Retiring Colly a big loss for England

Retiring Colly a big loss for England

SYDNEY – Retiring Paul Collingwood has been a great servant for English cricket and epitomises the tight-knit nature of the team, Ashes-winning skipper Andrew Strauss said on Friday. Collingwood, 34, said on Thursday it was time to move on and give younger players an opportunity in announcing his retirement from Test cricket. England’s raucous Barmy Army supporters gave Collingwood an emotional farewell on the final day of the fifth Sydney Test as England wrapped up an emphatic 3-1

Kalakot, Daryabad to clash in Lyari League opener

LAHORE – Kalakot will take on Daryabad in Group-C tie on Saturday, January 8, in the opening match of the PFF-KESC Lyari Football League at Karachi’s Peoples Sports Complex.
The PFF will host the event in collaboration with sponsors KESC, having 32 matches – 24 league and eight elimination encounters.
“Football bring people together and deliver great health and social development dividends to communities across the world.
There is a broad consensus that regular

Raiders Cup officials named

LAHORE – Lahore’s well-known Raiders Football Club has announced the Local Organising Committee (LOC) to run All Punjab Raiders Football Cup at the Raiders Football Club Ground, Faisal Town, from Sunday, 16 January 2011. Model Town FC’s President Mian Rizwan Ali, former Pakistan football team manager and Pakistan Premier Football League Match Commissioner, will act as Chairman while Kabir Ahmed Chaudhry has been designated as Organising Secretary.
The LOC will be comprised of

Real make Spanish Cup last eight despite defeat

MADRID – Real Madrid, cushioned by an 8-0 first leg lead, secured their place in the Spanish Cup quarter-finals on Thursday despite a 2-0 defeat in the return match at Levante.
Levante’s two second-half goals by Xisco Nadal and Sergio Gonzalez were not enough to overturn Real’s huge advantage secured over the Valencia-based side last month and the Spanish giants pushed through 8-2 on aggregate. Last season’s runners-up Atletico Madrid, who took a 1-0 lead to Espanyol, made it

Inter give Leonardo flying start, Milan ease clear

ROME – Inter Milan gave new coach Leonardo a flying start to his San Siro career with a 3-1 win at home to Napoli on Thursday as neighbours AC Milan moved five points clear at the top with a 1-0 win at Cagliari. Former Milan boss Leonardo, who replaced Rafael Benitez, saw Thiago Motta grab a brace while Esteban Cambiasso added the other to sink Napoli, who replied through Michele Pazienza.
Inter are still 13 points behind Milan in seventh but they do have two games in hand.

Asia hold Europe at bay on Royal Trophy opening day

HUA HIN – Japanese teen phenomenon Ryo Ishikawa beat Italy’s Matteo Manassero in the battle of the young guns on Friday to help Asia to a 2-2 tie with Europe after the opening day of the Royal Trophy. The 19-year-old Ishikawa, a nine-time winner on the Japan Tour, teamed up with good friend Shunsuke Sonoda to overcome Manassero, 17, and Spain’s Pablo Martin by 3 and 2 in the alternate-shot foursomes at Black Mountain Golf Club.
Europe player/captain Colin Montgomerie partnered

National Youth Weightlifting from Feb 16

LAHORE – The National Junior, Sub Junior and Youth Weightlifting Championships will be held from February 16 to 19 here at Punjab University Grounds Weightlifting Center near Chauburji.
According to secretary Pakistan Weightlifting Federation Hafiz Imran Butt, the players born in 1991 or latter will be eligible to participate in the junior competitions while the players born in 1994 or later will be eligible for the sub junior competitions and the players born in 1996 or later

UCP glorious in National Games

LAHORE – The University of Central Punjab topped the list of medal winning universities in the 31st National Games held at Peshawar.
Representing Higher Education Commission, its players won four gold medals, four silver medals and three bronze medals.
The detail is follows:
Name Game Status
Sikanadar Khan Swimming 2 Gold, 1 Bronze
M Mustafa Wrestling 1 Gold
Haroon Shaukat Weightlifting 1 Gold
Habib Asghar Weightlifting 1 Silver

Razzaq not happy with IPL exclusion

LAHORE – Pakistan star all-rounder Abdul RAzzaq, who is yet to make an appearance in the Indian Premier League, feels disappointed over the exclusion of the Pakistan players from the tournament.
The IPL auction for the IV edition is to take place today without the inclusion of the Pakistan players. Although many Pakistan players played in the inaugural edition but Razzaq is yet to try his luck in the cash-rich tournament as he was associated with the unofficial Indian Cricket

China’s Li crushes Venus at HK World Team Challenge

HONG KONG – Venus Williams crashed in Hong Kong Friday as her preparations for the Australian Open were marred by a second straight-sets defeat in as many days.
Chinese ace Li Na dominated the seven-time Grand Slam winner in every department for the 6-3, 7-6 victory, helping Asia-Pacific to draw level with the Americas in the silver final of Hong Kong’s World Team Challenge Friday. “I enjoy playing here, I love the fans her supporting me. I’m looking forward to coming back next

IPL-VI auction starts from today

LAHORE – The players’ auction for the fourth edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) is going to be held on January 8-9, once again without Pakistani players.
Despite the permission by the Pakistan Cricket Board, no Pakistani cricketer would be auctioned. A BCCI official was reported to have said that the auction will not be postponed for any reason and will go as planned.
A total of 350 players will go under the hammer including some of the best cricketers for

Soderling stays on track for final

BRISBANE – Sweden’s Robin Soderling remained on course for a blockbuster final against Andy Roddick after easing past qualifier Matthew Ebden in the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International on Friday.
The Swedish top seed raised his game when it mattered against his gallant, but outclassed Australian opponent, winning 6-3, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals. The 26-year-old Swede, runner-up at the French Open for the past two years, controlled the tie from the outset, breaking

Petkovic, Kvitova glorious at Brisbane

BRISBANE – Germany’s Andrea Petkovic played one of the matches of her career to overpower Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-2 to reach the final of the Brisbane International here Friday.
Petkovic has been in scintillating form this week, not dropping a set on her way to the final. Against Bartoli she used her superb athleticism combined with some booming groundstrokes to absorb everything the fourth seed could throw at her to reach the third WTA final of her career. Bartoli

PHF to penalise Zeeshan, Salman

LAHORE – The Pakistan Hockey Federation has decided to take disciplinary action against national team captain Zeeshan Ashraf and goal-keeper Salman Akbar for violating the PHF code of conduct.
The PHF decision came after the two players criticised the PHF’s age-restriction policy in the National Championship to be held at Faisalabad. PHF secretary Asif Bajwa said that the players have violated the code of conduct by criticising the federation’s policy and they are being called

Chief Minister’s Sports Cup – Lahore Schools victorious in athletics, volleyball

LAHORE – Lahore district’s combined team will represent the city in the athletics and badminton competitions of the Punjab Inter-division Tournament of high school category of the second Chief Minister Sports Cup.
The events will be held from January 13 to 18 in Lahore. Lahore division won the boys and girls badminton and athletics competitions of the Chief Minister Cup, Inter-district phase III, played among various districts while Sheikhupura clinched the volleyball title of

Misbah optimistic as first Test starts today

HAMILTON – Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq says his team is focused for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand and will not be distracted by an anti-corruption hearing that could mete out life bans to three suspended players.
“We are just focused on cricket. We have nothing to do with what’s happening (in Doha),” he told reporters on Thursday. “Everyone who is here is focused on what’s happening here and to do well here.”
In addition to the spot-fixing claims levelled