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I can do it, says Dalglish

I can do it, says Dalglish

MANCHESTER – New Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish said critics who questioned his sanity in returning to the Anfield hotseat had got it all wrong, insisting it was a “no-brainer” of a decision. Dalglish’s first game back in charge following the departure of Roy Hodgson barely a day earlier ended in 1-0 FA Cup third round defeat by arch-rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford, with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard sent-off into the bargain. Dalglish, who received a hero’s reception

Lyari football League – Bihar rout Khada 14-1

LAHORE – Bihar Colony shattered Khada defence and slammed 14 goals on Monday in Group-D of PFF-KESC Lyari Football League 2011 at Shaheed Abdul Rehman Park. The winners were 7-0 up at interval.
Muhammad Sarfraz and Amjad Hussain returned from the pitch with hat-tricks. Front-runner Sarfraz collected five goals in the 9th, 15th, 16th, 31st and 63rd minute while winger Amjad netted his four goals in the second session with strikes in the 41st, 46th, 50th and 69th minute. Midfielder

Maradona eyeing EPL job

BUENOS AIRES – Diego Maradona said on Sunday he will fly to London next month to study an offer from an English Premier League club, Argentine media reported. Argentina’s two big dailies La Nacion and Clarin quoted Maradona as saying: “In February I’m going to England to listen to a firm offer. “If they convince me, I may take it up,” said the former Argentina coach during a visit to the Atlantic resort of Punta del Este in neighbouring Uruguay. Maradona, 50, gave no indication of

Easy win for England as Bell hits ton

CANBERRA – Ian Bell’s sparkling tour Down Under continued on Monday as he scored an unbeaten century to guide England to a seven-wicket win over the Australian Prime Minister’s XI in a one-day match. Chasing 223 to win in the rain-affected match, Bell blasted 13 fours and a towering six as he reached 124 from just 102 balls.
He also scored a century in the final Ashes Test last week, which England won to beat Australia 3-1. The PM’s XI traditionally gives fringe Australian

Ponting backs review of Australian game

SYDNEY – Ricky Ponting on Monday welcomed an upcoming review of Australian cricket following his side’s Ashes drubbing, saying the whole structure of the game needed to be examined. Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said on Friday that the game would undergo a thorough review of all facets following the humiliating 3-1 Test series loss to fierce rivals England. Writing in The Australian newspaper, Ponting said any review needed to go beyond Test cricket and study all

Ageing players hasten the fall of Aussie era

It is not just the comprehensiveness of the 3-1 result that should be worrying the Australian selectors, it is the fact that most of their players are getting old. They will be even older when we play them in England in July 2013.
When 2013 comes around, Mike Hussey will be 38. The same goes for Ricky Ponting, and Simon Katich is only a few months younger. Brad Haddin will be 35

Del Potro survives, baghdatis quits

SYDNEY – Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro won his first match in a year on Monday, coming through a 200-minute test of his fitness with a 6-7 7-6 7-6 victory over Feliciano Lopez at the Sydney International. The 22-year-old Argentine has played only two tournaments since having surgery last May on a wrist injury that hampered his Australian Open campaign last year, losing in the first round in both. One of those defeats was to Lopez in Tokyo but on Monday at the Sydney

Islamabad beat Lahore in rugby opener

LAHORE – The Pakistan Rugby Union launched its season with a friendly test between Islamabad Jins and Lahore Rams on Sunday.
Islamabad Jins beat Lahore Rams 8-5 at the DHA Rugby Stadium. The Jins were captained by Shiar Aslam while Manan was the captain of Lahore.
After a competitive first half, Lahore took the lead. A quick turnover by Shakeel gave the ball to Babar who scored. The conversion taken by Menaan was no good so the score was 5-0 to Lahore at half time.

Media Cup rolls into action tomorrow

LAHORE – The Khayaban-i-Aman Media Cup Cricket Tournament will roll into action from Wednesday.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Punjab Union of Journalists secretary Rana Azeem, organizing committee president Ehtishamul Haq and secretary Aqeel Ahmed informed that 32 teams of print and electronic media have been divided into four groups and the tournament will be played on knock out basis while some of the matches will be played under lights. Rana informed that an

Selby crashes out of Masters

LONDON – Defending champion Mark Selby lost in the first round of the Masters, snooker’s leading invitational tournament, at Wembley on Sunday.
Selby was beaten 6-4 by fellow Englishman Mark King despite taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-11 frames contest.
Left-hander King, who made a break of 139, said a premature celebration from Selby had sparked his recovery.
“Mark is a fantastic player and this is like his backyard, but he won the second frame and put his cue up and

Byrd wins Tournament of Champions

KAPALUA – Jonathan Byrd won his fifth PGA Tour title by beating fellow American Robert Garrigus in a gripping playoff for the season-opening Tournament of Champions on Sunday.
Byrd sealed victory with a par at the second extra hole, where Garrigus three-putted for bogey, to clinch the winner’s cheque for $1.12 million in the elite event which brings together the title-holders from the previous Tour season. Garrigus lipped out from just three-and-a-half feet for par after Byrd had

Top seed Bartoli breezes past Safina

HOBART – French top seed Marion Bartoli dropped only one game in dumping former world number one Dinara Safina out of the Hobart International on Monday. Bartoli was in commanding form to put out the 2009 Australian Open runner-up, 6-0, 6-1 in one hour and 31 minutes in a night match. “She (Safina) was a very tough opponent tonight. If you look at the rallies we played I think it was a really great match,” the world number 16 said. “Some days we are really tight and the result goes my

Federer rises to joint Open favourite

MELBOURNE – Roger Federer’s emphatic Qatar Open win has propelled him to joint favourite for the Australian Open alongside the ailing Rafael Nadal, an online bookmaker said Monday. The reigning Open champion’s odds have firmed to 2/1, according to sportsbet.com.au, while top-ranked Nadal’s lengthened slightly after he complained of illness. Since the weekend, Federer’s odds had shortened from 9/4 to 2/1 while Nadal’s odds stretched from 9/5 to 2/1, said spokesman Haydn Lane. On

LCCA scrutiny causes panic among local clubs

LAHORE – The Pakistan Cricket Board has directed the Lahore City Cricket Association to hold scrutiny of club and disband dysfunctional clubs. There is also a general feeling among the club players that the directives have been issued to reduce the number of clubs from 134 to 80 because this would benefit certain officials.
Some officials of local clubs believe that if the scrutiny is done on merit, some LCCA members would lose their authority because they are running bogus

Cool & Cool Polo Cup – NBP, Guard Group/Diamond Paints victorious

LAHORE – National Bank, Rijas and Guard Group/Diamond Paints won their matches on the opening day of The Cool & Cool Lahore Open Polo Cup that began here at the LPC ground on Monday. National Bank defeated Master Paints 8-7 with goals coming from Shiraz Qureshi, Shahid Hayat and Ahmed Ali Tiwana while the scorers from the losing side were Sufi Muhammad Haris and Ahmed Nawaz Tiwana and Sufi Muhammad Aamir. Rijas defeated Frontier Scouts 6-3 with Saqib Khan Khakwani playing the major

London Marathon gets ‘Ritz’ treatment

LONDON – Dathan Ritzenhein, a three-time US cross-country champion, has been added to the list of runners at this year’s London Marathon, organisers said Monday.
Ritzenhein will be up against Ethiopia’s defending champion Tsegaye Kebede and the Kenyan duo of Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru and world champion Abel Kirui in a strong field for the men’s race on April 17. The 28-year-old Ritzenhein, set his personal best of two hours 10 minutes for the marathon in London in 2009 and

Pakistan crush Kiwis

HAMILTON – Pakistan completed a thumping 10-wicket victory in the first Test over New Zealand inside three days after they had bowled the hosts out for just 110 in their second innings after the tea break.
The visitors had been given a victory target of just 19 runs after they established a 92-run first innings lead earlier on Sunday before left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman was again the principle tormenter of New Zealand’s batsmen, taking three wickets for 24 runs and creating

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