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FWO, Bank Alfalah advance in Nurpur Cup

FWO, Bank Alfalah advance in Nurpur Cup

LAHORE – Frontier Works Organisation and Bank Alfalah registered easy wins in the Nurpur Polo Cup here at the Lahore Polo Club on Wednesday. FWO beat MCB-sponsored Army-PAF team 10-3. The losers enjoyed two-goal handicap and they converted just one on-field goal.
Maj Rab Nawaz Tiwana scored the only goal for Army-PAF while Manual Crespo recorded a double hat-trick in his total of seven goals while Lt. Asif Manzoor added two and Maj. Gen Isfandiyar Ali Khan Pataudi converted one

Asfar wins Mr Punjab title

LAHORE – Asfar Jutt and Mehmood Ahmed Khan were declared the 59th Mr and Junior Mr Punjab after a tough competition held in Rawalpindi. The 59th annual contest was held at Rawalpndi Arts Council under the supervision of the Punjab Bodybuilding Association.
According to PBA Secretary Muhammad Naeem Akhtar, the event was participated by more than 80 musclemen from nine zones of the province. They included zones of Lahore, Bahawalpuer, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Multan, Rawalpindi,

Aisam’s backhander for special people

LAHORE – Pakistan’s top tennis player Aisamul Haq Qureshi believes that people with special abilities should be given their due right in the society. Aisam was chief guest of the exhibition match organized by the PIMH at its premises on Wednesday.
PIMH XI played a 10-over match against the team of Fountain House with 50 percent staff members and the remaining the special persons.
Aisam said that such activities should be organised more often to give them joy of life. “I

United on song, Arsenal follow suit

LONDON – Manchester United may have kept their powder dry in the transfer window but they remain the team to beat in the Premier League as two goals by Wayne Rooney helped them to a 3-1 home win over Aston Villa on Tuesday.
United, who barely spent a penny as their rivals splashed out more than 200 million pounds ($318.8 million) in a bid to match their consistency, move to 54 points and stay five clear. Arsenal are second with 49 after they fought back to beat Everton 2-1 at The

Sheikhupura, Gujranwala win blind cricket matches

LAHORE – Sheikhupura and Gujranwala won their matches in the PBCC National Blind Cricket T20 Cup here at the Punjab University ground on Wednesday. Sheikopura defeated Multan by nine wickets. Sheikupura won the toss and put Multan into bat which scored just 88 runs in 20 overs for the loss of eight wickets.
Saeed Akhtar was top scorer with 27 runs. Sheikupura in reply reached the target in just 6.3 overs for the loss of one wicket. Ashraf Bhatti played an unbeaten innings of 69

Mughalpura Institute win East Zone match

LAHORE – Mughalpura Institute beat Mughalpura Sports by 63 runs in the East Zone Cricket Championship at Mughalpura Institute ground on Wednesday. Fine century by Anser Bharwana was the main feature of the match.
Scores: Mughalpura Institute 246/7 in 40 overs. Anser Bharwana 100, Javaid Hafeez 30, Shahid Khan 20, Javaid Iqbal 33, Waqas 12, Imran Akram 17(no). Hussnain 3/50, Jamil 2/38, Wajid 1/35, Faheem 1/39. Mughalpura Sports 183 all out in 36.2 overs. Raza 47, Moazam 41, Usman

Royal Palm Cricket gets underway

LAHORE – The four-day Annual Royal Palm Floodlit Cricket Tournament endorsed by Coke, Highland, GNC and FR Cables took off at the superbly lit cricket arena of the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club.
At the end of the first day, four out of the 16 teams, Warriors, Lahore Eagles, Giants and Punjab Warriors stood eliminated after some fascinating battles with the winning teams, like Lahore Strikers, Punjab Kings, Lions and Royal Eagles.
Dejection was visible among the losers

Mudassar blames PCB for messing preparations

LAHORE – Former Test cricketer Mudassar Nazar has expressed shock at the poor planning by the Pakistan Cricket Board for the World Cup. He said the team was not equipped for the World Cup and said he was astonished how far Pakistan was lagging in preparations.
“It usually takes a team 3-4 years to prepare for the World Cup – the preparation starts when one World Cup ends! This World Cup is around the corner; all of the teams are in tip-top condition. All the other teams are in

9 teams vie for glory in CM Competitions

LAHORE – The second Chief Minister’s Sports Competitions (intermediate level) will roll into action from February 4. The event will be inaugurated by Director General Sports Punjab Salman Ijaz at the National Hockey Stadium, Lahore, at 11am. The nine divisional teams from all over the province will participate in the girls athletics, badminton, volleyball and hockey competitions while boys will take part in athletics, badminton, volleyball, cricket, football and hockey events.

Palestine announce squad for Pakistan series

LAHORE – Palestine football team coach Moussa Bezaz has announced a 30-player squad for the bilateral series between Palestine and Pakistan. Palestine will arrive here on February 27 and will be play the first match at Lahore’s Punjab Stadium on March 1, followed by the second test on Match 4 at Karachi’s Peoples Sports Complex.
Pakistan will reciprocate by visiting Palestine during April to play the third and fourth match of the first ever series between the two nations. It will

Junior Squash C’ship underway at PSA Complex

LAHORE – The Punjab National Junior Squash Championship 2011 rolled into action here at the PSA Complex on Wednesday. On the opening day, qualification round matches were played after Tariq Rana, Honorary Secretary Punjab Squash Association, took out the draws.
Sixty-four matches in different age groups of under-11, 13, 15 and 19 were held. On day two, some of the third round qualification matches will be played, followed by the main round matches.

MTFA announce players for training camp

LAHORE – Model Town Football Academy President Mian Rizwan Ali has announced 28 players for the training camp being held to shortlist the team for participation in the Academies Phase of the 13th National U13 Festival of Football.
The camp will be held from February 3 under Camp Commandant Shafiq Ur Rehman, while Naseem Uddin, Muhammad Yasin and Shakila Rehman will perform duty as manager, coach and assistant coach, respectively. The Camp will be held from Wednesday to Sunday.

Masterly Misbah anchors Pakistan to win

WELLINGTON – Misbah-ul-Haq overcame the loss of late wickets to keep his cool and guide Pakistan to a two-wicket victory over New Zealand in their fourth one-day international match in Napier Tuesday.
Misbah, who has anchored Pakistan’s batting throughout the tour of New Zealand, proved once again a thorn in the side of Daniel Vettori’s team, scoring 93 not out as Pakistan finished on 264 for eight in 49 overs having chased down the host’s 262 for seven. The Pakistan test

Bashed but not broken, Jones dreams of England

BIRMINGHAM – Simon Jones, a fast bowler whose England test career was halted in its prime by one debilitating injury after another, wakes to a daily routine of strengthening exercises and icing his battle-weary limbs. He is the virtually forgotten spearhead of his country’s glorious 2005 Ashes triumph over a previously dominant Australian team but at 32 refuses to believe his days representing England are over.
True, Jones has accepted that the rigours of five-day test cricket

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,