Pakistan Observer


FIH releases schedule for men’s hero hockey champions trophy

Islamabad—International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Monday announced the pools and match schedule for the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy to be staged in Bhubaneswar, India from December 6 to 14. This glamorous, exclusive and prestigious tournament will showcase the very best that hockey has to offer, with some of the finest international teams in the men’s game competing to claim the trophy, says a press release issued here. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

Pakistan team for Blind CWC to be announced on Sep 30

Islamabad—The national team to feature in the Fourth Cricket World Cup of the Blind to be staged in Cape Town, South Africa from November 25 to December 9 will be announced on September 30. Two-time winner and Defending Champions Pakistan will open their World Cup campaign against arch-rivals India on November 27. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

Top 32 teams to feature in HBL Inter School Cricket

Karachi—As many as 32 teams will be featuring in the HBL 6th Inter School Cricket Championship which will explode into action from September 18 under the auspices of Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA). ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

Anelka signs for Mumbai

Mumbai—Controversial French striker Nicolas Anelka sought to relaunch his career Monday by signing up for the nascent Indian Super League, six months after being sacked from English football in an anti-semitism row. The 35-year-old former Arsenal, Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid star announced that he would be playing for Mumbai City in the inaugural edition of the eight-team league which begins next month. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

Dutch cyclist Baarle wins Tour of Britain

London—The Netherlands´ Dylan van Baarle won the Tour of Britain after retaining his overall race lead during concluding stages on London. Van Baarle triumphed in an overall time of 32 hours, 22 minutes and 50 seconds, with Poland´s Michal Kwiatkowski 10 seconds adrift in second place and Britain´s Bradley Wiggins, the defending champion, 22 seconds behind the Dutch winner in third place. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

2nd Test: Roach leaves Bangladesh in tatters

St. Lucia—Kemar Roach thrilled on his way to a five-wicket haul, leaving the Bangladesh batsmen dazed and confused. His 12-over spell after the tea interval gave West Indies full command at the end of the second day, with the visitors left lurching at 104 for seven. They are now 276 runs behind West Indies’ 380 all out from earlier in the day. The three-man pace attack was what Denesh Ramdin used for all but two overs till stumps. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

Wisden’s wish for Anandji Dossa on his 99th Birthday

Mumbai—Wisden, the bible of cricket has recorded countless centurions on its pages. They want to add one more next year. World’s oldest cricket statistician Anandji (better known as Anandji bhai) Dossa turned 99 on Monday. “I’m afraid I’ve never had the pleasure of interacting with Mr Dossa, but I would like to wish him a very happy birthday on behalf of everyone at Wisden and hope he scores hundred and many more”, the Wisden editor, Lawrence Booth says exclusively. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

Swiss teen Bencic upsets Kuznetsova in Tokyo

Tokyo—Rising Swiss star Belinda Bencic upset two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo Monday, maintaining recent impressive form. The wildcard broke the Russian veteran’s serve twice in the first set and three times in the second to win the match at Ariake Tennis Park in only 68 minutes. The 17-year-old is on the back of a run to the quarter-finals at the US Open in New York. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

Guangzhou march on towards fourth title

Beijing—Guangzhou Evergrande took another step towards a fourth successive Chinese Super League title with a 3-0 win at Shanghai Dongya at the weekend to maintain their six-point advantage over Beijing Guoan at the top of the table. Marcello Lippi’s side picked up where they left off with their 6-0 hammering of Liaoning before the two-week international break and a goal in the seventh minute from winger Gao Lin gave them an early lead at the Tianhe Stadium. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

Falcao debuts as Man United crush QPR

Manchester—Radamel Falcao made his debut as Manchester United belatedly kickstarted their season with a breezy 4-0 win at home to Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League. The 28-year-old Colombia striker, a loan signing from Monaco, made his entrance as a 67th-minute replacement for Juan Mata, but by then United had already secured an overdue first victory of the season. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

John Wright backs Pakistan to tackle situation

Islamabad—Former Indian coach John Wright has backed Pakistan to come through their spin wizard Saeed Ajmal’s suspension successfully, The Cricket Country reported. Wright reflected on his own experiences as Team India coach when Harbhajan Singh came under the scanner in 2005; the Mumbai Indians coach was also keen to know what International Cricket Council’s (ICC) stand would be with the worrying number of bowlers being reported for chucking. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

ZTBL re-designates Saeed Ajmal as SVP

Islamabad—The Zarai Tarqiati Bank (ZTBL) has re-designated off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, as Senior Vice President on the basis of his excellent performance at international and national level and remarkable contribution towards promoting Cricket in the country. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

Saeed Ajmal vows to make a successful comeback soon

Lahore—Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal on Monday said that he is not worried about the ban imposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) which bars him from playing international cricket. Speaking to reporters in Lahore on Monday, Ajmal said that he will return to international cricket soon as the ban was a temporary problem. “I will continue to play domestic cricket,” he said. ... Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Details

Saad grabs 13 golds in National Age Group Swimming Championship

Peshawar—Pakistan’s future prospects promising Saad Amin of Sindh grabbed 13 gold medals and a bronze by adding five more gold medals on the second day of the ongoing 19th National Age Group Swimming Championship being played here at Adil Khan Swimming Pool under the aegis of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Swimming Association on Sunday. ... Monday, September 15, 2014 Details

Top seed Lisicki fights back to win Hong Kong Open

Hong Kong—Sabine Lisicki justified her top seeding by winning the inaugural WTA Hong Kong Open 7-5, 6-3 against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic on Sunday. The German had endured a lean time on tour since losing the Wimbledon final to Marion Bartoli last year, tumbling out of the world’s top 30. And despite the straight-sets scoreline, it was a far from a straightforward victory in an error-strewn match at Victoria Park. ... Monday, September 15, 2014 Details


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