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Saturday, May 14, 2011

WWE Over the Limit 2011: John Cena vs. Miz, and the Top Five Feuds on RAW

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WWE Over the Limit is steadily approaching, as is the case with every WWE pay-per-view these days.   Judging by the way things are shaping up just one week out from the pay-per-view, it appears as if WWE will a couple of WrestleMania-inspired feuds, while moving towards newer rivalries as the card trickles down.
Some rivalries have overstayed their welcome, while others seem to have fans more captivated in their embryonic phases.
WWE is once again looking to churn out some fresh faces in the main event as they push stars to heights they have not yet reached, and an effectively executed feud will be the key to their success.

Muslim Sports: Hijab lets Islamic women deal some jabs


Elham Seyed Javad, center, poses with a taekwondo team on April 22 in Montreal wearing the sport hijab she created.

Photo: AFP

Letting out shrill cries, several young women in a Montreal taekwondo class kicked their way through the exercises, not a hair out of place as they were demurely covered by an Islamic sports hijab.
Their religion prohibits these female athletes from showing off their firm physiques, or their hair. Yet Western society also frowns on the wearing of traditional Muslim headscarves in sports competitions.
So Iranian-born Canadian designer Elham Seyed Javad came up with an idea to marry the two worlds and allow young girls and women to take part in physical activities, while also adhering to Islamic rules.
And the order books for the 27-year-old’s start-up are fast filling up with calls for her head coverings arriving from around the world including Japan, Germany and Australia.
The company, iQO Design, is now eyeing a lucrative contract to supply the Iranian women’s soccer team, with the aim that they will be worn during the London Olympics next year.
The idea came to the young designer in 2007 after five young Muslim women were thrown out of a Montreal taekwondo tournament because their headscarves were deemed by the sports federation to be dangerous.
Seyed Javad, who was studying industrial design at the University of Montreal at the time, was outraged, but instead of protesting decided to find a solution.
At school, she designed a slip-on hooded T-shirt made of stretch fabric. The university immediately seized on its potential: Its agency for commercializing its scientific discoveries and inventions filed patents for the sports hijab on her behalf in Canada and the US.
Made of a fabric that moves perspiration away from the body, the garment slips on like a -balaclava and is tied at the back.
“It’s much less hot and it stays in place,” trainer Gaelle Texier said.
And, she adds, it doesn’t mess up your hair.
“It’s a compromise,” taekwondo student Asmaa Ibnouzahir said. “It allows us to play the sports we enjoy, that we were doing, but were forced to quit.”
The university’s commercial unit, Univalor, said it has even greater potential.
“Of course we looked to market it to young Muslim women in sports, but also for F1 racing, go-carting and hospital operating rooms,” Univalor’s Thomas Martinuzzo said.
It is not just for athletes, he said. An Australian policewoman, for example, recently started wearing one as part of a trial.
“My goal is to separate the religious connotation from the sports connotation,” Seyed Javad said. “So when other organizations approach us, it’s very positive because the religious aspect is not linked to the garment.”
The so-called ResportOn is currently sold for US$63 over the Internet.
Each prototype is designed and sewn in a Montreal studio, adapted to suit the particular circumstances of each customer. However, Javad is already dreaming big and hopes one day to sell the garment in sports stores everywhere.
Since the ResportOn first went on sale in November interest has skyrocketed, attracting attention from 170 cities around the world.
The start-up behind it has also partnered with an investor and recruited a sales representative in Iran.
The company is now pitching its wares to hospitals and racing drivers, as well as people with dreadlocks who want to keep their prized hairdos in place even when out on the sports field.

BASEBALL: Foresters keep their hopes alive with win over Union

Huntington, Ind. - They say three’s a charm and the Forester baseball team (23-24) proved that true with a 2-1 win over third-seed Union University (TN) in the first elimination game of the 2011 NAIA National Championship Opening Round Friday afternoon. HU dropped a pair of games, 3-1 and 1-0, to the Bulldogs back in February.

With both team combining for only 12 hits, it was a pitcher’s dual in which HU’s ace in the hole Mitch Bowers won the battle. In 7.2 innings of work, he allowed one run on seven hits and no walks while striking out three to log his ninth win of the season. Brian Kirschbaum pitched 1.1 innings of hitless relief to pick up the save.

Offensively, the Foresters wasted no time finding home plate. After Adam Christner got hit by a pitch and stole his way to third, Eric Schultz doubled him in to give HU an early 1-0 lead after their first at-bats.

The next four innings were relatively quiet as neither team was able to generate much offense but Huntington finally changed all that in the sixth. After reaching first on a fielder’s choice, Schultz scampered all the way to third on a passed ball and then cruised home on a wild pitch to score what would prove to be the game-winning run.

The Bulldogs didn’t going down without a fight. With two outs in the eighth, they scored their first run of the game and had the tying run in scoring position but would get no closer as Kirschbaum maneuvered his way out the inning and then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to oust the Bulldogs from the tourney.

Schultz proved to be the offensive catalyst for the Foresters, scoring a run and knocking in another. Ayers finished with a pair of hits.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 53 NAIA All-America honors and 173 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.

Cardinals Lose Game One of Doubleheader at No. 15 UConn



STORRS, Conn. - The Louisville baseball team was unable to hold off a late Connecticut rally and the Cardinals lost a 7-5 decision to the 15th-ranked Huskies in game one of a Saturday afternoon doubleheader at J.O. Christian Field.
With the loss, the Cardinals dropped to 25-26 overall and 11-12 in the BIG EAST, while the Huskies improved to 36-13-1 on the season and 20-3 in league games. The win clinched the BIG EAST regular-season title for the Huskies and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Championship in Clearwater, Fla.
Leading the way for the Cardinals in the loss was junior infielder Ryan Wright (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead HS), who finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while sophomore infielder Cade Stallings (Knoxville, Tenn./Farragut HS) hit his first home run of the season. On the mound, junior righty Justin Amlung (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier HS) suffered his second straight loss and dropped to 8-2 on the season after allowing career highs in runs (seven), earned runs (six) and hits (11) with six strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
For the Huskies, outfielder Billy Ferriter was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored, while outfielder George Springer had two RBI on his team-leading 11th home run of the season. On the mound, lefty starter Greg Nappo earned the win and improved to 8-2 on the season after allowing five runs, including just two earned, on six hits in 7.0 innings pitched.
Following three scoreless innings to start the game, Louisville took advantage of two costly UConn errors to score three runs on three hits for a 3-0 lead. The inning started with freshman designated hitter Jeff Gardner (Louisville, Ky./Whitefield Academy) reaching base on an error by second baseman L.J. Mazzilli. After moving to second on a single through left side by Wright, Gardner moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior outfielder Stewart Ijames (Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro Catholic HS) and then scored on a throwing error by Nappo.

 

 

Following a single to left field by freshman outfielder Ryan Seiz (Perkasie, Pa./Christopher Dock HS) loaded the bases, Stallings followed with an RBI sacrifice flyout to left field to score Wright for a 2-0 advantage. After moving from second to third on the throw home on the sac fly, Ijames scored moments later on a wild pitch by Nappo for the 3-0 lead. The Huskies came back for two runs in the bottom of the fourth as Springer hammered his home run to left field to score outfielder John Andreoli to cut the Cards' lead to 3-2. The home run was the 45th of Springer's career, which set a new school record for the Huskies.
UConn added an unearned run in the fifth to even the score at 3-3. After reaching base with a one-out walk, shortstop Tom Verdi moved to third on a throwing error by Amlung on a failed pickoff and then scored on an RBI single through the right side by Ferriter.
The Cardinals moved back in front in the top of the sixth as Wright reached base with a leadoff single, moved to second with team-leading 15th stolen base, advanced to third on a groundout by Ijames and then scored on an RBI single to left by senior catcher J.J. Ethel (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Pointe HS). However, the Huskies answered in the bottom of the sixth as third baseman Ryan Fuller hit his fourth home run of the season on a two-out pitch from Amlung.
Louisville responded in the top of the seventh as Stallings hammered a 2-1 pitch from Nappo over the left field wall for his first home run of the season and a 5-4 advantage.
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, UConn bounced back in the bottom of the inning with three runs to take a 7-5 lead. The scoring started with an RBI single by Ferriter to score designated hitter Tim Martin to even the score. Later in the inning, Ferriter scored from the third on an RBI bunt single by Andreoli to give UConn its first lead of the day, while Mazzilli scored the final run of the frame later in the inning on a wild pitch by Cards' reliever

USA TODAY: Top basketball talent in Bloomington

The annual Adidas May Classic AAU tournament is under way and plenty of the best basketball stars of the future are in town showcasing their skills.  Action got under way Friday night with games at Assembly Hall on the Indiana University campus and at the Bloomington Sports Plex.
Games continue throughout the weekend as teams play round robin and tournament formats to crown champions at each level.  Local fans should be interested as several IU targets are in town.  The now-famed Indiana Eltie team comprised of Hoosier commits Ron Patterson, Yogi Farrell, Hanner Parea, and Jeremy Hollowell will be in action at Assembly Hall.  Class of 2013 IU commits Devin Davis and Collin Hartman play with the 16U Eric Gordon All-Stars.  Even the class of 2014 is represented with Trey Lyles and James Blackmon playing as part of the Spiece Indiana Heat squad.
But it's not just IU commits headling the event.  Several other Indiana targets who have also garnered national interest are in town for this event.

Maybe the best player the whole weekend is former Chesterton, IN forward Mitch McGary who ranks as the 15th best player overall according to scout.com.  McGary plays on the SYF AAU team.  His choice of colleges already included Indiana, Michigan, and Michigan State and has now grown to elite places like Duke, Arizona, Texas, and Kansas.
Sophomore Drake Harris is another player on the watch.  Harris, from Grand Rapids, MI, has an IU offer in hand but will have plenty of options with Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, and Ohio State involved.  Other players to keep an eye on locally include Evansville, IN guard Jaquan Lyle, Indianapolis, IN forward Perry Poindexter, Mishawaka, IN guard Demetrius Jackson and Lake Forest, IL forward Tyler Wideman.
Action continues through Sunday as 229 teams play on in this terriffic event.

Basketball India: Basketball can become No 2 sport in India: Jennings

NAGPUR: He has the floor presence of Allen Iverson, wit of Shaquille O'Neal, LeBron's confidence and smile of Magic Johnson. So it comes as no surprise that at 22 Brandon Jennings is considered by many to be the next big thing of NBA.

Jennings, a 6-foot-2 point guard, was at a time regarded as the best high school player in the United States. But instead of opting for the traditional career path - of going through the college league enroute to NBA - Jennings went to Italy to play as pro. With the talent he has it took just a year for the NBA bosses to spot Jennings. The Milwaukee Bucks snapped up the rookie in 2009. He lived upto to promise he showed in the very first year with the Milwaukee by becoming the youngest NBA player to score 55 points in a game.

The emerging star is in Mumbai right now to conduct a series of events for NBA in order to popularise the game in India. In a free-wheeling chat with TOI Jennigs shared his view about the game and it's progress in India

Excerpts:

What is basketball for Brandon?

Basketball is something that I love and have the passion for. Actually, basketball is my life.

How difficult was it for you to make it to the NBA?

I won't say it was difficult. Yes, it was a challenge to make it big in NBA. It took a lot of hard work and dedication. When I made my decision to play overseas that day was my first test. It was a challenge and yeah I did it.

Can basketball really become India's biggest sport?

I don't think basketball will become India's biggest sport, cricket will always be No 1. With the participation and involvement of the NBA, I think basketball will become No 2 in India and we will be fine with that.

Indians are not very heavily built. Will that affect the growth of game here?

Basketball is fun and an easy sport. The game of basketball is a global sport. You only have to put the ball in the hoop and I think if you can do that it is easy and anybody can start playing the game. You don't always have to be heavily built, you just have to understand how to play the game, I think you can play.

How important is the technical aspect at the grassroots level?

There are players in the NBA who don't have their basics right, don't have the right technique, and yet are playing in the starting line-ups, and doing a great job. It is not necessary to always have the basics covered. You need to have a set of skills most importantly. Like I said before, basketball is an easy sport. The most essential thing is to love the game and pick it up at a young age. The aspiring kid that enjoys shooting basketball in the hoop will surely make it professionally at the highest level, either in the NBA or in other leagues around the world.

How do you compare the players of USA with others in terms of style and toughness?

Our style is a bit different but game is always played the same way everywhere and everybody knows how to play the game, obviously it is no different.

Your message for Indian kids?

Keep doing your bit. As long as you work hard everything is possible. Having played in Italy, I have seen first-hand how the sport is growing globally and I am excited to be in India with the NBA to help continue the growth of the game. The NBA has the best basketball players from around the world and I wish to see one of the kids I teach here play against me in the NBA one day.

Selling bodies or selling sports? Sexy Women Badminton

Sportswomen have not only to get past traditional prejudices but also have to overcome commercial pressures to make themselves more attractive and marketable…
Photo: R. Ragu

GIVE THEM THE CHOICE OF DRESS: Jwala Gutta (left) and Ashwini Ponappa in action.

When a 15-year-old girl from Nizamabad in Andhra Pradesh comes back with a gold medal for, of all sports, boxing, there must be reason to celebrate. In a week dominated with grim news from around the world, the success of young Nikhat Zareen in the Junior World Championships in Antalya, Turkey in the 50 kg category of boxing was like a welcome ray of sunshine.
Nikhat's story, like that of the other three women boxers from India who also won gold, is remarkable for a number of reasons. All of them — besides Nikhat there is Sarjubala Devi from Manipur, Lalenkawli from Mizoram and Minu Basmataray from Assam — have chosen to excel in a sport that is considered “unwomanly”. All of them come from modest backgrounds without the monetary backing to pursue an individual sport of any kind, leave alone boxing. Lalenkawli's parents, for instance, are farmers and she had to travel 300 km to the only training centre in Mizoram's capital, Aizawl. The others also have similar stories.
Relatively lucky
Nikhat is lucky in that her father, Jameel, is a former state-level football player and understands the pull of sports. Neither he, nor his wife Parveen, stood in Nikhat's way when, at the age of 12, she announced that she wanted to box. Her role models were two male cousins who were boxers. She was the only girl who wanted to pursue boxing. Luckily, her uncle, who was training his sons agreed to teach Nikhat. So Nikhat learned to box with the boys. On June 14 she turns 15. In the span of three short years, she has already made a name for herself.
“As a Muslim girl, it was a tough choice to make as everyone questioned what I was doing in the boxing ring,” Nikhat told a journalist. “There were almost no female boxers where I trained in Hyderabad, and I was often alienated.” But she got past this and now joins a remarkable group of Indian women boxers led by the redoubtable Mary Kom from Manipur.
Multiple obstacles
Nikhat's success throws light once again on the vexed issue of women and sports in India. It continues to be an arena of considerable neglect. Sportswomen in this country face an incredibly hard time getting past traditional prejudices about women playing sport. If they succeed, they enter a world dominated by games that men play. Women's sports receives little attention by the media or by the sports authorities compared to the money and time invested in the men. Things change if some women like Nikhat, or the women's hockey team, come back with medals from international fixtures. Fleetingly, they hog the media spotlight. But even before we get to know their names and faces, the focus turns back to the dominant sports. Between tournaments, the women go back to their jobs, usually in institutions like the Railways, and work away until the next big tournament.
Despite all this, it is remarkable that an increasing number of women are making a name for themselves in sports. Women like Saina Nehwal, who has become the face of women's badminton alongside the equally accomplished Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa. But Nikhat is more fortunate than these women in some ways. No one is telling her, yet, what she should wear when boxing. Women badminton players, on the hand, have been slapped with a “skirts only” rule by the men who head the Badminton World Federation (BWF). Why a compulsory dress code only for women players? The BWF, apparently, decided on this course following advice from the sports marketing giant, Octagon. They wanted to make the women's game more “attractive” and “marketable”.
In other words, the BWF wants women badminton players to look more attractive on court. This, they believe, will draw more eyeballs to the game. What about their skills as players? It would appear that does not matter as long as they catch the male gaze. It seems incredible that someone can seriously contemplate such a rule, and that too for these reasons.
Different reactions Predictably, many women players have raised strong objections. As a result, the rule has been deferred by a month. Britain's leading mixed doubles player, Imogen Bankier has said, “I will fight to make sure this dated and simply sexist rule does not happen.” Several players from different countries have said that skirts will come in the way when they play and they prefer shorts. The Indian girls have not been so forthright. While Saina has said it was not an issue, Jwala has emphasised that they should be given the choice whether to wear skirts or not.
But what is really troubling about the decision is the blatant effort to use women's bodies to sell the game. And for this, the cue has been taken from women's tennis, where glamour has played a big role in drawing an audience. But there is a big difference. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) is managed independently and women players have a say in its decisions. Thus, what women wear is decided by women players and not imposed by a male club. If women tennis players choose to be seen as fashion statements, it is their choice. But it has not diminished the power of their game. Maria Sharapova might look like a model but no one can question her skill as a player. Ditto Venus Williams. While those like Anna Kournikova, who drew attention only for their looks, have fallen by the wayside because their game was not up to the mark. People come to watch good tennis, not to gawk at women players who are fashion statements.
It is tragic that at a time when more opportunities are opening up for women, they are told they must “sell” themselves, make themselves “marketable” if they want to get financial backing for their chosen sport. Men too face the pressure of finding sponsors. But they are not asked to dress in a way that shows off their well-toned bodies and attracts female fans. While it is true that there are both men and women who go to watch football, cricket or tennis matches because they find the players good-looking, surely they will not persist unless they also enjoy the game.
As the lines between commerce, entertainment and sports disappear, young women wanting to make a career in sports face tough choices. If they don't have money, they can't train the way they need to succeed. But if they concentrate on looking presentable and finding endorsements, they are likely to be dismissed as being non-serious and in it only for the glamour. The bottom-line, however, is that those who manage a sport must respect sportswomen and give them the freedom to choose how much they bend to these commercial demands. It is unacceptable that a group of men decide how they should dress on court for no other reason than to make them “marketable”.

Cricket: Shahid Afridi wants to play Ireland ODIs

All-rounder confirms availability, leaves selection upto the PCB. PHOTO: APMSO
KARACHI:  Pakistan’s limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi, while playing down the rift with the country’s cricket board, has expressed his desire to play the forthcoming One-Day International (ODI) series against Ireland.
Pakistan will fly to Ireland from West Indies after the second Test and is scheduled to play two ODIs in Belfast on May 28 and May 30.
Afridi’s presence in the squad became uncertain for the series after he was questioned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in relation to the comments he made after his return from the West Indies. According to reports, the PCB is considering dropping the all-rounder for his statement which, it believed, violated the code of conduct.
Afridi was irked by the unwanted interference in team selection on the West Indies tour and said that the management needed to mind its own business. However, the all-rounder has pleaded not guilty in his reply to the board and made himself available for the series.
“I’m available for the Ireland series,” Afridi told The Express Tribune. “In fact I’ll be in England at that time for my county stint.”
The all-rounder will play for Hampshire for their Twenty20 campaign where he will join South Africa spinner Imran Tahir.
‘PCB to decide my fate’
Afridi, however, said it would be up to the PCB to decide on his fate for the series.
“In my reply I cleared that I had no intentions to target any individual or violate the code of conduct,” he said.  “I’ve tried to convince the PCB that it was a general comment which I often give in the interest of the team. I’d be happy to play but it’s up to the board to decide on my selection.”
However, the PCB has not yet made any decision over his inclusion.
“We’re awaiting manager Intikhab Alam’s report on the West Indies tour to make a decision on the matter,” confirmed a PCB official.

Pak Vs WI Digicel test Series: Pakistan spinners strike but Windies on top

GEORGETOWN: Pakistan's spinners fought to regain control of the first Test on Friday after their batting collapsed dramatically against the West Indies who finished the second day with a 100-run lead.
Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal both struck early blows as West Indies reached 34 for two in their second innings when bad light stopped played 13 balls early at the Guyana National Stadium.
Pakistan had been dismissed for 160 in reply to West Indies first innings total of 226, about 40 minutes before the scheduled close with leg spinner Devendra Bishoo finishing with four for 68 from 25 overs on his Test debut.
Seamer Ravi Rampaul took three for 27 from 17 overs for his best figures in a Test. "I felt the pressure to perform after seeing Saeed and the other Pakistan spinners bowling so well and getting so much help from the pitch," said Bishoo. "I felt it was my duty to go and get wickets for the team. I tried to vary my pace a lot because the pitch was playing a bit slow and tried to bowl the balls in the right areas."
Abdur Rehman topped the scoring for the visitors with 40 not out while Azhar Ali made 34 and Umar Akmal hit 33. Hafeez then gave Pakistan a bright start when the West Indies batted again, grabbing the scalp of Devon Smith lbw for one playing down the wrong line.
It was the sixth straight innings the part-time Pakistani off-spinner had dismissed the left-handed West Indies opener in the last month, stretching back to the quarter-finals of the recent World Cup. Ajmal, who took five wickets in the West Indies first innings, also trapped Darren Bravo lbw for eight, when the left-hander played back and across to a well-pitched delivery.
Pakistan's fortunes in the match shifted spectacularly after they continued from their lunchtime total of 45 for one. Before lunch, the Pakistanis looked to have firm control, after Hafeez, Pakistan's most prolific batsman in the one-day series, was bowled for four, dragging a delivery from Rampaul into his stumps in the second over of their innings.
Azhar and Taufeeq made steady progress either side of the interval in between a couple alarming moments. Taufeeq was fortunate on one when he edged a rising ball from Rampaul between second slip and gully for his first boundary. His heart rate was raised again when he was on five, West Indies appealing unsuccessfully for a caught behind off the same bowler.
After lunch, the visitors lost five wickets for 23 runs in the space of 78 deliveries, and were wobbling on 80 for six. Taufeeq was lbw to West Indies captain Darren Sammy for 19 playing forward and across a delivery angled in to the left-hander from around the wicket in the fifth over after lunch.
Three overs later, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq was trapped lbw plumb in front for two on the backfoot to a flatter, faster delivery from Bishoo. Azhar was bowled in the next over, offering no stroke to a delivery moving back to give Sammy his second wicket in 12 overs that cost 16.
Asad Shafiq was lbw for two playing down the wrong line to a leg-break from Bishoo, following a successful West Indies review of New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden's not-out verdict, and Mohammad Salman was lbw for four, suffering a similar fate. Pakistan reached 113 for six at tea, as Akmal added an even 50 for the seventh wicket either side of the break with Rehman.
Akmal then had a rush of blood, and was caught behind off Bishoo, when he top-edged a pull to trigger a collapse that saw Pakistan lose their last four wickets for 30 runs in the space of 65 balls.
Umar Gul was also caught behind, top-edging a pull at a short delivery from Rampaul, who also trapped Ajmal lbw for one, following a review of New Zealand umpire Tony Hill's not-out verdict.
The visitors' innings came to a close, when Wahab Riaz was caught behind, groping at a delivery outside the off-stump to give Kemar Roach his only wicket.

Past winners of Azlan Shah Hockey tournament


Photo Vino John - GNN
1983 1985 1987 1991
CHAMPION: AUSTRALIA
SECOND: PAKISTAN
THIRD: INDIA
FOURTH: MALAYSIA
CHAMPION: INDIA
SECOND: MALAYSIA
THIRD: PAKISTAN
FOURTH: SPAIN
CHAMPION: GERMANY
SECOND: PAKISTAN
THIRD: ENGLAND
FOURTH: MALAYSIA
FIFTH: KOREA
SIXTH: JAPAN
CHAMPION: INDIA
SECOND: PAKISTAN
THIRD: SOVIET UNION
FOURTH: NEW ZEALAND
FIFTH: MALAYSIA
SIXTH: KOREA
1994 1995 1996 1998
CHAMPION: ENGLAND
SECOND: PAKISTAN
THIRD: AUSTRALIA
FOURTH: MALAYSIA
FIFTH: KOREA
CHAMPION: INDIA
SECOND: GERMANY
THIRD: NEW ZEALAND
FOURTH: SPAIN
FIFTH: CANADA
SIXTH: MALAYSIA
CHAMPION: AUSTRALIA
SECOND: GERMANY
THIRD: KOREA
FOURTH: NEW ZEALAND
FIFTH: ENGLAND
SIXTH: MALAYSIA
CHAMPION: PAKISTAN
SECOND: KOREA
THIRD: GERMANY
FOURTH: CANADA
FIFTH: MALAYSIA
SIXTH: NEW ZEALAND
1999 2000 2001 2003
CHAMPION: KOREA
SECOND: AUSTRALIA
THIRD: MALAYSIA
FOURTH: ENGLAND
FIFTH: INDIA
SIXTH: NETHERLANDS
CHAMPION: PAKISTAN
SECOND: KOREA
THIRD: INDIA
FOURTH: MALAYSIA
FIFTH: GERMANY
SIXTH: NEW ZEALAND
SEVENTH: CANADA
CHAMPION: GERMANY
SECOND: KOREA
THIRD: AUSTRALIA
FOURTH: PAKISTAN
FIFTH: INDIA
SIXTH: ENGLAND
SEVENTH: MALAYSIA
CHAMPION: PAKISTAN
SECOND: GERMANY
THIRD: NEW ZEALAND
FOURTH: KOREA
FIFTH: MALAYSIA
2004
CHAMPION: AUSTRALIA
SECOND: PAKISTAN
THIRD: KOREA
FOURTH: GERMANY
FIFTH: SPAINSIXTH: MALAYSIA
SEVENTH: INDIA
2005
CHAMPION: AUSTRALIA
SECOND: KOREA
THIRD: PAKISTAN
FOURTH: NEW ZEALAND
FIFTH: INDIA
SIXTH: MALAYSIA
SEVENTH: SOUTH AFRICA

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup- 04/06/2005
Team Pld Won Drw Lst For Agt Pts
AUS 6 4 2 0 19 10 14
KOR 6 4 1 1 22 13 13
PAK 6 4 1 1 12 8 13
NZL 6 2 1 3 15 13 7
MAS 6 2 1 3 8 12 7
IND 6 1 1 4 8 15 4
RSA 6 0 1 5 7 20 1

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Results Table - 04/06/2005
Team Names 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - AUS ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
2 - IND 0 - 1 ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
3 - KOR 3 - 3 4 - 1 ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
4 - MAS 1 - 3 4 - 1 0 - 4 ------ ------ ------ ------
5 - NZL 1 - 2 2 - 2 4 - 6 3 - 1 ------ ------ ------
6 - PAK 2 - 2 3 - 2 3 - 2 0 - 1 2 - 1 ------ ------
7 - RSA 3 - 8 1 - 2 2 - 3 1 - 1 0 - 4 0 - 2 ------
2006

CHAMPION: NETHERLANDS
SECOND: AUSTRALIA
THIRD: INDIA
FOURTH: NEW ZEALAND
FIFTH: PAKISTAN
SIXTH: KOREA
SEVENTH: ARGENTINA
EIGHTH: MALAYSIA
Final NED 6 ARG 2
3/4 IND 3 NZL 2
5/6 KOR 1 PAK 4
7/8 MAS 2 ARG 3 (Golden Goal)
Semi-Finals
IND 0 NED 1
NZL 1 AUS 7

Azlan Shah Cup 2006
Pool A - 22/06/2006

Team Pld Won Drw Lst For Agt Pts
IND 3 2 0 1 9 6 6
AUS 3 1 1 1 6 6 4
KOR 3 1 1 1 5 5 4
MAS 3 0 2 1 6 9 2

Azlan Shah Cup 2006
Pool B - 22/06/2006

Team Pld Won Drw Lst For Agt Pts
NZL 3 1 2 0 6 5 5
NED 3 1 1 1 6 4 4
PAK 3 1 1 1 6 7 4
ARG 3 1 0 2 5 7 3

Azlan Shah Cup 2006 - Pool A
Results Table - 22/06/2006

Team Names 1 2 3 4
1 - AUS ------ ------ ------ ------
2 - IND 1 - 4 ------ ------ ------
3 - KOR 3 - 0 0 - 3 ------ ------
4 - MAS 2 - 2 2 - 5 2 - 2 ------

Azlan Shah Cup 2006 - Pool B
Results Table - 22/06/2006

Team Names 1 2 3 4
1 - ARG ------ ------ ------ ------
2 - NED 4 - 1 ------ ------ ------
3 - NZL 3 - 2 0 - 0 ------ ------
4 - PAK 0 - 2 3 - 2 3 - 3 ------
2007

CHAMPION: AUSTRALIA
SECOND: MALAYSIA
THIRD: INDIA
FOURTH: KOREA
FIFTH: ARGENTINA
SIXTH: PAKISTAN
SEVENTH: CHINA
EIGHTH: CANADA

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
Pool A - 09/05/2007

Team Pld Won Drw Lst For Agt Pts
AUS 3 2 0 1 8 3 6
IND 3 2 0 1 7 5 6
ARG 3 2 0 1 4 4 6
CHN 3 0 0 3 8 15 0

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
Pool A Results Table - 09/05/2007
Team Names 1 2 3 4
1 - ARG ------ ------ ------ ------
2 - AUS 0 - 1 ------ ------ ------
3 - CHN 2 - 3 2 - 7 ------ ------
4 - IND 2 - 0 0 - 1 5 - 4 ------


Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
Pool B - 09/05/2007

Team Pld Won Drw Lst For Agt Pts
MAS 3 2 1 0 5 2 7
KOR 3 2 0 1 5 3 6
PAK 3 1 1 1 6 6 4
CAN 3 0 0 3 0 5 0

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
Pool B Results Table - 09/05/2007
Team Names 1 2 3 4
1 - CAN ------ ------ ------ ------
2 - KOR 1 - 0 ------ ------ ------
3 - MAS 2 - 0 1 - 0 ------ ------
4 - PAK 2 - 0 2 - 4 2 - 2 ------

2008

CHAMPION: ARGENTINA
SECOND: INDIA
THIRD: NEW ZEALAND
FOURTH: PAKISTAN
FIFTH: CANADA
SIXTH: BELGIUM
SEVENTH: MALAYSIA

Azlan Shah Cup 2008
Ipoh, Malaysia- 17/05/2008

Team Pld Won Drw Lst For Agt Pts
ARG 6 4 2 0 19 8 14
IND 6 4 0 2 17 16 12
PAK 6 3 1 2 18 16 10
NZL 6 3 0 3 14 14 9
BEL 6 2 0 4 15 17 6
CAN 6 1 2 3 7 12 5
MAS 6 1 1 4 9 16 4

Azlan Shah Cup 2008
Ipoh, Malaysia Results Table - 17/05/2008

Team Names 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - ARG ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
2 - BEL 1 - 2 ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
3 - CAN 2 - 2 1 - 0 ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
4 - IND 1 - 5 6 - 4 3 - 1 ------ ------ ------ ------
5 - MAS 0 - 5 2 - 4 2 - 2 1 - 2 ------ ------ ------
6 - NZL 1 - 2 3 - 1 3 - 0 4 - 3 0 - 2 ------ ------
7 - PAK 3 - 3 3 - 5 2 - 1 1 - 2 3 - 2 6 - 3 ------

2009


India win
CHAMPIONS: INDIA
SECOND: MALAYSIA
THIRD: NEW ZEALAND
FOURTH: PAKISTAN
FIFTH: EGYPT

Final India 3 Malaysia 1
3-4 New Zealand 2 Pakistan 1

Azlan Shah Cup 2009
Table standings 11/04/2009


TeamPldWonDrwLstForAgtPts
IND 4 2 2 0 9 5 8
MAS 4 2 1 1 8 7 7
NZL 4 1 3 0 7 6 6
PAK 4 1 0 3 9 8 3
EGY 4 0 2 2 4 11 2

Azlan Shah Cup 2009
Results Table - 11/04/2009


Team Names 1 2 3 4 5
1 - EGY ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
2 - IND 2 - 2 ------ ------ ------ ------
3 - MAS 4 - 1 0 - 3 ------ ------ ------
4 - NZL 1 - 1 2 - 2 1 - 1 ------ ------
5 - PAK 4 - 0 1 - 2 2 - 3 2 - 3 ------

2010

JOINT CHAMPION: INDIA & KOREA
THIRD: AUSTRALIA
FOURTH: MALAYSIA
FIFTH: PAKISTAN
SIXTH: CHINA
SEVENTH: EGYPT

Final - Washed out Joint winners declared
3/4 - AUS 5 MAS 3
5/6 - PAK 1 CHN 1 (PAK win on Penalty Strokes)

Azlan Shah Cup 2010
Ipoh, Malaysia- 15/05/2010

Team Pld Won Drw Lst For Agt Pts
IND 6 4 1 1 21 14 13
KOR 6 3 2 1 20 11 11
AUS 6 3 2 1 20 12 11
MAS 6 3 2 1 17 9 11
PAK 6 2 2 2 24 20 8
CHN 6 1 1 4 12 19 4
EGY 6 9 9 6 4 33 0

Azlan Shah Cup 2008
Ipoh, Malaysia Results Table - 15/05/2010

Team Names 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - AUS ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
2 - CHN 0 - 4 ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
3 - EGY 0 - 4 1 - 5 ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
4 - IND 4 - 3 1 - 1 7 - 1 ------ ------ ------ ------
5 - KOR 2 - 2 5 - 3 6 - 0 2 - 3 ------ ------ ------
6 - MAS 1 - 2 2 - 1 5 - 0 5 - 2 1 - 1 ------ ------
7 - PAK 5 - 5 6 - 2 6 - 2 2 - 4 2 - 4 3 - 3 ------

Pakistan is going to defeat Australia and win Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament 2011

Karachi- ''Green Chaddis'' (Pakistan) is going on a right path in Hockey.Pakistan has recently won Asian Hockey championship and is coming back his revival of his Prime form.Pakistan has performed well in Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament 2011.They have beated favourite Korea ,Newzealand, arch-rival India and host Malaysia to qualify for final of the tournament.Pakistan has to meet Australia in final which they are confident to beat World Champion and shows the world that who is real Champ of hockey.Pakistan and Australia both have won World Cup 4 times each.So it is hoping that two bulls 'll fight in final of Azlan Shah hockey tournament 2011 on Sunday.Pakistan Qualifies for Azlan Shah cup final after 2004.So nation is hoping good performance from their Green Tigers.
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