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PSL 2018: From Islamabad United to Multan Sultans, analysing the strengths and weaknesses

Web Desk: Action-packed month of cricketainment awaits fans across the world as HBL Pakistan Super League season three (PSL 3), is set to start from February 22, 2018. The first match of the PSL 2018 will be played on February 22nd, 2018 between defending champions Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans at Dubai. The glittering trophy unveiling ceremony of PSL 3...

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FIFA holds Spain talks amid World Cup ban fears

MADRID: FIFA and the Spanish government agreed on Monday the "need to clarify as quickly as possible" the situation regarding the country´s football federation (RFEF) to avoid a potential World Cup ban. World football´s governing body warned the Spanish federation in December that it could be suspended from the Russia 2018 because of government interference. The issue arose after long-time...

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Rashid Khan, Nabi lead Afghanistan rout of Zimbabwe

SHARJAH: Teenage leg-spinner Rashid Khan took three wickets while Mohammad Nabi smacked a quick-fire 40 as Afghanistan strolled to a five-wicket win over Zimbabwe in Monday´s first Twenty20 international in Sharjah. Khan was signed by Sunrisers Hyderabad for $1.41 million in last month´s Indian Premier League auction and returned figures of three for 19 from his four overs as Zimbabwe...

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In first, Olympics chiefs invite Vatican ‘God Squad’ to IOC session

VATICAN CITY: Some go for gold. Others go for God. For the first time, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has invited the Vatican to send a delegation to its general meeting next week in South Korea ahead of the Pyeongchang Winter Games. The Vatican newspaper l‘Osservatore Romano reported Friday a delegation will attend in an observer role and be headed...

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Father of molested girls charges disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor in court

CHARLOTTE: The enraged father of three daughters who were sexually abused by Larry Nassar charged towards the former USA Gymnastics national team doctor and tried to attack him during a sentencing hearing in a Michigan courtroom on Friday. The father, Randall Margraves, was nearly within striking distance of Nassar before officers tackled him roughly to the ground in front of...

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FIFA World Cup trophy lands in Pakistan

KARACHI: Since Pakistan failed to qualify for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, but there is good news for football fans as the FIFA World Cup Trophy lands in Pakistan. Pakistan wasn’t a stop on the quadrennial Trophy Tour since 2006 but the World Cup Trophy will make an appearance in Lahore on February 3 on its journey to the FIFA...

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Davis Cup: Aisam, Aqeel give Pakistan 2-0 lead

ISLAMABAD: Aqeel Khan and Aisamul Haq Qureshi Friday gave Pakistan perfect start in the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group-I tie against South Korea as hosts won both opening day singles matches played here at grass courts of the Pakistan Sports Complex. In the first match, Aisam outclassed the visitors’ top player Soon Woo Kwon 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(8-6) on the grass courts...

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Kohli, Rahane lead India to six-wicket win over South Africa

DURBAN: Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane shared a 189-run third wicket partnership and took India to a comfortable six-wicket win in the first one-day international against South Africa at Kingsmead on Thursday. Kohli made 112 -- extending his record of centuries in one-day run chases to 20 -- and Rahane scored 79 as India reached the winning target of 270 with...

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Kaepernick, protesters not to blame for ratings slide: NFLPA

MINNEAPOLIS: Colin Kaepernick and other protesting players were not to blame for a decline in National Football League television ratings, the head of the NFL Players Association said on Thursday. Kaepernick, the former-San Francisco 49ers quarterback, sparked a national debate in 2016 when he refused to stand during the U.S. anthem to protest against police shootings of minorities and racial...

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ICC U-19 World Cup: Pakistan finish third after rain ruins play

QUEENSTOWN (New Zealand): Pakistan secured third place in the ongoing ICC Under-19 World Cup after the encounter for the third place against Afghanistan was washed out without a ball being bowled. The result meant Pakistan took the third spot having finished ahead of Afghanistan in the group because of Net Run Rate. In the quarter final stage, Pakistan beat South...

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Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler dies in car crash

LOS ANGELES: Former NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle, were killed in a pre-dawn single vehicle crash in Los Angeles on Wednesday, authorities said. Butler, 38, and the 31-year-old LaBelle both died at the scene after the roll-over accident reported at 2:30 am in the suburb of Studio City, Los Angeles police said. Police said Butler lost...

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PSL spot-fixing: Khalid Latif’s five-year ban upheld on appeal

Lahore: Pakistan batsman Khalid Latif's five-year ban for corruption has been upheld by an independent adjudicator. The adjudicator, Justice Fakheer Mohammad Khokhar, upheld his conviction on all six of the original charges but did offer some relief, waiving away the fine of Rs 1 million (approximately US$9500) placed on him. PCB legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi, speaking to media after the...

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ICC probes UAE league after farcical dismissals go viral

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) is investigating a private Twenty20 league in the United Arab Emirates, the sport´s global governing body has said, after footage of some farcical dismissals went viral on social media. A match in the Ajman All Stars League, which is not sanctioned by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), saw several batsmen appear to throw their...

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Amir Khan’s water stunt makes a splash

LONDON: Amir Khan threw water over Phil Lo Greco after being taunted by the Canadian at a press conference to promote the British boxer's return to the ring after almost two years away. Khan's comeback, which comes after a period of marital difficulties and a spell in the I'm a Celebrity reality TV jungle, will see him take on Canadian Lo Greco...

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PSL Final: Full dress rehearsal to take place in Karachi on February 11

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced on Tuesday that it will hold a full dress rehearsal of the security arrangements for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) third edition final at National Stadium Karachi on February 11. In a letter to the Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah, PCB informed that “on the instruction of honourable Chief Minister...

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India Beats Pakistan in Under 19 World cup semi final

CHRISTCHURCH: India beats Pakistan in Under19 world Cup by 203 runs today in Semi Final. Earlier today, India won the toss and chose to bat first. Opening batsmen, Captain Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra made 89 runs from the partnership in 16 overs. Pakistan's Mohammad Moosa bagged 4 wickets while, Arshad Iqbal bagged 3 wickets in the innings. A target...

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Tomic ‘highly doubtful’ to return to Davis Cup: Hewitt

Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt said Tuesday it is "highly doubtful" Bernard Tomic would play for Australia again, after the troubled tennis star this week declared the team could not win the event without him. Speaking ahead of their World Group first round tie against Germany in Brisbane at the weekend, Hewitt said Australia was in good stead with...

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