Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sports News(31.01.2010)


Pakistan win toss, elect to bat against Australia
PERTH: In a bid to avoid the humiliation of a five-match whitewash by Australia, Pakistan will take the field with three changes in the team for the final One-day International here at the WACA ground on Sunday.

Surprisingly, Shahid Afridi is leading Pakistan in place of Mohammad Yousuf, who pulled out with an injured knee.

Afridi, captaining for the first time in a One-day International, has won the toss and elected to bat first against the Aussies who have already won four matches in the series.

Besides Yousuf, wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and off-spinner Saeed Ajmal are also not playing today and the three players have been replaced by opening batsman Khalid Lateef, wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed and allrounder Shoaib Malik.

On the other side, Australia have made two changes: Michael Clarke and Peter Siddle are out with slightly sore backs and their places have been taken by Adam Voges and Mitchell Johnson.

Australia: Shaun Marsh, Brad Haddin, Ricky Ponting (captain), Cameron White, Adam Voges, Michael Hussey, James Hopes, Nathan Hauritz, Clint McKay, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson.

Pakistan: Salman Butt, Khalid Lateef, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi (captain), Sarfraz Ahmed, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Rao Iftikhar Anjum, Mohammad Asif.

Australian Open final between Federer and Murray today
MELBOURNE: World number one Roger Federer of Switzerland and British fifth seed Andy Murray are contesting in the final of the Australian Op ... more

Sajdi Club win in Turbat football
KARACHI: Sajdi Club beat Hyderi Club Kosh Kalat by 3-2 in the final of the Turbat Centre Qualifiers of the Tapal Family Mixture Football Cha ... more

Lahore beat Multan in Under-19 women cricket
KARACHI: Lahore defeated Multan by 49 runs in their match of the National Under-19 Women Cricket Championship held here at the Southend Club ... more

2 matches decided in QA Cup Sr League
KARACHI: Professional Gymkhana beat Airport Gymkhana by five wickets while Livna Sports edged out CDC Sports by seven wickets in matches of ... more

Yasir falls in Motor City Open
KARACHI: The only Pakistani player featuring in the Motor City Open, Yasir Butt, bowed out of the $40,000 PSA World Tour squash event losing ... more

Surgery sidelines Hewitt till French Open
MELBOURNE: Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt will be out of action for at least three months after undergoing hip surgery following his ... more

Serbian drives Toyota back into F1 frame
COLOGNE, Germany: Serbian businessman Zoran Stefanovic on Friday signed an agreement with Toyota which could pave the way for a new team, St ... more

Amir Khan inspires pugilists ahead of SAG
KARACHI: Light-Welter Weight World Champion British boxer Amir Khan called Pakistani pugilists ahead of their participation in the South Asi ... more

Pakistan clinch cycling silver in SAG
KARACHI: Pakistan won silver medal in the women’s cycling team time trial event on Saturday in the South Asian Games.

Pakistan, feat ... more

Zeeshan vows to thrash India in WC opener
KARACHI: Pakistan’s captain Zeeshan Ashraf believes that the hockey team’s recent record against India makes them favourite to win their ope ... more

Zeeshan vows to thrash India in WC opener
KARACHI: Pakistan’s captain Zeeshan Ashraf believes that the hockey team’s recent record against India makes them favourite to win their ope ... more

Zeeshan vows to thrash India in WC opener
KARACHI: Pakistan’s captain Zeeshan Ashraf believes that the hockey team’s recent record against India makes them favourite to win their ope ... more

Pliskova claims girls’ title
MELBOURNE: Czech sixth seed Karolina Pliskova scored some family revenge when she ended British hopes of a girls’ singles title at the Austr ... more

Fernandes wins boys’ singles
MELBOURNE: Promising young Brazilian Tiago Fernandes got the perfect birthday present on Saturday by beating Australian Sean Berman to win t ... more

Team to get young captain, hints Butt
KARACHI: Ijaz Butt on Saturday took yet another U-turn on the captaincy issue when he hinted that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will appo ... more

Tourists look to avoid whitewash
PERTH: The thought of preventing the second-ever 5-0 whitewash in their history should spur Pakistan to seek their first win of a long and i ... more

Tait called up as cover for Siddle
PERTH: Shaun Tait, the Australian fast bowler, has been added to the squad as a standby for Sunday’s fifth ODI against Pakistan. The last-mi ... more

Indian PM upset over Pak players’ IPL snub
NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is believed to be extremely upset — some say even livid — over the manner in which Indian Pr ... more

Serena overpowers brave Henin to win Australian Open
MELBOURNE: Defending champion and top seed Serena Williams powered to her fifth Australian Open title and 12th Grand Slam when she beat a br ... more

Marsh lauds U-19 team’s self belief
CHRISTCHURCH: Mitchell Marsh, the Australian captain, has singled out his team’s self-belief as the factor most responsible for its triumph ... more

Greatbatch named NZ coach
WELLINGTON: Former New Zealand Test batsman Mark Greatbatch was named New Zealand’s national coach on Saturday in a conservative appointment ... more

Smith confident ahead of India tour
JOHANNESBURG: A good record in the subcontinent and experienced players will help South Africa on their tour of India after a tumultuous wee ... more

HBL, SNGPL set for Pentangular Cup final
KARACHI: Habib Bank will face Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) in the final of the RBS Pentangular Cup which begins at the Nationa ... more

Pakistan in must win SAG situation
KARACHI: A nervous Pakistan, who suffered a huge blow to their SAG ambitions when they lost their opening match of the football event 0-1 ag ... more

United, Arsenal set for another ‘historic’ clash
LONDON: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Sunday’s (today’s) Premier League showdown against Arsenal will provide another ... more

Savabeel best proposition at KRC
KARACHI: There are eight races on Sunday’s (today) with Savabeel looking like the best proposition.

The horse already has five straight w ... more

Murray ready for match of his life against Federer
MELBOURNE: Andy Murray says he is fresher, physically stronger and ready to play the match of his life as he chases his Grand Slam breakthro ... more

Bryan brothers win doubles crown
MELBOURNE: American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan won their fourth Australian Open doubles title on Saturday, beating Canada’s Daniel Nestor a ... more


Federer wins 16th major, prolongs British drought

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MELBOURNE, Australia – Roger Federer dismantled Andy Murray in the Australian Open final Sunday to extend his own record to 16 Grand Slam titles and prolong the British drought. Full Story »

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