Royal Palm Cricket gets underway

Royal Palm Cricket gets underway

LAHORE – The four-day Annual Royal Palm Floodlit Cricket Tournament endorsed by Coke, Highland, GNC and FR Cables took off at the superbly lit cricket arena of the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club.
At the end of the first day, four out of the 16 teams, Warriors, Lahore Eagles, Giants and Punjab Warriors stood eliminated after some fascinating battles with the winning teams, like Lahore Strikers, Punjab Kings, Lions and Royal Eagles.
Dejection was visible among the losers

Mudassar blames PCB for messing preparations

LAHORE – Former Test cricketer Mudassar Nazar has expressed shock at the poor planning by the Pakistan Cricket Board for the World Cup. He said the team was not equipped for the World Cup and said he was astonished how far Pakistan was lagging in preparations.
“It usually takes a team 3-4 years to prepare for the World Cup – the preparation starts when one World Cup ends! This World Cup is around the corner; all of the teams are in tip-top condition. All the other teams are in

9 teams vie for glory in CM Competitions

LAHORE – The second Chief Minister’s Sports Competitions (intermediate level) will roll into action from February 4. The event will be inaugurated by Director General Sports Punjab Salman Ijaz at the National Hockey Stadium, Lahore, at 11am. The nine divisional teams from all over the province will participate in the girls athletics, badminton, volleyball and hockey competitions while boys will take part in athletics, badminton, volleyball, cricket, football and hockey events.

Palestine announce squad for Pakistan series

LAHORE – Palestine football team coach Moussa Bezaz has announced a 30-player squad for the bilateral series between Palestine and Pakistan. Palestine will arrive here on February 27 and will be play the first match at Lahore’s Punjab Stadium on March 1, followed by the second test on Match 4 at Karachi’s Peoples Sports Complex.
Pakistan will reciprocate by visiting Palestine during April to play the third and fourth match of the first ever series between the two nations. It will

Junior Squash C’ship underway at PSA Complex

LAHORE – The Punjab National Junior Squash Championship 2011 rolled into action here at the PSA Complex on Wednesday. On the opening day, qualification round matches were played after Tariq Rana, Honorary Secretary Punjab Squash Association, took out the draws.
Sixty-four matches in different age groups of under-11, 13, 15 and 19 were held. On day two, some of the third round qualification matches will be played, followed by the main round matches.

MTFA announce players for training camp

LAHORE – Model Town Football Academy President Mian Rizwan Ali has announced 28 players for the training camp being held to shortlist the team for participation in the Academies Phase of the 13th National U13 Festival of Football.
The camp will be held from February 3 under Camp Commandant Shafiq Ur Rehman, while Naseem Uddin, Muhammad Yasin and Shakila Rehman will perform duty as manager, coach and assistant coach, respectively. The Camp will be held from Wednesday to Sunday.

Masterly Misbah anchors Pakistan to win

WELLINGTON – Misbah-ul-Haq overcame the loss of late wickets to keep his cool and guide Pakistan to a two-wicket victory over New Zealand in their fourth one-day international match in Napier Tuesday.
Misbah, who has anchored Pakistan’s batting throughout the tour of New Zealand, proved once again a thorn in the side of Daniel Vettori’s team, scoring 93 not out as Pakistan finished on 264 for eight in 49 overs having chased down the host’s 262 for seven. The Pakistan test

Bashed but not broken, Jones dreams of England

BIRMINGHAM – Simon Jones, a fast bowler whose England test career was halted in its prime by one debilitating injury after another, wakes to a daily routine of strengthening exercises and icing his battle-weary limbs. He is the virtually forgotten spearhead of his country’s glorious 2005 Ashes triumph over a previously dominant Australian team but at 32 refuses to believe his days representing England are over.
True, Jones has accepted that the rigours of five-day test cricket

India need to deliver for Tendulkar

NEW DELHI – Sachin Tendulkar has been winning matches for India with his amazing batting exploits for more than two decades, and it’s time his team clinched the World Cup for him. Tendulkar, who turns 38 in April, makes his sixth and probably the last appearance in the showpiece event with one notable omission from his eye-catching CV – a World Cup.
The ‘Little Genius’ may have amassed a record 17,629 runs in 444 one-dayers with 46 centuries – the highest by any batsman – but

Pakistan to play World Cup warm up matches against B’desh, England

LAHORE – The much awaited ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is just a couple of away and Team Pakistan will open its campaign with a warm-up match on February 15 at the Mirpur ground against Bangladesh. Pakistan will also play England on February 18.
Fourteen nations including 10 test playing countries will clash in the event which will be played from February 19 to April 2. All the teams have been divided into two groups. Before the official beginning of the World Cup, the ICC has

Pakistan’s narrowest win in New Zealand

COMMENT – Pakistan recorded their first ever victory over New Zealand at this venue by winning the fourth match of the six-match series by two wickets with six balls
to spare at McLean Park, Napier, Tuesday.
Pakistan’s first victory at this ground came in the fifth one-day international match. It was Pakistan’s smallest victory in terms of wickets against New Zealand
in New Zealand and second narrowest after one wicket win on the final ball at Multan on December 7,

Hockey series with Egypt in doldrums

LAHORE – The political uprising in Egypt has prompted the Pakistan Hockey Federation to cancel the proposed home and away series against the Egyptian national team. The PHF was compelled to take the decision after the sports, foreign and interior ministries asked the PHF to refrain from touring the troubled country and wait until the situation turns normal.
The PHF has also asked for travel advisory from their Egyptian counterparts, but have not received any reply so far. The PHF

WAPDA down SSGC as Salman Akbar suspended

LAHORE – Qasim, Navy and WAPDA won their respective matches, while Amry were held to a draw in the 58th National Hockey Championship, which is in progress at Faisalabad Hockey Stadium. Port Qasim beat Steel Mills 2-1, Navy defeated PTV 1-0 and WAPDA edged SSGC 4-2. Army and HBL remained even as their match ended in a 1-all draw.
Meanwhile, Salman Akbar, goalkeeper of the SSGC team has been suspended by the Tournament Director for one match after he misbehaved with the umpires.

Pakistan-India ‘Battle of the Legends’ T20 match on 11th

LAHORE – Dubai is set to welcome celebrity guests to a cricket extravaganza in which a ‘Battle of the Legends’ match will be played on February 11. Pakistani Sultans will take on India Maharajahs the Twenty20 cricket. As this format of the game is only a few years old, recently retired players never had the opportunity to test their skills in it.
The match, named Battle of the Legends, will bring together some of the game’s most popular names for a one-off exhibition match in

Tiger struggling with old habits

SAN DIEGO – Like a snake slowly trying to shed its skin, Tiger Woods has been struggling to remove old habits as he desperately searches for consistency in his remodelled swing. Frustrated and bitterly disappointed by his erratic performance at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open where he once reigned supreme, Woods has not committed to any tournament beyond next week’s Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour.
While the former world number one has shown flashes of his best since

Thorpe to announce ‘swimming future’

SYDNEY – Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe is to make an announcement about his future, his manager said Tuesday, amid mounting speculation he is to return to the pool for next year’s Olympics in London. Manager David Flaskas said Thorpe, who retired in 2006 citing waning motivation, would address the media in Sydney on Wednesday “about his swimming future.”
Media speculation of a comeback has been rife since Thorpe, 28, resumed swimming in recent months to recuperate from a

Kim grabs second gold at Winter Games

ALMATY – South Korean alpine skier Kim Sun Joo won her second gold medal at the Asian Winter Games here on Tuesday finishing with a time of one minute 10.83sec in the women’s Super-G event.
“I’m pleased with my performance here both today and overall so far,” the 25-year-old said. “I have a chance to secure a hat-trick here and I will do my best to win the Super Combined Friday.” Lyudmila Fedotova of Kazakhstan won her second silver medal finishing second 0.5sec behind Kim, while