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October 14, 2010

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October 14, 2010

Wenger hints at future role with PSG
PARIS: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted at a future role with underperforming French side Paris Saint Germain, though not as a team coach, according to a report here Wednesday.
Wenger, who hails from the Alsace region of eastern France, told the Republicain Lorrain newspaper he would not rule out a role with the French first division side.
“It’s not impossible, but it wouldn’t be in a coaching role,” Wenger said in response to recent speculation linking him with the club in the near future.
Wenger even offered a vague blueprint for the future direction of the club, which is one of France’s biggest but has failed to hit the heights.
“PSG is the only club in the world which is based in an area of 10 million inhabitants and doesn’t have any competition (from a rival club),” he added.
“What needs to be done is to get a group of investors around the table to provide the club with some financial muscle.”

Hassan cruises into Senior Tennis tourney quarters
KARACHI: Hassan Mehmood thrashed Ali Panju 6-2, 6-1 to confirm his presence in the quarter-finals of 35-plus singles event in 13th PSO International Seniors Tennis Championship here on Wednesday at Karachi Gymkhana.
Muhammed Abdul Saeed also secured his place in the quarters of the event, dispatching Reasat Ali by 6-0, 6-2 score.
Muhammed Iltifat eased into the quarterfinals after his second round opponent Shabbir Gul retired during the second round match. Iltifat was leading the match by 6-3 score.
Meanwhile, Maqsood Ismail and Khaliquz Zaman eased into the second round of 45-plus singles event after they got walkover Dawood Shah and Andro Shalakdze respectively.
Tayyab Yousuf defeated Latif Yar Khan by 6-3, 6-2 score to confirm his presence in the second round.

South Africa take title with perfect record
Potchefstroom, South Africa: South Africa took the top spot in the ODI leg of the ICC Women’s

Cricket Challenge, thrashing Netherlands by ten wickets at North-West University No 2 Ground to notch up their fifth consecutive win.
Sri Lanka prevailed over Ireland in a tense encounter at the Witrand Cricket Field, winning by two wickets to finish third in the tournament.
Stafanie Taylor reaffirmed her status as the best batsman in the tournament by making an 83 that set up West Indies for an easy victory over Pakistan. The win was West Indies’ fourth and secured them second spot, while Pakistan finished fourth after losing their final three matches.

Beckenbauer writes off title for Bayern Munich
MUNICH: Franz Beckenbauer has all but written off Bayern Munich’s chances of defending the Bundesliga title.
The honorary president of the German powerhouse says Bayern “can hardly win the championship” now that the club has fallen 13 points behind leader Mainz and sits 12th after seven rounds.
Bayern won the domestic double last season and reached the Champions League final. But injuries to key players Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery and more recently Bastian Schweinsteiger have contributed to the club’s dismal start.
“Bayern can hardly win the championship any longer. But we can still finish between the top three and five,” Beckenbauer told Sport-Bild weekly in an interview published Wednesday. “We have to make sure that the gap doesn’t get bigger by the winter break.”

Russia eyes green light for Sochi Grand Prix
MOSCOW: Russia is making a renewed bid to bring Formula One racing to Sochi with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone agreeing terms for a Grand Prix to be held in 2014, the same year the Black Sea resort hosts the Winter Olympics. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, whose backing was crucial in Sochi winning the right to host the Games, is due in the city on Thursday to sign an agreement for work to begin on the construction of a new 200 million dollar circuit. Ecclestone said that after several rounds of negotiations with the Russian authorities the conditions for the contract have been agreed.





Thorpe named ECB lead batting coach
LONDON: Graham Thorpe, the former England batsman, has been appointed the ECB national lead batting coach, replacing Dene Hills who will join Australia later this year after two years in the role.
Thorpe, 41, is one of England’s finest batsmen of recent times, scoring 6744 runs at 44.66 in 100 Tests during a 12-year career.
When his Test career ended shortly before the 2005 Ashes, Thorpe moved to Sydney to work with New South Wales as a batting coach. He became their assistant coach in 2007-08 before returning to his former club, Surrey, in 2009 to take up the position of batting coach.

Roberts arrives for Pakistan mission
By our correspondent
KARACHI: Former English footballer Graham Roberts arrived in Lahore on Wednesday and will address a press conference at 4:00pm on Thursday (today) at the FIFA Football House.
Roberts, who will serve as a coaching consultant with the Pakistan football team currently preparing in Lahore for the Asian Games to be held in China next month, is also accompanied by Klem, the CEO of the sponsors ‘Sky Sports’.

SBP to play in Quaid Trophy after 27 years
LAHORE: State Bank’s cricket team will participate in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy after 27 years.
The Quaid-e-Azam Trophy is scheduled to commence at eleven centres from October 23, 2010. A twenty-member SBP cricket team has been selected for participation in the Trophy.
State Bank will play its first match against Lahore Ravi at LCCA ground, Lahore on October 23.

AKHSS triumph in U19 Girls throwball tournament
By our correspondent
KARACHI: Aga Khan Higher Secondary School lifted the title when they defeated DHA Girls College in the final of the Fifth Sindh Under-19 Girls Throwball tournament held here at the Habib Girls School in Garden on Wednesday. The score was 25-23, 25-23 and 26-24.

BCCI files police complaint against Modi
CHENNAI: N Srinivasan, the BCCI secretary, has lodged a complaint with the Chennai police against Lalit Modi alleging criminal misappropriation of the board’s funds worth Rs 470 crore.
Chennai police commissioner T Rajendran said Srinivasan had “preferred a police complaint” against Modi, mainly relating to the allotment of media rights and free commercial rights. He said there were three main charges in what he called a detailed complaint. It was filed in Chennai because the BCCI is registered in that city.

Azad Kashmir clinch blind cricket title
KARACHI: Azad Kashmir defeated Bahawalpur by nine wickets in the final of NBP CSR ALL Pakistan Blind Cricket tournament at Drung stadium Bahawalpur on Wednesday.
Batting first, Bahawalpur were all out for 131 in 18.3 overs. In reply Azad Kashmir chased the target with nine wickets in hand. Bilal Ahmed scored 68 not out for the winners and was adjudged man of the match. Azad Kashmir received Rs50,000 and runners up Bahawalpur got Rs 25,000. In addition, special prizes of Rs10,000 were given to Bilal Ahmed, Zafar Iqbal and Waqas for outstanding performance during the tournament.

Mauripur Azad win in Inter-Club football
By our correspondent
KARACHI: Mauripur Azad FC edged out Jiye Lal FC Thatta by 4-1 in their match of the First PSO All Sindh Inter-Club Football Championship held here at the Peoples Sports Complex on Wednesday.
Saeed Baloch scored hat-trick for Mauripur Azad FC. Young Azizabad FC will face Makran Sports on Thursday (today).

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