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Punjab girls in TT semis

Punjab girls in TT semis

LAHORE – Punjab have qualified for the first round of the Inter-Provincial Youth U16 Girls’ Table Tennis Championship. The Punjab team thrashed both Islamabad and Fata 3-0 to reach the semi-finals. The final will be held on April 12 in Azad Jamu Kashmir.
Meanwhile, The Sports Board Punjab is organising the PSB Inter-Provincial Youth U16 Girls Badminton Championship trials at Iqbal Park Sports Complex. The nine divisional teams from all over Punjab will report at 9:00am for the

Wozniacki rallies to reach Charleston semis

CHARLESTON – World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki rallied to reach the semi-finals of the WTA tour event here Friday, clawing her way past Belgian Yanina Wickmayer. “In every match, she finds a way to get out of it and beat her opponent,” Wickmayer said. “That’s most important.”
Wozniacki trailed in both the second and third sets, but won the last four games of the encounter to notch the 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 quarter-final win. The escape came a day after the top-seeded Dane needed two

Patron’s Trophy semis from 13th

LAHORE – The semi-finals and final of the Patron’s Trophy G-II Tournament will be played from April 13 and April 19. The first semi-final will be played between Navy and Medicam at the LCCA Ground Lahore. Umpires for the match will be Rasheed Bhatti and Anisur Rehman.
The second semi-final will be held between UBL and Port Qasim at Diamond Ground Islamabad, under the supervision of Kaukab Butt and Akram Raza. The final has been slated for April 16-19, with the winners of the

United, Barca close in on semis

PARIS – A composed Wayne Rooney netted a potentially priceless goal as Manchester United earned a 1-0 Champions League quarter-final, first leg victory at Chelsea, while Barcelona thumped Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 in Spain.
Rooney had come under fire — and earned a two-match ban, along with front-page headlines — for a foul-mouthed tirade at television cameras after scoring his hat-trick in a 4-2 win over West Ham last week.
After firing home decisively at Stamford Bridge, the

Top four seeds reach Honda Cup semis

LAHORE – All the top four seeded players moved into the next round of the Atlas Honda Cup in men’s singles here on Thursday. They eased past their rivals in their quarter-final matches to reach the semi-finals.
In first match, Pakistan No. 1 Aqeel Khan beat Abid Mushtaque 6-1, 6-2. The second seeded Jalil Khan beat Imran shoukat 6-4, 6-3, while third seed Yasir Khan beat Waqas Malik 6-3 ,7-6(4). Shehzad Khan beat Heera Ashiq 6-3,7-6 (3) in the last quarter-final.

Give credit to team for reaching semis

LAHORE – Pakistan’s banned pace bowler Mohammad Amir feels the national cricket team deserves credit for reaching the last four stage of the ICC World Cup 2011.
“The boys did well. They deserve credit for their performance. Reaching the semi-finals is no joke and their efforts are commendable,” PakPassion quoted Amir as saying.
Pakistan’s World Cup campaign had ended in a 29-run defeat at the hands of India in the semi final clash at Mohali on March 30. “Mistakes were made

Djokovic in Miami semis

MIAMI – Novak Djokovic reached the Miami semi-finals Wednesday by beating Kevin Anderson, extending his winning streak and avenging a loss two years ago to the South African in the same city.
World number two Djokovic defeated unseeded Anderson 6-4, 6-2 in a quarter-final match at the $9 million ATP Masters 1000 hardcourt tournament. “When I was two breaks up in the second set I was comfortable sure, but not before that,” Djokovic said. “In the second set I found that momentum,

Indian stardust at World Cup semis

MOHALI – A bevy of Bollywood stars added a dash of glamour to Wednesday’s high-octane World Cup semi-final clash between Pakistan and India. Top actor Aamir Khan was flanked by his wife Kiran Rao in the VIP enclosure of the PCA Stadium.
Khan was joined by actors Vivek Oberoi, Rahul Bose and Dino Morea and popular Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi in the glass-enclosure. “Billion Indian hearts beating for 11 boys in blue to make India proud,” tweeted Oberoi. Morea said he was

Openers power SL to semis

COLOMBO – Openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga hit brilliant hundreds to guide Sri Lanka to an emphatic 10-wicket win over England which eased them into the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday. The 1996 champions restricted England to 229-6 before romping home on the back of a fiery unfinished opening stand of 231 in a one-sided finish, much to the delight of a packed 35,000 crowd at R. Premadasa stadium.
Dilshan finished with a 115-ball 108 not out, spiced with 10

SL enter semis for third time

STATE CORNER – Sri Lanka entered the semi-finals of the World Cup for the third time after defeating England by 10 wickets in the fourth quarter-final at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Saturday. Runners-up four years ago, Sri Lanka also qualified for the semis in 1996 when they became the world champions by beating Australia in the final at Lahore.
Tillakaratne Dilshan became the seventh Sri Lankan and 32nd batsman overall to score 10 or more hundreds in ODIs. Tillakaratne

Last battle for semis may get washed away

COLOMBO – Rain and thunderstorms posed a threat to Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final between co-hosts Sri Lanka and England.
Overnight rain in parts of Colombo threatened the high-profile match, although there was no rain in and around the R. Premadasa stadium where the pitch remained covered ahead of the 0900GMT start.
As per the playing conditions of the tournament, there is one reserve day allocated to all quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final.
The first

England need to push hard for semis

THE REALITY CHECK – It’s hard to predict what England will do in this World Cup. While Sri Lanka sailed to the second round with only one loss to Pakistan, England struggled to advance after defeats to Ireland and Bangladesh. However, England have come good when it mattered the most.
Today in Colombo, the odds will be heavily stacked against England, with Sri Lanka playing in front of a home crowd at the Premadasa – a place where they can become quite intimidating for visiting

Yuvraj sets up Pakistan, India semis showdown

AHMEDABAD – India sparked jubilant celebrations among its billion plus fans after ending Australia’s remarkable 12-year reign as World Cup champions with a thrilling five-wicket win in the quarter-finals on Thursday. Chasing 261 for victory, India fumbled and faltered but half-centuries from Sachin Tendulkar (53), Gautam Gambhir (50) and Yuvraj Singh (57 not out) eventually helped them to overwhelm the target with 14 balls to spare and set up a mouthwatering semi-final with Pakistan.

Model Town enter semis

LAHORE – Model Town thrashed Afshan FC 7-1 to enter the semi-finals of the All Punjab Raiders Football Cup 2011. Model Town staged a recovery after conceding an early goal and turned the tide in the second session as international striker Zaheer Abbas struck a hat-trick with goals in the 11th, 14th and 27th minute of the second session.
Afshan were the first to strike, with Ali Bajwa scoring a goal in the 12th minute. MTFC equalised in the 29th minute through Zain Khalid. The

Clinical Pakistan trounce Windies to storm into semis

DHAKA – Skipper Shahid Afridi led from the front as formidable Pakistan crushed the West Indies by 10 wickets to reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1999 on Wednesday.
Afridi spearheaded a spin assault on the flat-footed West Indies batsmen who crashed for 112 in 43.3 overs, a target Pakistan surpassed easily in the 21st over at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.
The leg-spinner, already the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, took his tally to 21 as he finished

Aisam, Bopanna storm into semis

LAHORE – The Indo-Pak Express of Aisam ul-Haq Qureshi and Rohan Bopanna forced their way into the semi-final of the doubles event at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. Aisam and Bopanna won their quarter-final against the Serbian pairing of Novak Djokovic and Victor Troicki 6-1, 7-6.
The first set saw the Asians come out all guns blazing, catching the current Davis Cup champions unawares with a hail of powerful serves and ground strokes. The world no.3 and current

Model Town advance to semis

LAHORE – Model Town advanced to the semi-final of the 8th M Siddiq Memorial Cricket Tournament after beating Shalimar Gym by 8 wickets in the last quarter-final at Model Town ground on Monday. A briliiant bowling performance by Azhar Atari (5-22) was the highlight of the match. Model Town club will meet Apollo Sports in the semi-final.
Scores: Shalimar Gym 96 all out in 18.4 overs. Riaz Uddin 31, Imran Shafi 15. Azhar Atari 5/22, SOhail Khan 3/24. Model Town Club 98/2 in 12.5