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Testicle-biting dogs for England hooligans: media
KRAKOW, Poland: From testicle-biting police dogs to sonic cannons capable of inducing involuntary urination, Polish anti-hooligan squads have an array of weapons ready for potential trouble-makers at Euro 2012.
The English-language Krakow Post newspaper asserted in an editorial that local law enforcement agencies were more than ready to tackle any hooligan threat at England’s southern Poland base camp.
“The Polish police are going to come down on troublemakers like a bag full of anvils and you don’t want to be there when it happens,” the paper warned.
“Krakow has a long history of hooligan violence — the local police have seen it all before and they will ruin your day if you try it on.
“These lads’ mums and dads rioted under Soviet machine guns — a few chairs thrown by beered-up fans is not going to intimidate them. Do not expect softly, softly police tactics.
“Poland’s anti-hooligan squads are armed with: Shotguns firing baton rounds that probably won’t kill you as long as you’re 30m away, a truck-mounted water cannon affectionately known as ‘the typhoon’, a high-tech sonic cannon that can make you wet yourself on its lowest setting, dogs trained to bite you directly in the testicles.”
Maroof Trophy gets underway
By our correspondent
KARACHI: The 1st qualifying round matches were played on the first day of 4th Maroof Trophy Ranking Tennis Championship at the Defence Club.
On Thursday, in the men’s singles Fahim Ramzan beat Ayaz Khan 6-0, 6-1, Saad Noor Sumar prevailed over Bilal Soomro 6-3, 6-2, Nazif ahmed won against Salman Butt 3-6, 2-1 (retired), Abdullah Khan thrashed Shahzaib Nasir 6-2, 6-2, and Malik Hamza got a walk-over against Farhan Hafiz.
Farzan Azher moved into the main rounds in the category of juniors U17 singles qualifying round by beating Neha Khan 6-0, 6-0. The results of the 1st qualifying round for boys and girls U-15 singles were: Romman Shoaib beat M Khizer Imran 8-4, Essa Admani defeated Dawood Admani 8-4, M. Noman smashed Usman Alvi 8-4, and M Ameer Hamza got a walk over against Taha Ahmed.
Rooney insists England can challenge at Euros
KRAKOW, Poland: Wayne Rooney insists England can mount a serious challenge at the European Championship despite the mood of pessimism surrounding Roy Hodgson’s injury-hit squad.
Injuries to key players and a suspension which rules Rooney out of England’s opening two games have left many observers thinking Hodgson’s men will do well merely to advance from Group D.
However Manchester United star Rooney is refusing to write off England’s chances as they prepare for Monday’s daunting opener with in-form France after touching down at their Krakow base camp on Wednesday.
“We are trying and no-one should even think we are just turning up,” the 26-year-old told the BBC’s Football Focus in an interview.
National Scrabble Championship begins today
By our correspondent
KARACHI: Around 40 players from all over the country will compete in the Masters category of the 24th National Scrabble Championship starting here at DHA Model High School on Friday (tomorrow).
Veteran Rashid Khan will be defending his title which he had claimed after dethroning 23-year-old Waseem Khatri last year. A gruelling 27 rounds will be played by each player making it the longest and the toughest national championship ever.
The highlight of this year’s championship is that it will be the first-ever internationally rated scrabble tournament in the country as the governing body of international scrabble had recently approved the international rating of Pakistan’s national championship.
Arabian Sea T20 Cup from June 23
KARACHI: The inaugural Arabian Sea Country Club T20 Cricket Tournament will be played at Arabian Sea Country Club Cricket Ground from June 23 to July 8, organisers announced here on Thursday.
Eight of the country’s top teams including Habib Bank,National Bank of Pakistan, Customs, State Bank of Pakistan, OmarAssociates, Medicam, and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) will be taking part in the event.
Participating teams will be drawn in two groups and the top two teams will qualify for the super league.
The event is being staged under the patronage of Chief Executive of ASCC and former Chief Executive of Pakistan Cricket Board Arif Ali Khan Abbasi.
Ribery fails to see funny side of Platini joke
DONETSK, Ukraine: French playmaker Franck Ribery had a sense of humour failure here on Thursday when he was asked what he thought of UEFA president Michel Platini’s joke that France could win the Euro 2012 title if they got off the bus.
Platini’s remark at his press conference on Wednesday was in reference to the French debacle at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa which reached its nadir when the squad went on strike in protest at the expulsion of Nicolas Anelka and stayed on the bus.
However, Ribery, who was one of the senior players in that squad, did not evidently find the remark amusing and even less so to be asked his reaction to it.
Aussie swimmers come under fire for gun photos
MELBOURNE: Controversial duo Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk will meet with Swimming Australia (SAL) officials to explain their actions after being forced to remove pictures of themselves posing with guns on their social media accounts.
The duo will speak with SAL officials after they arrive back in Australia from the United States, where the team was training prior to the London Olympics at the end of July.
“These postings today are foolish and clearly inappropriate for members of the 2012 Australian Olympic Team,” the Australian Olympic Committee said in a statement on Thursday.
Loew angry at Boateng’s late-night tryst
GDANSK, Poland: Germany coach Joachim Loew has said defender Jerome Boateng ‘owes’ the team as the Bayern Munich star battles to make the starting line-up to face Portugal in their opening Euro 2012 match on Saturday.
Boateng hit the headlines in Germany at the start of the week after he was photographed in a late-night tryst with glamour model Gina-Lisa Lohfink, 25, in a Berlin hotel shortly before the German team met to fly to Poland on Monday.
Spanish coach Preciado dies of heart-attack aged 54
MADRID: Spanish coach Manuel Preciado died of a heart-attack in Valencia aged 54 on Thursday, his former club Sporting Gijon said in a statement on their website.
Preciado had recently agreed a deal to take the reigns at relegated Villarreal for next season and was scheduled to be presented at the Madrigal on Friday.