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Lahore to host Raiders Football Cup next month

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

SSGC, Young Blood relegated

LAHORE – Afghan FC failed to stop an aggressive PMC Athletico and suffered a 0-1 defeat at Govt. High School, Chaman in Pakistan Premier Football League. PMC’s all-important goal came through Muhammad Luqman in the 23rd minute. The win allowed PMC the needful three points, assuring them A-Division soccer next year too.
Afghan FC have managed 42 points in their 30 matches while PMC earned 21. In another match, Baloch FC edged out Young Blood 2-0 at Nushki Football Stadium,

Controversial Cassano joins Milan teammates

MILAN – Controversial Italian forward Antonio Cassano on Monday joined up with his future AC Milan teammates for a winter training camp in Dubai. The out-of-favour Sampdoria player’s transfer to AC Milan will be completed on January 2.
A smiling and visably moved Cassano was already wearing his new team’s training kit as he was greated by a crowd of fans at Milan airport before the team jetted out for the Middle East.
His contract will not be filed before the official

PFF Congress approves budget

LAHORE – The Pakistan Football Federation Congress Tuesday approved a budget of Rs 55 million for the calendar of activities of the year 2011.
The Congress meeting, chaired by President Faisal Saleh Hayat, was held at the Football House.
The house gave permanent membership to Islamabad Football Association, Afghan FC Chaman, PMC Atheltco Faisalabad, Young Rising Star Women Club Rawalpindi & Diya Women Football Club Karachi. With the induction of these new members, the

A glance at today’s game – Batting remains big worry for Pakistan

Lahore – A poor batting display by Pakistan cost them the match on Sunday. The middle order lost its way after a brisk start and the team could only manage 143-9 which could have been a lot worse had it not been for some late hitting by Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz.
Going into the second T20 game today at Seddon Park, Hamilton, Pakistan need to get their act together in the batting department especially the middle order which fell timidly in the first game.
Pakistan need to

Intikhab Alam gets phone shock

LAHORE – Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam was in for a rude shock when the voice recorder of his mobile phone in New Zealand responded to callers by calling him as Indian manager.
The media and others were stunned when they called Intikhab in New Zealand and the voice recorder of his phone kept on saying that the manager of the Indian team was not available at the moment and will try to return the call later. Irked by the mistake, the Pakistan team management had to remind

PHF’s executive board meets today

LAHORE – The meetings of Pakistan Hockey Federation’s Executive Board and Congress will be held on December 28 at National Hockey Stadium. President PHF Qasim Zia will chair both the meetings. The 18th meeting of PHF Executive Board will take place at 10:30am.
Secretary PHF Muhammad Asif Bajwa will produce the report of the year 2010. The members of the executive board are President PHF Qasim Zia, Vice Presidents Nawab Lashkari Raisani, Saeed Khan, Women’s Vice President

Sohail to join team in NZ

LAHORE – The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to send all rounder Sohail Tanvir to join the team in New Zealand. Tanvir had initially been selected for the national squads for T20 and Test matches against New Zealand for the ongoing series. However he could not get fitness clearance for the T20matches. According to Sohail Tanvir, he had no pain, discomfort anywhere in the body. However,
he was having stiffness in his lower back and legs during the last concluded camp for which

Akmal steers NBP to convincing victory

LAHORE – National Bank of Pakistan piled up misery on Habib Bank by first defeating them, then moving a step above in the points table here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Monday.
Chasing 157 runs, NBP resumed their innings at eight and completed 158 runs for three. Their win also overshadowed Imran Farhat’s century for HBL. The win turned the focus on Kamran Akmal who remained unbeaten on 70 while Naumanullah was plying at 41 when NBP surpassed the target. Sarmad Anwar with two

Zheng to miss Australian Open

BEIJING – Chinese number two Zheng Jie will miss next month’s Australian Open, where she went to the semi-finals in 2010, as she continues to recover from wrist surgery,
state media said Monday. Zheng, 27, said she was still not ready to get back on court following an injury to her left wrist that plagued her throughout the year and ended
her season
following the US Open.

KRL show class with rare double over KESC

LAHORE – KESC lost to KRL 0-1 in 234th match of the Pakistan Premier Football League at the People’s Sports Complex, Karachi on Monday.
Both the teams completed 29 matches and KRL captured 57 points in comparison to KESC’s 52. KRL also defeated KESC 3-0 in the first leg at Rawalpindi in October 2010.
The precious goal for KRL was scored by Chaman-born front runner Kalim Ullah in the 21st minute. This was his fourth goal of the event. Kalim is showing fine display for KRL

Aqeel advances in Pakistan Open

Islamabad – Top seed Aqeel Khan outplayed Hira Ashiq in straight sets 2-0 in the men’s singles fixture of the ongoing Caltex Pakistan Open Tennis Championship here at Pakistan Tennis Complex on Monday.
The score-line was 6-2 and 6-4. As many as 35 matches were decided on the third day in different categories. Nomi Qamar, Yasir Khan and Shahid Afridi moved to the quarter-finals of the championship winning 2-0. Remaining four pre-quarter-finals will be played on Tuesday (today) at

PFF approves next year’s itinerary

LAHORE – The executive committee of the Pakistan Football Federation Monday discussed the performance of the national men’s and women’s teams in national and international events.
The meeting, which was held under the chairmanship of PFF President Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat at Football House, also discussed the 2011 calendar of event.
According to an official of the PFF, the activity calendar of 2011 was approved by the house and Faisal Saleh Hayat later informed that

FIFA’s Elite Referees Course commences

LAHORE – The FIFA Members Associations Elite Referee Course commenced here at the Football House on Monday with over 30 participants taking part in it.
“It’s now easier than ever to become a qualified football referee as compared to the 70s or 80s. By getting on the refereeing ladder, individuals have the opportunity to progress through various PFF qualifications,” said PFF Secretary General Lt. Col (retd) Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi.
He made these remarks during the Monday’s

Trott ton tightens noose around fuming Aussies

MELBOURNE – As controversies raged around him in the heat of Ashes battle, England batsman Jonathan Trott was happy to stay in his bubble of concentration to craft a potential match-winning century in Melbourne on Monday.
Trott’s unbeaten 141 propelled England to 444-5 at stumps on the second day of the fourth test with a 346-run lead, raising the tourists’ hopes of taking the Ashes home for the first time in 24 years.
The achievement, while not lost on the laid-back

Waugh tips Haddin, Paine as next Australian skipper

MELBOURNE – Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh on Monday tipped wicketkeeper-batsmen Brad Haddin or Tim Paine as future national captains as pressure intensified on incumbent Ricky Ponting.
In his assessment Waugh overlooked vice-captain Michael Clarke as Ponting’s heir apparent and raised the possibility of either Haddin or Paine taking over after the five-Test Ashes series, which ends in Sydney next week. “That’s the burning question right now: who potentially is the next