Malaysia makes it double, Atlas brings home the silver

Malaysia makes it double, Atlas brings home the silver

GUANGZHOU: Five-time World Open champion Nicol David clinched a third Asian Games title on Sunday with compatriot Mohamad Azlan Iskander completing a Malaysian double with the men’s gold.
Top seed David carved out a 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7 win over Hong Kong’s Annie Au. The victory follows the Malaysian star’s Asiad gold triumphs in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and Doha four years ago. David, who has been world number one for a record 56 consecutive months, arrived in Guangzhou having

Afghan golfers focused despite eye-watering cards

GUANGZHOU: Ali Ahmad Fazel returns to Afghanistan Sunday confident in his dream of becoming a professional golfer despite finishing last at the Asian Games, a massive 194 shots off the lead.
The diminutive 19-year-old fired a 40-over-par 112 on Saturday’s fourth and final round, a marked improvement on his opening 58-over par round of 130.
His closing card read an eye-watering 467, well off the winning 273 posted by South Korea’s gold medallist Kim Meen-Whee.
“My goal

Hat-trick, century for Messi as Barcelona go top

MADRID: Argentine Lionel Messi made it a century of league goals for Barcelona with a hat-trick as the champions crushed Almeria 8-0 on Saturday in the perfect warm-up for their first Clasico showdown with title rivals Real Madrid at Camp Nou in nine days time.
Barca were 5-0 up at half-time as they maintained their perfect away record with a fifth win to go two points ahead of next league opponents Real who can reclaim top spot with a home win over Athletic Bilbao in Saturday’s

Noh crowned as Asia’s youngest number 1

HONG KONG: Korean teen star Noh Seung-Yul is to be crowned the youngest ever winner of the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit after rival Marcus Fraser failed to narrow the gap at the UBS Hong Kong Open on Sunday.
Australia’s Fraser battled to a 10th place finish at the 2.5 million US dollar event, with a cheque of 50,000 dollars raising his season’s tally to 608,766 dollars against Noh’s 822,361 dollars.
Fraser has committed only to the season-ending Black Mountain Masters in

Poulter putts for victory

HONG KONG: Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter capped a near-perfect week of clinical putting and masterly strokeplay with his 10th European Tour crown at the 2.5 million US dollar UBS Hong Kong Open on Sunday.
The 34-year-old Englishman survived Matteo Manassero’s back nine charge to win by a single shot from the Italian and England’s Simon Dyson, finishing the tournament on a 22 under par 258.
His score was the lowest four-day total in the history of the Hong Kong Open, helped by a

Pakistani women break taboos in winning Asian gold

KARACHI: In the conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province of Pakistan, young women are expected to settle down to married life and raise a family. Sana Mir, captain of the Pakistan women’s cricket team that won a gold medal at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, had other ideas.
“I belong to Abbotabad where girls are not encouraged to take up sports leave alone cricket but my family was supportive and made it possible for me to play cricket and study as well,” Mir told Reuters after a

Novices Polo Cup 2010 kicks off in style

LAHORE: Miracle, Oratier Technologies and PSS International grabbed comprehensive wins on the opening day of the Novices Polo Cup 2010 on Sunday.
Miracle edged ahead of Sakuf by seven goals to six and a half, while Oratier Technologies defeated PSS International 7-3.
All the four riders Tahir Aslam Awan, Moin Yaqub, Bilal Haider Agha and Raja Amer Khan were instrumental in the Miracle win while Mian Shahzad Aziz and Khawaja Waleed Zubair fought like knights for the Sakuf

South Africans bludgeon Pakistan into acquiescence

LAHORE: AB de Villiers lead South Africa’s charge on day two as the dashing batsman played with panache to almost bat Pakistan out of the game. Pakistan needed early wickets on day two but that wasn’t the case as de Villiers shepherded the South African innings throughout by combining appreciably well with the middle and lower order.
Pakistani bowlers bowled well early on but didn’t succeed as the pitch eased out and South Africans played their shots with ease. Debutant Tanvir

Indian top order heaps misery on New Zealand

NAGPUR: Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar were building up India’s strong reply with unbeaten half-centuries in the series-deciding third and final Test against New Zealand on Sunday.
The veteran batsmen took the innings on following the dismissal of openers Gautam Gambhir (78) and Virender Sehwag (74) to bring India to 292-2 at stumps on the second day of the match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.
India were ahead by 99 runs with eight wickets in hand, having

Peng on treble path, Mirza loses marathon

GUANGZHOU: China’s Peng Shuai shattered 40-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm’s dream of a second Asian Games title on Sunday to keep her triple gold bid on course.
Peng clinched a 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-2 win over the veteran Japanese, who won her first singles gold at the Hiroshima Asiad in 1994, and now faces Uzbekistan’s Akgul Amanmuradova, who put out Indian golden girl Sania Mirza.
Peng, 16 years Date Krumm’s junior, made the most of her opponent’s inconsistency where an impressive

Lin Dan tramples Lee, India dominate track

GUANGZHOU: Pumped-up Chinese superstar Lin Dan outplayed world number one Lee Chong Wei to win the Asian Games badminton title Sunday as India dominated the track with two gold medals.
The popular Lin, who had won world and Olympic titles but never an Asian Games crown, was in top form in front of a vociferous home crowd to beat his Malaysian arch-rival 21-13, 15-21, 21-10.
His reaction on winning, ripping off his shirt and repeatedly punching the air shouting ‘yes, yes’,

Trio yet to grasp ICC’s spirit

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board and the International Cricket Council feel that the tainted trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir is still understanding the legal status of their case and their legal representation too is yet to grasp the spirit of the ICC.
There is a general feeling within the PCB that the legal experts representing the three cricketers are yet to understand and devise a proper case to fight during a formal hearing in January. The hearing will

WEEK IN SPORTS – Pakistan’s sporting woes

LAHORE: Cricket is a sport where, apart from physical attributes like hand-eye coordination and strength, emotional steadiness and maturity counts for just as much. Umar Akmal, for instance, has all the hand-eye coordination he will ever need, but is emotionally and mentally handicapped.
He can’t bat in a Test match to save his life. It is, therefore, left to mature players like Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq to steady the sinking ship and take it out of troubled waters.

A glance at first day’s play – Proteas back on track after Tanvir’s burst

LAHORE: Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl first, a decision that proved to be the right one immediately as debutant seamer Tanvir Ahmed reduced South Africa to a precarious 33-3 in no time.
The strongly built seamer was one of three changes to the Pakistan side from the first Test along with Mohammad Sami and Asad Shafiq. Tanvir made the ball talk bringing the ball in to the right-handers off the seam and making life difficult for the batsmen.
He first had Alviro

ASIAN GAMES 2010 – China turn screws in badminton, table tennis

GUANGZHOU: China’s Wang Shixian shocked world number one Wang Xin to win the women’s Asian Games badminton title Saturday as the hosts completed a clean-sweep of all seven table tennis gold.
The action came as India inflicted more pain on arch-rivals Pakistan in the field hockey, storming into the semi-finals with a 3-2 win for their fourth success over their bitter-rivals this year.
Victories by their paddlers and shuttlers helped push China’s gold medal haul to 138 while

Sandeep double takes India past Pakistan

GUANGZHOU: Sandeep Singh scored two goals as India stormed into the Asian Games men’s hockey semi-finals with a 3-2 win over Pakistan Saturday, their fourth success over their arch-rivals this year.
The penalty corner specialist slammed one in each half and Dharamvir Singh chipped in with the third goal as India recorded their third consecutive win in group B after an action-packed encounter.
India have nine points ahead of Sunday’s last league match against Japan, who are

De Villiers, Kallis lift South Africa

ABU DHABI: AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis rescued South Africa with sparkling hundreds to guide them to 311-5 at close on the first day of the second Test against Pakistan on Saturday.
De Villiers was unbeaten on 120 for his 11th hundred while Kallis notched 105 for his 37th, as the duo added 179 runs for the fourth wicket after debutant paceman Tanveer Ahmed shook South Africa with three early wickets. Mark Boucher was unbeaten on 26 at stumps.
Ahmed (4-67) had justified