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February 14, 2011

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February 14, 2011

PBF gears up to organise second SBBIBT in July
KARACHI: After being assured by the governmental authorities to go on with their plans of organising the second edition of the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Inter Boxing Tournament, the Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) is looking forward to invite as many countries as it could for the tournament.
The first edition of the event was organised last year in January at KPT Sports Complex. The second edition would be held at Liaquat Gymnasium, Islamabad in the month of July.
“We have been assured by PSB and sports minister Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani of their full support in the successful holding of the second edition of SBBIBT. Sports minister has asked us to hold the mega-event in Islamabad instead of Karachi, so now we would be holding the event in Islamabad,” PBF secretary Akram Khan told PPI.
He added that within a day or two, PBF would receive the official letter from the government authorities to start our preparation for the tournament.

WAPDA win inaugural women’s cycling event
By our correspondent
KARACHI: WAPDA won the First National Women Cycling Championship while Army ended as runners-up at Kasur on Sunday.
WAPDA earned the crown with 71 points while Army secured 66 points to end as runners-up, followed by Punjab with 25 points. Six teams from across the country took part in the one-day event.
As per details, in 10km individual road race, Sabiah Nisar from Army took gold, international Raheela Bano from WAPDA claimed silver while Asima from Punjab lifted bronze.
In 20km team road time trial, WAPDA picked gold, followed by Army and Punjab with silver and bronze medals respectively.
In 20km road race, Sabiah Nisar from Army picked gold, followed by Raheela Bano from WAPDA with silver and Sajia from Army with bronze medal.

City School, Lyceum to face off in BB tourney final
KARACHI: The City School (PAF Chapter) and Lyceum cruised into the final of 9th AKU Inter

School/Collegiate Basketball Tournament after winning their respective saemifinals here at AKU Sports Centre Gymnasium.
The City School recorded a formidable 61-43 triumph against DA Public School in the semifinal encounter.
Meanwhile, Lyceum School trounced Karachi Grammar School registering a convincing 54-35 victory. The final will be played on Monday (today) at the AKU Sports Centre Gymnasium.

Hantuchova ends title drought in Pattaya
PATTAYA, Thailand: Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia won her fourth WTA singles title on Sunday with a crushing 6-0, 6-2 victory over Italy’s Sara Errani at the Pattaya Open.
The number-four seed took just one hour and 16 minutes to defeat Errani, breaking serve six times to end a more than three-year title drought.
The leggy Slovakian did not lose a single set on her path to victory, knocking out defending champion Vera Zvonareva of Russia in a stunning straight sets semifinal win.

Verdasco to face Raonic in San Jose final
SAN JOSE, California: Defending champion Fernando Verdasco will face unseeded Canadian Milos Raonic in Sunday’s final of the 600,000-dollar ATP SAP Open after defeating Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-4.
Top seed Verdasco needed one hour and 36 minutes on Saturday to beat del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion who was playing his first semifinal in more than a year.

Kvitova beats Clijsters to win Paris Open
PARIS: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic continued her impressive season with victory over Belgium’s Kim Clijsters in the final of the Paris Open on Sunday.
World number 18 Kvitova won the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 to add a famous scalp to her growing list.

Trinity College clinch netball title
By our correspondent
KARACHI: Trinity College clinched the Minority Netball tournament title after beating Peifen Club in the final at the Mini Sports Complex here on Sunday.
Trinity College were in dominant throughout as they gave almost no chance to their opponents to make a comeback at any stage, to seal a 13-7 victory.

Soderling retains Rotterdam title
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands: French Open finalist Robin Soderling retained his ATP Rotterdam title with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 defeat of France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga here on Sunday.
World number four Soderling, the top seed, ran his record over Tsonga to 4-0 after losing his first set in the series.

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