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South Africa recall Amla

South Africa recall Amla

DURBAN – Test batsman Hashim Amla was on Wednesday recalled to the South African team for their Twenty20 international against India on February 9.
Amla, once regarded as a Test specialist, has built up an impressive record in 50-over one-day internationals this year.
He will be playing only his third match in the shortest form of the international game.
South Africa squad: Johan Botha (capt), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Makhaya

South Africa captain tells ICC to push harder on reviews

DURBAN – The International Cricket Council should take responsibility for implementing the umpire review system itself and remove the right of Test teams to opt out, South Africa captain Graeme Smith said on Wednesday.
Smith and his team were frustrated by a number of decisions the captain called unlucky as India beat them by 87 runs to square the three-match series 1-1.
The Umpire Decision Review System, designed to eradicate clear umpiring mistakes, is not in use in the

Helie and Sullivan hospitalised after falls

BORMIO – Canada’s Pierre-Louis Helie and American Marco Sullivan have been taken to hospital in Innsbruck, Austria after falling in training for the downhill here, organisers said on Wednesday. Both skiers suffered concussion after tumbling during the second training run on Tuesday.
Helie was knocked momentarily unconscious and had to be immediately transported to hospital by helicopter, but Sullivan was able to pick himself up and ski to the bottom of the piste before being

CM’s Cup second phase in full swing

Lahore – The second phase of the Chief Minister’s Cup is in full swing at the high school level, with the finalists displaying excellent performances on Wednesday.
The inter-tehsil boys’ football competitions were held at the districts Bhuwana, Laalian and Chiniot.
In Chiniot, Laalian got a walkover over Bhuwana after accidents of two players from Bhuwana team. Laalian beat Chiniot in the second match.
In Faisalabad, Tehsil Faisalabad city beat Tehsil Samundri in girls’

Stoke seal Pennant deal

LONDON – Stoke City have signed winger Jermaine Pennant on a permament deal for Spanish side Real Zaragoza following a loan spell, the English Premier League club announced Wednesday. Pennant,
who made his name at Arsenal, joined the Potters on a temporary basis in pre-season after failing to cement a spot at Zaragoza. But now Stoke have given him a two-year contract, subject to international clearance and registration with English football authorities in a deal that has already

Afridi blames bowlers for defeat – Pakistan capitulate as NZ win series

HAMILTON – New Zealand wrapped up their Twenty20 cricket series against Pakistan with a match to spare when they blasted their way to a 39-run win in the second match here Tuesday.
Scott Styris and Peter McGlashan were the principal contributors to a 79-run onslaught in five overs which swung the match New Zealand’s way in the second half of their innings of 185 for seven.
Pakistan made a valiant start to the run chase and were 58 for one after six overs before their batting

Aisam to be feted by IOC

LAHORE – Pakistan tennis star and the country’s accomplished sportsman Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi received yet another acknowledgment and honour for Pakistan.
To acknowledge his contribution in promoting a message of peace through sports, the International Olympic Council has announced to decorate Aisam and his doubles partner Rohan Bopanna’s shirts in IOC Museum Lausanne, Switzerland. The peace slogan of ‘Stop War Start Tennis’ adopted by Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and his Indian partner

Pakistan sets sights at 2014 Hockey World Cup

LAHORE – The Pakistan Hockey Federation’s Executive Board and the Annual Congress approved Tuesday a budget of Rs 500 million with a deficit of Rs 300 million for the next year.
The house, which met here on Tuesday, also set 2014 World Cup as its realistic target with major preparations set for 2012 Olympics and the Champions Trophy.
Addressing a press conference here after the meetings chaired by PHF president Qasim Zia, secretary Asif Bajwa said that the deficit amount

PHF mulls series against Egypt

LAHORE – The Pakistan Hockey Federation plans to organise a reciprocal hockey series with Egypt early next year, it was announced on Tuesday.
PHF secretary Asif Bajwa said that Pakistan will tour Egypt in February and Egypt will give a return tour in March. He said that the annual calendar of the PHF laid more emphasis on the team’s international exposure and the plan is to begin the efforts with a series against Egypt.
He said that the dates and number of matches will be

Shattered Watson wants to ‘restore pride’

MELBOURNE – All rounder Shane Watson conceded Australia had all but lost the Ashes on Tuesday and admitted the side’s abysmal performance in the fourth test was enough to turn fans away from the game.
The five-test series is level at 1-1 but holders England need only scoop the remaining four wickets, three if the injured Ryan Harris opts against batting, to become the first side to win the Ashes on Australian soil in 24 years.
“It’s very shattering to be in the position we

Bresnan brings England on brink of Ashes glory

MELBOURNE – England’s bowling attack continued to maintain a stranglehold on Australia’s batsmen in the fourth test on Tuesday, putting the visitors on the brink of a first successful Ashes tour triumph in 24 years.
Needing 415 runs just to make England bat again, Australia’s brittle top order disintegrated under pressure once more, limping to 169-6 at stumps in front of a despondent crowd of more than 68,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Australia, who were bundled out

Ponting apologises amid calls for ban

MELBOURNE – Australia captain Ricky Ponting said Tuesday he had overstepped the mark with his prolonged argument with the umpires in the fourth Ashes Test that earned him a fine and a censure from the match referee. “My actions on the field yesterday have caused a massive reaction overnight and I just wanted to get my points across about it,
” Ponting told ABC radio. “I mean I understand that I overstepped the mark yesterday. Looking back at it last night I realised that it

Ugly streak of petulance that blights Ponting

Ricky Ponting’s outburst at both umpires when Kevin Pietersen was given not out by technology was not a reflection of the fact that the Australian captain is under a huge amount of pressure – he has always been like that.
I do not mind players showing passion and aggression and, now I’m on the sidelines, I have to constantly remind myself what it was like on the field.
It is not always easy to stay calm and collected and think about the image of the game as you act.

Harris out with injured ankle

MELBOURNE – Australian paceman Ryan Harris suffered a stress ankle fracture while bowling in the fourth Ashes Test and will require surgery forcing him to miss the rest of the series, Cricket Australia said on Tuesday.
Harris pulled up while bowling the fifth ball of his 29th over and immediately pulled off his left boot and sock.
He limped from the ground with the team physio and a decision is to be taken whether he will bat in the second innings as Australia battle to

‘Fantastic’ Arsenal rout Chelsea 3-1

LONDON – Arsenal kept the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester United and delivered a hammer blow to Chelsea’s hopes of retaining the title with a 3-1 victory over the struggling champions on Monday.
Arsene Wenger’s side had repeatedly failed to produce the goods in crunch matches against their London rivals, but they finally rose to the occasion as goals from Alex Song, Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott gave them a vital victory at the Emirates Stadium. Branislav Ivanovic

Lahore to host Raiders Football Cup next month

LAHORE – Prominent clubs of Lahore and other districts of Punjab will show their mettle in the All Punjab Raiders Football Cup 2011, to be played at Raiders Football Club Ground, Faisal Town, from Sunday, 16 January 2011.
The Organizing Secretary Kabir Ahmed Chaudhry said:
“Besides organisers Raiders FC, 24 other Lahore-based outfits participating in the event are Afshan Club, Fatima Memorial, Flying Horse, Garhi Shahue United FC, Jabbar Friends,Model Town FC, Moazam Iraj

Legal threat hits Blackburn’s new Indian owners

MUMBAI – The new owners of English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers, Indian poultry firm Venky’s, are facing a claim for more than five million dollars for allegedly reneging on a proposed joint venture deal. Mumbai-based businessman Saurin Shah told AFP he had issued a legal notice to the firm over a proposed tie-up for the Blackburn bid between Venky’s and his investment firm, Qubic Group.
The notice alleged that Venky’s, which completed the deal in November for 23 million