Vegas magic puts Venezuela on PGA Tour map

Vegas magic puts Venezuela on PGA Tour map

LOS ANGELES – With a name that makes him sound like a magician or a stand-up comic, Jhonattan Vegas made sure he will never be forgotten on the PGA Tour after winning the Bob Hope Classic in La Quinta, California on Sunday. The first and only PGA Tour player from Venezuela, long-hitting Vegas clinched his maiden title on the U.S. circuit in only his fifth start in a gripping three-way playoff with Americans Gary Woodland and Bill Haas.
He became the first rookie to win the event

Australia shrug off semi-final pressure

DOHA – Australia go into their Asian Cup semi-final against Uzbekistan on Tuesday relaxed and confident that they can give themselves a shot at lifting the first silverware in their history. Both teams will be treading new ground at the Al Khalifa Stadium.
Neither has got this far at the continental showpiece before, with the prospect of a final against either Japan or South Korea awaiting the winner. Socceroos coach Holger Osieck is certain his team will be in that match on

Asian Cup good test for Qatar

DOHA – Asian football chief Mohamed Bin Hammam has praised Qatar’s hosting of the Asian Cup, calling it the perfect rehearsal for the World Cup in 2022. Bin Hammam, himself a Qatari, who was instrumental in helping bring the World Cup to his homeland, also hailed the quality of football on show at the continental showpiece.
“It’s been an extremely well organised event by Qatar,” said the Asian Football Confederation president, who has not ruled out running against FIFA boss Sepp

Punjab girls race to glory in U-16 Athletics

LAHORE – The athletic team of the Sports Board Punjab has excelled in the PSB-Inter Provincial U-16 Girls Athletics Championship held at Karachi on Monday. Saib-e- Asra of Punjab stood first in the final of 800 meter race while Perveen Fiaz of Punjab stood third. Musurrat of Punjab was the winner and Sidra Hameed was declared third in long jump final.

GC Sahiwal win badminton event in CM Cup

LAHORE – The 2nd Chief Minister Sports Cup (intermediate, inter-district level) events are being contested with great enthusiasm in various districts of the province.
In Sahiwal, the athletics competitions were won by Government Higher College 45/112 L Cheechawatni. DPC Okara beat Government College for boys Gojra was in cricket match.
In boys badminton event, Government College Sahiwal was defeated by DPC Sahiwal while in girls badminton, Government College for Women

Blackburn down West Brom

BLACKBURN – Blackburn climbed to seventh place in the Premier League here Sunday after a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at Ewood Park.
A first-half own goal from West Brom defender Gabriel Tamas and a superb second-half strike from Canadian youngster David Hoilett sealed a deserved win for Rovers.

Misfit Benzema strikes for Real

MADRID – Misfit striker Karim Benzema reminded Jose Mourinho of his talents on Sunday, scoring the 60th-minute goal in Real Madrid’s 1-0 win over Real Mallorca which cut Barcelona’s lead back to four points. Mourinho said Benzema, a 35-million euro signing from Lyon, needed to step up his game and the 23-year-old responded as Real made it a perfect 10 home wins.
Barcelona had piled on the pressure with a 3-0 home win over Racing Santander on Saturday to go seven points clear and

Kiran to train in US before Olympics

LAHORE – Pakistan’s top ladies swimmer Kiran Khan will leave for the United States for a six months training tour to prepare for the qualifying round of the 2012 London Olympics.
Apart from training, she will also follow her studies. It has been learnt that a total of $ 15000 are being spent on her training in Miami and her parents and her department Army have born all the expenses to get her fit enough for the big event.

Top India Grand Prix organiser quits

NEW DELHI – One of the chief organisers of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix has resigned barely nine months before the country hosts the Formula One race, the promoters said on Monday,
Mark Hughes, a former number two at the Bahrain circuit, who was a key figure in building the Indian facility over the past 12 months, left his post a month ago “due to personal reasons”, the promoters said.
“Mark Hughes is no longer working with us. He left due to his own personal reasons,”

Rooney backed to rediscover form

BLACKPOOL – John O’Shea has backed Wayne Rooney to rediscover his goal scoring touch as Manchester United attempt to move further away from the Premier League chasing pack.
United head to Blackpool for a rearranged game on Tuesday knowing a win could extend the leaders’ position at the top to a commanding five points. Rooney’s improved performances haven’t yet been rewarded with goals.
Rooney could console himself with his role in three of Man United’s five goals in their

Ravi Club hammer MA Club by 272 runs

LAHORE – Ravi and Barki Clubs registered thumping wins on the opening day of the 5th Regional Inter-District Women Cricket Championship (Seniors) that started at different venues of the city. Ravi Club hammered MA Club by 272 runs at KC Ground while Barki Club trashed CK Club by 125 runs at the GCU Ground.
Ravi Club put MA Club attack to sword by scoring 307 runs. Farzana 79, Fara Naeem 33, Hafza 70 not out and Fariya 59 not out took the score to 307. Maryan one for 62 and

Chan captures fourth Canadian title

VICTORIA – Patrick Chan nailed two quad jumps Sunday as he was crowned Canadian figure skating champion for the fourth-straight year after easily winning the men’s free skate event. Chan, who won a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games in February, delivered on his promise to do a pair of quadruple jumps in Sunday’s long programme skate at Memorial Centre arena. The 20-year-old Chan finished with a overall score of 285.85 points, more than 56 points ahead of runner-up Shawn

Lyari Town clinch title

KARACHI – Two long range drives paved the way for Lyari Town to clinch the KESC Lyari Football League 2011 at Karachi’s Peoples Sports Complex on Monday. With 60-40 possession, they edged out Singolane 4-1 in the final.
Syed Khadim Ali Shah, SVP of SAFF and VP of PFF, was the chief guest of the match and presented champions Lyari Town, runners up Singolane, and bronze-medalists Bihar prizes of Rs one lac, 50,000 and 25,000 respectively besides the gold, silver and bronze

Yousuf slapped with fine, ban in Quaid Trophy

LAHORE – There seems to be no end to the woes of Muhammad Yousuf as after suffering the ignominy of being rejected for the World Cup and the preparatory tour to New Zealand, the former Pakistan captain has now been slapped with fine and ban in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam tournament.
Match referee Illyas Khan imposed penalties of Rs 15,000 fine and two-match ban on Yousuf after he violated the PCB code of conduct for wearing kits on the field and showing up late for a match in

South Africa clinch series as Pathan-led India fall short

CENTURION – Yusuf Pathan’s blistering century proved in vain for India as South Africa won the fifth and decisive one-day international by 33 runs on Sunday to take the series 3-2. Morne Morkel bagged four wickets and Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe two apiece for the hosts who dismissed India for 234.
India had been set a Duckworth/Lewis revised target of 268 to win in 46 overs following a rain delay. India were in desperate trouble at 119 for eight before Pathan resurrected

Hussey anchors Australia to 3-0 lead

SYDNEY – David Hussey steered Australia to a four-wicket win over England in the third one-day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday. Australia posted 215-6 to win with four overs to spare, after England scored just 214 from 48 overs — the third time in as many matches they have failed to last their full allotment of overs.
The home side take a 3-0 lead in the seven-match series, in which England are seeking a sixth consecutive ODI series win. The English total,

Suspended Salman joins Misbah’s captaincy supporters

LAHORE – Pakistan’s tainted former skipper Salman Butt has called on the Pakistan Cricket Board to appoint senior batsman Misbah-ul-Haq as captain for the World Cup to be held in the sub-continent next month.
Butt, who along with pace bowlers Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamer, will have to wait till February 5 to learn his fate in the spot-fixing row, also described flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi as a “clueless” captain.
“This is more or less the same team that plays in