Sachin Tendulkar has been winning matches for India with his amazing batting exploits for more than two decades, and it’s time his team clinched the World Cup for him. Tendulkar, who turns 38 in April, makes his sixth and probably the last appearance in the showpiece event with one notable omission from his eye-catching CV – a World Cup.
The ‘Little Genius’ may have amassed a record 17,629 runs in 444 one-dayers with 46 centuries – the highest by any batsman – but

Pakistan to play World Cup warm up matches against B’desh, England

LAHORE – The much awaited ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is just a couple of away and Team Pakistan will open its campaign with a warm-up match on February 15 at the Mirpur ground against Bangladesh. Pakistan will also play England on February 18.
Fourteen nations including 10 test playing countries will clash in the event which will be played from February 19 to April 2. All the teams have been divided into two groups. Before the official beginning of the World Cup, the ICC has

Pakistan’s narrowest win in New Zealand

COMMENT – Pakistan recorded their first ever victory over New Zealand at this venue by winning the fourth match of the six-match series by two wickets with six balls
to spare at McLean Park, Napier, Tuesday.
Pakistan’s first victory at this ground came in the fifth one-day international match. It was Pakistan’s smallest victory in terms of wickets against New Zealand
in New Zealand and second narrowest after one wicket win on the final ball at Multan on December 7,

Hockey series with Egypt in doldrums

LAHORE – The political uprising in Egypt has prompted the Pakistan Hockey Federation to cancel the proposed home and away series against the Egyptian national team. The PHF was compelled to take the decision after the sports, foreign and interior ministries asked the PHF to refrain from touring the troubled country and wait until the situation turns normal.
The PHF has also asked for travel advisory from their Egyptian counterparts, but have not received any reply so far. The PHF

WAPDA down SSGC as Salman Akbar suspended

LAHORE – Qasim, Navy and WAPDA won their respective matches, while Amry were held to a draw in the 58th National Hockey Championship, which is in progress at Faisalabad Hockey Stadium. Port Qasim beat Steel Mills 2-1, Navy defeated PTV 1-0 and WAPDA edged SSGC 4-2. Army and HBL remained even as their match ended in a 1-all draw.
Meanwhile, Salman Akbar, goalkeeper of the SSGC team has been suspended by the Tournament Director for one match after he misbehaved with the umpires.

Pakistan-India ‘Battle of the Legends’ T20 match on 11th

LAHORE – Dubai is set to welcome celebrity guests to a cricket extravaganza in which a ‘Battle of the Legends’ match will be played on February 11. Pakistani Sultans will take on India Maharajahs the Twenty20 cricket. As this format of the game is only a few years old, recently retired players never had the opportunity to test their skills in it.
The match, named Battle of the Legends, will bring together some of the game’s most popular names for a one-off exhibition match in

Tiger struggling with old habits

SAN DIEGO – Like a snake slowly trying to shed its skin, Tiger Woods has been struggling to remove old habits as he desperately searches for consistency in his remodelled swing. Frustrated and bitterly disappointed by his erratic performance at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open where he once reigned supreme, Woods has not committed to any tournament beyond next week’s Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour.
While the former world number one has shown flashes of his best since

Thorpe to announce ‘swimming future’

SYDNEY – Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe is to make an announcement about his future, his manager said Tuesday, amid mounting speculation he is to return to the pool for next year’s Olympics in London. Manager David Flaskas said Thorpe, who retired in 2006 citing waning motivation, would address the media in Sydney on Wednesday “about his swimming future.”
Media speculation of a comeback has been rife since Thorpe, 28, resumed swimming in recent months to recuperate from a

Kim grabs second gold at Winter Games

ALMATY – South Korean alpine skier Kim Sun Joo won her second gold medal at the Asian Winter Games here on Tuesday finishing with a time of one minute 10.83sec in the women’s Super-G event.
“I’m pleased with my performance here both today and overall so far,” the 25-year-old said. “I have a chance to secure a hat-trick here and I will do my best to win the Super Combined Friday.” Lyudmila Fedotova of Kazakhstan won her second silver medal finishing second 0.5sec behind Kim, while

Shalimar Gym win

LAHORE – Shalimar Gymkhana beat Faiz Bagh Gymkhana by 14 runs in the 4th Nazar Mohammad Invitational Cricket Tournament here on Tuesday. Shalimar made 251 for all in 39.2 overs. Shoaib 79, Wasim 61 and Imran Shafi 21 were the main scorers. Ashfaq three for 55, Faisal four for 23, Shahbaz two for 20.
Faizbagh Gymkhana could make 237 in 38.3 overs. Rana Salman 116 and Irfan 46. Hafiz Salman three for 46, Rizwan two for 20 and Wasim two for 31.

Tauseef Trophy Cricket from 18th

LAHORE – The opening match of Tauseef Trophy Cricket League between Muslim Gymkhana
and Wahdat Eaglets will be played on Feb 18 at Wahdat Colony Ground. The league match will be played among four teams i.e Akhter Abdul Rehman Club, Mehboob Park Gym, Muslim Gym and Wahdat Eaglets. Each team will play three matches. The points system of the league matches was also announced.

Gulberg Eaglets outplay Ghalib Gym

LAHORE – Gulberg Eaglets entered the second round of East Zone Cricket Championship (Group D) after beating Ghalib Gymkhana by three wickets at Wahdat Colony Ground on
Tuesday. Fine batting by Ali Raza and M Shehbaz was the main feature of the match.
Mughalpura Institute will face Mughalpura Sports at Mughalpura Institute ground
today. Ghari Shahu Gym will face Dharampura Sports at Wahdat Colony ground. Both matches will start at 9:30 AM.
Scores: Ghalib

Vegas set to win $2 million faster than Woods

SAN DIEGO – Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas has made one of the most explosive starts ever on the PGA Tour and is on track to eclipse Tiger Woods as the fastest player to earn $2 million in prize money. The 26-year-old stunned the golfing world by winning this month’s Bob Hope Classic in only his fifth appearance on the US circuit and he followed that with an ice-cool display at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open, where he tied for third.
Many had expected the long-hitting Venezuelan

Faisalabad schools shine in Chief Minister Sports Competitions

LAHORE – The second Chief Minister Sports Competitions (intermediate, inter-district level) continued for the third day running here in the province. In Faisalabad, girls volleyball, badminton and athletics competitions were held at divisional public school and cricket final was played at Boharanwali Ground, Faisalabad. In girls volleyball, Faisalabad beat Toba Tek Singh to win the title.
Jhang beat Faisalabad in the girls badminton. Faisalabad bagged first place in athletics

Rogge hails Kazakhstan Olympic bid

ALMATY – International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Jacques Rogge on Tuesday welcomed Kazakhstan’s decision to enter the race for the right to host 2022 Winter Olympic Games. “It is my pleasure to say that, after discussions with the Kazakhstan government, they have expressed a strong wish to be a contender for the 2022 Olympic Games here in this beautiful city,” Rogge said at an Asian Olympic Council meeting at Astana.
“This is what they are aiming for,” Rogge added. “The

Guard Rice/Diamond Paints advance in Nurpur Cup

LAHORE – Guard Rice/Diamond Paints and Master Paints thrashed their rivals in the
Nurpur Polo Cup here at the Lahore Polo Club ground on Tuesday. Guard Rice/Diamond Paints made the most of the chances that came their way to halt the progress of Hataff and won by four goals to two-and-a-half.
Master Paints defeated PIA/SHV Energy by eight-and-a-half goals to seven. After going goalless in the opening chukker, Hataff and Guard Rice/Diamond Paints got even in the second with

Multan Tigers, NBP match ends in a tie

LAHORE – The National One-day Cricket Cup match between National Bank of Pakistan and Multan Tigers ended in a tie here Tuesday at the Gaddafi Stadium.
Put into bat, Multan’s Zain Abbas with his run-a-ball 122 lifted the score to 267 in 48.3 overs. Imran Ullah extended full support to Zain from the other end with his 90-ball 78. Had Mohammad Talha and Uzair-ul-Haq (four and three wickets respectively) not maintained a tight line, Multan would have run away with the match.