Man City held as Arsenal advance

Man City held as Arsenal advance

LONDON – Edin Dzeko opened his goalscoring account for Manchester City as the Premier League side scrambled a late equaliser to snatch a 1-1 draw with lowly Notts County in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday. Bosnian striker Dzeko netted in the 80th minute to rescue City, who were left chasing the game after Neal Bishop headed the Magpies into a shock lead on 59 minutes at Meadow Lane.
City — who have spent more than 300 million pounds on players since their takeover by the Abu

Suzuki Swift/Guard Filters down Bank Alfalah in final

LAHORE – Hissam Ali Hyder led Suzuki Swift/Guard Filters to an easy win over Bank Alfalah in the final of the Suzuki Swift Polo Cup here at the Lahore Polo Club ground on Sunday. Newage Cables secured third place beating Hataff in the subsidiary final.
Hissam hit four of the six goals his team scored against four by Bank Alfalah. Mir Shoaib Ahmed and Raja Samiullah shared one goal apiece to complete the winners’ tally. Bank Alfalah, despite having a six goaler Raul Laplactte in

Messi sends Barcelona seven clear

MADRID – Lionel Messi struck twice as Barcelona beat Hercules 3-0 on Saturday to clinch a record-equalling 15th consecutive Spanish league win as the champions moved seven points clear of Real Madrid.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said he was honoured to match the long-standing record of the great 1960-1961 Real Madrid side which was captained by Alfredo di Stefano. “It is a tremendous honour to win 15 consecutive league games and equal the record of (Alfredo) di Stefano’s Real

AVM Zaka wins CAS Veterans Golf title

LAHORE – Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Zakaullah clinched the coveted trophy of the CAS Veterans Golf Championship in an 18-hole contest. The Championship was held at Lahore Garrison Golf and Country Club.
Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony of the championship and awarded trophies and prizes to the winners. In the seniors category, Air Vice Marshal Sohail Gul Khan, Air Marshal Athar

Bangladesh beggars to be ‘paid’ in World Cup

DHAKA – The mayor of Chittagong city in southern Bangladesh said Sunday that he would pay hundreds of beggars a daily wage to keep them off the streets during the cricket World Cup. Manzur Alam said that about 300 disabled beggars would be given 150 taka (two dollars) a day after the tournament’s opening ceremony on February 17 to compensate them for loss of earnings.
“We want to keep them off the streets at least for two months during the World Cup. Bangladesh is a host of the

Bradley wins amid cries of foulplay

PONTIAC – Tim Bradley walked away with a pair of world light-welterweight boxing titles on Saturday, but the way he defeated Devon Alexander in the showdown of US unbeatens had the loser crying foul.
Bradley won by unanimous technical decision after the bout was halted in the 10th round on Saturday because of an accidental head-butt that left Alexander unable to see from his right eye because of a cut opened on his right eyelid. Referee Frank Garza stopped the fight two rounds

Czisny claims US women’s title

GREENSBORO – Alissa Czisny, who pondered retirement after a poor 2010 season, won her second women’s crown in three seasons by taking Saturday’s free skate at the US Figure Skating Championships. Czisny brought spectators to their feet with a spectacular performance that enabled her to win the long programme with 128.74 points and finish on 191.24 points, 7.86 points ahead of runner-up Rachael Flatt, who won the 2010 title.
“It was awesome,” Czisny said. “I’m just so happy to

Punjab table tennis office-bearers elected

LAHORE – Ahmer Mallick was elected as president and Sajjad Asgher secretary general of Punjab Table Tennis Association here on Sunday. The annual general council and election meeting of the association was held here at the committee room of the Sports Board Punjab at the National Hockey Stadium.
All the affiliated districts of the association attend the meeting and the elected panel and the executive body elected nine-members as executive member from different districts. The

Nasri suffers injury

LONDON – Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri could face up to three weeks on the sidelines after suffering a serious hamstring injury in the Gunners’ FA Cup tie with Huddersfield, Arsene Wenger said Sunday.
Nasri pulled up suddenly during the first half of Arsenal’s 2-1 win over the Terriers, and Wenger now fears the inspirational French playmaker will miss the club’s Champions League showdown with Barcelona on February 16.
“It looks a serious hamstring injury and that’s usually

WAPDA to make fifth appearance in AFC President’s Cup

LAHORE – Pakistan Football Federation President Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat congratulated Palestinian Football Association (PFA)’s President General Rajoub Jibril on winning entry into the AFC President’s Cup. “The clubs playing in AFC President’s Cup have matured and will be able to play at the higher level such as the AFC Cup, and even the AFC Champions League, in the future,” said Faisal.
The AFC President’s Cup and Challenge Cup Organising Committee, under the

Pakistan level series as Hafeez hits maiden ton

WELLINGTON – Mohammad Hafeez scored his first one-day century and Shahid Afridi blasted the equal-fastest half century in New Zealand as Pakistan levelled their one-day series against the hosts following a 43-run victory at Lancaster Park on Saturday.
New Zealand never really challenged Pakistan’s imposing 293 for seven, with Martin Guptill (39), Jamie How (24) Scott Styris (46) and Kane Williamson (42) all getting starts but leaving too many runs for the lower order to overhaul

Afridi hits third fastest 50 for Pakistan

COMMENT – Shahid Afridi equaled New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum’s record of the fastest half century on New Zealand soil by reaching his fifty off just 19 balls, with two fours and five sixes during his 65-run knock on Saturday. It was joint fifth fastest 50 in ODIs and third fastest by a Pakistani.
Shahid Afridi has scored both the fastest and the second fastest half centuries for Pakistan as well. Earlier, Afridi scored 50 off 18 balls against Sri Lanka at Nairobi on October 4,

Tendulkar wants to achieve more

MUMBAI – Over the last two decades, there is very little missing from Sachin Tendulkar’s list of achievements as a batsman but the absence of a World Cup in his trophy cabinet continues to rankle the Indian run-machine.
The 37-year old, with more than 32,000 runs and 97 centuries in international cricket, came closest to ending that quest when he was the highest scorer in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, where Australia beat India in the final. The Feb. 19-April 2 World Cup

Injury-hit Bracken retires from cricket

SYDNEY – Australian limited-overs specialist Nathan Bracken announced his retirement from cricket in Sydney on Saturday. The New South Wales left-armer, a key member of Australia’s World Cup-winning team in 2007 in the West Indies, played 116 one-day internationals and five Tests, plus 19 Twenty20 internationals.
A reliable seamer who excelled in the shorter forms of the game, Bracken played his last game for Australia against England at Nottingham in September 2009 and cited

Canada wants venue change over visa deadlock

TORONTO – Canada have pleaded with the International Cricket Council to help their three Pakistan-born players obtain visas to enter India for the World Cup which gets underway on February 19. Vice-captain Rizwan Cheema, Khurram Chohan and Hamza Tariq are all still waiting for their India visas.
The delay has prompted Cricket Canada to demand that the schedule, which has the team playing four of their six group games in India, be altered so that matches are switched to co-hosts

Clijsters breaks Chinese hearts at Open

MELBOURNE – Belgium’s Kim Clijsters came from a set down to beat Li Na 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 and win her maiden Australian Open title Saturday, dashing Chinese hopes of a first ever Grand Slam win. After a shaky first set, three-time US Open-winner Clijsters fought her way back in a thrilling final in front of 15,000 fans at Rod Laver Arena, including a vocal Chinese contingent.
“I finally feel like you guys can call me ‘Aussie Kim’ because I won the title,” Clijsters told her Australian