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Amir Khan announces divorce with Makhdoom Faryal

DUBAI (INP): British star boxer Amir Khan and fashion model Faryal Makhdoom are no longer together as Khan broke the news on Twitter prompting ugly replies from ex-wife with the couple putting a bitter end to around four years of marriage.

Khan posted messages on social media platform to announce that Makhdoom is interested in heavyweight champion British Anthony Joshua. So me and the wife Faryal have agreed to split. I’m currently in Dubai. Wish her all the best.
Faryal moved on quick. Always mentioned to me how much she wanted to be with another guy, from all people another boxer @anthonyfjoshua Left my family and friends for this Faryal. I’m not hurt but another fighter.

I’m making it public. You getting the divorce #Golddigger Khan landed the final punch by stating: “Mans like Joshua can have my left overs!” Khan had married New York City-based fashion model Faryal Makhdoom in 2013.
Khan took to the social media to lay bare the breakup that has just gotten uglier.

Makhdoom did not wait for the mudslinging to begin and jumped to accuse Khan of adultery and cheating. “Bad role model, always around women, alcohol and then he calls himself a Muslim and runs a charity,” she wrote.

Terming Khan a 30 year old baby, Makhdoom likened herself to being a single mother and stated that she pays the house bills and takes care of their minor daughter all by her own while Khan is out messing around.

The Pakistan-origin fashion model also hit Khan where it assumingly hurt the most. She wrote: “Accusing other boxers just because your boxing career is finished. Man up amir.”

She hit back to Khan’s golddigger remark by mentioning Bolton boxer s Skype scandal. In January this year, an indecent video of Khan was leaked on the Internet in which he was seen pleasing himself whilst on a video call.

Reportedly, he was on a Skype call with an alleged ex-girlfriend whom he was linked with by the tabloids back in 2010. Makhdoom had defended her then husband at the time but now she does seem in a mood to not hold it back anymore.

She wrote on social media today: “After all these years. I ve always defending a cheat, always stuck around for him, always had his back. And I m called a gold digger?” The model further asserted that Khan had split up with his father and uncle last year because they “robbed” him of the money he had.

Makhdoom had earlier taken to the public in 2016 her issue with her in-laws that ended with Khan splitting with his father and uncle who managed his team.

It all started with Makhdoom posting a series of updates on her Snapchat in December 2016 claiming of being subjected to domestic abuse by her in-laws. “Don’t get your sons married if you’re going to abuse and bully the wife.

I’ve always been so quiet but seriously, this message is for everyone! When you bring someone’s daughter, treat her as your own. Your son will be much happier and so will you,” she had stated.

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Cricket Australia and players finally reach pay deal

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SYDNEY: Australian cricket’s long and bitter pay dispute is over, paving the way for the Test tour of Bangladesh to proceed later this month.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland and the Australian Cricketers’ Association CEO Alistair Nicholson announced the new agreement at a joint press conference in Melbourne on Thursday afternoon. The agreement ends a 10-month negotiation process that became bitter and acrimonious as Cricket Australia sought to dramatically alter the existing pay model by which players shared in the game’s revenue.

Australia’s international cricketers and many domestic players have been unemployed since July 1, after CA and the ACA failed to agree on a new Memorandum of Understanding before the expiration of the existing deal. However, those players who were out of contract will be provided with back-pay when the full MoU is completed.

The agreement means Australia can honour their upcoming international commitments, including the two-Test tour of Bangladesh, a limited-overs trip to India, and the home Ashes to follow this summer. Sutherland said it was “a great shame” that Australia A’s scheduled tour of South Africa did not proceed last month, but he was pleased that no other elite cricket series had been affected.

Sutherland said the deal would allow all state and international cricketers to be contracted immediately, and would mean an increase in pay that ensures Australia’s international players will be the highest-paid of all team sports in the country. The agreement also includes what Nicholson described as “the biggest pay-rise in the history of women’s sport in Australia”.

“We also wanted to introduce a gender equity pay model for women’s cricketers, so that they can also pursue a career in cricket. The ACA and Cricket Australia are delighted to be genuine market leaders in Australian sport in this regard.

“I’m very confident that by the time the first ball is bowled this summer, all of this will be well and truly behind us.”

Details of the new agreement include: a modernised revenue-sharing formula by which the players will receive 27.5% of forecast revenue; an increase in female player payments from $7.5 million to $55.2 million; and an adjustment ledger that allows funding for grassroots cricket if revenues exceed $1.67 billion.

Nicholson said the players had fought hard to retain a revenue-sharing model because they believed it had worked well in the past.

The ACA president, former Test wicketkeeper Greg Dyer, said in a statement that the agreement was ground-breaking for Australian sport.

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Neymar pledges PSG trophy haul after world record transfer

PARIS (AFP): Brazilian superstar Neymar has pledged to spark a trophy glut at Paris Saint Germain after agreeing a five-year deal on a world record 222 million euro ($264 million) transfer from Barcelona.

The 25-year-old will earn a mind-boggling 30 million euros ($35.5 million) a year in Paris but insists he will prove value for money for the ambitious but under-performing Qatari-owned French side.

“I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain,” said Neymar.

“Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious. And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want.

“Paris Saint-Germain´s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings. I played four seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge.

“From today, I will do everything I can to help my new teammates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.”

PSG said that Neymar will be unveiled at a press conference at the club´s Parc des Princes at 1130GMT on Friday.

He will then be presented to fans at the same ground at 1345GMT on Saturday before the season-opening Ligue 1 fixture against promoted Amiens.

PSG wasted no time in pressing Neymar´s commercial value by announcing that shirts bearing his name will be on sale from 0800GMT Friday at the club´s megastore on the city´s iconic Champs Elysees.

Football legend Pele congratulated Neymar on his move, telling his successor in the famed Brazilian number 10 shirt: “Good luck for your new challenge”.

“Paris is a beautiful city and one of my favourites in the world,” three-time World Cup winner Pele wrote on Twitter.

The transfer is more than double the previous world record set by Manchester United´s capture of Paul Pogba from Juventus last year for 105 million euros, leaving many commentators aghast at the rampant inflation in football transfer fees.

Leading coaches such as Arsenal´s Arsene Wenger and Manchester United´s Jose Mourinho lamented that the move could cause even greater inflation in transfer fees and player wages.

“It also looks like the inflation is accelerating,” said Wenger, whose 21 years at Arsenal have been characterised by prudent spending.

“It´s beyond calculation and beyond rationality.”

´A state signing´                                 

However, in the French capital there is huge excitement at PSG having landed a star name to finally make them feared among European football´s elite with even French president Emmanuel Macron enthused.

“It adds attractiveness. Yes, it´s good news,” said Macron.

“Neymar to PSG — the transfer of the century”, splashed Le Parisien´s front page on Thursday with the first five pages devoted to his impending arrival.

The mood is understandably more sombre in Barcelona where attention has turned to who the Catalans can sign to replace Neymar in the month before the transfer window closes.

Neymar´s Brazilian international teammate Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund´s Ousmane Dembele have both been linked.

There is also scepticism at the role played by PSG´s owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) at a time of political crisis for the energy-rich state which has been boycotted by its Gulf neighbours in recent months and will play host to the World Cup in 2022.

But whilst La Liga protests at losing one of its biggest stars, Barca´s players have continued to wish their now former teammate well.

“My friend I wish you the best in everything that comes!!!” Luis Suarez posted on Instagram alongside a picture of the two hugging.

“Also thank you for your support, for everything that I learned with you and for the unique moments that we spent together!!!! Keep like this and never change love you little bro.”

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Sarfraz wants Pakistan to become the No.1 team

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ISLAMABAD: Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed wants Pakistan to become the No. 1 cricket team saying that the players just need support to prove their mettle.
“Besides me, the whole team dreams to be No.1 team,” Sarfraz was quoted as saying.
He said that the way the success in the 2017 Champions Trophy was achieved, hopefully it will continue like that. “We know this team can get better. This team is a mix of youngsters, seniors, and they all are good.”

“What they (players) need is support. If they get it, they can get better. I am not surprised by how well these guys did in the Champions Trophy because I know there are good players in Pakistan, at domestic level,” he said.

Sarfraz said to be the No. 1 team is not just about winning one cup, but performing day in, day out and in every game at the same high level.
“Consistency is the most important factor. Before our tour to West Indies [in April] our position was not very good; we were struggling.

But we won that series. And in the start of the Champions Trophy, we lost to India. But we improved day by day. It has been a very difficult journey, but if you are positive, anything can happen.”
He said when you are captain of all three formats there is extra pressure, but at the moment he is enjoying his captaincy and will try to take no pressure in the Test format.
“Our next target is to win the Test series against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a good side but if we perform well in all three departments then we can win the series,” he said.

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Netherland beat England in semi final of Euro 2017


England suffered semi-final heartbreak for the second consecutive major tournament after being knocked out of Euro 2017 by hosts the Netherlands.

The defeat will represent devastating failure for the Lionesses, who had targeted a first major trophy as their sole aim from the tournament.

Having lost their 2015 World Cup semi-final to Japan thanks to an injury-time own goal, individual errors again proved decisive.

The Dutch had already taken a 1-0 lead thanks to Vivianne Miedema’s first-half header when Fara Williams’s poor header was seized on by Danielle van de Donk.

And another stoppage-time own goal sealed England’s fate when Mille Bright turned in Lieke Martens’ shot.

Jade Moore hit the post and England wasted several good second-half chances, but they could not pierce the hosts’ defence.

Although reaching the last four may be deemed as a relative success in some eyes, and despite becoming the first England manager since Sir Alf Ramsey to reach two consecutive major tournament semi-finals, Mark Sampson and his players felt they could win the competition.

After finishing as the top European team in the World Cup, and being the highest ranked team left at Euro 2017, they seemed well set to take another step on the road to their ambition of becoming the “world’s number one team”.

But they were well beaten by a Dutch team which were technically superior, led by Van de Donk, and roared on by a record crowd of 27,093 for a women’s football match in the Netherlands.

The Dutch will now be favourites to beat Denmark in their first European Championship final, while England will have to regroup for the 2019 World Cup in France, perhaps having wasted their best chance of silverware with this group of players.

England were called a “long-ball” team by their opponents in the build-up to this game, which was a repeat of the Euro 2009 semi-final, and for periods in the game they looked one-dimensional.

By contrast, the Dutch were more patient on the ball and in Van de Donk, they had a midfielder who pulled the strings before she put the game beyond England’s reach with an opportunistic finish.

The fact that she took advantage of a mistake by her Arsenal team-mate Williams, who tried to nod back to Siobhan Chamberlain, will make it tough on the England midfielder, who could yet end a 16-year international career on a sour note.

Williams, who has amassed a record 165 caps including the Euro 2009 semi-final where England beat the Netherlands, has only been a bit-part player in this campaign but replaced the suspended Jill Scott in midfield.

But when the 33-year-old returns to training at her club she will also be given another reminder of a torrid England night after Miedema recently signed for the Gunners.

The 21-year-old striker, who now has 43 international goals, powered in a back-post header to show the kind of ruthlessness that England were missing.

For all the Dutch possession, England did limit them to few chances and the Netherlands’ twin threats down the wings – Martens and Shanice van de Sanden – were largely kept quiet until Martens forced a late own goal from Bright to seal England’s misery.

Despite missing Scott’s energy in midfield, Sampson’s team were not as clinical as previously seen at Euro 2017, where they have become the tournament’s top scorers, and they paid a heavy price.

Once Miedema had opened the scoring, Moore hit the post from a deflected header and Ellen White had a good penalty appeal turned down. Sampson was so animated in his reaction that he ripped his shirt.

But England rarely tested Sari van Veenendaal – another Arsenal player – in the Dutch goal.

Jodie Taylor also shot straight at her Gunners club-mate from close range late on, but could still finish as the tournament top scorer with five goals.

But that will be no consolation to her or an England team who failed to take advantage of their ranking and who beat the Netherlands in Tilburg last November.

Danielle van de Donk (right) was the game’s outstanding player, finding time and space with ease throughout

England head coach Mark Sampson: “Over the course of the tournament, we have been one of the of best teams here. But, in tournament football, small things can make a big difference.

“I made some mistakes, for sure. I’ll go away and reflect. I’ll look at it all and then do a better job next time.

“We didn’t get the decisions. But I’m incredibly proud of the players tonight.

“They’ve worked so, so hard over the past year.”


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Denmark reach women’s Euro 2017 final

Denmark will face the Netherlands in the final of Women’s Euro 2017 after defeating Austria in a penalty shootout.

Simone Sorensen scored the crucial spot-kick after Austria missed their first three penalties.

The Austrians will rue wasting the best chance of the match when Sarah Puntigam fired over a first-half penalty.

Denmark also went close in normal time through Sanne Troelsgaard, whose strike came off the crossbar.

The Danes will face the hosts in the final after their 3-0 win over England in the second semi-final.

It was a tight and tense semi-final between Denmark, the two-time semi-finalists, and tournament debutants Austria.

Denmark, beaten at the last-four stage four years ago, were second best to the unfancied Austrian side during the first 45 minutes.

Dominik Thalhammer’s side should have taken the lead when they were awarded a penalty in the 13th minute. Maja Kildemoes was the unlucky Dane when she was judged to have intentionally moved her arm to block Verena Aschauer’s effort.

Freiburg midfielder Puntigam stepped up, but blazed her penalty over the bar.

Denmark’s best effort of the opening half fell to Rosengard’s Troelsgaard, whose angled left-foot strike struck the bar.

It was not until extra-time that either goal was seriously threatened again. First, Katrine Veje’s effort cleared the Austria bar with a strike from eight yards. And then Pernille Harder, arguably the player of the match, headed over in the final few seconds before the spot-kicks.

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Klitschko retirement ends Joshua heavyweight rematch hopes

LONDON (AFP): Ukraine’s former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko announced his retirement from boxing on Thursday to scupper any hopes of a November rematch against Britain’s Anthony Joshua.

Hamburg-based Klitschko, 41, hangs up his gloves as one of the all-time greats of the ring after a nine-and-a-half year reign as heavyweight champion, which was ended in 2015 and his last two fights ended in defeat.

He is behind only the great Joe Louis as the second-longest serving heavyweight champion of all time having enjoyed 18 consecutive defences over a nine-year span. Louis made 26 title defences between 1937 and 1949.

Klitschko, nicknamed ‘Dr Steelhammer’ due to the PhD he holds, won super-heavyweight gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Wladimir Klitschko reigned as heavyweight champion for nearly a decade

After turning professional, he was the undisputed world champion from 2006-2015, a period in which he held several belts. His reign was ended two years ago when he finally lost to Britain’s Tyson Fury on points.

Klitschko’s last fight was in April when he was stopped by Joshua in the 11th round of the WBA title fight in front of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium in London in a hard-fought bout in which both fighters hit the canvas.

Klitschko’s retirement dashes a mooted blockbuster rematch with Joshua possibly in Las Vegas in November.

– ‘End of an era’ –

Such was the interest in Klitschko’s announcement that the demand crashed his website on Thursday morning.

“After my last fight against Anthony Joshua, I deliberately took the time to make a decision,” said Klitschko, whose elder brother Vitali, 46, is also a former world heavyweight boxing champion.

“I never thought I’d have such a long and incredibly successful boxing career, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” he told his fans in a statement.

Klitschko bows out with a record of 64 wins and five defeats with 54 knock-out wins in 69 professional bouts.

“This retirement marks the end of an era that is unrivaled in the sporting world,” said Frank Hoffmann, the head of RTL who broadcast Klitschko’s fights in Germany.

Wladimir never boxed his brother Vitali to honour a promise both boxers made to their mother, but the elder Klitschko brother hailed his sibling’s glittering career.

“It was a great journey. For decades Wladimir was at the top of the world of boxing,” wrote Vitali on his Facebook page.

“He won the Olympic gold, became the world champion many times and united all the professional belts.

“I can only wish someone will repeat the results he achieved”.

Wladimir Klitschko said he was excited about the next stage of his career.

“I have achieved everything I dreamt of, and now I want to start my second career after sports,” added Klitschko in a video statement.

“27 years ago, I started my journey and it was the best decision I could have ever made.

“Because of this choice, I have travelled the world, learnt new languages, created businesses, built intellectual properties, helped people in need.

“I became a scientist, an entrepeneur, a hotelier, a motivator, a leader, a trainer, an investor and much more.

“I’m still able to do all this because of the global appeal of the sport of boxing.

– Hotel interests –

“At some point in our lives, we need or just want to switch our careers and get ready for the next challenges, I’m no exception.

“Now it is my turn, I’m honestly doing this with respect for the new challenges and also with tremendous excitement, passion and dedication.

“I am expecting and hoping that my next career, which I have been planning and working on for a few years, will be at least as successful as my old one.”

Among his future projects, Klitschko will now turn his attention to the hotel industry.

He is involved in a chain of luxury hotels — 11 Mirrors — in Ukraine and has plans to expand.

“We are concentrating on expanding with 11 Mirrors to Germany and the USA,” Klitschko told German finance magazine Euro am Sonntag.

“I like to spend a lot of money on the training of my employees.

“There is no better return on investment than investing money in its team.”

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Waqar and Wasim to work together for Multan Sultans

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Multan Sultans, the PSL (Pakistan Super League),s latest franchise, is set to unite one of the most feared bowling duo in Pakistani cricket, The legends Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram.

According to agencies the duo will be united in Multan Sultans as Younis will be acting as the franchise’s adviser and head coach, while Akram has decided to leave Islamabad United and will take the role of cricket operations director. The official signing of the agreement is expected to take place sometime in the third week of August in Karachi.
Both Younis and Akram had been on very different career paths. Akram had spent two distinct seasons with Islamabad United while Younis had been basically ignored for the first two seasons of the PSL and had appeared on various TV networks as a commentator.

During the 1990s Younis and Akram had been known as two of the best international players and had conquered world cricket with their fearful bowling during the era. Despite this the two often had a tense relationship even though they worked with each other on several occasions and took 559 wickets between them in the 61 Tests they played together.

Over the years the two players have moved past their old conflict and Younis had once particularly expressed regret over having a bad relationship with Akram. The venture with the Multan Sultans, owned by Dubai-based enterprise The Schön Group, will be the first time the two players work together since their 2003 retirements.

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PCB appoints LCCA president as member Board of Governors

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LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed Lahore City Cricket Association (LCCA) President, Khawaja Nadeem as one of its member in the Governing Board.

According to the notification issued by PCB, besides Nadeem three other regional cricket heads have been made members of the GB for a term of three years. They are Murad Ali of Quetta and Nouman Butt from Sialkot. The representation from FATA, the fourth member of the GB, has yet to come as the elections of the FATA cricket body has yet to take place.

Lahore has finally got its representation in the GB after almost ten years and last time it was represented by its former late president, Amir Hayat Khan Rokhari in 2008.

“It is a big honor for LCCA for getting into the GB and it is really good to see LCCA back into the GB,” Nadeem told APP here.

He said his specific mandate is working in close coordination with the PCB for the cause of the game at the national level, especially for club cricket at LCCA.

“PCB is taking solid measures to better the domestic cricket structure to make the domestic events results oriented to help improve the quality of our cricket and there is dire need to supplement these efforts from the platform of the regional bodies,” said Nadeem who will be contesting for the third successive term as LCCA President this month. He was first elected LCCA President in 2010 and then in 2014.

He said club cricket is the backbone of our national cricket and it is serving as a pipe line to produce talented cricketers for the Pakistan senior and junior cricket teams. “The only way to strengthen Pakistan cricket is to generate maximum cricket activity at grassroots level,” he said, adding, “LCCA gained success in a number of national level tournaments in recent past due to a strong club system which also helped in producing high quality cricketers who are now part of the national senior and junior teams.”

“If PCB includes new national club level tournament in its domestic calendar we will welcome it and organize them to tap new talent,” said Nadeem.

Apart from four regional cricket heads, the Governing Board also have the presentation from four departments including Mansoor Masood Kha (UBL), Lt Gen retd Muzammal Hussain (Wapda) and Col Sohaib (SSGC). Habib Bank has not finalized the nomination of its representative in the GB.

The new Governing Board will elect the new Chairman of the PCB during its first meeting on August 9 and Najam Sethi is all set to be elected as the new head of the PCB for a fresh term of three years along with Arif Ejaz for the slot of Chairman Executive Committee PCB.


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Pakistan Rugby Union’s ‘Get into Rugby’ programme in full swing

LAHORE (APP) – Pakistan Rugby Union’s ‘Get into Rugby Programme’ (GIR) is in full swing in different universities and colleges here.

Pakistan Rugby Union Head coach Shakeel Ahmed told APP that the activity aims at promoting rugby at grass-roots level.

“Get into Rugby’ has given new identity to rugby in Pakistan and it has given number one status to Pakistan at Asia level due to extraordinary success of this programme,” he added.

“We are making the best use of the summer vacations in the educational institutions by exposing them to the early level of the game,” he said.

Shakeel Ahmed is supervising a GIR Session in King Edward Medical University Lahore and 17 future doctors are learning finer points of the game. “We are running a similar activity at Cathedral School where more than 100 students are learning the game.”

Coach Waseem is running GIR session at Govt College for Women Baghbanpura and 10 girls are undergoing training. In The Smart School, coach Waseem Ahmed is imparting training to 15 students. Shakeel said that the PRU is following a comprehensive activity plan to develop the game on solid lines.

“Rugby is gaining rapid popularity among youth which is evident from the fact that more and more young players are coming to the fold of PRU to attend rugby learning and grooming activities throughout the country,” said Shakeel.

He said that Asian Rugby Union has acknowledged the efforts and hard work of PRU in successfully implementing GIR. “Due to such strenuous efforts, Pakistan is at number one spot in the execution of GIR,” said a PRU official.