Dubai Championships: Serena Williams suffers shock defeat

DUBAI: Alize Cornet scored her first career victory over a No. 1 player when she upset Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the Dubai Championships semifinals. The 26th-ranked Cornet’s win ruined the chances of a first all-Williams final anywhere since 2009. Venus Williams defeated eighth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-2 earlier. Cornet, looking for her fourth career […]

Friendship Football cup: Poonch rout Rajouri 5-0 in lopsided encounter

Poonch: Poonch football team thumped inexperienced Rajouri football team 5-0 in a lopsided  exhibition match of Friendship Football Cup played at here. SSP Poonch Shamsheer Hussain was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The  SSP said that Poonch and Rajouri are blessed with huge talent , so more and more opportunities should be created in […]

JKCA announce 16-member squads for limited overs’ formats

JKCA announce 16-member squads for limited overs’ formats

By Rafiq A Wani SRINAGAR: The five member selection committee of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association Friday announced 16-member squads for their limited overs’ leg of 2013-14 season. The squads were announced after a series of trial matches were held in Jammu in the buildup to Vijay Hazare Trophy One-Day Championship that precedes the inter-state […]

Totally unbiased selection, teams picked on merit: Chairman Selection Committee

By Rafiq A Wani SRINAGAR: Chairman Selection Committee Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association Abdur Rauf termed the 16-member squads that his five member team picked as “balanced” and ones that can do big things on the field. Rauf, a former first class cricketer who represented J&K in the ‘70s and ‘80s, said that the teams […]

JKFA hails Taj for securing hosting rights for mega soccer events

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Football Association, the custodians of the sport in the state, have hailed Sports Minister Taj Mohidin, for putting efforts to secure hosting rights of a high profile soccer tournament that will be held in the Valley this year. The J&K sports minister said on Thursday that Centre had agreed suggestion of […]

Afridi suffers minor injury

LAHORE: Pakistan’s flamboyant all-Rounder Shahid Khan Afridi suffered a minor injury after being hit with the ball on the face during practice match on Thursday. Afridi, who alongwith his teammates, was playing a practice match as part of their preparation for Asia Cup to be held in Bangladesh, was hit on a cheek by a […]

SRK to buy soccer team

KOLKATA: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan says he wants to buy a football team, which will take part in the proposed IPL-style football league, promoted by All India Football Federation (AIFF) and IMG-Reliance. “I am interested in buying stakes in the football league. If the football team happens then it is for Kolkata. We have limited […]

Any team can win Asia Cup: Mohammad Akram

Lahore: Pakistan’s bowling coach Mohammad Akram has said that the upcoming Asia Cup in Bangladesh will be a tough assignment for all teams and not just arch-rivals India but minnows Afghanistan too can pose serious threats on batsman-friendly conditions. Akram, a former Test pacer who has been given a new two-year contract by the Pakistan […]

Injured Dhoni out of Asia Cup

MUMBAI: Under-fire Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was Thursday ruled out of the upcoming Asia Cup cricket tournament due to a side-strain injury that he suffered during the second Test in New Zealand, paving the way for Virat Kohli to lead the side. “MS Dhoni has been ruled out of the forthcoming Asia Cup, to […]

‘India will be a potent force in tournament’

Lahore: Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas on Thursday said that India should not be judged on the basis of their poor performances in the recent tours of South Africa and New Zealand as they would be a potent force for the upcoming Asia Cup in Bangladesh. “It would be a mistake to judge the Indian […]