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Shahbaz: I’ll take all possible steps to promote hockey

Lahore—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that hockey is the national game of Pakistan and all out cooperation and resources will be provided for the promotion of hockey in order to regain the lost status of the country in this game. ... Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Details

Golf: McIlroy taking time off for legal dispute

London—World number one Rory McIlroy is taking time away from golf early next year to better deal with the muliti-million dollar legal dispute he has with his former management company. The Northern Irishman took the decision after lawyers representing himself and the Dublin-based Horizon company failed to reach an out-of-court agreement settling a complex contractual dispute. ... Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Details

De Villiers, Duminy take SA to easy win over NZ

Mount Maunganui—South Africa cruised to a six-wicket win over New Zealand in the first one-day international at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday, guided home by a captain´s knock from AB de Villiers. The Proteas ended their run chase at 236-4 in 48.1 overs, easily overhauling the 231 target New Zealand set after losing the toss and being sent in to bat. ... Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Details

PCB meeting to decide Moin’s future

Karachi—The quarterly meeting of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Board of Governors (BoG) will take place today at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Some key issues are on the agenda, including the future of the national team’s chief selector and manager Moin Khan. The former Test captain has come under fire for his apparent failure to deliver suitably in the challenging dual role as the cricket team continues to be plagued by inconsistent results. ... Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Details

Pakistan gets a chance to climb up in ICC rankings

Islamabad—Pakistan has a chance to climb up to the third spot in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings if it beats Australia 2-0 in the two-Test series at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) starting on Wednesday in the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. ... Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Details

Clarke, Misbah ready for spin challenge

Dubai—Skippers Michael Clarke and Misbah-ul Haq Tuesday agreed spin will play a major role in the first of two Tests between Australia and Pakistan starting in Dubai from today (Wednesday). Australia have practiced on a specially prepared spin pitch at Brisbane in the lead up and hired world record Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan to learn how to bowl and play spin. ... Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Details

South Africa rejects hosting Africa Nations Cup

Johannesburg—South Africa is not ready to host the Africa Cup of Nations in January if Morocco withdraws because of the Ebola epidemic, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said Monday. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reportedly approached South Africa, Ghana and five others countries ahead of a November 2 meeting to decide on the future of the continent’s premier football event. ... Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Details

Al Amin not nervous at testing of his bowling action

Mumbai—The number 420 is not considered to be a dignified number in few countries including India , but it is a lucky number for Bangladeshi pace-bowler Al Amin. The 25-year-pace bowler, now in India for the testing of his suspected bowling action, has been occupying Room no.: 420 in Chennai’s one of the Five Star hotels. “I do well on field of play whenever room no. 420 is allotted to me in hotels and therefore this time I specifically asked for this room”, he said over telephone hours before his testing on Monday. “My testing to-day is scheduled to start at 2.00 PM and will last for about 2-3 hours and I hope to do well”, he added. ... Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Details

Berdych beats Dimitrov to win Stockholm Open title

Stockholm—Top-seeded Tomas Berdych battled back to defeat defending champion Grigor Dimitrov 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to claim the Stockholm Open on Sunday and improve his chances of making the World Tour Finals. Berdych, 29, is seeking to qualify for the London season-ending showpiece for the fifth consecutive year and the Czech currently stands in seventh place in the race for the eight-man event with five spots already decided. ... Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Details

Johnson the real threat:Waqar

Dubai—Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis believes Australia’s 153-run defeat in a warm-up game has helped him find flaws in the opposition for the first Test starting on Wednesday in Dubai. “It’s quite nice to see them lose,” said Waqar of the Pakistan ‘A’ team’s win in Sharjah in a four-day match on Saturday. ... Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Details

We will target Misbah, Younis: Siddle

Dubai—Australia’s frontline paceman Peter Siddle is targeting the experienced duo of Misbah-ul Haq and Younis Khan in the first Test against Pakistan starting in Dubai on Wednesday. ... Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Details

Ajmal-less Pakistan seek to end 20-year Australia drought

Dubai—Pakistan hope to end a 20-year drought against Australia when they meet in the first of two Tests in Dubai from Wednesday but they are hobbled by the absence of spin king Saeed Ajmal. Ajmal, who has been suspended due to an illegal bowling action, has single-handedly ruled the dry and slow tracks of Pakistan’s neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates, especially at Dubai where he has 37 wickets in six Tests, three of which Pakistan won. That includes 24 wickets in a 3-0 rout of England in 2012. ... Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Details

Bangladeshi bowler to be tested for his bowling action in Chennai today

Mumbai—Al-Amin Hossain, the right-arm medium pace-bowler from Bangladesh will be tested for his suspected bowling action in Chennai on Monday. This was revealed by Akram Khan, the BCB’s Cricket Operations member. Speaking from Dhaka over telephone, he said, “Our Game Development Manager Nazmul Abedin Shaheen has accompanied him to India”. ... Monday, October 20, 2014 Details

Pavlyuchenkova wins Kremlin Cup WTA title

Moscow—Sixth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia won the WTA title at the Kremlin Cup tournament in Moscow on Sunday, beating Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu in the final. The 23-year-old Pavlyuchenkova won 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 in two hours 28 minutes to record her second win over Begu, who is 61st in the WTA rankings, in as many meetings. She also became the fourth Russian woman in the tournament’s history to win the Kremlin Cup after Anastasia Myskina (who won it twice in 2003 and 2004, Anna Chakvetadze (2006) and Elena Dementieva (2007). ... Monday, October 20, 2014 Details

Nicholas TKOs Nonito in sensational battle

Carson, Calif—Nicholas Walters gave his father, Job, the best possible birthday present he could on Saturday, stopping Nonito Donaire with one second left in the sixth round of their WBA featherweight title fight before 9,323 energized fans at the StubHub Centre. Walters knocked Donaire down with a short right uppercut in the third, putting the one-time Fighter of the Year down for the first time in his career. In the sixth, Walters cracked Donaire with an overhand right that landed just above Donaire’s ear. Donaire beat the count, but he was on unsteady legs and referee Raul Caiz Jr. wisely stopped it. ... Monday, October 20, 2014 Details

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