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Monnoo Polo in PSS Asia Cup final

Monnoo Polo in PSS Asia Cup final

LAHORE: Monnoo Polo was the first team to qualify for the final of the PSS Asia Polo Cup to be played on Sunday at the Lahore Polo Club’s Aibak ground. The organisers hosted six matches Thursday so that list of finalists of the tournament could be determined. Security 2000 won their match on the day and qualified to play the subsidiary final against Goodwill Sweets.

Punjab Tennis Championship gets underway

LAHORE: The Punjab Tennis Championship sponsored by Service Industries rolled into action here at the Bagh-e-Jinnah’s courts on Thursday. Tournament Director Rashid Malik said that keeping in view the extensive interest in the championship, they have decided to hold the men’s singles event on the opening day and many seeded junior players have made it to the next round. The championship will be featuring players of the under-12, 14, 18 categories.
Men’s and women’s categories

Governor’s Cup Golf tees off today

LAHORE: The 27th Governor’s Cup Golf Championship tees off today at the Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course providing an opportunity to some skillful amateurs of the country to excel over the next three days for the net trophy.
Addressing a press conference here at the Lahore Gymkhana Golf Lounge, Media Director Khawaja Parvaiz Saeed gave details of the December 10-14 activity which would be featuring over 130 amateur contenders while a large number of seniors, and veterans have also

Miandad takes over as camp gets underway

LAHORE: The Pakistan cricket team started training at a camp here at the Gaddafi Stadium to prepare for the upcoming tour of New Zealand.
Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad was seen giving tips to Shahid Afridi as PCB chairman Ijaz Butt ended all the rumours regarding the former batting maestro.
Pakistan is to play three twenty20 international, six one-day international and two Test matches during the tour.
Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi and

Imran Farhat sends legal notice to Majeed

LAHORE: Pakistan’s discarded opener Imran Farhat on Wednesday threatened to sue a British-based marketing agent unless he apologise for naming him in a spot-fixing scandal. “Through our London-based lawyer, Farhat has sent a legal notice to (Mazhar) Majeed asking him to prove his allegation. If he fails to do so or to apologise, then we will take further action,” Farhat’s father-in-law Mohammad Ilyas told AFP.
The 28-year-old opener, left out of Pakistan’s Twenty20 and Test

Pom buster Shane Warne ‘flattered’ by comeback calls

LONDON: Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne has labelled calls for his return to Test cricket in a bid to boost Australia’s flagging Ashes hope as “very flattering”.
But he has also said Australia should now think about handing a debut to left-arm spinner Michael Beer. Warne, 41, has not played Test cricket since retiring following Australia’s 5-0 whitewash of England on home soil in 2007. Australia’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, with 708 in 145 matches, Warne has hinted at

Signs of renaissance in Pakistan tennis

The Pakistan Tennis scene that new PTF President Kaleem Imam inherits can best be described as a barren moonscape. He discovers to his dismay, that there are no tennis players below the age of 30 who could be called South Asian standard. There are no juniors worth the name. The PTF Complex is a crumbling relic.
The only good news is that the despot Dilawar Abbas and his incompetent crony, Rashid, are gone. There are some remnants of the past that have survived and that is

ICC records statements of Waqar, Afridi

LAHORE: The ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit has recorded the statements of Pakistan coach Waqar Younis, ODI captain Shahid Afridi and team’s security manager Colonel Khawaja Najam as part of its evidence building process in the spot-fixing case. “The statements of these three Pakistan team members are part of the file of evidence prepared by the ICC against Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir,” reports quoting sources said.
“The statements of the three players

We’ve achieved nothing yet, says Andy Flower

MELBOURNE: England played the “perfect” game in Adelaide to take a 1-0 lead over Australia in the Ashes series but there was little danger of complacency as the team had achieved nothing so far, coach Andy Flower said on Wednesday.
“You don’t often get the perfect game like that where you bowl the opposition out on a good deck on the first day and get a big lead,” Flower told reporters at the team’s hotel a day after England’s innings and 71-run victory in the second test.

Punjab Tennis C’ship rolls into action today

LAHORE: The Servis Punjab Tennis Championship will roll into action from today at the Bagh-i-Jinnah Tennis Courts, organizers announced on Wednesday.
The tournament is being jointly organized by the Punjab Lawn Tennis Association and Service Sales Corporation.
Addressing a press conference here at Lahore Press Club on Wednesday, former Davis Cupper and Pakistan’s non-playing captain Rashid Malik said that though it was a Punjab level competition but all the top junior

Idris slams Punjab sports officials

LAHORE: Punjab athletes are likely to finish rock bottom in the forthcoming National Games that commence at Peshawar on December 25, as their training camps have not yet started.
Punjab Olympics Association secretary Khwaja Idris Haider said that the training camps of Punjab teams have not yet been started by the Sports department due to their non-cooperative attitude. “It is surprising that the secretary (Punjab Sports department) has issued letters to the presidents and

Royal Palm hosts reception for women cricketers

LAHORE: The Royal Palm Golf and Country Club Wednesday hosted a reception in honour of the Asian Games gold medal winning Pakistan women cricket team. The girls and the coaching staff of the team were accorded standing ovation and were presented with shields. The team was accompanied by PCB Women Wing Chairperson Bushra Aitzaz.
The club’s media director Khawaja Parvaiz Saeed opened the welcome address and informed the ladies about the Royal Palm sporting facilities. He said

PCB honours women’s cricket team

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board hosted a dinner in honour of Asian Games gold medal winning Pakistan women team at the National Cricket Academy on Wednesday.
Chairman PCB Ijaz Butt, Chairperson PCB Women Wing Mrs. Bushra Aitzaz, members of the PCB governing board, members of Pakistan cricket team PCB management and other distinguished guests attended the ceremony. The achievement of the team at the Asian Games was recognized and the team received a lot of adulation from the

Barca youngsters end Kazan hopes

BARCELONA: A second string Barcelona side proved too strong for Rubin Kazan Tuesday as the Russians fell 2-0 at the Nou Camp to miss out on a berth in the Champions League knockout phase. Last season, Rubin, unbeaten in 15 in their domestic league, briefly caused a sensation with a 2-1 pool phase win.
The return was a draw, as was this campaign’s opener in Russia – hence leaving the Catalan club winless in three previous meetings.
But they put the record straight as they

Anderson goal gives Man United top spot

MANCHESTER: Anderson’s second-half equaliser ensured Manchester United will avoid their main rivals in the last 16 of the Champions League after a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Valencia at Old Trafford on Wednesday. United needed to avoid defeat to seal top spot in Group C but were left shocked when Pablo Hernandez fired the visitors from La Liga into a 32nd minute lead robbing the hosts of a record six successive Champions League clean sheets.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were guilty of

England crush Aussies to go one-up in series

ADELAIDE: England crushed Australia by an innings and 71 runs after a spectacular collapse of wickets early on the final day in the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. The tourists ran through the Australians after snaring the important wicket of Mike Hussey with spinner Graeme Swann finishing with five wickets for 91.
It was England’s first Test victory in Adelaide since 1995 and their first innings triumph in Australia since Mike Gatting’s team won in Melbourne

Distraught Ponting out of top 20

ADELAIDE: A downcast Ricky Ponting says he faces one of his greatest challenges as captain and batsman to get beleaguered Australia back into the Ashes series against England.
Among a myriad of Australian concerns is Ponting’s poor batting return with a first-ball duck and nine runs in this Test after 10 and 51 not out in Brisbane.
“It’s certainly a great challenge for me,” Ponting said. “Don’t worry about winning the games. I’ve got to make some runs, it’s as simple as

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