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Pakistan Tennis team to leave for Baku on May 9


ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan Tennis team would depart to Baku, Azerbaijan on May 9 to participate in the Islamic Solidarity Games (ISG). According to Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF), Secretary Khalid Rehmani the Tennis event of ISG would begin on May 12. “A total of three male and as many as female …

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Lionel Messi appeals 4-match World Cup ban at FIFA


ZURICH (AP) – Lionel Messi‘s appeal against a four-match ban in World Cup qualifying for insulting a referee’s assistant was being heard by FIFA on Thursday. Messi, who was to testify by video, is not expected to get an immediate verdict. The FIFA appeals panel typically gives a detailed verdict …

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Djokovic splits with entire coaching team


BELGRADE (AFP) – Novak Djokovic said that he had parted ways Friday with his entire training team including coach Marian Vajda as he attempts to arrest an alarming slide in form in the past year. “I am a hunter and my biggest goal is to find the winning spark on …

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Football: Rashford edges Man Utd towards Europa League final


VIGO (AFP) – Marcus Rashford s stunning free-kick 23 minutes from time put Manchester United on the brink of reaching the Europa League final with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Celta Vigo on Thursday. Celta goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez kept the Spaniards in the tie before half-time with a string of …

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Tennis: Nastase given Wimbledon Royal Box snub


LONDON (AFP) – Ilie Nastase will be barred from Wimbledon’s Royal Box this year following the former world number one’s behaviour at last month’s Fed Cup tie against Great Britain. Romania team captain Nastase was ejected from his team’s match in Constanta after a series of foul-mouthed rants. The 70-year-old …

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Football: Monaco outclassed but Higuain warns Juve not there yet


MONACO (AFP) – Two-goal hero Gonzalo Higuain urged his Juventus teammates to keep their feet on the ground after a brilliant 2-0 win in Monaco on Wednesday that left them on the brink of the Champions League final. Argentine striker Higuain was set up by Dani Alves to open the …

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Totti looks ahead as storied Roma career set to end


ALGHERO (AFP) – For a player who has singularly come to represent Serie A giants Roma for nearly a quarter century, Francesco Totti deserved to feel heartbroken on Wednesday upon hearing his playing career would soon be over. “It s the day that he hoped would never arrive,” a friend of …

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Mike Tyson launches fitness franchise


DUBAI (AFP) – American heavyweight legend Mike Tyson on Thursday unveiled plans to launch a boxing fitness franchise named after him. The Mike Tyson Academy will open branches in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and South America. Plans for boxing and fitness centres are currently underway in Bahrain, Morocco, the …

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India breaks into FIFA top 100 after 21 years


NEW DELHI (AFP) – The Indian men s football team on Thursday climbed to the 100th spot in the latest FIFA world rankings — their best rating in more than two decades. Despite having a population of well over one billion, India languishes as a footballing minnow, ranked equally alongside Nicaragua, …

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PTF congratulates Aisam on ATP win at Barcelona


ISLAMABAD (APP) – Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) congratulated ace player Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi on winning the doubles title of the coveted ATP 500 Series, World Tennis Championships, at Barcelona, Spain. PTF President Salim Saifullah Khan and PTF Management Committee, in a statement, extended their heartiest congratulations to Aisam. Aisam, Pakistan’s leading …

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