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Trott ton tightens noose around fuming Aussies

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

Ponting fined over umpire row

MELBOURNE – Australia captain Ricky Ponting was fined 40 percent of his match fee after his frustration over a TV referral decision boiled over into an ugly row with umpire Aleem Dar on the second day of the fourth Ashes test on Monday.
Ponting, whose team face a huge task to save the test and keep alive their hopes of winning back the Ashes, spent more than a minute remonstrating with Dar after demanding a review of a not out decision against England batsman Kevin Pietersen.

Ponting wrong to question umpires, says Gatting

LONDON – Former England captain Mike Gatting insisted Australia skipper Ricky Ponting had overstepped the mark with his angry questioning of the umpires during the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne on Monday.
Gatting said Ponting was wrong to berate Pakistan’s Aleem Dar for a verdict confirmed by the Decision Review System (DRS), as this should now be treated as a final judgment. Gatting, himself involved in an infamous finger-pointing row with umpire Shakoor Rana during England’s

Spurs down Villa courtesy Van der Vaart

BIRMINGHAM – Rafael Van der Vaart was the scourge of Aston Villa yet again as he marked his return from injury with two goals to hand 10-man Tottenham a deserved 2-1 victory on Sunday.
The Dutch international, who netted both of Tottenham’s goals in the October win over Villa, scored in each half as Harry Redknapp’s side kicked off the busy Premier League Christmas period with a win to keep them in the hunt for a Champions League place.
Spurs’s victory was especially

Mobilink, Netsol winning run continues in CPL

LAHORE – Mobilink and Netsol won their matches of the 1st CPL Raaziq T20 cricket League here on Monday.
In the first match, Mobilink beat Ufone by 29 runs. Mobilink scored 154 for 6 wickets in allotted 20 overs. Ijaz Rafiq 69, Saqib Munir 30 and Jawad Tayyab 28 were the main batsmen.
Ahsan Zaidi took two wickets. In reply, Ufone scored 125 all out with Adeel Asghar 41, Sadeem Baig 26 and Aleem Rana 17 runs. Khalid Farooq & Tariq Durani took three wickets each. Ijaz Rafiq

India stutter after Zaheer heroics

DURBAN – The bowlers of South Africa and India took it in turns to cause carnage as 18 wickets fell for 245 runs on the second day of the second Test at Kingsmead on Monday.
At the end of an extraordinary day, India, on 92 for four in their second innings, held an overall lead of 166 runs in the battle between the world’s two top-ranked Test nations.
When India were all out for 205, losing their last four wickets for 22 runs at the start of the day, it seemed that the host

Punjab Junior Table Tennis from today

LAHORE – The Punjab Junior Inter District Table Tennis Championship will start at Khanewal from December 28 at the Sports Hall of Government Commerce College, Peoples Colony Khanewal.
According to President District Table Tennis Association Khanewal Haji Amber Bashir, this championship is being participated by 100 players and official. The events to be contested include team and individual categories in boys and girls. DCO Khanewal Qazi Muhammad Ishfaq will be the chief guest of

Karachi Gymkhana win veterans cricket match

LAHORE – Karachi Gymkhana won the second Super Veterans (over 60 years) T20 cricket match defeating Karachi Kings at the Karachi Gymkhana Ground on Sunday.
The Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association organised this match. After winning the toss, Karachi Gymkhana opted to field. Karachi Kings scored 135 runs for three wickets. Rafiq Allahrakha retired at 51 runs scored in 43 balls with three fours.
Skipper of Karachi Kings and former captain Zaheer Abbas played a fine innings

Ciro’s Polo Cup rolls into action

LAHORE – As many as four matches of the Ciro’s Pizza Pomodoro Polo Cup were decided here at the Lahore Polo Club on Monday.
Some teams took full advantage of the handicap while others failed to put up a fight. Soneri Bank won with half-a-goal margin after going six-all in the field against Dollar East. Punjab Carpet too won by identical margin over Monnoo Foods after both the teams scored 7 goals each.
Lahore Garrison beat The President’s Bodyguard after they sneaked into

Muridke Gymkhana lift DCA Sheikhupura Club Trophy

LAHORE – Muridke Gymkhana Club beat Friends Club by five wickets to lift the PCB District Sheikhupura Inter-club Championship title at the Municipal Stadium Sheikhupura on Monday.
Batting first, Friends club were all out for just 140 runs. Ahsan was the only prominent batsman with 50. Nayyar Abbas captured three wickets while Asif and Atif shared two wickets each.
Chasing the target, Muridke Gymkhana achieved the runs in just 30 overs losing five wickets. Nayyar Abbas and

Adnan grabs gold in Long Jump

LAHORE – Adnan Jahangir of Punjab won gold medal in long jump in the 31st National Games being held at Quyyum Stadium, Peshawar, amidst tight security. Adnan got the first position for Punjab with a jump of 3.38 metres.
Mohamamd Kalil of Punjab secured fifth place in the javelin throw when he threw the javelin 58.97 metres. In women shot putt, Punjab’s Razia Younas got sixth position with a throw of 8.13 metres.
Meanwhile, semi-finals places were decided in the National

Aamer criticises former cricketers

LAHORE – Former Pakistan batsman and PCB’s Game Development Director Aamer Sohail has slammed former team-mate Ramiz Raja for saying that domestic cricket was based on quantity than quality.
“I don’t know how Ramiz said that Pakistan cricket doesn’t have quality,” PakPassion quoted Sohail, as saying.
Former cricketers have ruined Pakistan cricket because when current format of domestic cricket was introduced, they should have thought about introducing teams like Quetta to

United, City plan to maintain lead

LONDON – Manchester United and Manchester City will look to stay out in front at the top of the Premier League when they continue their push for the title on Tuesday.
Before then at least one, and possibly both, of the Manchester clubs’ title rivals will have dropped points when third-placed Arsenal take on Chelsea in a London derby on Monday. United,
who top the table by two points from City, are away to Birmingham on Tuesday where Sir Alex Ferguson, having seen off a

District events get underway in CM Sports Cup

LAHORE – The district level competitions of the Chief Minister’s Cup Sports will roll into action from today at various venues of the province.
After the completion of the competitions at the Tehsil level the next competitions will start today.
The tehsil level events were held from December 20 to 25 and after the district level, events the competition will be played at division and provincial level till February 09, 2011.
The schedule is as under:
High School

Pakistan fall to hat-trick maker Southee

AUCKLAND – Pace bowler Tim Southee bagged a five-wicket haul including a hat-trick as New Zealand comprehensively beat Pakistan by five wickets in their opening Twenty20 cricket match Sunday. It was only the third hat-trick in the history of Twenty20 internationals as a withering Southee spell put the brakes on a brisk Pakistan start from which the tourists never recovered. Their 143 for nine was knocked off by New Zealand with 17 balls to spare and five wickets in hand, giving the

Aussies sink to record low as Poms smell blood

MELBOURNE – England seized control of the fourth Ashes Test by skittling Australia for a record low of 98 on Sunday then compounded the hosts’ misery by building a lead of 59 runs without loss at the close of the first day.
With the series tied 1-1, victory in Melbourne would ensure England retained the Ashes they regained at home last year.
The England pace attack scythed through Australia’s top order before lunch then rattled through their last six wickets for the loss