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DOHA – Birthday boy Retief Goosen shot a three under-par 69 to take a one shot clubhouse lead midway through the first round of the 2.5 million dollar Qatar Masters here on Thursday. Goosen, the 2007 champion in Doha, overshadowed World No.1 Lee Westwood at the Doha Golf Club where most golfers struggled to settle into a rhythm with strong winds adding to their problems on an already difficult course where the thick rough had been a talking point before the tournament began.
DOHA – The proceedings of the make-or-break anti-corruption tribunal hearing the case of suspended Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer began in Doha Thursday.
The hearing, being held behind closed doors at the Qatar Financial Centre, is scheduled to run until January 11, although lawyers have indicated a verdict may come earlier. “It has started. All three players are here,” an International Cricket Council official told AFP.
The three face
DOHA – Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer front a make-or-break anti-corruption tribunal in Doha this week with the threat of life bans hanging over their heads.
The three face charges of spot-fixing during Pakistan’s tour of England last year. It is alleged that they bowled deliberate no-balls – claims they all deny.
They were provisionally suspended by the ICC in October, with the world governing body’s code of conduct carrying a minimum
LAHORE – Suspended paceman Aamir has reiterated
that he has not done anything wrong, adding that he has full faith in the ICC. He hoped to come out clean after the hearing before the ICC panel in Doha.
“I have always played Test matches, but
the upcoming hearing in Doha would not
only be the longest but also the toughest
test of my career. I am hopeful that like the
on-field matches, I would be able to
perform well in this test (hearing) too”,
LAHORE – The International Cricket Council has summoned Pakistan coach Waqar Younis and ODI captain Shahid Afridi to appear before the ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal. The ICC made a request to the PCB to direct Afridi and Younis to appear before the ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal.
Suspended Test captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir are due to appear before the three-member tribunal in Doha from January 6 to 11. The Pakistan Cricket Board said in a
DOHA: The fact they are thousands of miles from home will not dim the rivalry Wednesday as Brazil and Argentina, seven World Cup wins between them, go up against each other in a friendly test in Doha.
After both nations flattered to deceive at the World Cup – Argentina thrashed by Germany in the quarter-finals and Brazil coming up short against Holland – it falls to respective coaches Mano Menezes and Sergio Batista to usher in a new era of success after replacing Dunga and
DOHA: Kim Clijsters followed her defence of the US Open title with a display of great resilience to recapture the WTA Championships title after an interval of seven years here on Sunday. Clijsters, 27, powered her way to a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win over world number one Caroline Wozniacki, despite not having competed at all during the seven weeks since her US Open success because of a foot operation.
The Belgian also had to recover from the disappointment of seeing the 20-year-old Dane
DOHA: Caroline Wozniacki secured the year-end number one spot in the world ranking Thursday, becoming the first ever Dane to do so, but only after suffering an early fright at the WTA Tour Championships here.
For an hour, the 20-year-old top seed seemed in danger of going out of the event, until she worked out the clever tactical patterns of Francesca Schiavone, the French Open champion from Italy, and triumphed 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Not until midway through the second set did