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  • Argentina train with renewed hope

    June 24, 2018 12:00 AM

    BRONNITSY, Russia: Lionel Messi and Argentina hit the training ground on Saturday with renewed hope of qualifying for the World Cup last 16. Argentina were on the brink of elimination after a humiliating 3-0 loss to Croatia, but Nigeria’s 2-0 win over Iceland on Friday offered the two-time world champions a lifeline. Victory over Nigeria in their final

  • Moutinho misses Portugal training

    June 24, 2018 12:00 AM

    KRATOVO, Russia: Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho was missing from Portugal training on Saturday, leaving his status for their final World Cup group game against Iran in doubt. Moutinho sat out Friday’s session due to illness and was again absent 24 hours later with the European champions due to face Iran in Saransk on Monday. The 31-year-old has started

  • Serbian press slams ‘provocative’ celebratios

    June 24, 2018 12:00 AM

    Belgrade: Serbian papers slammed what they labelled “shameful provocation” by two Switzerland players of Kosovo origin who used political gestures to celebrate their goals in the 2-1 World Cup victory. Xherdan Shaqiri’s last minute winner capped an impressive comeback for the Swiss in Kaliningrad on Friday after Granit Xhaka levelled following Aleksandar

  • Salah made honorary citizen of Chechnya

    June 24, 2018 12:00 AM

    MOSCOW: After his team crashed out of the World Cup, Egypt’s star player Mohamed Salah has won a consolation prize in the form of honorary citizenship of Chechnya. Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov wrote on Telegram that he had presented the Liverpool star with the honorary title while hosting a dinner for the Egypt team, whose World Cup training base is in the Chechen

  • ‘Racist’ tweet could inspire Senegal

    June 24, 2018 12:00 AM

    YEKATERINBURG, Russia: Senegal face Japan on Sunday (today) at the World Cup fired up by an “ignorant” tweet by a British tycoon and reality television star that has become the talk of the team. Along with Nigeria, a powerful Senegal side spearheaded by Liverpool striker Sadio Mane is flying the flag for Africa in Russia. After battling to a 2-1 opening

  • Kipruto sets sight on Shaheen’s feat

    June 24, 2018 12:00 AM

    NAIROBI: Kenyan Conseslus Kipruto says he has set his sights on breaking the 14-year-old 3,000-metre steeplechase world record at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on July 20. The record of 7 minutes 53.63 seconds was set in Brussels in September 2004 by Kenyan-born Qatari Saif Saeed Shaheen Kipruto, the Olympic and world champion, who also won the Commonwealth

  • Lopez seizes lead at Arkansas C’ship

    June 24, 2018 12:00 AM

    ROGERS, United States: Gaby Lopez, who took some time off after missing back-to-back cuts, fired an eight-under 63 to grab the first-round lead at the LPGA Tour’s NW Arkansas Championship on Friday. The 24-year-old did not play in the Meijer Classic last week, deciding instead to go home to Mexico and regroup. The move paid dividends on Friday as she equalled

  • Ahmed, Bilal, Shaeel clinch tennis titles

    June 24, 2018 12:00 AM

    LAHORE: Rafum Junior Tennis Championship 2018 concluded here at Punjab Lawn Tennis Courts Bagh-e-Jinnah Lahore with Ahmed Kamil, Bilal Asim, and Shaeel Tahir winning their age group titles. In under-16 main category, Ahmed Kamil of Lahore won the title beating his own city fellow Fazian Fayyaz by 6-1, 6-4. Ahmed started first set very well and won by 6-1 and in 2nd set Faizan

  • Hamza, Noor reach U-15 squash final

    June 24, 2018 12:00 AM

    ISLAMABAD: Mohammad Hamza and Noor Zaman made it an all-Pakistan under-15 final in the Borneo Junior Squash Open under way in Malaysia. Hamza beat Mohammad Ammad in the semis while Noor Zaman toppled top seed Australian Chen Gregory 12-10, 7-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-6 in other semis. Pakistan players however lost under-17 and under-19 semi-finals

  • Lahore Race Club hosts six races today

    June 24, 2018 12:00 AM

    LAHORE: Six races of Fantastic Plate have been scheduled to be held at the Lahore Race Club on Sunday (today). All the races of class seven in various divisions are of 900 metres run with the pundits’ belief would be won by Successful, Queen Esmeralda, Manu Jutt, Power of Dream, Bajwa Choice, Atlantic Prince respectively. The first race of division 5 have 10 ponies