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March 21, 2017







WAPDA claim squash titles

KARACHI: WAPDA won titles of men’s and women’s events in Jubilee Insurance-Roshan Khan Team Championship at Roshan Khan Jahangir Khan Squash Complex here on Monday.

In men’s final, top seeded WAPDA defeated fourth seeds SNGPL by 2-0.

WAPDA’s Nasir Iqbal put WAPDA 1-0 up, beating Asim Khan by 11-3, 11-2 11-6 in only eight minutes.

Farhan Mehboob sealed the victory for WAPDA, beating Amaad Fareed by 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 in 27 minutes.

Losing semi-finalists, PAF and ZTBL, received the bronze medal.

KP defeated Punjab by 2-0 to secure fifth place.

Sindh defeated Balochistan by 2-0 to end the tournament at seventh spot.

In the women’s summit clash, top seeds WAPDA recovered from 1-0 down against second seeds SNGPL to win the title by 2-1.

WAPDA’s Riffat Khan lost to Madina Zaffar of SNGPL, who took only 18 minutes to record an 11-5, 11-5, 11-8 victory.

But WAPDA’s Sammer Anjum leveled the arrears, beating Sadia Gul by 11-5, 14-12, 5-11, 7-11, 11-8 after a marathon 47 minute encounter.

It took only 15 minutes for Muqaddas Ashraf to overpower Noor Ul Huda. She registered an 11-5, 11-3, 11-4 triumph and sealed the victory for her side. Sindh and ZTBL jointly held third position. Balochistan came fifth.


Victoria recall Fawad Ahmed for Shield final

SYDNEY: Victoria have recalled legspinner Fawad Ahmed for the Sheffield Shield final against South Australia, to be played in Alice Springs from Sunday. Ahmed has replaced fast bowler Jackson Coleman in Victoria’s 12-man squad for the decider as they aim to win the Shield title for the third consecutive summer.

Ahmed has played only one match in this year’s Shield campaign, taking five wickets against Western Australia at the same ground earlier this month. However, the conditions at Traeger Park could favour slow bowling, in which case Ahmed could form a twin spin attack with Jon Holland, who is third on the wicket tally this summer with 42 Shield wickets at 21.11.

The Victoria side will be captained by Cameron White in the continued absence of regular skipper Matthew Wade, who is with the Test squad in India.


Tokyo golf club lifts ban on women members

TOKYO: The private Japanese club picked to host golf at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics decided on Monday to lift its controversial ban on full female membership after pressure from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama prefecture, north of Tokyo, agreed to allow women members at an extraordinary board meeting on Monday, JiJi Press said.

Immediate comment from the club was not available, but the decision was welcomed by organisers of the Tokyo Games.

It came after IOC chief Thomas Bach on Friday reiterated his threat to take the golf event elsewhere, saying he was hopeful the club would opt for “non-discrimination”.

Tokyo’s female governor Yuriko Koike had also complained about the ban, saying she felt “extreme discomfort” to see women with no right to be full members in the 21st century.


Mourinho would prefer Europe glory to top-four finish

MANCHESTER: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said he would rather win the Europa League this season than finish in the top four of the Premier League, even if his side will be fighting their hardest to do both.

“If I can choose, I will choose the Europa League rather than to finish fourth because it gives us the same – Champions League football,” the 54-year-old told the club website.

“It is a trophy, it is prestige, it is Europe and it means playing a European Super Cup fixture next year.”

The Portuguese manager acknowledged the importance of a top-four finish but said the club’s rivals had a distinct advantage in not having to campaign on both European and domestic fronts heading into the final stretch of the season.

“I know Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City do not play in Europe, they only have one match per week,” he added. “But we are going to fight like we did (against Middlesbrough).”