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Aisam awarded Arthur Ashe humanitarian award

Aisam awarded Arthur Ashe humanitarian award

LAHORE: Pakistan’s tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi was presented the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year Award 2010 on Friday at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
The ceremony took place after the first singles match of the day and was telecast live on sports channels.
It was another feather in the already decorated cap of Aisam who is also the recipient of ‘Sitara-e-Imtiaz’ from the Pakistan Government.
The ATP Tour, the world governing body of men’s tennis, chose

Pakistan president leads hockey gold praise

KARACHI: Pakistan on Friday celebrated their first Asian Games hockey gold in 20 years with the country’s president and prime minister hoping the victory ushers in a new era for the national sport. Pakistan beat Malaysia 2-0 in the final in Guangzhou, China to claim the gold that earned them an automatic ticket to the 2012 London Olympics.
The victory capped a disappointing year, having finished at a miserable 12th in the World Cup and sixth at the Commonwealth Games — both

Miandad appointed batting consultant

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed former batting maestro Javed Miandad as the batting consultant of the national team.
The PCB, instead of appointing a batting coach, has handed the job of consultancy to Miandad, who has worked with the national side three times as a coach in the past. PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt had rejected the idea of a batting coach for the team saying that at this level of the game players are selected based on their batting skills and thus do not

Pakistan blast India over Games no-show

GUANGZHOU: Pakistan reopened old wounds with India on Friday by insisting their bitter rivals were wrong to snub the Asian Games by refusing to send a cricket team.
Pakistan coach Sadiq Mohammad insisted that more pressure should have been put on India to respect the Guangzhou tournament, the first time the sport has featured at the Asiad. “India said they would come and they said cricket should be in the Asian Games.
God knows why they are not here. Somebody should have

Hussey leads Australian fightback in Ashes opener

BRISBANE: Mike Hussey anchored a mid-innings revival to propel Australia towards England’s first innings total when rain ended play on the second day of the opening Ashes Test at the Gabba on Friday. The veteran left-hander dispelled doubts over his place in the team after a lean trot to spearhead Australia’s fightback following the loss of four wickets in the post-lunch session.
When rain forced play to be abandoned at 4:45 pm (0645 GMT), Australia were 220 for five and trailing

Intikhab satisfied as Pakistan team returns home

LAHORE: The Pakistan cricket team reached back home in the wee hours of Friday after a month long home tour against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates. Pakistan played two T20s, five ODIs and two Test matches during their stay in UAE. On arrival at the Lahore airport, Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam expressed satisfaction over the team’s efforts, saying that it did well in the nerve-wrecking tour.
He praised Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq for his leading role in the

Former IPL boss Modi breaks silence

NEW DELHI: The former head of the Indian Premier League has said he is the victim of a “witch hunt”, in his first major interview since being forced from office, amid a barrage of corruption allegations.
Lalit Modi, the brash driving force behind the money-spinning IPL, was removed as the chairman of the hugely popular cricket tournament and other senior positions in the national game in September.
Last month India’s cricket body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India

Wenger surprised at Houllier’s return

LONDON: As Arsenal prepare to face Aston Villa on Saturday Arsene Wenger has experessed surprise at his friend and fellow Frenchman Gerard Houllier’s decision to return to club management. The Arsenal boss Wenger has known Houllier since the 1970s but thought his days in the dugout were over after he went back to his former role of technical director of the French Football Federation.
Houllier had been out of management for more than three years when Aston Villa came calling in

Haider will be given a chance to defend himself

LAHORE : The Pakistan Cricket Board has made it clear that Pakistan’s runaway wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider would be given a chance to defend his position before the board considers any disciplinary action. Haider deserted the Pakistan team on the morning of the fifth and final ODI against South Africa in UAE and fled to England seeking asylum over death threats from an unknown person.
“The board will decide on how to deal with the Zulqarnain issue on the basis of the findings

Most successful Games ever for China

GUANGZHOU: Powerhouse China made Guangzhou its most successful Asian Games ever on Friday as Bangladesh beat Afghanistan to win not just the cricket but their first gold medal in Asiad history.
When Feng Lanlan clinched the women’s 68kg karate title it pushed China’s total golds to 184, shattering their previous best at the Beijing Asiad in 1990, a tally no other country has reached since the Games began in 1951
Guangzhou had already become their most dominant in terms of

Pakistan bring back hockey gold after 20 years

GUANGZHOU: Fired-up national hockey team annexed the Asian Games men’s hockey gold medal after 20 years with a convincing 2-0 win over Malaysia in the final on Thursday.
Veteran Sohail Abbas put Pakistan ahead with the team’s first penalty corner in the 26th minute, before striker Rehan Butt increased the margin three minutes after half-time.
It was Pakistan’s eighth Asia hockey gold, ending a drought that stretched back to Beijing in 1990, and handed them their first major

Pakistan win back hockey gold after 20 years

GUANGZHOU: Fired-up Pakistan annexed the Asian Games men’s hockey gold medal after 20 years with a convincing 2-0 win over Malaysia in the final on Thursday. Veteran Sohail Abbas put Pakistan ahead with his team’s first penalty corner in the 26th minute, before striker Rehan Butt increased the margin three minutes after half-time.
It was Pakistan’s eighth Asiad hockey gold, ending a drought that stretched back to Beijing in 1990, and handed them their first major title since

Afghanistan stun Pakistan to reach cricket final

GUANGZHOU: Afghanistan beat Pakistan by 22 runs on Thursday to reach the final of the Asian Games cricket tournament as the war-torn nation’s battling team continued their fairytale rise in the sport. In Friday’s final, they will face Bangladesh, who eased past a disappointing Sri Lanka by five wickets to guarantee that the eventual champions will claim a first ever Asian Games gold medal.
Afghanistan scored 125-8 in their 20 overs before limiting Pakistan’s flamboyant batsmen

Pakistan upset Malaysia to claim squash gold

GUANGZHOU: Aamir Atlas Khan avenged his singles final loss to Mohamad Azlan Iskandar as Pakistan won the men’s team title Thursday, preventing Malaysia from sweeping the Asian Games squash golds. But world number one Nicol David grabbed her fourth Asiad gold medal as she powered Malaysia to a 2-0 win over Hong Kong in the women’s team final.
It was only Pakistan’s second gold of these Games after the women’s cricket title. It was also their second squash gold since the racquet

Alam sees progress for Pakistani cricket

ABU DHABI: Manager Intikhab Alam on Thursday expressed confidence that Pakistan cricket was heading in the right direction after drawing the two-Test series against South Africa. Both Tests were drawn and Alam believes this will establish a solid platform for his team to build upon following a turbulent last four months.
Pakistan cricket was rocked by spot-fixing allegations which led to the suspensions of former Test captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad

Qasim elated by team’s success

LAHORE: Pakistan Hockey Federation President Qasim Zia has termed the success of the hockey team as one of the biggest wins of recent times. Talking to journalists after participating in the victory celebrations observed by Olympians here at the National Hockey Stadium, Qasim Zia said the win was made possible due to the positive steps taken by the PHF. He also praised the contributions of the senior players in the win.
“Salman Akbar, Rehan Butt and Sohail Abbas have proved that

Birthday boy Siddle rocks England with hat-trick

BRISBANE: Peter Siddle celebrated a hat-trick and career-best Test figures on his birthday to bowl Australia into a commanding position against England after the opening day of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba Thursday.
The stout-hearted Victorian paceman sent England reeling with the first Ashes hat-trick in 11 years, as he captured six for 54 to help dismiss the tourists for 260.
At the close, Australia had negotiated seven overs in fading light to be 25 without loss and