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January 12, 2019 12:00 AM Heartbreak and disbelief as Murray announces retirement

MELBOURNE: Tennis ace Andy Murray’s tearful announcement Friday that he’ll be forced to retire this year prompted a volley of tributes to the man, fond recollections of a historic career and encouragement to serve up a fitting farewell. American star Andy Roddick led the tributes to the former world number one, describing his 11-time opponent as an “absolute 2

January 11, 2019 12:00 AM Fund launched for Assange

A British charity helping whistleblowers around the world on Thursday launched a legal aid fund for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, warning his expulsion from Ecuador’s embassy in London "may be imminent". The Courage Foundation said Assange’s position in the embassy, where he has been living since seeking refuge there in 2012, was "under increasingly 2

January 10, 2019 12:00 AM Japan’s Imahira receives special invitation to Masters

WASHINGTON: Japan’s Shugo Imahira, last year’s Japan Golf Tour leading money winner, has accepted a special invitation to play in this year’s Masters tournament, Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said Tuesday. The 26-year-old from suburban Tokyo will make his Masters debut after missing the cut in three prior major starts at the 2016 British Open, 2017 US Open and 2018 PGA Championship 2

January 9, 2019 9:53 AM Suspicious package sent to Pak consulate in Melbourne

SYDNEY: Pakistan’s mission in Melbourne was among the those international consulates and embassies in Australian cities that have been sent suspicious packages containing white powder, some reportedly marked with the word "asbestos", foreign media reported. “A worker at the Pakistani consulate in Melbourne opened one of the packages about 10am on Wednesday 5

January 8, 2019 12:00 AM Noor, Haris claim fourth positions in BJO events

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Noor Zaman and Haris Qasim secured fourth positions in their respective age categories in British Junior Open in Birmingham. Noor took the fourth position in the boys’ under-15 category, while Hamza Khan secured the ninth place. Haris took the fourth position in boys’ under-17 category. Farhan Hashmi grabbed the 17th place, Hassan

January 5, 2019 12:00 AM Ban on dual nationals challenged

LAHORE: A writ petition has been moved in the Lahore High Court (LHC) challenging a ban on dual nationals from holding government jobs. Pakistani-British Dr Adeel Anwar states in his petition that Pakistani citizens holding dual nationality had the right to vote, invest, marry and start businesses in Pakistan and the decision to bar them from holding 1

January 5, 2019 12:00 AM Noor reaches under-15 semis in BJO

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Noor Zaman reached the semi-finals of under-15 category in British Junior Open in Birmingham on Friday. Noor beat Mukunth GopalaKrishnana of the US 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 in their quarter-final.In the quarter-finals of under-13 category, Anas Ali Sayed was beaten by second seed Abdullah Eissa of England 6-11, 10-12, 10-12. In the pre-quarter-finals 3

January 4, 2019 12:00 AM Haris moves into BJO pre-quarters

KARACHI: Haris Qasim of Pakistan beat Andrik Lim of Malaysia 11-3, 11-3, 11-2 in the third round match of under- 17 singles in British Junior Open to move into the pre-quarter-finals, in Birmingham on Thursday. But Hassan Raza was defeated by Duncan Lee of Malaysia 9-11, 15-17, 6-11 and Farhan Hashmi was beaten by M Amir of Malaysia 13-15, 5-11, 9-11. In the second 2

January 3, 2019 12:00 AM Top seed Svitolina crashes out in Brisbane

BRISBANE: Top seed and defending champion Elina Svitolina crashed out of the Brisbane International at the hands of Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Wednesday. In a replay of last year’s final, Sasnovich reversed that result as she ousted Svitolina 6-4, 0-6, 6-3.The Belarusian displayed some breathtaking shot making in the first set before Svitolina

January 2, 2019 12:25 PM Retired Major Geoffrey Langlands passes away at the age of 101 in Lahore

Retired Major Geoffrey Langlands — revered in Pakistan and abroad for his services in the education sector — passed away in Lahore at the age of 101 years. Among Langlands' students were Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and other high-profile personalities. The premier in a tweet said he was saddened to learn of Langlands'