Pakistan Observer


Iniesta cleared to face PSG

Barcelona—Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has been given the all clear to face French champions Paris Saint-Germain in the second-leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday. The Spanish international suffered heavy bruising on his back during Barca’s 3-1 first-leg win in Paris last week and missed the Catalans 2-0 victory over Valencia on Saturday as a result. ... Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Details

Bolt wins 100m in Rio

Rio De Janeiro—Usain Bolt cruised to victory in a sprint challenge on Sunday but the Jamaican world record holder declared himself unhappy with his performance in his first 100 metres of the season. ... Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Details

Real Madrid confirm Bale calf injury

Madrid—Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale looks set to miss the European champions decisive Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday after scans confirmed a muscle injury in his left calf. ... Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Details

Lancashire batsman smashes 350 off 138 balls in one-day match

London—Young Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone has smashed a world record 350 in just 138 balls during a one-day match. The 21-year-old all-rounder bludgeoned 34 fours and 27 sixes for Nantwich in a Royal London National Club Championship game against Caldy. ... Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Details

Afghan Cricket Board not happy with captain’s resignation

Mumbai—Mohammad Nabi’s decision to resign as captain has not gone well with its board. Nasim Danish, the president of the ACB (Afghanistan Cricket Board), speaking exclusveily from Kabul, said, “we are not happy with his decision. He was contemplating and talks were going on for quite some time and we were trying to persuade to change his decision”. He further added, “Nabi is resigning from the captaincy but wishes to continue to play for the country. To focus more on his career and performance, he has decided to relinquish the captain role”. ... Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Details

I was nervous about playing for Barca: Suarez

Barcelona—Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has admitted he was nervous at the prospect of playing alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar when he joined the club. The Uruguayan, who arrived under a cloud following his ban for biting at last year’s World Cup, has made a rapid adjustment to life at the Catalan club and has scored vital goals to help put them on course for a treble. ... Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Details

Pakistan cricket is in trouble: Waqar

Dhaka—As Bangladesh clinched a historic series win over Pakistan on Sunday, head coach Waqar Younis had to give in to the criticism from all quarters. He admitted that the team was in ‘trouble’. “I accept what the critics’ say, Pakistan cricket is facing problems,” Waqar said in an interview to the local media. ... Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Details

Djokovic beats Berdych in Monte Carlo to set ATP record

Monte Carlo (Monaco)—Novak Djokovic set another career record with his second Monte Carlo title, as the Serb became the first man to win the opening three Masters 1000 events in a season through a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 defeat of Tomas Berdych. ... Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Details

West Indies drop Benn for 2nd Test against England

St. John’s (Antigua and Barbuda)—The West Indies left out spinner Sulieman Benn from their 14-man squad announced Saturday for the second Test against England in Grenada. The giant left-armer had disappointing match figures of two for 200 in the first Test of this three-match series which ended in a draw at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Friday. ... Monday, April 20, 2015 Details

Two-goal Kone rescues Stade against Mazembe

Johannesburg—Ismael Kone scored twice in two minutes as Malians Stade Malien snatched a dramatic 2-2 draw with Congolese TP Mazembe this weekend in the CAF Champions League. Four-time African champions Mazembe were in cruise mode at Stade Modibo Keita in Bamako as the last 16, first leg clash entered the closing stages. ... Monday, April 20, 2015 Details

Phelps caps comeback meet with storming 100m free win

Phoenix—Olympic superstar Michael Phelps’s legendary racing instincts kicked in Sunday as he capped his latest comeback meet with a storming 100m freestyle win. Phelps flew from last to first on the second lap for his second victory of the Mesa Pro Series meeting—his first competition in eight months. ... Monday, April 20, 2015 Details

Corruption in SLC: Report will be sent to Prime Minister, says sports chief

Mumbai—The corruption report in the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will be sent to the Prime Minister first, according to the sports minister, Navin Dissanayake. Speaking exclusively over his mobile from Colombo on Friday, he said, “I am yet to receive the report from the committee. Once I get it, it will be forwarded to the Prime Minister before it is being decided whether to make it public”. On Monday, the SLC board will officially react on the ICC’s recent stance on newly appointed interim committee. ... Monday, April 20, 2015 Details

Kvitova takes Czechs past France to Fed Cup final

Ostrava (Czech Republic)—Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova sent holders the Czech Republic into their fourth Fed Cup final in five years after breezing past France’s Caroline Garcia in straight sets here on Sunday. ... Monday, April 20, 2015 Details

2nd ODI: Tamim ton leads Bangladesh to series win

Mirpur—Tamim Iqbal hammered his second consecutive century as Bangladesh clinched their first-ever series win over Pakistan with a commanding performance in the second ODI. Tamim and Mushfiqur Rahim - who both scored centuries in the first ODI - once again tormented Pakistan’s below-par bowling attack, but the biggest factor in Bangladesh’s win were their bowlers. Even though Pakistan recovered from 77 for 5 thanks to half-centuries from Saad Nasim and Wahab Riaz, a target of 240 didn’t prove anywhere near testing. Bangladesh reached their target with nearly 12 overs to spare. ... Monday, April 20, 2015 Details