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February 28, 2012



February 28, 2012


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Melzer trips up Raonic in Memphis final
MEMPHIS, Tennessee: Jurgen Melzer wasn’t about to let an aching toe get in the way as he faced one of the hottest players on ATP Tour, who was making a second-straight appearance in the Memphis final.
The unseeded Melzer defeated Milos Raonic 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) in the final of the $1.37 million ATP and WTA Memphis Open to capture his fourth career ATP title on Sunday.
“Who would have thought I would come here break my toe and end up winning the tournament,” Melzer said. Melzer broke the big toe on his right foot when he tripped over his bed in the hotel room on Thursday night.
He decided against putting a wrap or cast on it and went out the next day and beat top seed John Isner in the quarter-finals. Melzer, who upset Isner and third seed Radek Stepanek en route to the final, clinched Sunday’s victory in a second set tie-break when Raonic hammered a backhand into the net. The left-handed Austrian earned $278,000 in prize money for his first win since successfully defending his crown in his hometown of Vienna two years ago.

Ali wins squash quarter-final
By our correspondent
KARACHI: Top seed Ali Bokhari beat Nouman Khan in the quarter-final of PARCO 4th Roshan Khan Junior Open Squash on Monday here at Pakistan Navy Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex.
According to the results, in the boys under-19 category, Ali Bokhari beat Nouman Khan 11-6, 11-4, 11-5, Ahmed Amin defeated M Nouman 11-1, 11-3, 11-7, Ammad Fareed overpowered Bilal Zakir 10-12, 11-7, 11-3, 11-7, and Tayyab Aslam threw out Sulemmain Khan 11-0, 11-7, 11-3.
In the category of boys under-17, Babrak Khan beat Abdul Baist 9-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6, Asim Khan outwitted Imam Sher Khan 11-7, 11-9, 11-5, Salman Zeb overcame Ali Nasir 11-7, 11-1, 11-2, and Safiullah Kakar thrashed Ali Imran 11-9, 13-11, 12-10.
The results for the category of boys under-15 were: Rishwan beat Javed Ali 12-10, 9-11, 11-5,

12-10, Zeeshan Khan outsmarted Junaid Muzaffar Thoker (India) 11-7, 11-6, 11-7, Abbas Shoukat outfoxed Umar Allauddin 11-8, 8-11, 15-13, 11-9 and Ahsan Ayaz defeated Ranjeet Singh 11-7, 11-5, 11-7. The championship ends on February 29.

BUMDC thrash ZMU in AKU cricket tourney
KARACHI: Bahria University Medical and Dental College (BUMDC) recorded a formidable nine-wicket win over Ziauddin Medical University (ZMU) in the 10th AKU All Karachi Inter-Medical College T20 Cricket Tournament here at AKU Sports Centre.
ZMU put on board 152-7 in the allotted 20 overs. Nizam Shaikh (42 not out) top scored for the side. Shahbaz Khan and Asghar Khan captured two wickets each for BUMDC.
BUMDC easily achieved the target in the 16th over with nine wickets in hand. Shabaz Khan hit an unbeaten century which came off only 51 balls. He smashed six sixes and nine boundaries.

Del Potro cruises to Marseille title
MARSEILLE, France: Argentinian Juan Martin Del Potro made up for his defeat in the Rotterdam final last Sunday by taking the Marseille event on Sunday for his 10th career title, defeating Frenchman Michael Llodra, 6-4, 6-4.
The number four seed, beaten by Roger Federer in the Netherlands last weekend, broke Llodra once in each set to wrap up the final victory in 83 minutes. The Argentine increased his undefeated record against the 2010 champion to a 3-0 mark, having also claimed their first-round encounter at Rotterdam last week. Sunday’s win was also Del Potro’s first indoor crown, after finishing runner-up in his previous finals.

Aussie Siddle signs for Essex
LONDON: Australian bowler Peter Siddle has signed with English county Essex for the summer Twenty-20 campaign, subject to clearance from Cricket Australia, the club said on Monday. The 27-year-old Siddle will join up with the squad for the opening game of the competition on June 13 against Surrey Lions. “We are delighted to have signed Australia’s premier bowler in Test cricket,” Essex head coach Paul Grayson said, describing his new capture as a “world-class bowler.” Grayson added: “Australia are looking to keep him fresh for their schedule and for Peter this will be a chance for him to enhance his one-day skills.”

Burma Mohammadan win in football tourney
KARACHI: Burma Mohammadan recovered from 0-1 down to record a 2-1 win over Kalri Star in the 9th UBL Omni Karachi United Football League here at Korangi Baloch Stadium on Monday.
Shaheen Baloch scored for Kalri Star, but Burma Mohammadan bounced back in the match through Abdul Rahim, who scored twice to put his side 2-1 ahead before the final whistle. On Tuesday, FC Rovers will face Irfan Memorial at Korangi Baloch Stadium.

Rangers gets £50,000 fine over chairman
LONDON: Crisis-hit Scottish football champions Rangers has been fined 50,000 pounds by the stock market on which it is listed, for failing to disclose that chairman Craig Whyte had previously been disqualified from serving as a company director. The fine was a further financial blow to Glasgow club Rangers, which went into administration earlier this month over 9 million pounds in unpaid payroll and sales taxes.

Ferrer beats Almagro for Buenos Aires title
BUENOS AIRES: Spanish top seed David Ferrer defeated second-seeded compatriot, and defending champion, Nicolas Almagro 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday to win the Buenos Aires claycourt title. It was Ferrer’s ninth successive victory over Almagro and ended his fellow Spaniard’s 10-match win streak. Ferrer is the second two-time winner on the ATP World Tour this season, joining Milos Raonic.

Dr Shah inaugurates tennis court in Dadu
KARACHI: Sindh sports minister Dr Muhammad Ali Shah inaugurated a tennis court at Benazeer Sports Complex in Dadu on Sunday. Sindh Tennis Association (STA) Senior Vice President Khwaja Saeed Hai, Secretary Muhammed Khalid, Sarwar Hussain and Fahim Ramzan were also present.

Noor completes ‘Peace Cycling Tour’
KARACHI: International adventure cyclist Noor-ul-Aziz completed his Peace Cycling Tour of Pakistan on Sunday. A Spain-based Pakistani, Noor made a tour of Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta this month. “My aim through this peace tour of the major cities of Pakistan was to send a soft image of the country across the world,” said Noor.




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