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February 21, 2018 12:00 AM Virus rules Braehmer out of Smith bout

BERLIN: German boxer Jurgen Braehmer has pulled out of his World Boxing Super Series semi-final against Liverpool’s Callum Smith on Saturday in Nuremberg because of a virus. “Unfortunately, there is no way of fighting in this condition,” said Braehmer, who has 49 wins, 35 knock-outs and three defeats in his career.“It’s not possible to climb into the ring like this and I want to apologise 4

February 18, 2018 12:00 AM Hanyu magic as snowboarder Ledecka pulls off ski shock

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: “Ice Prince” Yuzuru Hanyu clinched the first back-to-back men’s Olympic figure skating titles in 66 years on Saturday as snowboarder Ester Ledecka pulled off a major shock as she skied to women’s super-G gold. Hanyu lost his balance twice in his free skate but a total score of 317.85 gave the peerless Japanese gold with room to spare 2

February 17, 2018 12:00 AM Unseeded Naseem stuns Asif to move into pre-quarters

KARACHI: Unseeded Muhammad Naseem Akhtar forced his way into the pre-quarter-finals of the Jubilee Insurance 43rd National Snooker Championship 2018 after routing second seed Muhammad Asif on the penultimate day of the preliminary round matches here at the Karachi Gymkhana on Friday. It was another moment of triumph for the young Naseem Akhtar, who earned 5

February 16, 2018 12:00 AM FIH says Pakistan will play in World Cup in India

New Delhi: Hockey’s governing body indicated Thursday that Pakistan will take part in the men’s World Cup this year in India. Pakistan has qualified for the World Cup to be held in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar between November 18 and December 16. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) told AFP however that no participating nation has indicated 2

February 15, 2018 12:00 AM Halep wins on return, Wozniacki cruises

DOHA: World number two Simona Halep won on her return to competitive action since losing the Australian Open final, beating Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets in the Qatar Open Wednesday. Halep eased through 6-3, 6-0 against the Russian, in a second round match — she received a first round bye — but admitted afterwards she was still anxious about an ankle 2

February 15, 2018 12:00 AM Unseeded Aakash stuns Shahid in National Snooker

KARACHI: Unseeded Aakash Rafique caused an upset by blasting fourth seed Shahid Aftab on the third day of league matches of the National Snooker Championship here at the Karachi Gymkhana on Wednesday. Asjad Iqbal, Muhammad Asif, Muhammad Bilal, Zulfiqar Abdul Qadir and Babar Masih extended their unbeaten run. Mubashir Raza and Khurram Hussain Agha, having 3

February 15, 2018 12:00 AM Pir of Luari Sharifs’ cattle farm wins big at livestock show

LARKANA: The Pir Muhammad Sadiq Cattle Farm, owned by Pir Muhammad Sadiq Pir of Luari Sharif, participated in Livestock, Dairy Fish and Agriculture Show in Larkana, with all its participating animals of Thari cow breed taking home the top laurels in every category. The main features of the show were exhibition and competition of thorough-bred animals 3

February 12, 2018 12:00 AM Two-time winner Berdych bows out of Davis Cup duty

PRAGUE, Czech Republic: Tomas Berdych said on Sunday he was quitting the Davis Cup after leading the Czech Republic to two consecutive wins in 2012 and 2013. “One beautiful tennis era is over, I’m happy I was there and helped the Czech Republic win the Salad Bowl twice,” the 32-year-old world number 16 said in a statement.“I have played 29 Davis Cup ties for the Czech 1

February 12, 2018 12:00 AM Ameer wins Quaid-e-Azam Amateur Golf

LAHORE: Ameer Khawar Khawaja surprised one and all with a gallant round of golf on Sunday to win the Quaid-e-Azam Amateur Golf Championship title here at Lahore Gymkhana. Ameer of Sialkot Golf Club excelled in all departments of the game in the final 18 holes to produce a round of net 65 and with a two days aggregate of 137, seven under par. Other performers

February 5, 2018 12:00 AM Saim wins Sindh Junior Golf title

KARACHI: The third edition of Sindh Junior Golf Championship concluded here at the Karachi Golf Club on Sunday with 21-year-old Saim Shazli winning the title. Saim aggregated 150 over 36 holes in the two-day championship to win the Boys (18-21) title by 14 strokes in the gross category. Vivek Anand (184) was the runner-up. Junaid Irfan reigned supreme 4