Shamyl shines for Newage in Toyota Cup

Shamyl shines for Newage in Toyota Cup

LAHORE – As many as four matches were decided on the opening day of the Toyota Cup Polo Tournament here at the Lahore Polo Club on Monday. First Law, a team with two-and-a-half goals handicap, lost to Newage Cables 11-4. All the four members of Newage scored with Shah Shamyl Alam converting five while Adnan Jalil Khan and Usman Haye shared two each.
Diamond Paints glittered with 13 goals against The President’s Bodyguard, which managed six-and-a half goals.
They scored

Ali advances in British Open Junior Squash

LONDON – Pakistani youngsters competing in the British Junior Open Squash Championships in Sheffield had mixed fortunes on Sunday. Appearing in the first round of Boys Under-17 category, Syed Ali Bokhari defeated his Japanese opponent Taiki Kaido in straight games by 11-6,11-5,11-4 after 24 minutes in the court.
Saad Shahid, who is ranked 64, went past local boy Joshua Masters 11-8, 11-8, 11-3 in only 21 minutes. Malik Balaj was the third successful Pakistani in the first round

Djokovic upbeat despite heavy workload

PERTH – Serbian world number three Novak Djokovic is confident his heavy playing schedule at the end of 2010 will not hinder him as the new season gets under way.
Djokovic only had a couple of weeks off at the end of last year, after leading Serbia to a historic Davis Cup win over France in early December. Speaking after a 3-0 win for Sebia over Kazakhstan at the mixed-teams Hopman Cup on Sunday, Djokovic admitted the short break was not ideal preparation for the Australian Open

Gambhir, Tendulkar steady stumbling India

CAPE TOWN – Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar ground out the first century partnership of the match as India overcame the loss of two early wickets on the second day of the third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands on Sunday.
Gambhir (65 not out) and Tendulkar (49 not out) put on an unbeaten 114 for the third wicket to enable India to reach 142 for two at the close in reply to South Africa’s Jacques Kallis-inspired 362 all out.
The stand enabled India to stay

Americans too good for France

PERTH – e United States cruised to victory over France in their Group B tie at the mixed teams Hopman Cup on Monday, as Great Britain suffered an unexpected early exit at the hands of Italy.
The unseeded US pairing of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and John Isner won both singles matches to secure the tie, before completing a clean sweep by claiming the mixed doubles against French duo Kristina Mladenovic and Nicolas Mahut.
The talking point of the clash was the singles rematch

Sharapova starts with easy win

AUCKLAND – Top seed Maria Sharapova cruised through her first round match in the Auckland Classic women’s tennis tournament Monday disposing of Italian qualifier Alberta Brianti in straight sets. Sharapova was seldom troubled as she won 6-2, 6-3 in less than 90 minutes on court with Brianti putting up her bravest showing in the second set when she saved four match points.
“This was my first match of the year and I hadn’t played a tournament in a while, so it was important to get

Coach’s advice crucial in Test series: Tanvir

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan medium fast bowler Tanvir Ahmad has said that coach Waqar Younis has plenty of bowling experience in New Zealand and his advice and help will be crucial in two-Test series commencing January 7 at Hamilton.
“The wickets for the Test matches should be much more helpful to the bowlers than what we all saw in the UAE, which is certainly something that I am looking forward to,” Tanvir said. Tanvir expressed confidence that his “preferred length and bowling style”

Pakistan cricket needs volunteers

LAHORE – Pakistan’s veteran cricket star Abdul Razzaq believes that committed organisers at grassroot level are required to save Pakistan sports from disaster.
Speaking as chief guest at the final of the Second SPM Lahore Veterans Cricket League at Ali Garh Ground Model Town Lahore on Monday, Razzaq said volunteers and committed workers were needed for the promotion of sports in the country.
He presented shield to SPM oraniser Aizad Syed for his contribution to cricket. He

Nadal, Federer resume battle for supremacy

SYDNEY – One of sport’s great and enduring rivalries resumes with the battle for supremacy between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer dominating the new tennis season.
The 2011 campaign got underway this week in Australia, India, Qatar and New Zealand with the first Grand Slam of the season starting in Melbourne on January 17.
Nadal is unchallengeable at the top of the ATP rankings, some 3,305 points clear of Federer, after a superb 2010 season when he took the world number one

Afridi arrives as PCB frets over World Cup squad

LAHORE – Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi will meet PCB chairman Ijaz Butt at the PCB headquarters on Monday to finalise the probables for the 2011 World Cup and the 15-man squad for the ODI series in New Zealand.
Afridi arrived in Lahore on Friday night from Christchurch after the end of the three-match Twenty20 series for the meeting. He will leave on Monday night to join the team in Hamilton for the first Test against New Zealand starting on January 7.
A top official in the

Malaysia, Palestine to end Pakistan sports isolation

LAHORE – Football teams of Palestine and Malaysia will tour Pakistan in February and March for home and away series, the Pakistan Football Federation announced on Sunday. The PFF has done what the country’s major sports like cricket and hockey have failed to do – bring international teams to the country.
Although the PHF has announced a series against Egypt but dates of it are yet to be finalised. Palestine footballer will visit Pakistan from February 27 to play two matches at

Intikhab sees 2011 as year of glory for Pakistan

LAHORE – Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam is confident that the year 2011 be different for the national side and will also improve the image of Pakistan cricket. “I am confident the way things are going now, this year will see improved performance and a better image of Pakistan cricket,” Intikhab said in a television interview.
The former Test captain said the reason for his optimism was not only the improving spirit and discipline among the players, but also the recent steps

Master Paints victorious

LAHORE – Master Paints edged out Diamond Paints in the Literacy Exhibition Charity Polo March here at the Lahore Polo Club on a chilly Sunday. Masters got six goals and allowed Diamond five goals.
Bilal Haye Mehta, Sufi Haris, Taimur Malik and Shamyl Alam were the real Masters to make the most of the opportunities. Diamonds’ Omar Asjad Malhi, Atif Yar Tiwana and Hassan Ali Farrukh thwarted moves from Masters Paints.

Danyaal, Rashid glorious at Sprite Golf Tournament

LAHORE – The first Sprite Golf Tournament concluded at the Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course on Sunday with the high achievers turning out to be Danyaal Jehangir securing the top amateur gross, Rashid Iqbal topping in amateur net, and Karamatullah Chaudry and AVM (R) Zakaullah making it to the first slot in seniors net and seniors net.
The overall performances carried a touch of class and although some ended up behind the ultimate winners, they produced rounds that deserve a lot of

Sargodha, Bhalwal teams shine in CM Sports Cup

LAHORE – The Chief Minister Cup phase-II competitions at inter tehsil level have reached the semi-finals stage. Teams from Sargodha, Bhalwal, Silanwali, Mianwali, Khushab, Rawalpindi and Bhakkar performed well. In Sargodha, the final girls volleyball match was held among tehsil Sargodha, Silanwali and Bhalwal.
Bhalwal and Sargodha got the second position. In Mianwali, the girls final athletics matches were held in which Munawar Kanwal from Model Girls High School Mianwali won the

Chelsea’s title hopes dented by Villa draw

LONDON – Chelsea’s bid to retain the Premier League title suffered another blow as struggling Aston Villa snatched a dramatic 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side were on course for a crucial win after late goals from Didier Drogba and John Terry, but Ciaran Clark equalised in stoppage time and the reigning champions are now in severe danger of losing touch with the main title contenders. Even a Champions League spot isn’t certain for fifth-placed

Nisar notches Champion of Hills title

LAHORE – Nisar Ahmed of SSGC won the Champion of Hills Cycle Race from Islamabad to Murree on Sunday. He covered the distance of 70 KM in two hours and 12 minutes. As many as 64 cyclists from all over the country – four provinces, WAPDA Army, Railways. SSGC, Fata, Rawalpindi District and Afganistan took part in this race.
Director Army Sports Directorate Brig. Iqtidar Naseer Ahmed flagged off the race from Pakistan Sports Board Islamabad. Habibullah of SSGC got second position,