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Waqar questions timing of ICC crackdown on chucking

Karachi—Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has questioned the timing of cricket authorities´ crackdown against chucking just months away from the World Cup, and suggested that rules on bowling actions be relaxed for spinners. In an interview with AFP, the former pace great said key all rounder Mohammed Hafeez´s confidence was left shattered after he was reported for a suspect action in an Indian domestic tournament, a fresh blow to Pakistan following the loss of Saeed Ajmal to a chucking ban. ... Wednesday, October 01, 2014 Details

Pakistan went down 23-11 against India in Kabbadi

Incheon (South Korea)—Pakistan grapplers despite a narrow win in the second half, went down 23-11 against old adversary and defending champion India in their third and final league encountyer of XVII Asian Games Kabbadi at Songodo Gymnasium court on Tuesday. Indians who had been dominating the sport since it was launched in 1990 Beijing Asiad , dominated in the first period thanks to a brilliant tactical and technical game and spectcacular show from Jasbir Singh. ... Wednesday, October 01, 2014 Details

Pakistan, India to face-off in Asian Games hockey final

Incheon—Pakistan defeated Malaysia in the Men’s Hockey semi-final on Tuesday, enabling the defending champions to face arch-rival India in the final on Thursday October 2. Pakistan won 6-5 as the match entered the penalty shoot-out stage and is now set to face India — who beat South Korea in the other semi-final — in the final. India has earned the spot in the finals of the Asian Games after 12 years, when it was defeated by South Korea 4-3 in 2002. ... Wednesday, October 01, 2014 Details

Hong Kong routs Pakistan 72-0 in Asian Games Rugby

Incheon—Hong Kong humiliated minnows Pakistan by whooping margin of 72-0 in their opening group match in XVII Asian Games Rugby here at the Namdong Asiad Rugby Field on Tuesday. Pakistan players lacked required technique, tactics and power and were annihilated by Hong Kong team in the both the halves. Hong Kong led 25-0 at the breather and added 47 more goals in the second to make hapless Pakistan players struggle. ... Wednesday, October 01, 2014 Details

South African name full-strength squad

Johannesburg—South Africa have named a full-strength squad for what will effectively be World Cup rehearsal tours of New Zealand and Australia, starting next month. South Africa will play three one-day internationals in New Zealand and five in Australia. The two countries are co-hosts of the Cricket World Cup in February and March next year. During the forthcoming tour, South Africa will play at four of the venues they will be using during the World Cup. ... Wednesday, October 01, 2014 Details

Team Pakistan departs for Dubai today

Lahore—The Pakistan T20 and ODI team is leaving Wednesday (today), October 1, 2014, on a morning flight to Dubai for one Twenty20 International match and three one-day internationals in its home series against Australia in the UAE. The rubber commences on October 5, 2014 with the only T20I. ... Wednesday, October 01, 2014 Details

German Foda back in Sturm Graz saddle

Vienna—German Franco Foda has been renamed as coach of Austrian first division club Sturm Graz, manager-less since Darko Milanic left for Leeds. Foda, 48, led Sturm Graz to the Austrian title in 2011 while enjoying a six year spell at the helm between 2006-2012. ... Wednesday, October 01, 2014 Details

Iraqi weightlifter caught doping at Asiad

Incheon—An Iraqi weightlifter has failed a dope test and been kicked out of the Asian Games, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said Tuesday. Mohammed al Aifuri, who came seventh in the men’s super-heavyweight +105kg category this week, was the second test failure announced Tuesday and the fourth since the start of the 15-day Games. ... Wednesday, October 01, 2014 Details

CLT20: Marsh, Hogg knock Lions out

Bangalore—A must-win pressure-cooker contest for a team, an improbable equation from the outset, then a lost toss, a batting collapse, a seriously underwhelming total of 124, followed by an even more challenging task - to hold the opposition to 78. For most, it would have been a lost cause. But when it’s a team from Pakistan, one almost expects a miracle every single time. ... Wednesday, October 01, 2014 Details

Wu golden as China’s divers seek perfect 10

Incheon (South Korea)—Multiple Olympic champion Wu Minxia combined with partner Shi Tingmao as China successfully opened their bid to retain all 10 Asian Games diving gold medals on Monday. Wu, who will be 29 in November, and Shi easily won the first diving event, the women’s synchronised 3m springboard, to build on their gold medal success at last year’s world championships in Barcelona. Chen Aisen and Zhang Yangquan added the men’s synchronised 10m platform title for China in the day’s other event with 462.90 points. ... Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Details

‘African’ athletes in Asia a double-edged sword

Incheon (South Korea)—The growing number of African-born athletes competing under Asian flags could discourage the development of home-grown talent, the Olympic Council of Asia said on Monday, but also suggested their success may help raise regional standards. Several oil-rich Gulf states including Bahrain, Qatar and United Arab Emirates have achieved overnight athletics success by recruiting fleet-footed young Africans, who are free to compete at international level after meeting eligibility and residency requirements. Excluding two race walking events, five of the seven track gold medals won in the first two days of the athletics competition at the Asian Games have been won by runners born in Africa who have switched allegiance. ... Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Details

Medal hopes as Pakistan Kabbadi team reaches semis

Incheon (South Korea)—Pakistan Kabbadi team maintained their superiority over Bangladesh as they thrashed their opponents 24-11 and advanced in the semi-final 17th Asian Games at Songdo Global University Gymnasium on Monday. 2010 Bronze medalist Pakistan with their second win confirmed their entry into the semis after overwhelming Thailand the previous day. ... Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Details

Magomed routs Bilal in Asian Games wrestling

Incheon (South Korea)—Pakistan’s Muhammad Bilal Hussain was hammered 0-10 by Magomed Mausev of Kyrgyzstan in his 97 KG freestyle opening round bout in the 17th Asian Game at Dowon Gymnasium on Sunday. ... Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Details

Pakistan Volleyball team beat Turkmenistan in Asian Games

Incheon (South Korea)—Pakistan volleyball team ended their outing in the 17th Asian Game when they defeated Turkmenistan 3-0 in the classification match at Ansan Sangroksu Gymnasium on Sunday. Spectacular shooter Ajmal Khan was the architect of Pakistan’s 30-28, 25-23, 25-18 exciting triumph. He was well supported by Murad Jahan (15), Muhammad Ismail Khan (11) and Mohib Rasool. ... Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Details

Pakistan clash Malaysia in Asiad hockey semis today

Incheon (South Korea)—After a superb show in the league rounds, Pakistan’s stern test start on Tuesday evening under lights when they clash Malaysia in the second semifinal of Asian Games Hockey Tournament here at the Seonhak Stadium. Earlier in the first semifinals, India will be pitted against the hosts South Korea, which was contended with fourth position in Guangzhou Asian Games four years ago. Pakistan defeated Malaysia in the previous Asiad final in China 2-0 to win their first gold after 20 years. World hockey’s highest scorer Sohail Abbas and Rehan Butt scored the match winning goals in Guangzhou. ... Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Details

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