Mourinho Questions Man Utd’s Drop into Europa League

London, Dec 9 (AFP/APP): Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says former club Manchester United will be among the favourites to win the Europa League, but questioned the way in which sides who fail to qualify for the Champions League last 16 drop into the competition. United will enter the second-tier European competition at the last 32 after losing 3-2 at RB Leipzig in their final Champions League group game Tuesday.

Shoaib Naveed Not to Seek Extension to Contract

Lahore, 9 December 2020: Pakistan Cricket Board today confirmed PSL Project Executive Mr Shoaib Naveed will not be seeking an extension to his contract when it expires on 23 December. Shoaib had joined the PCB last year and was instrumental in the successful planning and delivery of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020, which was staged in Pakistan from start to finish.

Punjab Sports Minister Meets Bilal Erdoğan

LAHORE (Dec 9, 2020): Punjab Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti and his delegation had a meeting with Bilal Erdoğan, the son of Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan in İstanbul on Wednesday. The promotion of traditional sports between the two countries was discussed at length during the meeting. Both the delegations agreed to enhance mutual efforts for the promotion of sports.

Johnson Heads to Brussels as Time Runs Out for Brexit Deal

Brussels, Dec 7 (AFP/APP): Boris Johnson will head to Brussels in a bid to save dying hopes of a post-Brexit trade pact, after the latest round of negotiations broke up Monday without agreement. Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier and UK counterpart David Frost have talked for eight months but remain divided over fishing rights, rules for fair trade and an enforcement mechanism for regulatory standards.

England beat France in sudden death of Autumn Nations Cup final

Twickenham, United Kingdom, Dec 6 (AFP/APP): England beat France 22-19 in sudden death of a dramatic Autumn Nations Cup final at Twickenham on Sunday. France, who saw full-back Brice Dulin score a fine first-half try, were leading 19-12 when, in the final minute of normal time, England replacement Luke Cowan-Dickie forced his way over their line from close range.

Serie A Match Postponed Because of Rain

Rome, Dec 6 (AFP/APP): Sunday's Serie A match between Udinese and Atalanta was postponed after heavy rain made the pitch unplayable. The referee initially delayed the 1400GMT kick-off but almost an hour later called off the game as rain fell harder with no sight of improvement. It could be a blessing in disguise for Atalanta, several of whose key players have been showing signs of fatigue.

COVID19 Cancels England Match in South Africa; Tour Under Threat

Paarl, South Africa, Dec 6 (AFP/APP): Two members of England’s touring party in South Africa have returned unconfirmed positives for Covid-19, forcing Sunday's ODI to be cancelled and placing the rest of the tour in jeopardy. The match in Paarl was to have opened the series after Friday's scheduled first match in Cape Town was scrapped just before play after a South African player tested positive.

Bezuidenhout Set for Second Straight European Tour Victory

Sun City, South Africa, Dec 5 (AFP/APP): Christiaan Bezuidenhout is poised for back-to-back European Tour triumphs after a third straight 67 gave him a five-shot lead Saturday after three rounds of the South African Open at Sun City. The 26-year-old, who won the Alfred Dunhill Championship last Sunday, tops the leaderboard on 201, five shots ahead of fellow South African Dylan Frittelli (70) and Wales' Jamie Donaldson (72).

Wales’ Johnny Williams out of Nations Cup play-off against Italy

Llanelli, United Kingdom, Dec 5 (AFP/APP): Wales centre Johnny Williams was ruled out of their Autumn Nations Cup fifth-place play-off against Italy shortly before kick-off in Llanelli on Saturday with a calf injury. Williams' place in midfield has now been taken by experienced international Jonathan Davies, his Scarlets team-mate.

Salman Ali Agha fined 40% match-fee for showing dissent

Karachi, 5 December 2020: Southern Punjab’s Salman Ali Agha has been fined 40 percent match-fee for breaching the PCB Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel during his side’s six wickets defeat against Northern in the four-day Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match at the UBL Sports Complex. Salman was found to have violated Article 2.8 of PCB Code of Conduct: “Showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during a Match”.

Evans’ Rally World Title on Knife-Edge at Monza

Monza, Italy, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): Toyota's Sebastien Ogier was third with his world rally title rival Elfyn Evans poised just five seconds off the pace after Friday's breakneck racing at a frozen and foggy Monza. Welsh driver Evans leads his Toyota teammate by 14 points in the season standings and only needs to finish fourth or better to deny Ogier a seventh world crown.

In-Form Bezuidenhout Among Six Leading South African Open

Sun City, South Africa, Dec 3 (AFP/APP): Christiaan Bezuidenhout carried the form which won him the Alfred Dunhill Championship last weekend into the South African Open on Thursday, firing a lead-sharing 67 in the first round. His five-under-par round over the Gary Player Country Club at the Sun City resort in northwestern South Africa was matched by five other golfers in the European Tour/Sunshine Tour co-sanctioned event.

Australia Move to Top of Cricket World Cup Super League Table

2nd December, 2020: AUSTRALIA MOVE TO THE TOP OF THE ICC MEN'S CRICKET WORLD CUP SUPER LEAGUE TABLE The Aaron Finch-led Australia side has moved to the top of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League points table following their 2-1 victory over India. Hosts Australia beat India 2-1 series win and have jumped to No.1 in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League with 40 points.

Johnny Williams Urges Wales Fans to Keep Faith

Llanelli, United Kingdom, Nov 29 (AFP/APP): Johnny Williams pleaded for patience from Wales fans following another loss under coach Wayne Pivac. Saturday's 24-13 Autumn Nations Cup defeat by England in Llanelli was Wales' seventh loss in nine Tests since Pivac succeeded Warren Gatland, his fellow New Zealander, as coach after last year's World Cup.

PCB Blasters Fined for Maintaining Slow Over-Rate

Rawalpindi, 29 November 2020: PCB Blasters have been fined PKR10,000 for maintaining a slow over-rate during their National Triangular T20 Women's Cricket Championship match against PCB Challengers at Pindi Cricket Stadium on Saturday. PCB Blasters were one over short of their target after taking into account time allowances and, as such, were charged under Article 2.22 of the PCB’s Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel

Newage Cables Lahore Garrison Polo Championship: Master Paints Win Title

By Sohail Ali LAHORE, Nov 28 (APP): Master Paints clinched the title in the Newage Cables Lahore Garrison Polo Championship 2020 after overpowering Pricemeter.pk in the final played here at the Jinnah Polo and Country Club (JP&CC) on Saturday. The final between Master Paints and Pricemeter.pk proved to be a very challenging and exciting one and after a tough battle, Master Paints succeeded in winning the final 9-6.

Pakistan’s Sultan Shah & Maher Yousaf Elected on Key WBCL Positions

ISLAMABAD, Nov 28 (APP): The 22nd Annual General Meeting of World Blind Cricket Ltd that took place on Saturday through video link, elected executive committee members for the next two-year term. Representatives from the ten full member countries participated in the meeting. Syed Sultan Shah has been elected unopposed as the President of WBCL for the term, while Maher Yousaf Haroon was elected as Director Technical.

Verstappen Beats Hamilton in Final Bahrain Practice

Manama, Nov 28 (AFP/APP): Max Verstappen topped the times ahead of Lewis Hamilton in Saturday morning's third and final practice at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver clocked a best lap of one minute and 28 355 seconds in the closing minutes to outpace Mercedes' newly-crowned seven-time champion by 0.263 seconds. Valtteri Bottas, in the second 'black arrow', was third behind his team-mate.

Another member of the New Zealand national squad tests positive?

According to Baaghi TV, another member of the New Zealand National Squad tested positive for Corona. According to the New Zealand Authority, the victim was quarantined after the interview. The number of Pakistan team corona test positive has reached seven. However, the results of the players who tested positive in the first Covid-19 test have not been reported yet.

Shoaib Makes it to Tennis Final

ISLAMABAD, Nov 27 (APP): Pakistan’s Muhammad Shoaib outplayed Roy Keegan of Great Britain and moved in the boy’s singles final of the General Tyre ITF J5 Junior Tennis Championships here at the PTF Complex. Shoaib beat Roy by 6-2, 6-1 in the first semifinal of the boy’s singles while Rohan Belday of USA defeated Hamid Israr of Pakistan by 6-3, 6-2.

New Zealand Down West Indies in ‘Topsy-Turvy’ Opening T20

Auckland, Nov 27 (AFP/APP): Paceman Lockie Ferguson unleashed a devastating five-wicket barrage as New Zealand downed the West Indies in a roller coaster Twenty20 series opener in Auckland on Friday. The match -- the first international cricket played in New Zealand for almost nine months -- produced a nail-biting finale as the Black Caps reached 179-5 in the final over after being set a target of 176.

Sindh to take on Northern in National U19 Tournament Final

Lahore, 27 November 2020: Defending Champions Sindh U19 will take on table-toppers Northern in the National U19 Three-Day Tournament final, a four-day affair, at Rawalpindi’s KRL Stadium from 28 November. Both sides had met in the final of last edition, in which Sindh came out victorious by a seven-wicket margin. Aamir Ali was the star performer, taking eleven wickets for 133 runs.

Tokyo Olympics Test Events to Resume in March

Tokyo, Nov 27 (AFP/APP): Tokyo Olympics test events will resume in March and a decision on fan attendance will come in the spring, an official said on Friday, as preparations continued for the postponed Games despite ongoing coronavirus fears. Most of the test events, which function as dress rehearsals for each sport, had already taken place before the Games were delayed in March, but 18 remain.  

New Zealand Beat West Indies in First T20I

Auckland, Nov 27 (AFP/APP): New Zealand defeated the West Indies by five wickets in a rain-affected first Twenty20 international at Auckland's Eden Park on Friday. The Black Caps finished on 179-5 after being set a target of 176 in a match where the innings were reduced to 16 overs because of persistent showers. New Zealand bowler Lockie Ferguson was match of the match after claiming a career-best haul of 5-21.

Former Olympian Akhtar Rasool tested positive for COVID-19

LAHORE (November 27, 2020): Pakistan’s former hockey player and Olympian Akhtar Rasool has tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday (today). According to Akhtar Rasool’s brother Khalid Iqbal, Akhtar is suffering from coronavirus and has been undergoing treatment in a private hospital for the last 11 days. Leading Olympian Akhtar Rasool, 66, is the former captain of Pakistan’s national hockey team

Maradona was There for Me in Tough Times: Mourinho

London, Nov 27 (AFP/APP): Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho revealed that Diego Maradona would call him after defeats, paying a warm tribute to the late Argentine great with a "big, big" heart. The World Cup winner died from a heart attack on Wednesday aged 60. "I spent the day telling stories to my guys about him and the time we spent together and that's the guy I miss."

Botham’s Grandson Starts for Wales Against England

Cardiff, United Kingdom, Nov 26 (AFP/APP): The grandson of England cricket great Ian Botham will be in Wales' starting line-up when they face England in an Autumn Nations Cup rugby union international at Llanelli on Saturday. Cardiff flanker James Botham, who made his Test debut in last weekend's win over Georgia -- a result that ended a run of six straight defeats for Wales -- retains his place.

Argentina & The World of Football Mourn Maradona

Buenos Aires, Nov 26 (AFP/APP): Thousands of Argentines filed past Diego Maradona's coffin in Buenos Aires on Thursday after the country and the football world plunged into mourning by his death at 60. Many in tears and many wearing the WorldCup winner's number 10 Argentina jersey, gathered at the Casa Rosada presidential palace where the national hero's coffin was draped in the sky blue and white Argentine flag.

Six Pakistani cricketers touring New Zealand test COVID positive

Six members of the Pakistan cricket team touring New Zealand have tested COVID19 positive, the country’s cricket board said on Thursday, throwing preparations for the five-match series into turmoil and causing a scare in a country that has largely eradicated the virus. The squad’s “exemption to train while in managed isolation has been put on hold until investigations have been completed”, the governing body said.