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PHF calls five more players

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LAHORE: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has called five more female players in addition to twenty-seven already named for training camp for the Asian Games qualifier, to be held from January 12 in Bangkok, Thailand. The players, who are asked to join the camp are: Afshan Noreen (Wapda), Saira Cheema (Army), Saeeda (Wapda), Batool Kazim (Sindh) and Tehmina (Railways), said a spokesman for the PHF, here on Thursday. The training camp will start from Dec 30 at the National Hockey Stadium.

All the probables have been asked to bring departmental NOC, Passport (6 months validity), 10 photographs, playing kit (colour & white) and playing gear, CNIC copy or original ‘B’ Form, copy of matriculation certificate, copies of parents’ CNIC, he added.

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PCB rejects propaganda

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LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Thursday, “It has come to the attention of the PCB that an utterly false, frivolous and malicious fake news about initiation of NAB investigation against PCB chairman, Najam Sethi, was published in a local tabloid from which some news channels have picked up the fake news and propagated it without verification.”

On behalf of its chairman, the PCB vehemently and unequivocally denies and refutes this baseless and malicious fake news item. The PCB is going to initiate defamation proceedings against all those who are involved in this abominable vilification campaign that was first started by ex-cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz when he was denied certain unmerited favours by the PCB chairman, who sued him and obtained a gag order from the court against him. Now the same fake news has surfaced from a different hostile quarter, compelling the PCB to instruct its legal advisor to serve legal notices on all the perpetrators of this false news.

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Cook’s double ton puts England in control

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MELBOURNE: Alastair Cook reeled off a record-breaking double century to put England in full command of the fourth Ashes Test with a formidable 164-run innings lead in Melbourne on Thursday.

The stoic opener emphatically bounced back after a lean run of scores to finish the day unconquered on 244 off 409 balls. At the close, England were 491 for nine.

Along the way, Cook surpassed the highest score by a visiting batsman in a Test match at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, bettering the 208 by West Indian great Viv Richards in 1984. He earlier bettered Wally Hammond’s 200 set back in 1928 as the highest Test score at the MCG by an Englishman.

Cook’s fifth double-century in 151 Test matches also catapulted him above West Indian Brian Lara to become the sixth highest run-getter in Test cricket with 11,956.

Australia, who already have won back the Ashes with an unassailable 3-0 lead, looked unable to stop the  flow of runs in the final session as Stuart Broad supported Cook to take the game away from the hosts. Broad, who survived a series of hair-raising short-pitched balls, thrived in his partnership with Cook, pushing the tourists beyond 450 on a lifeless pitch.

It needed multiple replays before Broad was finally given out for 56 off 63 balls to a diving outfield catch by Usman Khawaja off Pat Cummins, ending a demoralising 100-run stand off 110 balls with Cook. Cook cashed in on two dropped catches by Australia skipper Steve Smith along the way to continue the misery for the home side.

Smith, who dropped Cook on 66 in the slips on Wednesday, put down the former England skipper for the second time on 153 in a sharp right-handed chance at square leg.

The tourists lost seven wickets for 299 on the third day with captain Joe Root again failing to convert a half-century into three figures when he top-edged a hook shot off Cummins to Lyon at deep square leg. Root reached his third half-century of the series but was clearly furious with himself when he holed out on 61 in the morning session.

Dawid Malan, a century-maker in the third Test in Perth, was out leg before wicket with Josh Hazlewood’s second delivery of the second new ball for 14. Malan conferred with Cook before deciding not to review, yet replays showed a distinct ‘Hot Spot’ nick on his bat which would have kept him at the crease if he had challenged the decision.

It follows James Vince’s similar dismissal on Wednesday to Hazlewood for 17, when he also did not seek a review despite ‘Hot Spot’ showing a mark on his bat.

England lost two wickets in the middle session with Jonny Bairstow caught behind off Lyon for 22 and Moeen Ali lashing out for 20 off 14 balls.

It was the sixth time in seven innings in the series that Moeen had been dismissed by fellow off-spinner Lyon.

Chris Woakes gloved a Cummins bouncer to wicketkeeper Tim Paine for 26 shortly after tea, and debutant Tom Curran was caught behind off Hazlewood following a ‘Hot Spot’ review.

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Nadal pulls out of Brisbane, but to play Australian Open

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BRISBANE: World No.1 Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Brisbane International with a knee injury, but said he still intends to play in next month´s Australian Open.

The Spaniard, who hasn´t played since losing to David Goffin at the World Tour Finals in London, was scheduled to start his season in Brisbane this weekend, but said he would now not be coming. “I am sorry to announce I won´t be coming to Brisbane this year,” Nadal said on Twitter on Thursday.

“My intention was to play but I am still not ready after last year´s long season and the late start of my preparation.” But Nadal said he still planned to play in the year´s opening Grand Slam tournament, starting in Melbourne on January 15.

“I will be seeing my Aussie fans when I land on the 4th (of January) in Melbourne and start there my preparation for the Australian Open,” he added. Reports casting doubt over Nadal´s recovery from an injury to his right knee surfaced last week when he pulled out of an exhibition in Abu Dhabi this week and took at least four days off from practice.

Nadal, 31, has had a stellar 2017, claiming a 10th French Open, a third US Open crown and the year-ending world number one spot. Nadal added two Masters titles at Monte Carlo and Madrid to his triumphs at Roland Garros and Flushing Meadows, finishing the campaign with six trophies. The 16-time Grand Slam champion also secured the year-ending top ranking for a fourth time.

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South Africa crushes Zimbabwe in two days

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PORT ELIZABETH: South Africa cricket team crushed Zimbabwe in their one-off-day-night Test by an innings and 120 runs inside two days at St George s Park on Wednesday.

South Africa managed to score 309 for 9 wickets after Ak Markram scored 125 runs and Ab de Villiers 53. In reply the Zimbabwe was struggling from the start and they were cheaply bowled out on 68 and were forced to follow on.

However in the second innings Zimbabwe were not able to put a fight and not a single batsman were in a mood to challenge the South African bowler and again they were bowled out for 121 runs. The match was ended before the scheduled dinner break on the second day.

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Pakistan U-19 defeat Australia in first Youth ODI match

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan under-19 comfortably defeated Australia by six wickets in first Youth One-Day International (ODI) series on Wednesday in Melbourne.

Australia were bowled in the 46th over and set a target of 242 for the green shirts and in reply Pakistan achieved the required runs in 45th over.

Musa Khan took four wickets for 33 runs while Arshad Iqbal clinched three wickets  and conceding 53 runs.

Pakistan’s top three batsman crossed 30 runs each to add to the winning total while middle-order players Saad Khan and Ali Zaryab added 53 and 63 off 62 and 92 deliveries in that order.

Pakistan is to meet Australian Under-19 at the same The Albert Ground in Melbourne on coming Friday. Total three will be played in the series.


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Bajaur Agency win Athletic Meet of 3rd Governor KP FATA Youth Sports Festival

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PESHAWAR: Spirited Bajaur Agency claimed the winner trophy after securing 44 points in the ongoing 3rd Governor KP FATA Youth Sports Festival being played on different venues of FATA and here on Wednesday.

FR Lakki Marwat took runners-up trophy with 35 points while Khyber Agency remained at third with 31 points. Director General Sports Muhammad Nawaz Khan was the chief guest on this occasion and gave away trophies and medals to the position holders athletes.

Players from seven agencies and six FRs took part in the athletic meet held at Qayyum Sports Complex with Luqman Khan of FR Bannu was declared as the fastest player of the Meet by winning the 100m sprint race, followed by Salahuddin of Khyber Agency and Iftikhar of Mohmand Agency.

In the 4X100m relay Bajaur Agency took gold medal, followed by FR Kohat and FR Lakki. In the 1500m race Shahsawar of FR Kohat won gold medal, followed by Aman Ullah of Bajaur Agency and Sail Khan of Mohmand Agency.

In Long Jump FR Bannu Luqman won gold medal, followed by Salahuddin of Khyber Agency and Zubair of FR Bannu. In the discus throw Ilyas of Bajaur Agency won gold medal, followed by Irfan Ullah of Bajaur and Rizwan Ullah of FR Lakki Marwat.

In the javelin throw Ilyas of Bajaur won gold medal, Tayyub of Orakzai Agency won silver medal and Asim of Khyber Agency claimed bronze medals, in the 200m Luqman, who was also declared as the best athlete of the Meet, won gold medal, followed by Salahuddin of KP Agency and Shoaib of FR Lakki Marwat.

In the Taekwondo South Waziristan Agency won five gold medals, three silver medals and six bronze medals by securing 110 points with first position, followed by FR Dera Ismail Khan with two gold medals, six silver and five bronze medals by securing 84 points and Khyber Agency got third position with 76 points.

In the Wushu South Waziristan Agency won first position by securing 95 points, FR Dera Ismail Khan and Khyber Agency with 74 and 55 points respectively. Bajaur Agency won overall trophy of the Weightlifting by scoring 25 points after winning two gold, two silver medals, Khyber Agency made 24 points with Khyber Agency secured 12 points.

In the Tug of War Bajaur Agency defeated FR Kohat by 2-0. In the Netball Khyber Agency beat FR Kohat in a thrilling match by 30-27. In the Table Tennis final Khyber Agency beat Mohmand Agency by 3-0. Ruhullah of Khyber Agency beat Salman of Mohmand Agency by 11-7 and 11-7, in the second match Zubair of Khyber Agency beat Naveed of Mohmand Agency by 2-0, the score was 11-9, and 11-7 while Naeem beat Anus by 11-7 and 11-5. In the Archery Israr Ul Haq of Khyber Agency won gold medal, Mudassir of FR Peshawar and Obaid of Kurram Agency.

In the Team event Khyber Agency beat FR Peshawar by 109-88 and South Waziristan Agency got third position with 44 points. In the Baseball Khyber Agency defeated Bajaur Agency by 5-4 in the final. In the female Table Tennis Bajaur Agency defeated Mohmand Agency by 2-0 while Muskan got first position in Archery.

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EXPO 2K17 begins

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PESHAWAR: Opening Ceremony of EXPO 2K17 was held on 26 th December 2017 in UET Peshawar. Vice Chancellor UET Peshawar attended the ceremony and greeted Heads of SRS & participants of Futsal and Basketball.

Took a look on the other modules that were being conducted. Then a small cake cutting ceremony was held following an amazing group photo with the Vice Chancellor after which refreshment was arranged for all the Guests.


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Lahore Qalandar appoints Aqib Javed as head coach

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LAHORE: Lahore Qalandar, franchise of Pakistan Super League (PSL) announced former fast bowler Aqib Javed as the new head coach and Fakhar Zaman as the vice captain of the team in the upcoming PSL-3.

While talking to media owner of Lahore Qalandars, Rana Fawad announced the new changes in the team and adding that Aqib Javed will remain director of cricket operations at the franchise alongside his new responsibility as the head coach of the team.

On the decision to name Fakhar Zaman as the vice captain, Fawad said the young batsman will get to learn a lot under the captainship of former New Zealand star Brendon McCullum.


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Laiba Ijaz wins first individual gold for KP

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PESHAWAR: Promising Laiba Ijaz, the current Under-15 No. 1, clinched first individual gold medal for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Inter-Provincial Games being played here at Mussif Squash Complex, Jinnah Stadium on Tuesday.

Laiba Ijaz attributed her gold medal to former World Champion Qamar Zaman, who is running the KP Women Squash Academy with own resources in Jansher Khan Squash Complex under the supervision of Pakistan Air Force.

Laiba Ijaz defeated Nimra Aqeel, also from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in the final by 3-1, the score was 11-6, 12-10 and 11-8. Laiba played well and did not give much chance to Nimra Aqeel to strike back. Laiba, who made the first upset of the squash event when she defeated top seed Sabgha of Punjab in the semi-finals by 11-3, 11-5 and 11-5 and beat another player from Gilgit-Baltistan Khatiba Ejas, also in straight sets, the score was 11-2, 11-5 and 11-5.

Talking to media men Laiba lauded President Pakistan Squash Federation Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff Pakistan Air Force and Directorate General Sports KP Junaid Khan for enduring all out support to her.

Laiba said that she could win medal for Pakistan in the international events if provided international exposure. The female have potential but they have less opportunities of playing international matches.

In the last Quaid-e-Azam Games Laiba won bronze medal. Laiba is recently named for the Fakre Peshawar Award by the KP Govt.