Lyari Football League – Rangiwara drub Nayabad 7-0

Lyari Football League – Rangiwara drub Nayabad 7-0

LAHORE – Rangiwara whipped seven past Nayabad on Sunday in a Group-A tie of PFF-KESC Lyari Football League 2011 at Shaheed Abdul Rehman Park. The winners were 3-0 up at interval.
The hero of the match was winger Zameer Ahmed, who netted four times in the 9th, 21st, 47th and 65th minute after Rangiwara skipper and spearhead Muhammad Yasin landed the 4th minute opener. Wing full back Muhammad Irfan completed the thrashing with goals in the 53rd and 62nd minute. Nayabad failed to

Players went out of their way to keep in touch with Mazhar, says official

LAHORE – Former security manager of Pakistan cricket team Major (retd) Khawaja Javed Najam revealed on Sunday how Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal had violated the regulations to entertain bookmaker Mazhar Majeed in their hotel room during the tour of England last summer.
As the six-day hearing of the ICC’s anti-corruption tribunal entered its fourth day, Najam, in his statement to the tribunal in Doha, said that some players went out of their way to maintain links with the Majeed

Pakistan solidify position after New Zealand collapse

HAMILTON – Captain Misbah-ul-haq and Asad Sahfiq ground out an unbroken 128-run partnership to resurrect Pakistan’s first innings and guide them to 235 for four at the close of play of the second day of the first test against New Zealand on Saturday.
Misbah built a slow and watchful 50 off 129 balls, while the 24-year-old Shafiq was on 74, his highest test score after he made 61 on debut against South Africa last November, to put Pakistan in a strong position heading into day

Zulqarnain wants ‘dues’ cleared

LAHORE – Runaway wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider has urged the Pakistan Cricket Board to clear his dues amounting to Rs 1.5 million.
Zulqarnain, who attended a hearing of the British home department in London last Thursday, said that before leaving the team in Dubai in November last year, he had featured in two T20s and four ODIs against South Africa in UAE. “Therefore the PCB owes around Rs 1.5 million to me which I dearly need as I have been finding it difficult to meet my

Kaneria warns of legal action

KARACHI – A lawyer for leg-spinner Danish Kaneria warned Saturday he may go to court if Pakistan’s cricket authorities do not clear his client of suspicions of match-fixing.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) omitted the 30-year-old Kaneria from 30-man squad for next month’s World Cup and the Test series now under way in New Zealand, after his arrest in England on suspicion of corruption last year.
The leg-spinner was arrested in May on charges of spot-fixing during a Pro40

Petition filed against Malik

LAHORE – A petition has been filed against Test cricketer Shoaib Malik in the lower court, with direction to the police to register a criminal case against him for his involvement in match-fixing. In the petition, Ishtiaq Ahmed Chaudhry alleged that Malik had not only made millions of rupees through match-fixing but also damaged the country’s image. He contended that the Pakistan Cricket Board had reportedly excluded Malik from the 30 probables for the WC 2011 because of his alleged

Talented Asad stars for Pakistan

Pakistan needed little time to fetch the remaining three Kiwi wickets on day two as the hosts were all out for 275. Tanvir Ahmed ended with 4-63 as Pakistan looked to take advantage on a good batting strip. However their start was far from convincing as Mohammad Hafeez fell on the fourth ball of the innings. From there on, Taufeeq Umar and Azhar Ali joined led the recovery. But almost all the Pakistan batsmen were dismissed after getting started, due to their own mistakes rather than

Monty humbled as Asia lead Royal Trophy

HUA HIN – Europe captain Colin Montgomerie suffered a humiliating defeat in fourball play Saturday as Asia stormed to a 6-2 lead in the Royal Trophy with a clean sweep of all four matches. Montgomerie, again taking on the dual role of player-captain after leading Europe to a narrow win last year, and Welshman Rhys Davies were thumped 5 and 4 by the in-form Noh Seung-Yul of Korea and China’s Liang Wen-chong.
The Europe duo won their opening foursomes on Friday but ran into a

Kalakot overwhelm Daryabad in Lyari

LAHORE – Kalakot routed Daryabad 4-0 in their Group-C tie as the PFF-KESC Lyari Football League 2011 exploded into action at Karachi’s Peoples Sports
Complex. Kalakot gave no room to the depleted Daryabad and struck three
goals through their spearhead Asif Nawaz in the 21st, 49th and 59th minute.
Winger Muhammad Shahbaz rounded off the tally with a 45th minute strike.
The event was inaugurated by the Sindh Sports Secretary Sohaib Siddiqui, who praised the

Man City complete Dzeko signing

MANCHESTER – English Premier League title-chasers Manchester City on Friday completed the signing of Bosnia and Herzegovina striker Edin Dzeko from German club Wolfsburg.
The 24-year-old, who is believed to have cost City 27 million pounds (32.5 million euros) has signed a four-and-a-half year contract and has been handed the number 10 shirt at the Eastlands club. “It has been a long time that I have been linked with the club going back to last summer but Wolfsburg did not want

Lincicome to try her luck on Hooters Tour

ORLANDO – Three-time LPGA winner Brittany Lincicome is kicking off another round in golf’s battle of the sexes as she plans to tee off against the men at a Hooters Tour tournament in Florida.
The 25-year-old Lincicome will compete against a field of men at a NGA Hooters Tour event next week at the Deer Island Golf Club. Lincicome says she has a modest goal in her first tournament against the men. “A small goal would be to make the cut,” said Lincicome. “After I get over my

Inter Milan modest about title chances

ROME – Defending champions Inter Milan will not entertain wild hopes of catching Serie A leaders AC Milan despite starting their new era under coach Leonardo with a 3-1 win over fellow title hopefuls Napoli.
On Sunday they face a tricky trip to Sicily to tackle Catania, knowing that they must put a run of wins together to have any chance of hauling in their bitter city rivals.
Milan went five points clear on Thursday following a late 1-0 win at Cagliari thanks to Lazio being

Perez rules out winter signings

MADRID – Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez has told coach Jose Mourinho he cannot sign a new striker in the winter transfer window to cover for the injured Gonzalo Higuain, a sports newspaper said Saturday.
The Portuguese coach is concerned that with Higuain ruled out for at least another two months he has only Cristiano Ronaldo and the out-of-form French striker Karim Benzema to rely on up front.
But Perez believes that “with Benzema, Cristiano, Higuain from March and

Asian Cup – We can play better, says Uzbek coach

DOHA – Pundits in Uzbekistan have rated Vadim Abramov’s team as the country’s best in a decade and their victory against hosts Qatar in their Asian Cup opener underlined those credentials.
Goals from Odil Akhmedov and evergreen captain Server Djeparov handed the Uzbeks a well-deserved 2-0 victory on Friday evening and Abramov believes better is still to come. “Our midfield in particular played very well but I hope this is not the best we can show. I think we can play better,” he

Former skippers greet PFF president

LAHORE – Former National skippers have congratulated Pakistan Football Federation President Faisal Saleh Hayat on becoming first Pakistani ever to have been elected to the prestigious AFC Executive Committee during the 24th Asian Football Confederation Congress at Doha on Thursday.
Faisal is also the only Pakistani who visited the football World Cup as member of FIFA/ World Cup Disciplinary Committee last year. He is also the chairman of Asian Football Confederation Disciplinary

Liverpool sack Hodgson, recall Dalglish

LIVERPOOL – Liverpool on Saturday announced that manager Roy Hodgson has left the club by mutual consent, with Kenny Dalglish put in charge for Sunday’s FA Cup tie against Manchester United. Hodgson leaves Anfield after an unhappy six month reign after taking over from Rafael Benitez with Liverpool having suffered a ninth Premier League defeat on his watch at Blackburn this week. That left the embattled side languishing in 12th position, four points above the relegation zone.

New Year expectations

In sport and otherwise, 2010 served up a whole lot of memorable moments, both joyous and saddening. Here one attempts to take a look at what is in the offing in sport for 2011.
The ICC World Cup 2011 starts off in the first quarter of the year, with India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka jointly playing the role of the tournament hosts. While the 50-over game is far less predictable than the tradition format of Test cricket, there are some teams that boast of a stronger hand at the