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Kasur, Okara schools shine in CM Sports Cup

Kasur, Okara schools shine in CM Sports Cup

LAHORE – The second phase of the Chief Minister’s Cup entered an interesting phase as competitions were held at Rawalpindi, Sahiwal, Kasur, Okara and Muzafargarh.
At Kasur, boys competition in athletics, football, volleyball and girls competitions in volleyball and badminton were held.
S Ali won the 100m race while Ghulam Rasool and Mobeen Yasir got second and positions. The 800m race winner was Muhammad Azam. Mohammad Irfan from tehsil Pattoki and Mohammad Sajid from

Soderling storms into Abu Dhabi semis

ABU DHABI – Tomas Berdych beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 on Thursday to set up a semifinal meeting with top-ranked Rafael Nadal at the World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi.
Robin Soderling, meanwhile, overcame Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1 to set up a meeting with No. 2-ranked Roger Federer. Nadal and Federer both received byes into the last four of the exhibition tournament.
“It is the just the perfect start by playing matches like this one and then the

PHF changes schedule of National Tray Hockey

LAHORE – The Pakistan Hockey Federation has changed the schedule of the third National Tray Hockey Championship and announced the technical officials for the event.
The championship now will be played from January 15 to 27 at Faisalabad Hockey Stadium Faisalabad.
The three-member committee constituted by the PHF Congress has decided that players up to 30 years of age will eligible to take part in the championship except those attending the national training camp. In case

England crush Aussies to retain Ashes

MELBOURNE – England stormed to an imperious innings and 157-run victory in the fourth test to retain the Ashes on Wednesday and plunge a declining Australia side into a painful period of introspection.
The victory, completed before lunch on the fourth day, gave holders England an unassailable 2-1 lead in the five-test series and made Andrew Strauss’s team the first to take the Ashes home since the Mike Gatting-led triumph of 1986/87.
Then, as now, the venue of the decisive

PCB employs spy agencies to probe cricketers’ assets

LAHORE – The Pakistan Cricket Board’s integrity committee has asked the three sidelined cricketers to explain the details of their assets.
It has been learnt that the PCB has also held secret investigation to check the details of the players’ assets and for the purpose it has also acquired the help of government agencies.
The PCB has asked Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik and Danish Kaneria to submit the details of their assets and also requested the ICC to grant extension in

I resigned on Akhtar’s rejection

LAHORE – Former chief selector Abdul Qadir said Wednesday he resigned due to lack of independence and differences with coach Intikhab Alam regarding Shoaib Akhtar’s selection.
Qadir pointed to various contractual obligations that the PCB failed to honour after appointing him as chief selector in November 2008.
A clause in his contract stated that he would be involved in selecting the squad for the matches. “After signing the contract, I was told that I wouldn’t have any say

I want to remain skipper

MELBOURNE – Heart-broken after failing to regain the Ashes on Wednesday, Ricky Ponting was forced to admit the captaincy issue was out of his hands and his powers with the bat may be on the wane.
Ponting, whose struggles with the bat have mirrored Australia’s underwhelming campaign, became his country’s first captain in 120 years to lose the Ashes three times. Speculation has been rife that the 36-year-old may step down as captain or skip next week’s fifth and final match of the

No 1 spot the ultimate goal

MELBOURNE – Captain Andrew Strauss savoured the feeling of demons being banished on Wednesday as England sealed the Ashes, but said the landmark achievement was just one step on the way to cricket’s summit for England.
Strauss was a member of the team that was whitewashed 5-0 on the previous tour and while it was the “lowest point” of his career, Australia’s use of stifling pressure four years ago had been studied and successfully turned back on the hosts, he said.

English Premier League – Bowyer equaliser holds United to shock draw

Manchester United remained top of the Premier League but on goal difference alone after Lee Bowyer’s late equaliser gave Birmingham a 1-1 draw at St Andrews on Tuesday. It seemed as if Dimitar Berbatov’s sublime goal in the 58th minute had wrapped up all three points for United but Bowyer salvaged a share of the spoils in controversial fashion a minute from time.
There was a suspicion of handball when Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic got to Roger Johnson’s

Ferguson issues title warning

BIRMINGHAM – Sir Alex Ferguson did his best to dispel any doubts
about Manchester United’s challenge for the Premier
League title by insisting his side were on course for
glory despite dropping points in a 1-1 draw away to
Birmingham. Ferguson is desperate to regain the title
from stuttering champions Chelsea and he will enter
the New Year with United in the place which he feels
sends out danger signals to all those jostling for

Henin not expecting miracles after elbow injury

PERTH – Former world No.1 Justine Henin admits she is probably six months away from recapturing her best form, as she prepares for her second Antipodean comeback in as many years.
The seven-times Grand Slam winner took almost two years off from tennis to grapple with her personal life before coming back at this year’s Australian Open in January, amazingly reaching the final, where she was beaten by Serena Williams in three sets.
Just under 12 months on and this time Henin is

Robina urges women to participate in sports

LAHORE – The newly-elected PFF Women’s Committee Chairperson Robina Irfan congratulated national champions Young Rising Star and Diya Women FC for getting full memberships along with Islamabad Football Association, Chaman’s Afghan FC and PMC Atheltico Faisalabad.
She hailed the efforts of PFF President Faisal Saleh Hayat for women’s soccer and termed it “a great landmark”.
“Countries like Pakistan are free to promote women’s soccer within the limits of their culture and

Ponting a dead man walking

SYDNEY – “The Ashes are gone. Australian
cricket is in tatters. Our national
sport has been failed by feckless
administrators, confused
selectors, a clueless coach and
sadly out-of-form players,” says
Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.
The Sydney Morning Herald fretted that England were “Long to reign over us,” while ABC website columnist Glenn Mitchell called Ponting a “dead man walking”.
“Australian cricket is definitely at its modern-day

Wapda clinch football gold after 18 years

LAHORE – National Champions Wapda added another feather to their winning cap when they beat Pakistan Air Force 1-0 in the final of the 31st National Games football tournament on Wednesday in Islamabad.
Wapda regained the title after a lapse of 18 years under their jubilant coach Muhammad Habib – a qualified international coach. Wapda’s last triumph was recorded in 1992 under late Muhammad Aslam Japani.
Wapda dominated the 90-minute tussle with PAF. The lone goal of the

Samir storms into Pakistan Open semis

LAHORE – Tennis fans of Islamabad witnessed exciting tennis as upcoming tennis sensation Samir Iftikhar overpowered former Davis cupper Shezad Khan 6-4, 6-3 to reach men’s singles semi-final of the Caltex Pakistan Open Tennis Championship, being held at PTF Tennis Complex, Islamabad.
Samir also ousted Mohammed Abid 7-5, 6-0 to reach the boy’s singles final of the same event.
The talented Pak-British citizen did not give any chance to the experienced Shezad Khan to settle

Man City offer 35m euros for Dzeko

BERLIN – Manchester City have offered 35 million euros (29.8 million pounds, 45.9 million dollars) for Wolfsburg’s Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko, Germany’s Bild daily reported on Wednesday.
In what Bild said would be a record price for a Bundesliga player, the English club would pay the Germans 30 million euros for the 24-year-old plus five million euros more if City reach the Champions League.
The transfer could be finalised in time for City’s crunch away clash at Arsenal on

Leading commentators on England’s Ashes win

Ian ChappelL: The thing is if you start going a new direction there’s no point going in that new direction with an old captain. It’s got to be a new captain and a new team and it’s got to be his team. I always thought before the series started that this was the right time for Ponting to finish as a Test captain. You do have a used-by date as a captain and Ricky has reached that point. He captains the World Cup and whether or not after that he decides to stay on as a player is totally