Sports

Serena’s French Open seed denial stirs fresh debate

PARIS (AFP) – The decision by French Open organisers not to grant Serena Williams a seeding on her long-awaited Grand Slam return has prompted renewed focus on the sport s policy towards female players and parenthood. “French Open is punishing Serena Williams for having a baby” read a USA Today headline, arguing an expection for the

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Manchester United named most valuable football team

PARIS (AFP) – Manchester United may have finished second in the English Premier League this season but the club is top of the table in terms of overall value, according to a report by accounting firm KPMG on Wednesday. The Red Devils  overall value increased five percent compared to 2017 to more than 3.2 billion

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‘Fearless’ Pakistan ready to put England under pressure

LONDON (AFP) – Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur believes his “fearless” side have everything to gain when they face an “under the pump” England in the first Test at Lord s on Thursday. England will be looking for some much-needed home comfort after recent winless Test tours of Australia and New Zealand extended their poor away record

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Over 12 thousand students appeared in Zalmi cricket trials

LAHORE (APP) – Over 12 thousands students belonging to KPK government schools appeared in cricket trials for the selection of teams to take part in the Zalmi school cricket league to be played later this year in KPK. “Massive number of students belonging to twenty five thousand government schools of the KPK took part in

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Sri Lanka hikes cricket wages by 34 percent

COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka s cricket board on Tuesday increased wages for national players by more than a third after making record profits in 2017. A total of 33 players under contract to Sri Lanka Cricket will also see match fees increase substantially despite dismal results on the field last year. “Sri Lanka Cricket raised

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Punjab rich in boxing talent: Secretary Sports

LAHORE (APP) – Secretary Sports Punjab Muhammad Aamir Jan has said that overwhelming success of recently-staged Punjab Open Inter-Division Boxing Championship showed that Punjab has plenty of boxing talent. He said here on Monday that Punjab Boxing Championship provided sufficient opportunity to boxers of far-flung and remote areas to exhibit their talent. “The third position

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Zverev main threat to Nadal at French Open

PARIS (AFP) – Alexander Zverev has emerged as the main threat to Rafael Nadal s French Open crown in recent weeks as he bids to end Germany s 81-year wait for a men s singles title at Roland Garros. The 21-year-old suffered his fifth defeat in five meetings with Nadal in Sunday s Italian Open final, but the way

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Messi wins European Golden Shoe for the fifth time

BARCELONA (Agencies) – Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the European Golden Shoe for a fifth time. The Argentina international claimed the prize after scoring 34 goals in La Liga this season, helping his club to a 25th league triumph. Messi -who came off the bench in Barcelona’s final-day win over Real Sociedad at Camp

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Buttler to maintain attacking approach in Pakistan Test

(Reuters) – England batsman Jos Buttler has vowed not to curb his attacking instincts after earning a “surprise” recall to the test team for the opening test against Pakistan starting at Lord’s on Thursday. Buttler returns to the test fold for the first time since December 2016 after a series of impressive innings in the

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True grit Sharapova back at French Open with point to prove

PARIS (AFP) – There will be questions about suspensions, favouritism and rivalries, and fashion, parties and candy lines. There will be accusations of slights — real or imagined — greeted either with a giggle, an icy stare or a pitch-perfect, withering put down. It can only mean one thing — Maria Sharapova is about to

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