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  • Kerber says confidence, motivation sky high

    January 13, 2019 12:00 AM 10

    MELBOURNE: Wimbledon tennis champion Angelique Kerber Saturday said her confidence and motivation were sky high and her form good, but she is thinking no further than round one of the opening Grand Slam of the year. Despite her reticence to look too far forward, the world number two is seen as one of the favourites for the Australian Open crown, carrying

  • Ledecky opens 2019 campaign with 200 free, 400 IM wins

    January 13, 2019 12:00 AM 10

    WASHINGTON: Five-time Olympic swim champion Katie Ledecky launched her 2019 campaign with victories in the 200-meter freestyle and 400 individual medley at the US Pro Swim Series meet in Knoxville, Tennessee. In a year highlighted by the World Championships in July in South Korea, 2018 series champion Ledecky dove in Thursday night by capturing the 200 in 1min 55.78secs and the 400 IM in 4:39.39. Ledecky

  • Rameez, bowlers put Karachi Blues on verge of victory

    January 13, 2019 12:00 AM 10

    KARACHI: Rameez Aziz blasted a solid hundred and then bowlers did a fine job to put Karachi Blues on the brink of victory against Larkana on the second day of their Group B three-day outing of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Grade-II here at UBL Sports Complex on Saturday. Rameez smashed 113 to enable Karachi Blues to gain a 119-run lead when they folded for 262 after

  • Kuchar fires back-to-back 63s to lead Sony Open

    January 13, 2019 12:00 AM 15

    LOS ANGELES, California: American Matt Kuchar used a hot start to shoot his second-straight 63 and grab the halfway stage lead Friday at the PGA Tour’s Sony Open by one stroke over Andrew Putnam. Kuchar made birdie on his first three holes then closed with his sixth birdie of the day to move to 14-under 126 at the Waialae Country Club course. The 40-year-old

  • Kvitova digs deep to outlast Barty in Sydney final

    January 13, 2019 12:00 AM 11

    SYDNEY: Petra Kvitova outlasted Ashleigh Barty in a final-set tiebreak to win the Sydney International for the second time on Saturday. The Czech 2015 champion and fifth seed fought back from dropping the opening set and an early break in the final set to beat the top-ranked Aussie, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/3) in two hours 19 minutes. It was a gutsy performance

  • Matloob maintains lead ahead of final round

    January 13, 2019 12:00 AM 9

    KARACHI: Lahore Gymkhana’s Matloob Ahmed consolidated his lead at the end of the third day in the Bank AL Habib’s 8th Rashid D Habib Memorial National Professional Golf Championship here at the Karachi Golf Course on Saturday. Hamza Amin of Islamabad held the second spot after scoring 68 with 4-under par. His total score was 12-under par 204. Muhammad

  • QAT GRADE II: Babar hits century for AJK

    January 12, 2019 12:00 AM 15

    ISLAMABAD: Babar Khaliq (109) struck century as AJK got off to a solid start against Faisalabad in the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy Grade II match at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad on Friday. AJK reached 311-8 with Babar striking 15 boundaries during his 170-ball knock. Naved Malik (51) also played well. Scores in brief: At Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad: AJK Region

  • Injured Smith to miss two BPL matches

    January 12, 2019 12:00 AM 11

    DHAKA: Steven Smith will miss Comilla Victorians’ next two matches in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), after a previous elbow injury flared up in the last couple of days. He will fly back to Sydney for a check-up but is expected to be back in Bangladesh sometime next week. “He is quite positive about returning, possibly during the Sylhet phase of the competition

  • AJK off to solid start in QAT G-II

    January 12, 2019 12:00 AM 16

    ISLAMABAD: Babar Khaliq struck century (109) as AJK got off to solid start against Faisalabad on the first day of their Quaid-i-Azam Trophy (QAT) Grade II match at the Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad on Friday. AJK reached 311 for 8 with Babar striking 15 boundaries during his 170-ball knock, Naved Malik (51) also played well. For Faisalabad, Waqas Maqsood

  • Mueller suspended for Liverpool tie

    January 12, 2019 12:00 AM 9

    BERLIN: Bayern Munich said Friday they will appeal the two-match Champions League suspension handed to Thomas Mueller which means the Germany international will miss both legs of their last-16 tie against Liverpool. European football’s governing body UEFA handed Mueller a two-match ban on Friday following his sending-off in the 3-3 draw away to Ajax in their