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July 23, 2018 12:00 AM Ozil defends controversial picture

BERLIN: Footballer Mesut Ozil said Sunday he had no regrets about his controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany’s national squad ahead of the World Cup. Breaking his silence over the snapshot that caused outrage during the tournament, the Arsenal midfielder said in a statement 6

July 22, 2018 12:00 AM Warner sets sights on WC 2019

DARWIN, Australia: Banished opening batsman David Warner says he is looking to be part of Australia’s World Cup defence in England next year after his first hit-out at home on Saturday. The pugnacious Warner smacked 36 runs off 32 balls in the Northern Territory Strike League in Darwin as he searches for match practice to gear for his return to top-level 7

July 22, 2018 12:00 AM Fakhar on verge of another rare feat

LAHORE: Opener Fakhar Zaman will be looking to yet another record when Pakistan will take on Zimbabwe in the last match of the five-match series at Bulawayo on Sunday (today). The match will begin at 12:15pm. The visitors lead the five-match series 4-0. Fakhar Zaman, who became the first Pakistani batsman to score a double century in ODIs, requires just 20 runs to become 6

July 22, 2018 12:00 AM Dananjaya takes five to leave South Africa facing defeat

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya took five wickets as South Africa crumbled to 124 all out on the second day of the second Test on Saturday and facing a whitewash in the two-match series. Sri Lankan spinners ran riot on the dry pitch in Colombo after the home side made 338 with Dananjaya starring in a last-wicket stand with Rangana Herath 5

July 21, 2018 12:00 AM McKenzie to shape up Bangladesh’s batsmen

DHAKA: Bangladesh on Friday appointed former South African batsman Neil McKenzie as their new batting consultant to help shape up their woeful batting unit. Bangladesh failed to score 200 runs in any of their last six Test innings and were bowled out for 43 in an innings during the ongoing series against the West Indies.Bangladesh Cricket Board in a statement 9

July 20, 2018 9:32 AM Records tumble for Pakistan as Fakhar's double ton bolsters highest-ever total of 399

Records are tumbling for Pakistan in Bulawayo, where the green shirts on Friday smashed a record-breaking 399 runs in their innings, setting a fierce target for Zimbabwe in the fourth match of their five-match One Day International (ODI) series. The green shirts' highest-ever total, which surpasses their previous record of 385 runs against Bangladesh 10

July 20, 2018 12:00 AM Canada target Costa Rica in CONCACAF race to 2022

TORONTO: Canada have Costa Rica in their crosshairs as they begin their drive towards the 2022 World Cup but coach John Herdman says that with the right preparation they should eventually target regional heavyweights Mexico and the United States. With the buzz from the Russia World Cup still in the air, Canada was out of the starting blocks quickly by unveiling 5

July 20, 2018 12:00 AM Ireland to play Test at Lord’s next year

LONDON: England’s historic first Test match against Ireland will be played at Lord’s next July.Ireland made their Test debut against Pakistan at Malahide in May and in 2019 they will head to London for a four-day match against England at the home of cricket from July 24-27. It will be the first ever meeting between the two local rivals in the game’s 4

July 18, 2018 12:00 AM Nankana upset Lahore by 3-0 in football clash: Lahore Inter-District U-16 Boys C’ship begins

LAHORE: The competitions of Lahore Division Inter-District Under-16 Boys Championship got under way at Nishtar Park Sports Complex on Tuesday. Director Sports Hafeez Bhatti inaugurated the championship at Mini Hockey Stadium Nishtar Park Sports Complex. Muhammad Anees Sheikh and other top officials were also present on this occasion. Sports Board Punjab 4

July 18, 2018 12:00 AM Hasan’s neck muscle sprained

LAHORE: Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali got his neck muscle sprained in his unique way of celebration after taking the wicket. Hasan hobbled off the field in pain during the match against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Monday. The Pakistani swinger injured himself after scalping a wicket with a ‘bomb explosion’-type celebration. Ali launched into the celebration 5