Mccullum joins 400-fours club

Mccullum joins 400-fours club

Brendon McCullum became the fifth New Zealand batsman and 116th batsman overall to hit 400 or more fours in Test cricket. The right hand batsman reached this milestone by hitting fifth four off Younis Khan during his 56-run knock on the opening day of the first Test match against Pakistan at Seddon Park, Hamilton on Friday (January 7).
It was 94th innings of his 56th Test matches. The hard hitting batsman hit 213 fours and 22 sixes in 48 innings of 30 Test matches at home while

England crush Australia to complete Ashes triumph

SYDNEY – Dominant England claimed their first Ashes series in Australia for 24 years with their third innings victory over the home team in the final Sydney Test on Friday. England wrapped up an innings and 83-run victory early on the last day after victory was assured when they had Australia seven wickets down on Thursday’s close.
It was England’s first series victory Down Under since Mike Gatting’s team beat Australia 2-1 in 1986-87. The tourists posted their highest-ever score

Clarke quits, White comes as T20 skipper

SYDNEY – Cameron White was named as skipper of Australia’s team on Friday for next week’s two Twenty20 internationals with England after the sudden retirement of Michael Clarke.
Clarke announced he was quitting international T20 cricket immediately after Australia’s humiliating Ashes series loss to England on Friday, saying he wanted to improve his Test form.
Brad Haddin, Clarke’s vice-captain in the Sydney Test, was left out of the T20 team for younger wicketkeeper rival

England can only get better

SYDNEY – England’s Ashes series winners have yet to reach their peak, victorious captain Andrew Strauss said after his team’s thumping final Test victory over Australia on Friday. England’s emphatic innings and 83-run victory in the Sydney Test completed a 3-1 series rout of the sorry Australians for their third win in the past four Ashes series. Strauss and coach Andy Flower were the masterminds behind England’s powerful showing, which has raised hopes they will ultimately challenge

English savour taste of icing on the Ashes cake

LONDON – British Prime Minister David Cameron hailed England’s series win in Australia on Friday as “the icing on the cake” after the team had already ensured they would retain the Ashes.
England’s first Ashes series triumph in Australia in nearly a quarter of a century and the dominant way in which they went about it was front and back page news in Britain’s newspapers with politicians and ex-players joining in the celebrations.
“I’ve spoken to (captain) Andrew Strauss

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