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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Akram's wife still in critical condition

CHENNAI: Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram's wife is in a critical condition at a hospital in Indian city Chennai where she was rushed after developing an "emergency situation" in an air ambulance during its scheduled refuelling at the Chennai airport.

Huma was admitted to the on advice from doctors on board the Singapore-bound air ambulance, hospital and airport sources said.

Hospital sources said Huma suffered a multiple organ failure and she was put on ventilator support.

Her pulse rate was picking up and vital parameters were better, but her condition continued to be critical, the sources said. She was originally scheduled to receive treatment in Singapore.

T&T-Cape Cobras clash in CL semis today

HYDERABAD: The second semi-finals of the Champions League will be played today between Trinidad & Tobago and Cape Cobras at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad Deccan.

In the first semi-finals, played yesterday at Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi, New South Wales defeated Victoria by 79 runs.

West Indian team Trinidad & Tobago will face South African New South Wales in today’s semi-final. The match will begin at 9-30 pm (Pakistan standard time) and it will be telecast live on Geo Super.

Yesterday, New South Wales of Australia Batting first scored 169 runs for seven wickets against Victoria of the same country. David Warner top-scored with 48 while Clint McKay claimed three wickets.

In reply, Victoria could make only 90 runs for the loss of nine wickets. Moises Henriques captured three for 11.

Emotional Milan reunion for Real new boy Kaka

MADRID: Real Madrid's Brazilian superstar Kaka faces old club AC Milan for the first time on Wednesday when the two sides do battle at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Champions League Group C match.

Australian teen sailor starts round-the-world bid

SYDNEY: A 16-year-old Australian steered her bright pink yacht out of Sydney Harbor on Sunday to start her bid to become the youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world.

Barcelona stunned, Liverpool continue shocking form

LONDON: Holders Barcelona suffered a stunning 2-1 home defeat by Russia's Rubin Kazan while Liverpool lost by the same score to Olympique Lyon at Anfield on a night of high drama and late goals in the Champions League on Tuesday.

KARACHI: Helped by a hat-trick by Shakir Lashari, PIA handed a crushing 4-0 defeat to Baloch Club in the Pakistan Premier Football League at Korangi B

Imran Abdullah’s goal in the 25th minute was followed by first Shakir strike four minutes later.

Shakir fired home two minutes before the halftime whistle for his second before completing his treble in style in the 88th minute.

Two strikes each by Zahid Ahmad and Shahid Saleem helped Karachi Port Trust (KPT) give Afghan Club a football lesson with a 6-2 defeat at KPT Stadium.

The winners got to off to a confident start when Zahid grabbed his first in the 14th minute and got his double in the 55th minute.

Ismail Baba extended the lead for KPT three minutes later before Afghan Club reduced the margin through Abdul Hadi in the 62nd minute.

The losers seemed to be resilient as they made it 3-2 when Amanullah came into action in the 73rd minute.

But three more goals from KPT in the space of ten minutes sealed the fate of the match as they took an unassailable lead.

Shahid, who was on target in the 78th minute, hammered in again in 82nd minute for his second, while Mohammad Khan wrapped up the proceedings in the 88th minute.

KESC face Afghan Club, HBL meet Baloch Club, while NBP will play against KPT on Friday.

LAHORE: Pakistan went down 0-2 to Saudi Arabia in Group ‘A’ of the 14th Asian U-16 Football Championship at Malaysia’s Shah Alam Stadium on Wednesday.

Pakistan have themselves to blame for the defeat as they missed several chances in the first session through frontrunners Fahim Ahmed, Basit Hassan and Mohammad Fazal.

Saudi keeper Raed Ali Alshmri foiled all their attempts to keep the score 0-0 at interval.

Pakistan’s goalie and captain Ahsanullah also denied the Saudis from scoring. He became a big source of frustration for their frontrunners Fahd Mosaed Almuwallad and Emad Hamad Sanani.

But a defensive blunder allowed the Saudis to break the ice in the 76th minute when midfielder Mohammed Qasem Alnakhli went on his own to clip the ball past Ahsan.

Three minutes from time, an own-goal enhanced the lead to 2-0 when Lahore-born Hassan Saleem Khan curled the ball past his own keeper.

Meanwhile, Uzbekistan earned another win when they outran Kuwait 3-0. Mahstaliyev Abbosbek struck twice in the 18th and 66th minutes while substitute Abdullaev Muhammadjon added the third four minutes from time.

KARACHI: Fourth seed Zoya Khalid of Army captured first open title of her career when she toppled top seed Muqaddas Ashraf of Wapda in the agonising f

Picking up from where she had left on Tuesday, Zoya continued her ruthless form when she overcame fighting opponent 7-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-8, 11-7 in 41 minute duel.

‘I’m feeling happy for making a mark in the open category,’ a jubilant Zoya told Dawn after the triumph.

A former national under-15 and under-17 champion, Zoya said she had worked hard for the event which finally paid off.

Prior to coming to the city she had won an under-19 national ranking title in Lahore last month beating Rushna Mehboob in the final.

She was also member of Pakistan team that won bronze in the Asian Juniors Squash championship at Hong Kong last year. The other two members of the team were Maria Toor and Rushna Mehboob.

Zoya recovered twice after losing the first and third games to surprise the pundits of the game.

Muqaddas, who was seeded on top following withdrawl of Maria Toor at the eleventh hour, enjoyed an edge in the beginning taking 2-1 lead in the final but could not stand the challenge from her opponent.

The winner fetched Rs13,300 while the runner up received Rs9,100 after the final. The event carried a total prize money of Rs70,000.

Final result:

Zoya Khalid (Army) bt Muqaddas Ashraf (Wapda) 7-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-8, 11-7.

KARACHI: The Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association has received a No-Objection Certificate from the Sports Ministry to send its players to India

‘We will submit visa request for our cueists for the event on Wednesday,’ PBSA President Alamgir Sheikh said.

He added that the association would be sending top players Mohammad Sajjad and Mohammad Asif for the championship to be held next month. He said the training camp for the cueists will be starting at the Karachi Club from Thursday.

‘We have delayed the camp which was supposed to start from Tuesday due to renovation work at the Karachi Club’s Snooker Hall,’ he added.—PPI