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July 15, 2018 12:00 AM Pacquiao ready to regain WBA title

KUALA LUMPUR: Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao weighed in Saturday comfortably under the 147-pound (67-kilogramme) limit and said he was “ready” to win back the welterweight belt against WBA champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina. Pacquiao, the only man to have won world titles in eight weight divisions in a glittering 23-year career, tipped the scales

July 14, 2018 12:00 AM Brathwaite, Hetmyer put WI in command

KINGSTON: Kraigg Brathwaite’s second consecutive century helped West Indies establish early dominance on the opening day’s play here in Kingston. West Indies went to stumps comfortably-placed at 295 for 4, having accumulated runs at 4.85 per over in the post-tea session: a significant jump from 2.25 and 2.83 in the first two sessions respectively. Brathwaite 2

July 14, 2018 12:00 AM Zameer hails NBP’s decision to bring back Iqbal Qasim

KARACHI: Renowned football organiser Zameer-ul-Islam has welcomed the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) decision to bring back former Test cricketer Iqbal Qasim as its sports chief. “Iqbal had a glorious career as NBP’s sports head and his return to the same seat after his retirement will further boost the bank’s sports in particular and the rest of the sports 1

July 12, 2018 12:59 AM Trade gap hits record $37.7bn

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s trade deficit widened to an all-time high of $37.7 billion in the outgoing fiscal year, contributing to the rising current account deficit of the country. The deficit soared almost 16 per cent during the 2017-18, posing a serious challenge for the government to control the menace of rising current account deficit, according to official 1

July 11, 2018 12:00 AM Torres joins Japan relegation battlers Sagan Tosu

TOKYO: Former Spain World Cup winner Fernando Torres has signed for Japan’s Sagan Tosu, the J-League club said on Tuesday. The former Liverpool, Chelsea and Spain striker left Atletico Madrid this summer after returning to his boyhood club in 2015.Details of the move were not disclosed but the 34-year-old Torres has reportedly joined the relegation-threatened

July 8, 2018 12:00 AM Punjab minister donates Rs20m for Multan agri varsity

MULTAN: The caretaker Punjab Minister for Food and Agriculture Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan has announced a donation of Rs20 million from his own pocket for the Multan Agriculture University. The caretaker minister who himself is a leading businessman of the country made the announcement during his visit to the university, says a press release. Sardar Tanveer

July 8, 2018 12:00 AM Ramirez title defense off as O’Connor hospitalised

LOS ANGELES, California: Jose Ramirez’s first defense of his World Boxing Council super lightweight world title was called off Friday as challenger Danny O’Connor was hospitalised with severe dehydration. The WBC said in a brief item on their website that the bout scheduled for Saturday in Fresno, California, had been called off after O’Connor “suffered

July 7, 2018 12:00 AM Brazil’s Supreme Court removes labour minister day after execs arrested

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil´s Supreme Court has removed the nation´s labor minister from his post at the request of prosecutors, lawyers for the official said on Thursday, just a day after authorities arrested multiple high-ranking executives in a separate graft sting. The court removed Helton Yomura temporarily at the request of federal prosecutors 1

July 6, 2018 12:00 AM Joshua becomes ‘4th lion’ in Wembley den

LONDON: Britain’s heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua says Wembley just added a “fourth lion to the den” as he committed to staging his next two bouts at the historic stadium. Wembley is the historic home to the England football team whose nom de guerre is “The Three Lions”. The 28-year-old 2012 Olympic champion — whose epic 11th round knockout 9

July 6, 2018 12:00 AM World champion Joshua becomes ‘fourth lion’ in Wembley den

LONDON: Britain’s heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua says Wembley just added a “fourth lion to the den” as he committed to staging his next two bouts at the historic stadium. Wembley is the historic home to the England football team whose nom de guerre is “The Three Lions”. The 28-year-old 2012 Olympic champion — whose epic 11th-round knockout 2