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PFA declares Lahore Football League illegal

PFA declares Lahore Football League illegal

LAHORE – The Punjab Football Association Secretary Agha Muhammad Latif declared DFA Lahore League illegal as it goes against the PFA Calendar. As per yearly Activity Calendar issued by PFA, the DFA league was to be held from March 15, 2011. But DFA officials announced that the league would start from December 25, 2010.
Moreover, the DFA Lahore Secretary has included several unregistered football clubs in the league. Complaints were received from various clubs of DFA Lahore

Fay decides to retire from US Golf Association

FAR HILLS – David Fay is retiring from the US Golf Association after two decades as executive director, a tenure marked by a drive to bring the US Open to public courses and bring golf back to the Olympics. Fay’s announcement on Friday came two months after his 60th birthday.
A leading authority on the game’s rules, Fay started his career in golf as a caddie and joined the USGA in 1978. He became the association’s sixth executive director in 1989 and held the post under 12

Frustrated Park mulling retirement from Int’l duty

MANCHESTER – Park Ji-Sung has admitted he is frustrated to be leaving Manchester United when they are top of the Premier League but expects them to still be there when he returns from Asia Cup duty with South Korea.
“Playing for the national team is an honour, but I am also very happy to play for United,
so missing several games is disappointing,” said in-form midfielder Park, who has scored six goals this season. Park,
who has had to balance his commitments with

Ferguson wants United to maintain points lead

LONDON – Manchester United hope to strike a major Boxing Day blow as the Premier League title race enters its most hectic period of the season on Sunday. United head into the latest round of fixtures at the top of the table with Sir Alex Ferguson’s men, who have a game in hand, two points clear of Arsenal and Manchester City, with champions Chelsea a further point adrift in fourth place.
United have yet to lose in the league this season, having won nine and drawn seven of their

Ponting declares himself fit, Strauss confident of recovery

MELBOURNE – Australia captain Ricky Ponting declared himself fit for the all-important fourth Ashes Test after a strong training session Saturday, saying it could be the match of his career.
Ponting broke the little finger of his left hand while attempting a slips catch during Australia’s series-levelling win in Perth last weekend, putting him in doubt for the must-win Melbourne Test.
But the 36-year-old skipper said his injury was on the mend and he was all but certain of

The Ashes: Sudden shift in momentum

The Boxing Day Ashes Test promises to be something special. With the series tied at a match apiece, there is everything to play for. The spectacular Melbourne Cricket Ground is set for some exceptional crowds which could threaten to fill it up to its 100, 000 capacity. How suddenly the momentum has shifted.
On the first day of the Perth Test, England were on a roll. They had wiped the floor with Australia in the previous match and had now gotten half the Australian side out for

Afghan thrash Blood 6-1 in PPFL

LAHORE – Abdul Hadi put up brilliant display, scoring two goals, as Afghan FC cruised to a 6-1 win over Sahiwal’s Young Blood at Govt High School, Chaman. The Jadeed Khan-led Afghan FC showed resounding striking power as they sent the ball crashing half a dozen times into Young Blood’s goalpost to register a 6-1 win.
Winger Najeeb Ullah started the onslaught in the 23rd minute when he accelerated on Fazal Ur Rehman’s pass to squeeze the ball into the left corner of the net. Left

NBP dominate on opening day

LAHORE – Wapda managed to score 227 runs on the opening day of the 10th round of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match against SNGPL here at the LCCA ground on Saturday.
Wapda reached the score in 63 overs and by the close of play SNGPL were playing at 25 with their two batsmen back to the pavilion in the 12th over.
For Wapda, Shoaib Maqsood and Alo Azmat were the saviours while Asad Ali and Yasir Shah shared four wickets.
Brief Scores:
WAPDA 227 in 63 overs (Sohaib

Australia’s man of the moment

The Ashes series under way has so far provided a fascinating see-saw battle between the over-a-century old cricketing rivals. It was difficult to predict the final outcome before the series. It has become even harder to name the winner midway through the Test matches.
The obvious and much cited reason is that Australia’s replacement players have proved unable to fill the shoes of their illustrious predecessors. Their performances lack consistency and are more often than not much

Ashes to Australia if they win here

Every once in a while a player grabs the ink-pot and the paper being used by those in charge of the Heavens and writes his own script. Mitchell Johnson moved not just his lips to intimidate the English batsmen at Perth but, more importantly, the ball. The Western Australian desert winds themselves might have been surprised by the dance that the ball leaving Johnson’s hands did in the air.
Similarly, Mike Hussey reminded everyone of the qualities that earned him the name of Mr

Gymkhana outclass Pioneer Club

LAHORE – Lahore Gymkhana Club beat Pioneer Club by one wicket on the last ball of a friendly match here at the Bagh-I-Jinnah ground on Saturday. Pioneer scored 160 all out in 35 overs.
Opener Nadeem Butt made 70, Kh Abid 30, Gul Khan 30 while Hamza Ali took three wickets for 32 runs and Khawaja Maqsood had five wickets for 38 runs. In reply Lahore Gymknana achieved the target in 34.5 overs for the loss of nine wickets. Asim scored 41, Hamza 31 while Ali Raza took 3 for 40 and

Butt likely to bear the brunt in fixing fiasco

LAHORE: Pakistan’s suspended Test captain Salman Butt could face a seven-year ban and teammates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer could get two-year bans if charges are proven against them in the next month’s hearing of the ICC’s anti-corruption tribunal in Doha. Reports from ICC sources say that case against Butt was strong and he could likely be banned and slapped heavy financial penalty. Reports of his ban has come at a time when Aitzaz Ahsan, a leading lawyers, withdrew from the

PCB awaits Akmal, Malik papers: Subhan

KARACHI: The newly-appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Subhan Ahmed, has said that inclusion of former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal among the 30 probables for World Cup depends upon the submission of some documents. “The PCB has asked them to submit the documents about their assets and bank accounts by Dec 30 to be considered in the list of probables for the World Cup 2011,” he said at the National Stadium here on

Sami penalised again

LAHORE: Discarded Test fast bowler Muhammad Sami been handed a ban for one match and fine of Rs 10,000 for excessive appealing during a Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match in Karachi. This is the second time Sami was slapped with fine and ban in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament. The penalty has been enforced for excessive appealing.
Sami, who was earlier handed a penalty of match fees of two ties by the Karachi City Cricket Association for a brawl with teammate Atif Maqbool

Pakistan start as favourite against NZ

WELLINGTON: New Zealand face Pakistan in a Twenty20 international at Auckland’s Eden Park on Sunday to launch the series. Pakistan boasts the better form going into the series — which features three Twenty20 matches, two Tests and six one-dayers — after drawing two Tests and narrowly losing a one-day series 2-3 against South Africa. New Zealand, meanwhile, are aiming to rebuild under new coach John Wright after losing their last 11 one-day matches — including series whitewashes

Yousuf signs up for Bangladeshi club

LAHORE: Pakistan’s prolific middle order batsman Mohammad Yousuf has signed a contract with Mohammedan Sporting Club to play in Bangladesh’s Premier Division Cricket League. The club will be defending its title and is now looking towards Yousuf for help after their overseas player from Sri Lanka Farveez Mahroof returned home after sustaining injured.
The 36-year old right-hander has so far played 90 Tests and 288 ODIs for Pakistan and he would be part of the playing XI in their

Spurs set to loan out Woodgate

LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has said Jonathan Woodgate could go out on loan in a bid to boost the defender’s recovery from a longstanding groin injury. But he was adamant Luka Modric would not be going anywhere despite reports Premier League champions Chelsea were interested in the Croatia playmaker.
Former Real Madrid centre-back Woodgate returned to training this week after more than a year out of action. Redknapp reckons the 30-year-old could return to