Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sports News (10.03.2010)


Pakistan to play Canada for 11th position tomorrow
NEW DEHLI: Pakistan is scheduled to play minnows Canada for 11th-12th places on Thursday in World Cup Hockey.

Pakistan fared the worst among Asian teams in the current tournament, forced into a play-off for the 11th-12th places against lowly Canada after ending the league with four defeats and one win.

Former Olympians and coaches on Wednesday lamented the poor showing by Asian teams at the men's field hockey World Cup, saying Europe and Australia were now the masters of the game.

None of the three Asian teams in the 12-nation tournament - South Korea, India and Pakistan - qualified for Thursday's semi-finals, the first time since 1998 the continent will not be represented.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan have not won a major competition since their last Cup win in 1994 in Sydney.

Akhtar Rasool, who captained Pakistan during their victorious World Cup campaign in 1982, said proper planning was needed to put Asian hockey back on track.

"It's a huge task to start from scratch, but that is what we need to do," he said. "We must restore the qualities of ball control that we were once famous for and also improve fitness and speed."

Rivals on edge for World Cup semi-finals
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Inzi slams life ban on Younis, Yousuf
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Players can appeal against penalties
LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said the players who the Board has fined or banned, can appeal against these penalties, Geo Ne ... more
Abdul Qadir lauds PCB decisions
LAHORE: Former leg spinner and former PCB Chief Selector Abdul Qadir, appreciating the recent decisions by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and ... more
Butt promises action against Oz tour culprits
KARACHI: Ijaz Butt on Tuesday delayed taking any action against the ‘culprits’ of Pakistan’s disastrous tour of Australia but promised to do ... more

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Ex-captains call for Bajwa’s sacking over debacle
KARACHI: Asif Bajwa was on Tuesday singled out as the man responsible for Pakistan’s disastrous campaign in the ongoing Hockey World Cup.
Sohail Abbas has no plans to retire soon
NEW DELHI: World’s highest goal scorer and Pakistan’s famed drag flicker Sohail Abbas says he has no plans to retire soon, his lacklustre sh ... more
Pakistan opposes New Zealand’s neutral venue request
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has objected to New Zealand’s request that their Davis Cup tennis tie be moved to a neutral venue due to security concer ... more
Haddin stars as Australia win with ease
HAMILTON: Australia took a 2-1 lead in the five match one-day series cruising to a six-wicket victory in the third ODI over New Zealand at S ... more
Surrey sign Rao Iftikhar for early season
LONDON: Surrey have signed Rao Iftikhar Anjum, the Pakistan paceman, as their overseas player to cover for Piyush Chawla, who will be playin ... more
World Cup heartbreak for Korea as Dutch move up
NEW DELHI: Asian champions South Korea defeated the Netherlands 2-1 in the men’s field hockey World Cup on Wednesday, but still lost out on ... more
Zimbabwe out to regain initiative against West Indies
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent: Zimbabwe will be looking to edge closer to becoming the latest visiting side to make history in the Caribbean, when t ... more
We must move on: Inzamam
LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has urged the team to try and forget their disastrous tour of Australia.

Pakistan lost ... more

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National Games get green signal from POA
KARACHI: The 31st National Games’ organising committee has received a confirmation letter from the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) regard ... more
BCCI president, secretary cancelled bid process: Modi
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Pietersen flops again in Bangladesh
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Patron’s Trophy starts tomorrow
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Twenty teams have ... more
PSAF reduces contingent for China event
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Dan in belated seasonal bow
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Sindh contingent await funds
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Casillas demands success home and abroad
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Real Madrid have to ov ... more
Rooney fit for Rossoneri clash
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Sahiwal retain U14 football title
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Cover Up in cup battle at KRC today
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Cover Up and Lu ... more
Sajjad, Asjad to represent Pakistan in Asian Snooker
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Aisam wants walkover against reluctant Kiwis
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‘I’m fit and raring to go’
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Beckham’s return has all elements of being dramatic
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Pakistan deserved better: Charlesworth

NEW DELHI: Australia’s national coach Ric Charlesworth was surprised to see Pakistan adopting ... more
Pakistan deserved better: Charlesworth

NEW DELHI: Australia’s national coach Ric Charlesworth was surprised to see Pakistan adopting ... more


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