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Indian hockey coach quits after semi-final loss

Indian hockey coach quits after semi-final loss

GUANGZHOU: India’s national coach Harendra Singh resigned on Tuesday soon after his team crashed to a 4-3 defeat to Malaysia in the Asian Games men’s field hockey semi-final.
The loss, sparked by a golden goal from penalty corner ace Amin Rahim, meant India will have to go through the qualification rounds to book a berth for the 2012 London Olympics.
Only the winner of Thursday’s gold medal clash between Malaysia and Pakistan will be granted a direct entry to the Olympics.

Cook out to prove his Ashes critics wrong

BRISBANE: England opening batsman Alastair Cook said Tuesday he wants to prove his critics wrong in the Ashes series against Australia. The Essex left-hander averages 42.78 in his 60 Tests, but his return drops markedly when he faces Australia.
Cook averages just 26.21 in Ashes contests with a solitary century in 19 Test innings. Scores of 111 not out against South Australia in Adelaide and 60 against Australia A in Hobart may have boosted his confidence but he knows that will

Ruthless India demolish NZ to win series

NAGPUR: India rode on some inspired spin bowling to thrash New Zealand by an innings and 198 runs in the third and final Test on Tuesday and claim the series 1-0.
Spinners Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha and Suresh Raina shared seven wickets before paceman Ishant Sharma finished off the tail, bowling out New Zealand for 175 early into the second session on the fourth day of the match.
New Zealand started the day needing 349 runs to avoid an innings defeat after conceding a

Abdur Rehman ruins Proteas bid to win

LAHORE: It did not seem as if Pakistan would be able to save follow-on after losing Misbah-ul-Haq on the first ball of day four but Abdur Rehman batted determinedly, helped by the lower order especially debutant Tanvir Ahmed, to ensure that South Africa bat again.
After Misbah was removed by Dale Steyn without adding to his overnight score of 77, Pakistan were under threat of being forced to follow on. However Abdur Rehman batted responsibly while Umar Gul and Tanvir gave him

Misbah, Ali lead Pakistan’s fight in 2nd Test

ABU DHABI: Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali led Pakistan’s fightback with half-centuries apiece to keep South African hopes of enforcing the follow-on at bay on the third day of the second Test on Monday.
Misbah finished with 77 not out to guide his team to 317-6 at the close after Ali (90) and Asad Shafiq (61) also contributed in a fight for survival with Pakistan still needing another 68 to avoid following on. Abdul Rehman was the other unbeaten batsman without scoring.

Ton-up Latif leads Pakistan’s mauling of China

GUANGZHOU: Pakistan captain Khalid Latif smashed the first century of the Asian Games cricket tournament on Monday as the favourites crushed China by 128 runs to reach the semi-finals.
The 24-year-old opener hit an unbeaten 103 in 69 balls which featured eight fours and five sixes as Pakistan made 183-1 off their 20 overs with Sharieel Khan making 46. It was China’s second successive defeat in the tournament, having lost to Malaysia by 89 runs, and ended their brief, first

Aisam named for Arthur Ashe award

LAHORE: Pakistan’s tennis ace Aisamul Haq Qureshi has been nominated for the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year Award.
It would be 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, has chosen Aisam for the award for the second time.
In 2002, Aisam won this award when he partnered with an Israeli player and stated that politics and

Drag flickers hold key to hockey semi-finals

GUANGZHOU: Rivals are banking on their powerful penalty corner hitters to deliver when the Asian Games men’s field hockey semi-finals are played on Tuesday.
The strongly-built drag flickers, who take set-piece shots at the goal with lightening speed, have not disappointed so far in the 10-nation competition at the Aoti Hockey Centre.
Six of the top eight scorers in the preliminary league are penalty corner exponents with India’s Sandeep Singh leading the charge with 10

Pakistani cricket all over the place: Wasim

LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has blasted the Pakistan Cricket Board for all the controversies troubling Pakistan cricket currently.
“Pakistan cricket is in shambles. There is no leadership. Nobody knows what’s happening in there. That’s why the players are there where they are. Look at the guy Zulqarnain Haider, he disappeared and still nobody knows why? And it comes up to the Cricket Board, up to the Chairman of the cricket board. And whatever happened in England

Fact-finding committee completes initial report

LAHORE: A three-man fact-finding committee has completed its initial report on the runaway Pakistan wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider.
An official of the board said that the committee has completed its initial findings and it will soon send it to the board for further action.
The official said that apart from the PCB the ICC is also holding an inquiry into the matter and the final decision rests with the board and the ICC.
Haider fled to Britain during the ODI series to

AB builds a mountain for Pakistan

ABU DHABI: AB de Villiers hit the highest Test score of 278 not out for South Africa to put his team in a dominant position against Pakistan on the second day of the second Test at Abu Dhabi Stadium on Sunday.
The 26-year-old from Pretoria smashed 23 boundaries and six sixes during his 618-minute stay at the crease to guide South Africa, suprisingly put into bat on Saturday, to 584-9 declared before restricting Pakistan to 59-1 at close.
Pakistan — needing another 326 to

Gold-laden stars return home

LAHORE: The victorious Pakistan women cricket team members returned home to a rousing welcome at the Allama Iqbal International Airport on Sunday Morning.
Amidst showers of rose petals, Pakistani captain Sana Mir along with her team members were warmly received by Pakistan Cricket Board’s women wing chairperson Bushra Aitzaz accompanied by excited officials, family members and various fans.
Pakistan women team beat Bangladesh in the final by 10 wickets to win the Asian

PCB confirms emails from accused players

LAHORE: Former captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif have asked the PCB to clear their outstanding dues. It has been learnt that PCB has withheld the three players dues as guarantee money in case they were to be fined and the players have not been paid any match fee or bonuses since the World T20 Championship.
Salman Butt and Asif have asked the PCB to clear their outstanding dues as soon as possible. In a letter to the PCB Salman has asked of an amount of approximately Rs 8.7

Top shots prosper to reach men’s hockey semi-finals

GUANGZHOU: Defending champions South Korea and Pakistan recorded emphatic wins on Sunday to set up a semi-final clash in the Asian Games men’s field hockey.
India, who topped group B with four straight wins after a 3-2 success over Japan, will clash with Malaysia in Tuesday’s other semi-final. Malaysia, needing a draw against China to join South Korea from group A, fought off a determined challenge from the hosts before securing a 4-2 victory.
Pakistan bounced back from

Malaysia makes it double, Atlas brings home the silver

GUANGZHOU: Five-time World Open champion Nicol David clinched a third Asian Games title on Sunday with compatriot Mohamad Azlan Iskander completing a Malaysian double with the men’s gold.
Top seed David carved out a 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7 win over Hong Kong’s Annie Au. The victory follows the Malaysian star’s Asiad gold triumphs in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and Doha four years ago. David, who has been world number one for a record 56 consecutive months, arrived in Guangzhou having

Afghan golfers focused despite eye-watering cards

GUANGZHOU: Ali Ahmad Fazel returns to Afghanistan Sunday confident in his dream of becoming a professional golfer despite finishing last at the Asian Games, a massive 194 shots off the lead.
The diminutive 19-year-old fired a 40-over-par 112 on Saturday’s fourth and final round, a marked improvement on his opening 58-over par round of 130.
His closing card read an eye-watering 467, well off the winning 273 posted by South Korea’s gold medallist Kim Meen-Whee.
“My goal

Hat-trick, century for Messi as Barcelona go top

MADRID: Argentine Lionel Messi made it a century of league goals for Barcelona with a hat-trick as the champions crushed Almeria 8-0 on Saturday in the perfect warm-up for their first Clasico showdown with title rivals Real Madrid at Camp Nou in nine days time.
Barca were 5-0 up at half-time as they maintained their perfect away record with a fifth win to go two points ahead of next league opponents Real who can reclaim top spot with a home win over Athletic Bilbao in Saturday’s