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We will pick talent from Lyari: Faisal

We will pick talent from Lyari: Faisal

LAHORE – PFF President Faisal Saleh Hayat has said that Lyari is the linchpin of Pakistan football and the PFF will leave no stone unturned to uplift football in Lyari.
To groom the young talent of the football-crazy area, Lyari Football League will soon be inaugurated.
“It is important to encourage and support the talent pool in Lyari. There is huge potential in the players of Lyari and Lyarities appreciate Faisal Saleh Hayat`s initiative to tap this talent”, said Ali

I’m no traitor, claims Leonardo

ROME – New Inter Milan coach Leonardo denied
on Wednesday that he is a traitor having taken over on the nerazzurro bench just six months after leaving AC Milan. A few eyebrows were raised when Inter plumped for Leonardo having fired Rafael Benitez in December after less than six months in charge.
Leonardo spent just one season at the AC Milan helm, guiding them to third in Serie A and a 7-2 aggregate defeat to Manchester United in the second round of the Champions

I’m lucky not to have been sacked: Ancelotti

COBHAM – Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti admits he is lucky not to have been sacked after his side’s dismal run. Just seven months after leading Chelsea to their first Premier League and FA Cup double, Ancelotti knows he is in danger of becoming the latest high-profile boss to perish at the hands of Roman Abramovich’s axe.
Blues owner Abramovich sacked Jose Mourinho, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Avram Grant after far less disappointing results than Ancelotti’s current miserable

President’s Bodyguard, PAF advance in Toyota Cup

LAHORE – The President’s Bodyguard, Pakistan Air Force, Diamond Paints and Master Paints won their matches in the Toyota Cup Polo Tournament here Wednesday.
The matches took place on a day when the whole country was in a state of shock due to murder of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. Last Sunday, Taseer was the chief guest at an exhibition polo match where he predicted the dominance of Pakistan Peoples Party for another term. The President’s Bodyguard proved too strong for First

Milan neighbours in spotlight as Serie A resumes

ROME – All eyes will be on the Milan neighbours as Serie A kicks-off again on Thursday after a two-and-a-half week winter break. AC Milan lead the table by three points and will be showing off new signing Antonio Cassano as they travel to Sardinia to tackle Cagliari.
Inter Milan, taking on Napoli, will also display a new acquisition as former Milan coach Leonardo takes over on the nerazzurri bench for the first time since Rafael Benitez was fired after last month’s Club World Cup

England flying high as Cook, Bell score tons

SYDNEY – A dominant Alastair Cook scored 189 and Ian Bell his first century against Australia as England took a commanding first innings lead of 208 at the close of play on the third day of the fifth Ashes test on Wednesday. England, who just need to draw the match to secure a first series win in Australia for 24 years having already retained the Ashes, were on 488-7 with Matt Prior (54) and Tim Bresnan (0) at the crease when bad light stopped play. Cook put on another dazzling

Too much domestic football: Blatter

BERNE – FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said there is too much domestic football, potentially putting himself on collision course with European clubs who last year complained about the international fixture list. Blatter also said he wanted only professional referees to officiate at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and admitted that women’s football was struggling to progress. Last year’s World Cup in South Africa came at the end of a long season and a number of leading players performed

Hughes not a cheat: Clarke

SYDNEy – Acting Australia captain Michael Clarke flatly rejected claims that teammate Phillip Hughes attempted to cheat England’s Alastair Cook out of his third century of the series at the final Sydney Ashes Test on Wednesday.
English Test great Ian Botham, commentating on television, called close-in fielder Hughes a cheat for claiming a catch that was subsequently proved to have hit the ground just in front of his hands when Cook was on 99.
Cook, who went on to make 189

Delhi Games chief quizzed over corruption

NEW DELHI – Indian police on Wednesday questioned the top organiser of the Delhi Commonwealth Games as part of a widening corruption probe into the tainted October event. Suresh Kalmadi arrived mid-morning at the headquarters of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in New Delhi, where detectives quizzed him over suspect contracts for most of the day.
The Games, which were marred by venue delays and poor organisation, were also hit by claims of massive financial

Sydney Ashes Test in the pink

SYDNEY – England, at 488 for seven at the stumps on the third day, were not the only ones in the pink as the fifth and final Ashes Test celebrated “Jane McGrath Day” at
the Sydney Cricket Ground Wednesday.
The famous cricket arena was transformed into a sea of pink for the third year in support of funding for breast-cancer research and in memory of the late Jane McGrath, wife of Australian fast bowling great Glenn McGrath.
The vast majority of the 40,000 spectators at

Bronzed Waugh unveiled at SCG

SYDNEY – Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh was immortalised in a bronze sculpture unveiled during the final Ashes Test at
the Sydney Cricket Ground Wednesday.
Waugh is shown holding aloft his bat and baggy cap in celebration of his 29th and perhaps most famous Test century, which he completed off the final ball of a day’s play against England at the ground in 2003. “That was probably the most pleasing moment of my career,” Waugh said after the unveiling.

Kaka in ‘perfect shape’ after surgery

MADRID – Real Madrid’s Brazilian midfielder Kaka is in “perfect shape” following the knee surgery he underwent in August, the Belgian doctor who performed the operation said in comments published Wednesday. “Kaka needed to have the surgery, he could not play with the pain he was feeling and the treatment he has had since the operation has been perfect,” sports daily Marca quoted Doctor Marc Martens as saying.
“Now he has a new knee, it is like he had never had the operation. He

Ferrari replaces Dyer with Fry

ROME – Chris Dyer has been replaced by Pat Fry as Ferrari’s head of race track engineering in a reshuffle by the Italian manufacturer. The move is widely seen as a reaction to Ferrari’s error in team strategy at the final Grand Prix of last season in Abu Dhabi which cost Fernando Alonso the world title last year as an ill-timed pit-stop dropped him down the field and out of contention.
Joining the team is former Red Bull and McLaren engineer Neil Martin who will head up

Amir, Butt eager for comeback

LAHORE – Suspended Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir have expressed confidence that they would play for their country after clearing their names in make-or-break International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption tribunal in Doha.
The pair, along with fast bowler Mohammad Asif, will face the hearing on Thursday on charges of spot-fixing during Pakistan’s tour of England last year.
It is alleged that they conspired in the bowling of deliberate no-balls –

Webb named in LPGA board

DAYTONA BEACH – Australian veteran Karrie Webb, a World Golf Hall of Fame player, was elected to the LPGA Board of Directors for a three-year term, the women’s golf tour announced Tuesday. Webb, who has 36 career LPGA triumphs and three season money titles plus two Player of the Year awards, and American Allison Fouch were elected by their peers to the directors spots.
Australian Michelle Ellis was re-elected as president for a third year and American Kim Hall was elected vice

Federer reaches Qatar quarters

DOHA – Second seed Roger Federer reached the Qatar Open quarter-finals on Wednesday with a 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 win over compatriot and close friend Marco Chiudinelli.
The 2005 and 2006 Doha champion fought back from a 4-5 deficit in the tie-break and then saw qualifier Chiudinelli lead 3-1 in the second set before he recovered to eventually take victory with a smash. French third seed Jo Wilfried Tsonga, making his comeback from a left knee injury, moved into the last eight with a

World Cup selection irks former greats

LAHORE – Many former cricketers have criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board for ignoring Shoaib Malik and Danish Kaneria in the preliminary squad for the World Cup 2011.
The PCB had formed integrity committee to scrutinise the details of the bank accounts and properties of these three players.
The PCB integrity committee cleared Kamran Akmal but denied
NOC to Shoaib Malik and Danish Kaneria and also did not issue any reason for their non selection.
Former captain