Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sports News (24.04.2010)


Former Austrian cyclist first to face jail for doping
VIENNA: Former Austrian cyclist Christof Kerschbaum has become the first athlete to risk jail under the country’s new anti-doping law, after being indicted for doping.

Kerschbaum, 33, has been indicted for trafficking doping substances, Vienna prosecutors told AFP on Thursday.

He now risks six months in prison if convicted, under a new law introduced in 2008 which foresees up to five years in jail for the possession and trafficking of doping substances, which was previously only deemed a minor offence.

Kerschbaum is accused of supplying at least five athletes — who remain unnamed — with banned substances, including blood booster EPO (erythropoietin), starting in mid-2008, prosecutors said.

Afridi to present gifts to Sania, Shoaib
LAHORE: Pakistan T20 cricket team captain Shahid Afridi said he will present kurta to Shoaib Malik and scarf to Sania Mirza.

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South Africa star Ntini joins Kent
LONDON: South Africa fast bowler Makhaya Ntini is to join Kent as their first overseas player this season, the English county announced on F ... more
Tsonga stunned by Dutchman in Barcelona
BARCELONA: Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was denied a place in the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open as the third seed lost Friday to Dutchma ... more
US hopes Oudin set early tone at FedCup
BIRMINGHAM: Melanie Oudin and Alla Kudryavtseva will lead off the Fed Cup semi-final between USA and Russia.

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Hewitt to play Davis Cup tie against Japan in May
SYDNEY: Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt has been confirmed in Australia's Davis Cup team for next month's Asia-Oceania second round t ... more
Brimming with confidence, Pakistan eye World T20 glory
KARACHI: Pakistan may have lost Umar Gul — their pace spearhead in the Twenty20 format — but skipper Shahid Afridi said that a depth in his ... more

Junaid wants team unity
KARACHI: Pakistan national hockey team coach Khwaja Junaid says he is working to eliminate the weaknesses that the team showed in the World ... more
Shazaib, Asad guide Dolphins through
KARACHI: Shahzaib Hasan and Asad Shafiq cracked half centuries as Sindh Dolphins recorded their second successive victory by defeating Khybe ... more
Pakistan survive Kamran scare before departure
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan survived a last-minute scare after Kamran Akmal was declared fit to accompany the team leaving for Dubai on Saturday (to ... more
MPs demand investigation of IPL
MUMBAI: A potentially significant day in the IPL controversy saga has begun on a stormy note as opposition MPs in the Indian Parliament dema ... more
‘Players need the support of media and public in WT20’
KARACHI: Pakistan’s cricket chief Ijaz Butt has urged the media and people of the country to cast aside all controversies and support the na ... more
Shan’s batting feats find place in Wisden
KARACHI: Shan Masood, the former Pakistan Under-19 team vice-captain has batted his way into Wisden, the iconic almanack which made its 2010 ... more
Confident Mortaza raring for comeback
DHAKA: The Bangladesh fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza believes his success on the domestic circuit has primed him for a strong return to intern ... more

Asif, Sami to fly separately to WI
KARACHI: Pacers Mohammed Asif and Mohammad Sami will reach the West Indies for the World Cup separately and not with the national team.

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NZ to face Sri Lanka in United States
WELLINGTON: New Zealand will play a three-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka in the United States next month, officials said on Friday. ... more
Karachi to host Sindh Games
KARACHI: The city of Karachi will be hosting the Sindh Games for the third time in 24 years as the 13th edition of the premier provincial ev ... more
No sexiness; We’re Holy City cheerleaders
JERUSALEM: A dozen dancing girls hit the hardwood floors of a Jerusalem basketball court on a recent spring night with an unusual goal — sho ... more
Advantage Atletico as travel-weary Liverpool fire blanks
LONDON: Liverpool’s grueling journey over land took its toll as the five-time European champions lost 1-0 at Atletico Madrid in the first le ... more
PAF, WAPDA qualify for quarters
KARACHI: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and WAPDA were the last two teams to qualify for the quarter-finals from Group A when PAF edged out Railwa ... more

Inter’s Balotelli likely to face Atalanta
MILAN: Inter Milan’s Mario Balotelli may start Saturday’s (today’s) home game with Atalanta in spite of arguing with the crowd and throwing ... more
Ferguson says no to retirement
MANCHESTER: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed reports he will confirm his retirement at the end of next season.

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Fletcher wants United to pile pressure on Chelsea
LONDON: Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher believes Chelsea will start to feel the strain if the champions reclaim first place in ... more
Munir sets early pace
ISLAMABAD: Country’s top golfer Mohammad Munir set the early pace in the President of Pakistan Gold Medal Golf, carding an impressive five-u ... more
Asif stuns Yousuf in snooker
ISLAMABAD: International Mohammad Asif stunned former world amateur champion Mohammad Yousuf 4-0 following a delicate display of accuracy in ... more

Ferrer coasts into Barcelona semis
BARCELONA: Fernando Verdasco and David Ferrer both won Friday to set up an all-Spanish semifinal at the Barcelona Open.

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Roddick withdraws from Rome Masters
ROME: Seventh-ranked Andy Roddick has withdrawn from the Rome Masters citing personal reasons.

The American recently celebrated the o ... more
Henin to skip Fed Cup event

HASSELT, Belgium: Justine Henin has pulled out of her singles matches in Belgium’s Fed Cup tie with Eston ... more


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