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Football: Real Madrid ease past Deportivo in La Liga opener

Real Madrid s winning streak shows no signs of abating as the European champions began their defence of La Liga with a comfortable 3-0 win at Deportivo la Coruna. Gareth Bale, Casemiro and Toni Kroos were on target for the visitors, but Madrid s night at La Riazor ended on a sour note when captain Sergio Ramos was shown the 23rd red card of his Real career. "Clearly I am not happy with what happened with Sergio," said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. "I don t like seeing my players get sent-off, but we can t change it now." Ramos could…
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Football: Brilliant Neymar dazzles again in PSG romp

Neymar starred from beginning to end on his home debut for Paris Saint-Germain, scoring twice in a 6-2 thumping of Toulouse in Ligue 1 on Sunday. The Brazilian superstar had a hand in everything else his new side did at the Parc des Princes as they recovered from the shock of falling behind early on to a Max Gradel goal. Neymar got the equaliser and the 222 million-euro ($261 million) man later completed the rout in stunning style after further goals from Adrien Rabiot, an Edinson Cavani penalty, Javier Pastore and Layvin Kurzawa. Marco Verratti was sent off for PSG…
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Pakistan wins silver medal in Asian Junior Squash championship

Pakistan’s professional squash player Mansoor Zaman has won silver medal in the 24th Asian Junior Squash championship held in Amman, Jordan. Zaman was beaten by Jordan’s Mohammad Al Sarraj 11-5, 3-11, 11-7, 3-11, 2-11 in the final of under-19 category. Zaman had qualified for the final match by defeating Iran’s Alireza Shameli in the semifinal. Asadullah, another Pakistani player, lost in the semifinals in under-15 category.
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Pakistan Volleyball Federation to hold trials on August 27

– Secretary General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Volleyball Association Khalid Waqar said that the Pakistan Volleyball Federation would hold Under-20 trials here at PSB Coaching Center on August 27 at Talking to APP, Khalid Waqar, who also coached Pakistan team, the after the selection of the short-listed probable camp would be setup at the same venue under Pakistan Volleyball Federation. He said the trials is open for all and players below 20-year with a height of 6-2 feet will have an added advantage for the selection to be made purely on merit. He said Pakistan Volleyball Federation would also nominate selection committee…
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Tennis: Pliskova wins twice to reach semis, secure No. 1 spot

Defending champion Karolina Pliskova solidified her world number one ranking Friday by defeating fifth-ranked Caroline Wozniacki and qualifier Camila Giorgi on Friday to reach the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters semi-finals. The 25-year-old Czech, fighting to hold off Romania s second-ranked Simona Halep atop the rankings, first ousted Italian qualifier Giorgi 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 in one of five matches postponed from Thursday due to rain. Pliskova returned two hours later and defeated Denmark s fifth-ranked Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4 to book a Saturday semi-final matchup against reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza. Four rivals could have toppled Pliskova this week, but the…
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Tennis: Kyrgios rips Nadal to reach semis, Pliskova takes two

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios blasted new world number one Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-5 Friday, winning twice in one day to reach the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters semi-finals. As defending champion Karolina Pliskova won twice in one day for the third time this season to tighten her grip on the world number one ranking, Kyrgios stole the show by overpowering the 15-time Grand Slam champion after each had won earlier. "A kid playing Nadal on center court, that’s where your best has to come out," Kyrgios said. "Performance like today, I’m seeing progress." Kyrgios, ranked 23rd, faces Spain’s David Ferrer for…
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IFA team wins Gothia U-18 Football Cup

Islamabad Football Association (IFA) team has clinched Gothia Under 18 Football Cup China after beating Zhaoqing Lixun FC China by 6-5 on penalty kicks in the final match. In the 14th minutes of the first half, Chin Lee scored first goal and Mohammad Ahmed of IFA equalized in the 19th minutes, said a press release issued here on Saturday. Both the teams fought well 1-1 draw at the end of the scheduled time. Five penalty kicks were given to each team. IFA scored 5 goals while 4 times by Zhaoqing Lixun Club. IFA team will return from China to Lahore…
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Tennis: Halep seeks No. 1 in Cincy, Kyrgios into final

Simona Halep has her third chance of the season to claim the world number one ranking after beating Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1 Saturday to reach the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters finals. The second-ranked Romanian tries to become the 24th different woman atop the list by winning Sunday’s final against Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, who ousted top-ranked Czech defending champion Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-2. "If it’s going to happen, great, but if not I will have more opportunities. Hopefully I can do it. I have the desire," Halep said. "I am so close. I really want that." Australia’s 23rd-ranked Nick…
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National Bodybuilders pose before Kai Greene in Lahore

National bodybuilders on Saturday (yesterday) posed in front of American Kai Greene, who reached Pakistan on late Friday to attend the two-day fitness expo, and showcased their talent. The expo is being held in Lahore’s area Johar Town on August 19 and 20, and four other international bodybuilders have also reached Pakistan along with Kai Greene.
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National athletes to be rewarded on August 24

The national athletes, who won medals for Pakistan in South Asian and Asian Beach games, will be rewarded with Rs crore in a ceremony on August 24. According to details, the federal government has already issued funds while the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) had transferred the money to federation’s account last year due to funds lapse. However, the federation will now give cheques to PSB after which they will be handed over to the players. PSB Director General Dr Akhtar Nawaz said that the amount and medals will be distributed among the athletes while he also lauded the efforts of…
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