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Nisar to represent Pakistan in UCI course in Bahrain

Peshawar—International Technical Official (ITO) Nisar Ahmad will represent Pakistan in the forthcoming International Cycling Union (UCI) Coaching Course to be held at Bahrain. This was stated by Secretary General Pakistan Cycling Federation Syed Azhar Ali Shah said this while talking to APP here on Thursday. ... Friday, May 22, 2015 Details

India confirms entry for World 6-Red and Team Championships

Islamabad—India has given confirmation to the Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) for participation in the World 6-Red and Team Championships to be held in Karachi from August 6. Talking to APP, Munawwar Hussain Shaikh, Honorary Secretary, PBSA, said they have received confirmation from the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) for the event. ... Friday, May 22, 2015 Details

Hamilton on top after opening practice

Monaco—Championship leader Lewis Hamilton celebrated signing his new deal with Mercedes by topping the times in Thursday’s opening free practice session for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix ahead of Dutch teenager Max Verstappen in a Toro Rosso. The two-time champion, who announced on Wednesday a three-year extension of his contract to 2018, celebrated that deal with a composed performance and a best lap time in one minute and 18.750 seconds. ... Friday, May 22, 2015 Details

Karachi, DM Jamali in PCB Under-16 final

Karachi—Karachi and Dera Murad Jamali stormed into the final of PCB-Pepsi Stars Under-16 Cricket Tournament on Thursday. Dera Murad Jamali defeated Bahawalpur at Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad in their 2-day semifinal. ... Friday, May 22, 2015 Details

Van Praag drops bid for FIFA presidency

The Hague—Dutch FIFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag on Wednesday announced he was dropping his bid for the world football body’s presidency, saying he will back Jordan’s Prince Ali bin al Hussein instead against incumbent Sepp Blatter. ... Friday, May 22, 2015 Details

Court sets aside punishment given to Shoaib Akhtar

Islamabad—In its detailed order over fine of Rs7 million and ban of five years on Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar by the Pakistan Cricket Board, the Lahore High Court set aside the punishment and declared it to be without lawful authority and of no legal effect, Dawn learnt here on Wednesday. ... Friday, May 22, 2015 Details

Castro poised to join Dortmund, Schmidt extends

Berlin—Bayer Leverkusen’s Germany midfielder Gonzalo Castro is set to join Borussia Dortmund next season, according to reports, while coach Roger Schmidt has extended his contract with the Werkself. German daily Bild reported that the 27-year-old Castro is set to sign for Dortmund for next season in a deal worth 11 million euros ($12.25m), because of a buy-out clause which expires on May 25. ... Friday, May 22, 2015 Details

Indian ‘mamu’ attends Sarfraz Ahmed’s wedding in Pakistan

Mumbai—Indian “mamu” Mehboob Hasan and his entire family have reached Pakistan to attend the wedding of wicketkeeper and batsman, Sarfraz Ahmed’s wedding. Sarfraz, the vice captain of the Pakistan team got married to Syeda Khushbakht Shah in Karachi, his home town on 19th May. ... Friday, May 22, 2015 Details

Serena, Sharapova set for Paris showdown

Paris—The two biggest names and highest earners in women’s sport will set off on another collision course when the French Open gets underway at Roland Garros on Sunday. Serena Williams is a 19-time Grand Slam winner, at 33 still the undisputed queen of tennis and the top seed. ... Friday, May 22, 2015 Details

Clarke welcomes return of international cricket to Pakistan

Karachi—The President of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Giles Clarke expressed his pleasure on the arrival of first Test playing team Zimbabwe to Pakistan in six years. He also praised the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan for his diplomatic skills. ... Friday, May 22, 2015 Details

Stokes leads fightback but misses hundred

Lord’s—The day before this Test, Ben Stokes’ father, Gerard, spoke to Fairfax in New Zealand about the dilemma he would face watching his son against the country of his birth. He may have gone through emotional turmoil as the opening day at Lord’s unfolded with his boy leading a thrilling England counter-attack before falling eight runs short of a first Test hundred on home soil. ... Friday, May 22, 2015 Details

Afridi requests international teams to tour Pakistan after Zimbabwe

Islamabad—Twenty-20 Skipper Shahid Afridi has requested other international teams to tour Pakistan after the Zimbabwe tour saying Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan should be praised for his efforts in ending the six year drought of international cricket in the country. ... Friday, May 22, 2015 Details

Proposals for re-structuring of the PCB..!

AS they say the proof of pudding is in the eating. Let us evaluate only the ODI results since Mr. Najam Sethi and later on Mr. Shahryar Khan, took over the charge of the PCB: 1. Pakistan after losing all the matches, came last in the 8 nation champions trophy, played in the UK, in June-July 2013. ... Thursday, May 21, 2015 Details