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Woods still the game’s biggest earner despite 2010 woes

Woods still the game’s biggest earner despite 2010 woes

LOS ANGELES – Tiger Woods has once again ended a calendar year as golf’s top earner, despite suffering a pay cut of $48 million after losing his swing and his marriage and failing to win a single tournament.
The American world number two, who celebrated his 35th birthday on Thursday, topped Golf Digest magazine’s annual list for 2010 with overall earnings of $74.2 million. Of that, only $2.29 million came from tournament purses with the rest accumulated off-course through

2 games postponed in English League

LONDON – Freezing temperatures have put paid to two games in the Premier League’s traditional Boxing Day programme – Blackpool against Liverpool and Everton against Birmingham.
Overnight temperatures of minus nine degrees brought a morning pitch inspection at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road pitch, which does not have undersoil heating.
And despite covers and hot-air blowers being employed over the last few days an assessment of the playing surface showed there was no possibility

National Games declared open in colourful ceremony

PESHAWAR – Amid tight security, Governor KP Owais Ahmad Ghani inaugurated the National Games in a colourful ceremony at Khan Qayoom Stadium here on Saturday. The inauguration ceremony of 31st National Games was also attended by high ranking officials from all four provinces, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and FATA.
Former Olympian Qazi Salahuddin entered the stadium with the torch after the governor declared the Games open. Squash star Aamir Atlas lit the torch. Later on, players

2 million register for London Games tickets

LONDON – Two million people have registered an interest for tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games, despite the prices being higher than initially promised, the head of the organising committee said Saturday.
Paul Deighton expects a further 500,000 to sign up for information updates by the time the 6.6 million tickets for the public go on sale in March. “One of the key things for us in March is to make sure that things go smoothly,” said Deighton, the chief executive of the

The games people play!

The dust kicked up by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) by its parting ways with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)-led coalition, appears to have settled and the chances of its transforming into a storm have also seemingly diminished, with the clouds of uncertainty too disappearing for the time being after the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) softened its position after meeting the president and the prime minister.
The JUI-F had “apparently” quit the government after its minister

ASIAN GAMES 2010 – ‘Extraordinary’ Games close with China dominant

GUANGZHOU: An “extraordinary” Asian Games on Saturday closed after 15 days of thrills and spills that saw China reinforce its sporting credentials and Japan slip further behind.
On the last day of action at an Asiad unprecedented in size and scale, China fittingly won the last gold at stake when their women’s volleyball team toppled South Korea 3-2 in a thrilling finale.
Zhou Chunxiu earlier added yet more gold to their glittering haul by defending her women’s marathon title

Pakistan blast India over Games no-show

GUANGZHOU: Pakistan reopened old wounds with India on Friday by insisting their bitter rivals were wrong to snub the Asian Games by refusing to send a cricket team.
Pakistan coach Sadiq Mohammad insisted that more pressure should have been put on India to respect the Guangzhou tournament, the first time the sport has featured at the Asiad. “India said they would come and they said cricket should be in the Asian Games.
God knows why they are not here. Somebody should have

Most successful Games ever for China

GUANGZHOU: Powerhouse China made Guangzhou its most successful Asian Games ever on Friday as Bangladesh beat Afghanistan to win not just the cricket but their first gold medal in Asiad history.
When Feng Lanlan clinched the women’s 68kg karate title it pushed China’s total golds to 184, shattering their previous best at the Beijing Asiad in 1990, a tally no other country has reached since the Games began in 1951
Guangzhou had already become their most dominant in terms of

Liu wins redemption as another drugs case tars Games

GUANGZHOU: Superstar hurdler Liu Xiang won redemption Wednesday in front of home fans for his Beijing Olympic disaster by claiming Asian Games gold on a day tarnished by a second positive doping test.
On day 12 of the showpiece multi-sports event, dominant table-toppers China made the Guangzhou Games its most successful ever in terms of total medals.
Li Caixia’s gold and Li Ling’s silver in the women’s pole vault were the 343rd and 344th for the hosts, surpassing the

POA to boycott 31st National Games

LAHORE: The Punjab Olympics Association has decided to boycott the 31st National Games due to be held in Peshawar next month due to a lack of training of its players The announcement came after the POA cancelled the organisation of the 71st Punjab Games which were postponed for the fourth successive time. According to a POA official, the Punjab athletes are not in a position to take part in the country’s major sporting event due to a lack of competitive training.
“We were forced

ASIAN GAMES 2010 – China turn screws in badminton, table tennis

GUANGZHOU: China’s Wang Shixian shocked world number one Wang Xin to win the women’s Asian Games badminton title Saturday as the hosts completed a clean-sweep of all seven table tennis gold.
The action came as India inflicted more pain on arch-rivals Pakistan in the field hockey, storming into the semi-finals with a 3-2 win for their fourth success over their bitter-rivals this year.
Victories by their paddlers and shuttlers helped push China’s gold medal haul to 138 while

Pakistani women lift Asian Games cricket crown

GUANGZHOU: Pakistan created history Friday in crushing Bangladesh by 10 wickets to win the first-ever Asian Games women’s cricket tournament. The victory handed Pakistan their first gold of the Guangzhou Games and prevented Bangladesh from claiming their country’s first ever at an Asiad.
The win comes as welcome relief at a time of major problems for the men’s game in Pakistan, which has been embroiled in spot-fixing and disciplinary issues for much of the past year.

Asian Games open with China set to dominate

GUANGZHOU: The Asian Games opened with a spectacular water-themed gala ceremony on Friday, culminating years of planning for an event that is set to reinforce China’s regional sporting dominance.
The extravaganza heralds the most ambitious Asiad so far with some 10,000 athletes from 45 countries and territories vying for gold in 42 sports.
The Games run until November 27, with hosts China heavily favoured to top the medal table, and South Korea and Japan battling for second

Bangladesh and India face Asian Games exits

GUANGZHOU: Defending champions Qatar were given an almighty fright by India on Tuesday before sending them to the verge of elimination from the Asian Games tournament, with Bangladesh also looking at an early trip home. India took the lead but the Qataris battled back to score twice in the last 10 minutes of their Group D game and secure a 2-1 win.
It left the Indians with no points and virtually no hope of qualifying for the knockout rounds. Singapore are also in trouble after

Hockey schedule for 16th Asian Games announced

Organizing Committee of the 16th Asian Games has announced the schedule of the hockey event which will be held from November 12 to November 27 at Guangzhou, China.
According to a press release issued on Tuesday, the men’s hockey event will take place from November 15 to 25 for which the ten teams have been divided in two pools. Pool A comprises of Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Oman while Group B includes Pakistan, India, Japan, Bangladesh and Hong Kong.

Games corruption charge shakes Indian politics

NEW DELHI: India’s main opposition party on Tuesday accused the government of corruption surrounding the just-finished Commonwealth Games, saying it would stall parliament next month unless an impartial probe was ordered.
The threat from the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comes as the government struggles to find political support for tough reforms bills in parliament which opens on November 9. The government is also preparing for a visit by US President Barack

PHF blames crowd behaviour for poor show at CW Games

LAHORE: The Pakistan hockey team and board have attributed crowd behaviour as the major reason for the team’s poor performance in the Commonwealth Games hockey event.
The captain of Pakistan hockey team along with the Pakistan Hockey Federation stated that the abuses hurled at them by the Indian fans in their 7-4 loss to India were a decisive factor in the context of the game.
Accusing the Indian audience for the loss, PHF secretary Asif Bajwa asserted that the Pakistani