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Ushna wins training match, team to be finalised on 25th

Ushna wins training match, team to be finalised on 25th

LAHORE – The trial match to assess the fitness of Pakistan’s top tennis player Ushna Suhail started here at the Bagh-i-Jinnah tennis courts on Saturday. Ushna was a bit rusty after her injury lay off but was able to win in straight sets against Asusha Aslam 6-2, 6-1.
She will play another two fitness trial matches before the Pakistan team is finalized for the Fed Cup on Tuesday. Pakistan will face Bangkok in the Fed Cup from January 31 to February 5. According to camp leader

Pakistan’s oldest Test cricketer dies

LAHORE – Pakistan’s oldest surviving Test cricketer Mohammad Aslam Khokar breathed his last here at a local hospital after a prolonged illness. Khokar was a member of the touring side led by Abdul Hafeez Kardar on the historic tour to England in 1954.
He played one Test and stood as an umpire in three Test matches as well. Khokar was 91 years old. PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt, COO Subhan Ahmad and PCB management condoled the sad demise of Aslam Khokhar.

Kewell’s timely strike puts Socceroos in semis

DOHA – A 117th-minute strike from Harry Kewell powered Australia to a 1-0 quarter-final victory over holders Iraq at the Asian Cup on Saturday and into a showdown with Uzbekistan for a place in the final.
The Galatasaray forward met a pinpoint cross from Matt McKay towards the end of extra time and angled his header past Iraqi goalkeeper Mohammed Kassid to settle a match that that could have gone either way. It set them up for a semi-final against the Uzbeks on Tuesday, and

Women’s cricket rolls into action tomorrow

LAHORE – The 5th Regional Inter-district Senior Women’s Cricket Tournament 2010-11 will roll into action from Monday here at different venues of the city. Bushra Aitzaz, chairperson PCB women’s wing, will inaugurate the championship at 12.30 pm at the Kinnaird College ground.
Twelve teams of the city are participating in the tournament. The final will be played on January 31.

WAPDA clinches National Ju-Jitsu

LAHORE – The 7th National Ju-Jitsu Championship 2011 concluded here at the WAPDA Sports Complex on Saturday with hosts WAPDA winning the title with 77 points. Police secured the second place with 39 points while Punjab got the third place with 28 points.
Sindh, with two gold and seven bronze medals, were placed fourth. The championship, which started on January 20, concluded here, with Lt Gen Arif Hasan, President Pakistan Olympics Association as the chief guest. Speaking on the

Benitez rejects blame for Reds woes

LIVERPOOL – Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has denied he is to blame for the club’s current problems, rejecting suggestions that successor Roy Hodgson inherited a mediocre squad.
Benitez, who left last summer after a disappointing league campaign which saw the Reds finish seventh and out of the Champions League reckoning, admitted not all his signings were a success.
But he insisted that his overall record during his six years at Anfield stood up to scrutiny. “I

United thump Birmingham, Arsenal keep pace

LONDON – Dimitar Berbatov struck a hat-trick as Manchester United cemented their lead at the top of the Premier League table on Saturday with a 5-0 demolition of Birmingham. Berbatov took his goals tally for the season to 18 goals in all competitions as the Blues were brushed aside at Old Trafford in style, evergreen midfielder Ryan Giggs and Nani scoring the other goals for the Red Devils.
Arsenal kept pace with the league leaders after Robin Van Persie struck a hat-trick – and

Lyari Football League 2011

KARACHI – Singolane kept their early goal live for 63 minutes to overcome Bihar 1-0 in the first semi-final of PFF-KESC Lyari Football League 2011 at Shaheed Abdul Rehman Park.
Striker Idrees Rehman netted the all important winner for Singolane in the seventh minute. It was Idrees’s sixth goal of the event. Bihar failed to reply and crashed out of event. Singolane’s Adnan Ashraf was voted man of the match. Earlier, in the fourth quarter-final, Kalakot outplayed Baghdadi 5-3 on

PHF Academy face PAF in hockey decider

LAHORE – The final of the 3rd Tray Hockey Championship will be played between PHF Academy and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on January 23 at the Faisalabad Hockey Stadium. The final will start at 2pm.
In the semi-final, Pakistan Air Force beat Punjab while PHF Academy defeated Customs.
1st Semi Final: Pakistan Air Force beat
Punjab 3-2 (Full Time) 1-1 (Half Time)
Punjab: 26th Minute Rana Asad (FG) & 48th Minute Dilber (PC).
Pakistan Air Force: 18th

Busters bash Hattaf to enter polo final

LAHORE – JS Bank/ Waste Busters won their last league match to qualify for the main final of the Caanchi & Lugari Pakistan Polo Cup 2011, to be played on Sunday against Ciro’s Pomodoro.
On the other hand PSS International won its match and qualified for the subsidiary final against Master Paints (Black). The combined team of JS Bank and Waste Busters defeated Hattaf 6-4. The win materialised due to the efforts of Ahmed Ali Tiwana, who scored five of the six goals. Zain Khan

Kaymer eyes third successive Abu Dhabi title

ABU DHABI – Germany’s Martin Kaymer looks set for an unprecedented third Abu Dhabi Golf Championship title as he opened up a five shot lead after the third round of 2.7 million dollars European Tour event.
The European No1 and US PGA Championship winner shot his second consecutive bogey-free round – this time a six-under par 66 – to open his formidable lead at 18-under 198. Northern Ireland tyro Rory McIlroy tried to bridge the gap with a birdie-eagle finish for a superb

Step it up Benzema, says Kaka

MADRID – Brazilian star Kaka warned out-of-favour Real Madrid attacker Karim Benzema that he needs to do more to convince coach Jose Mourinho that he is the answer to the Spanish giants’ striker crisis.
“Benzema is a great player. During training you can clearly see his qualities. He can be an important player for Real, it all depends on him,” said Kaka. Benzema’s position at the club has come the spotlight after Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain was ruled out of action through

Mourinho blasts transfer window

MADRID – Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said Saturday he was not a fan of the winter transfer window as his club try to fill the shoes of injured Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain. Real have been rebuffed in their attempts to land former star and Dutch veteran Ruud van Nistelrooy, with Hamburg having turned down a two million euros offer.
And Mourinho said that he felt Real were being hard done by in their attempts to cover for Higuain, with rival clubs holding out for big

Klotz ecapes serious injury

KITZBUEHEL – Italy’s Siegmar Klotz escaped serious injury after suffering a nasty fall during the men’s World Cup downhill here on Saturday.
The Italian, starting 33rd on a course considered the toughest on the alpine skiing circuit, misjudged a jump, caught too much air and landed nastily on his back. His head whiplashed on the icy Streif track, one ski flying off and propelling him into the red safety netting that lines the course.
The 23-year-old received immediate

Marsh, Bollinger guide Australia to victory

MELBOURNE – World Cup reject Shaun Marsh’s second one-day international century and a surprising all round performance from Doug Bollinger helped Australia to a 46-run victory over England in their second one-day international in Hobart on Friday.
Australia’s celebrations, however, were tempered with Nathan Hauritz appearing to dislocate his right shoulder and a groin injury to fast bowler Shaun Tait. Both were named in their 15-man World Cup squad earlier this week. Hauritz had

Rameez warns teams not to write off Pakistan

Former cricketer Rameez Raja said though Pakistan may not go into the World Cup as one of the favourites but the other teams cannot afford to write them off.
“Pakistan has a fairly settled and a very good one-day side. They know the art of playing one-day cricket. They have struggled in Test cricket because some of the players simply don’t have the temperament to graft out long innings but the 50-overs cricket format suits them,” he said.
“I don’t think Pakistan

ODI series starts with focus on World Cup

The ODI series between New Zealand and Pakistan which starts today, offers a final opportunity to both the teams to experiment with their 15-men squads for the World Cup.
Pakistan will aim to continue their winning momentum after a good show in the Test series. In their last two ODI series they took both England and South Africa to the wire before losing out in the final game of the series to lose 3-2.
Shahid Afridi and his charges will be aiming for early damage. Pakistan