Pakistan Observer


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

Serena hits back at Russian official

Singapore—Serena Williams says comments by the head of the Russian Tennis Federation referring to her and older sister Venus as ‘’brothers’’ were bullying, sexist and racist, and that she supported the one-year suspension imposed by the WTA against the official. Shamil Tarpischev was also fined $25,000 for making the comments on Russian television. He also said the sisters were ‘’scary’’ to look at. ... Monday, October 20, 2014 Details

S Korean Baek captures maiden LPGA title at home

Incheon (South Korea)—South Korean teenager Baek Kyu-Jung captured the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship in a playoff for her maiden US tour victory on Sunday. Baek made birdie on the first playoff hole to defeat American Brittany Lincicome and fellow South Korean Chun In-Gee on the par-72 Ocean Course, at the Sky 72 Golf and Resort club in Incheon, South Korea. ... Monday, October 20, 2014 Details

Uncapped Sohail, Imran make Pakistan’s Test squad

Karachi—Pakistan included three uncapped players on Saturday in their squad for the two-Test series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates. Batsman, Haris Sohail, pace bowler Imran Khan and leg spinner Yasir Shah were named in a squad trimmed down to 16. The 27-year-old paceman Khan, a prolific wicket taker at domestic level, left-arm paceman Rahat Ali, Mohammad Talha and Ehsan Adil, all of whom have played Tests before, are the fast bowlers in the squad in the absence of frontline bowlers Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz who are nursing knee injuries. Sohail, a left-hander, scored a century in the four-day tour match against Australia in Sharjah which concluded in a surprising victory for Pakistan A on Saturday. ... Monday, October 20, 2014 Details

West Indian players create history at the toss

Mumbai—Barring India’s late Prime Minister India Gandhi’s assassination incident and owing to bomb-blasts, terror attacks and bad weather instances, Dwayne Bravo’s men have created history by pulling out from the ongoing India tour. The West Indies team has also created a “record” by being at the toss in Dharmashala on Friday. ... Sunday, October 19, 2014 Details

Reverse swing a big worry for Australia: Hughes

Sharjah—Reverse swing is as big a threat as quality spin bowling, the Australians conceded after losing their only warm-up match against Pakistan ‘A’ by a whopping 153-runs in Sharjah on Saturday. Australia, chasing 339 to win were bowled out for 185 in their second innings with paceman Mohammad Talha (3-32) and left-arm spinner Raza Hasan (3-60) destroying Australia’s plans for some useful practice. ... Sunday, October 19, 2014 Details

Appeal possible from banned Russian tennis chief

Moscow—Russia’s sports minister said Saturday that Russian Tennis Federation chief Shamil Tarpischev may appeal against the one-year ban imposed on him for making derogatory remarks against Serena and Venus Williams. The ban and fine of $25,000 was announced on Friday by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) after Tarpishchev had referred to the tennis greats as the “Williams brothers.” ... Sunday, October 19, 2014 Details

Sergio becomes Manchester City’s all-time Premier League scorer

Manchester—Sergio Aguero guided Manchester City to another hammering of Tottenham on Saturday, scoring all of the champions’ goals in a 4-1 victory to back up the Spurs’ coach assertion that the striker is the “Mozart” of football. Aguero scored twice in each half in a dazzling performance at Etihad Stadium to move level with Chelsea striker Diego Costa as the Premier League’s top scorer with nine goals. “I think he demonstrated why people say he is one of the best strikers in the world,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. ... Sunday, October 19, 2014 Details

Sri Lanka to fill West Indies void in India

Colombo—Sri Lanka have agreed to fill the void that has been created by West Indies abandoning their current tour of India because of a payment structure dispute between the players and the WICB and WIPA. They will play a series of five ODIs in November. “In principle we have agreed to accept India’s invitation to play five one-day internationals,” SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said on Friday. “Initially India wanted us to play a T20 international as well but we decided that with the World Cup only a few months away, playing five ODIs would be beneficial to both teams.” ... Sunday, October 19, 2014 Details

Pakistan ‘A’ embarrass Australia with huge win

Sharjah—Phillip Hughes scored a half-century but Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers missed out on their last chance for some decent time in the middle ahead of the first Test, as Pakistan A wrapped up a 153-run victory in the tour game in Sharjah. The result was not so much the issue for the Australians as giving players the chance for some match practice; on that front the last day was disappointing as well. ... Sunday, October 19, 2014 Details

Sri Lanka to play five ODIs and one twenty20 in India next month

Mumbai—Sri Lankan team will take over from West Indies, it is reliably learnt here. According to the highly placed sources in BCCI, Sri Lanka will tour India and play five ODIs’ and one Twenty20 game from November 1. The negotiations took place between the Indian cricket board and the Sri Lanka Cricket officials in Colombo on Friday morning. ... Saturday, October 18, 2014 Details

Pochettino gives positive spin as Spurs head for Man City

London—Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino likes to erase bad memories and cherish good ones and it is a trait he hopes his players have acquired ahead of Saturday’s clash at Premier League champions Manchester City. The north London club, then managed by Andre Villas-Boas, were crushed 6-0 in the corresponding fixture last season and a few weeks later, with interim manager Tim Sherwood in charge, they collapsed to a 5-1 home defeat. ... Saturday, October 18, 2014 Details

FIFA inspectors praise Kazan Arena

Moscow—FIFA’s inspecting commission on Friday praised the Kazan Arena, which will host the matches at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. “Kazan Arena is a unique construction,” ITAR-TASS news agency quoted FIFA inspection committee head Christian Unger as saying after his team visited the 45,000-seat arena, which hosted the World Student Games last year. “The venue perfectly meets the needs of Rubin Kazan football club and the city in general.” ... Saturday, October 18, 2014 Details


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