Arsenal cruise into the last eight

Arsenal cruise into the last eight

LONDON: England winger Theo Walcott scored twice as Arsenal cruised into the quarter-finals of the League Cup on Wednesday with a 4-0 rout of Newcastle at St James Park.
Walcott’s brace, an own goal from Newcastle reserve keeper Tim Krul and a Nicklas Bendtner strike settled the tie for Arsene Wenger’s men, riding high after last weekend’s victory over Manchester City. Wenger was left purring over the contribution of Walcott, scoring his first goals since returning from injury

Asif dreams of world cup, Butt denies dirt

LAHORE: Tainted by drugs and spot-fixing allegations, Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif believes that he would still make to World Cup 2011 team despite withdrawing his appeal against the ICC’s suspension.
The World Cup 2011 is being jointly staged by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh while Pakistan was omitted as a fourth host nation following the attack on the Sri Lanka team last year. The ICC anti-corruption committee suspended Asif, captain Salman Butt and rookie pacer

Pakistan vs South Africa 1st ODI – Pakistan’s comeback or SA’s whack?

ABU DHABI: Winning the toss and batting first in the two T20s proved fruitless for Pakistan as their batting line up flopped two days running as South Africans completed two easy wins to take the T20 series. With the first ODI of the five match series to be played today at Abu Dhabi, Pakistan team need to seriously do something about their batting.
Pakistan batting is flopping for quite sometime now and they need solidity. Younis Khan will be returning to the side which can

UAE offers Pakistan venues to host future tours

The Pakistan Cricket Board seems to have found a saviour in Emirates Cricket Board, which has promised to provide the venues for Pakitan’s future home series.
According to an official of the PCB, ECB Chief Executive Dilawar Mani has shown willingness to give cricket space to PCB to host its home series after the Wales and English Cricket Board pulled out due to the spot-fixing scam.
The ECB expressed its desire to host the two remaining home series that

Pitiful Pakistan go down in identical fashion

Rusty Theron took a career-best 4-27 to help a clinical South Africa upstage Pakistan by six wickets in the second Twenty20 international here on Wednesday to take the two match series 2-0.
The 26-year-old Theron bowled with purpose as South Africa once again restricted the former World Twenty20 champions to a low score of 120-9 on a flat Abu Dhabi cricket Stadium for a second day in succession.
South Africa won the first match by the same margin on Tuesday.

Real held by third division Murcia

Spanish giants Real Madrid avoided a repeat of the humiliating Kings Cup loss to Alcorcon last season on Tuesday but were still held to a 0-0 draw by Third Division Real Murcia in their Last 32 first leg match.
Real coach Jose Mourinho had threatened his players with crucifixion should they suffer a similar 4-0 first leg defeat – which their 1-0 second leg victory proved insufficient to see them progress – but they rarely threatened to come away with a win either. “I

‘Chicharito’ does it again for United

Javier Hernandez struck a last-gasp winner as holders Manchester United booked their place in the League Cup quarter-finals with a 3-2 victory over Wolves on Tuesday.
Hernandez – who scored both goals in United’s dramatic late victory over Stoke on Sunday – rode to the Red Devils rescue once more after coming on as a substitute nine minutes from time at Old Trafford.
The 22-year-old striker looked threatening from the moment he was introduced before surging into

Aisam, Bopanna continue their Russian assault

Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Rohan Bopanna faced a tough resistance from the Russian top star Mikhail Youzhny (currently world no. 9) and Sergiy Stakhovsky, the no. 1 player of Ukraine (currently world no. 37) in the opening round of St. Petersburg ATP World Rating Tennis Championship being played in the indoor courts of Petersburgsky, Russia.
Due to an increase in the top singles players participating in doubles events, the technicalities of the game are changing

‘Stern measures’ will lift Pakistan’s game: Alam

Team manager Team manager Intikhab Alam Wednesday insisted that “strict steps” taken to improve discipline would improve Pakistan’s cricket and did not disturb the players.
Pakistan last week introduced a new code of conduct with stricter punishments for disciplinary breaches, which Alam said were needed in the wake of England tour rocked by spot-fixing allegations against the team. “All the strict steps taken are for the betterment of Pakistan cricket and all the

Pakistan Vs South Africa – Waqar seeks World Cup boost from SA series

Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis Tuesday urged his team to get back to winning ways as they begin the build-up to next year’s World Cup.
“We haven’t won anything recently and after a chaotic England tour things are becoming clearer, so if we win against South Africa and then on the New Zealand tour it will be a good build-up for the World Cup,” Waqar told reporters.
Pakistan play two back-to-back Twenty20 matches on Tuesday and Wednesday, before playing

ICC not to investigate Sydney Test: Lorgat

The International Cricket Council will not re-investigate the Sydney Test between Australia and Pakistan despite being confronted with reports that it had knowledge of suspected match fixer Mazhar Majeed’s ”activities” during the game.
ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the governing body did not have “sufficient evidence” to warn the Australian authorities about Majeed’s activities during the January series. Australia won the Sydney Test after Pakistan

Pakistan moots legal action on The Sun

Pakistan cricket authorities said Tuesday they were weighing up legal action against British tabloid The Sun over allegations of spot-fixing after an investigation cleared their players.
The Sun tipped off the International Cricket Council (ICC) that it had evidence that the scoring pattern of Pakistan’s innings in the Oval one-day against England on September 17 was pre-arranged with bookmakers. The ICC launched an immediate inquiry, but on October 13 cleared the

Hockey schedule for 16th Asian Games announced

Organizing Committee of the 16th Asian Games has announced the schedule of the hockey event which will be held from November 12 to November 27 at Guangzhou, China.
According to a press release issued on Tuesday, the men’s hockey event will take place from November 15 to 25 for which the ten teams have been divided in two pools. Pool A comprises of Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Oman while Group B includes Pakistan, India, Japan, Bangladesh and Hong Kong.

Serie A – Milan go second after downing 10-man Napoli

AC Milan kept on Lazio’s heels at the top of Serie A as they beat 10-man Napoli 2-1 at the San Paolo stadium in Naples on Monday. Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the goals for Milan as Michele Pazienza was sent-off for the hosts for a pair of handballs before Ezequiel Lavezzi hit an ingenious late consolation.
Milan now trail Lazio by just two points in second place while Napoli, who were by far the better side for long periods, even with 10 men, remain sixth.

Regrouped Pakistan eye SA success

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi hoped his beleaguered side is focused enough to counter a spirited South African team in the back-to-back Twenty20 matches starting here on Tuesday.
Pakistan’s recent tour to England was rocked by spot-fixing allegations which prompted a Scotland Yard investigation and the suspension of three of their players by the International Cricket Council.
Test captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were charged for

British newspaper apologises to Younus

Widely circulated British newspaper ‘The Daily Telegraph’ has apologised to the former Pakistani captain Younus Khan for associating him with the controversial figure of Mazhar Majeed.
Majeed is under interrogation by Scotland Yard for fixing cricket matches and bribing Pakistani players in the recently concluded Pakistan tour to England. Younus’ lawyer Abdul Qayyum said the ‘Daily Telegraph’ has published an apology regretting its story linking Younis with Mazhar.

Raina involved in fixing, ICC and BCCI remain silent

A British newspaper has revealed that Indian cricketer Suresh Raina has had links with a bookmaker. A Sri Lankan security expert who was deputed to look after the security of the Indian team during their tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year exposed Raina’s links to the bookies.
CCTV Cameras installed at the Indian team hotel showed that on more than one night Raina was in the company of a woman known to be an associate of a man allegedly linked to a bookmaker. A