ICC playing games with PCB: Tauqir

ICC playing games with PCB: Tauqir

LAHORE: Former PCB chairman Lt Gen (r) Tauqir Zia has criticised the International Cricket Council of playing games with the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Talking to journalists, he stated that the ICC president is a seasoned politician and has been treating the PCB in a political manner. He also advised the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt not to resign at this point in time. He further said that he will not go to anybody or plead anyone for PCB’s top slot but if his services were required, he

Spain’s Recari wins first US LPGA title

DANVILLE: Spain’s Beatriz Recari captured her first US LPGA title on Sunday, shrugging off difficult damp conditions and a late bogey for a one-shot victory over France’s Gwladys Nocera.
Recari, a 23-year-old in her rookie season on the US circuit, carded a two-under 70 for a 14-under par total of 274 in the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge. Recari bounced back from a bogey at 17 with a par at the final hole that was good enough for the victory.
Nocera birdied the final hole to

Real eye top spot and Milan revenge

MADRID: The two most decorated teams in European football Real Madrid and AC Milan, face off at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday with both teams looking to seize the upper hand in Champions League Group G.
At present record nine-time winners Real are two points ahead of seven-time champions AC Milan having won all three of their matches without conceding a goal and victory would virtually put them in the knockout stage.
The other Group G teams Auxerre and Ajax have just one

Federer shrugs off Shanghai defeat

SHANGHAI: Roger Federer tried Sunday to put a brave face on his Shanghai Masters performance despite losing the final to Andy Murray in a crushing 6-3, 6-2 defeat.
The Swiss uncharacteristically felt the gods of tennis were set against him in the match, in which fourth-ranked Scot Murray defeated Federer in their second consecutive Masters final meeting.
“Every time it got important, it was not going my way,” the 16-time grand slam champion said. “You feel like it’s a wave

Lee signs up for New Zealand T20 stint

WELLINGTON: Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has signed to play domestic Twenty20 cricket in New Zealand later this year with the Wellington Firebirds, the club said Monday.
Lee, looking for as much match-time as possible as he seeks a career swansong at next year’s World Cup, will debut for Wellington against Auckland on December 14, Cricket Wellington chief executive Gavin Larsen said.
“It’s tremendous to have secured the services of Brett and his record speaks for

Aisam breaks into top 20

LAHORE: Pakistan’s tennis ace, Aisam ul Haq Qurieshi, has broken into the top 20 of the world doubles rankings for the first time in his career.
The tennis star, who recently started to play specialist doubles events, has found great form in the later part of his career. Despite turning professional in 1998, Aisam won his first ATP title this season when he managed to reach a grand slam final during the US Open 2010.
Aisam’s ascent began after he found a permanent tennis

Wahab, Shahzaib added in limited over squad

LAHORE: Pakistan selectors were Monday forced to add opener Shahzaib Hasan and paceman Wahab Riaz to their limited over squad for the series against South Africa.
Hasan, 20, was declared as the best batsman in the National Twenty20 tournament, which concluded in Lahore on Saturday, while Riaz, 25, was named the best bowler at the same event. But neither had been included in the limited over squad when it was announced beforehand.
Pakistan play two Twenty20, five one-day and

Problematic PCB: New rules written after ICC warning

LAHORE: Pakistan’s cricket board said Monday it had drawn up a new players’ code of conduct outlining stricter rules on corruption following sharp criticism from the sport’s governing body.
Pakistani cricket has been rocked by allegations of spot-fixing during the national team’s recent tour of England. The team’s tour of Australia in March was also marred by disciplinary problems and match-fixing allegations.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) last Wednesday told the

Marie Jones : Third woman to win nine CWG gold medals

Leisel Marie Jones became the only third woman to win nine gold medals in the Commonwealth Games history. The Australian swimmer achieved this feat by winning the women’s 100m Breaststroke at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Aquatics Complex, Talkatora Gardens on Friday, October 8. She has now won this event three times in a row at the Commonwealth Games. Australian Susie O’Neill and Petria Thomas are the other two women to have won nine or more gold medals in the Commonwealth Games.

Yolane Kukla : Youngest gold medalist of the century

Australian Yolane Kukla became the youngest swimming gold medal winner at the Commonwealth Games in this century when she won the women’s 50 metres Freestyle event at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Aquatics Complex on Friday, October 8.
Yolane Kukla, who was born on September 29 1995 in Brisbane, was 15 years and nine days old when she beat England’s Halsall Francesca in the final of 50 metres freestyle. Yolane Kukla is also the youngest gold medalist in swimming since 2000. Alice Mills

HBL loses in dying hours as PEL draw fixture

PMC Athletico Club hit late winner to beat HBL 1-0 at PMC Football Ground Faisalabad and PEL drew 1-1 with Chaman’s Afghan FC at Model Town Football Academy Ground, Lahore in the Pakistan Premier Football League on Friday.
KPT struck four goals through four different players to overpower Navy 4-1 at Municipal Stadium, Rawalpindi and later on, a scoreless draw was played between KRL and NBP as four more matches were decided in Pakistan Premier Football League (PPFL) 2010

Ushna Suhail reaches singles semifinals and doubles finals

Ushna Suhail, the second seed in singles and top seed in doubles, reached the singles semifinals and doubles finals in the Bahrain International Tennis tournament. In the singles format, Ushna defeated Nikita Dowda of Kenya in straight sets, 6-4 and 6-4. In the first set, Ushna was down three games to nil but fought back strongly to level the set at 3-3. In doubles semifinals, Ushna partnering Indian Spurti Shivalingiah defeated the Turkish pair of Naz Karagoz and Busra Kayrun in

Star To Watch : Sania Mirza

All eyes will be on Indian tennis star Sania Mirza when she plays in the final of women’s singles against Australian opponent at R.K. Khanna Tennis Complex on Saturday, October 9. The 24-year-old from Hyderabad staged a grand recovery after losing the first set to get the better of Australia’s Olivia Rogowska 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the first of the semi-finals.
“That was a fantastic win. My heart is beating really fast. It hasn’t sunk in,” said a delighted Sania Mirza. “I’m happy with

Australia strengthens hold, India holds off England

Australia complete Games glory with scratch one-two
Cameron Meyer celebrated a third gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on Friday as Australia’s formidable endurance riders took gold and silver in the men’s 25km scratch race.
Meyer, who looked comfortable and in charge from the starting hooter, punched the air as he caught teammate Michael Freiberg, who won silver, on the last lap. Zach Bell of Canada took third spot on the podium.
Australia looked odds-on bets to

Pietersen denies saying his career was “on the way down”

England batsman Kevin Pietersen dismissed a newspaper report quoting him as saying he was “on the way down” as a cricketer, saying his words had been taken out of context.
“I was only talking about my age, nothing else,” Pietersen, 30, told Reuters on Friday before playing a game for the KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins.
Pietersen, who has not scored a test century since March 2009, had been quoted as saying on the website of Britain’s Daily Mirror ( “I have probably

Red Bull dominate while Hamilton suffers

Sebastian Vettel led championship leader Mark Webber in a dominant Red Bull one-two in both practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix on Friday. While they flaunted an advantage of more than half a second over their title rivals, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton could only watch impotently from the sidelines after crashing in the morning.
When the 2008 Formula One champion did get back on track with eight minutes of the second session remaining, Hamilton was able to complete just six

Winter return for Ribery and Robben, say Bayern

Bayern Munich expect the influential attacking pair of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben to return from injury in November and January 2011 respectively, the club said Friday.
France international Ribery was sidelined by injury for four months last year and this season it has been a similar story for the attacking midfielder, who suffered ankle ligament damage on September 21.
Dutch international Robben returned from the World Cup with a thigh injury and Bayern’s sporting