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World lost the greatest player of all-time: WSF ISLAMABAD: World Squash Federation (WSF) believes the world just lost the greatest player of all time in the likes of Pakistan Legend Late Hashim Khan saying we are now left with memories of a great champion who has made a superb contribution to the game of squash.WSF President Narayana Ramachandran said Khan's going to be remembered for his sportsmanship and for what a wonderful man he was, says a press release issued here.Ramachandran said Hashim's passing has taken somebody so special from us. "As we remember him we send our condolences and best wishes to his family at this very sad time," he said.Hashim Khan, the father figure of modern squash, died just a month after celebrating his 100th birthday. He was born near Peshawar on July 1, 1914. Khan led his country's pre-eminent status in the sport in the 20th century. In the 1950s he won a then record ...

Pakistan to participate in World Youth Scrabble Championship ISLAMABAD: Defending Champions Pakistan will participate in the 9th World Youth Scrabble Championship (WYSC) to be played at Colombo, Sri Lanka from August 29 to 31.A Pakistan Scrabble Association official told APP that Moiz Ullah Baig is the reigning world youth champion and a favourite to retain the title this year. "We are hoping that Moiz will become the first player in history to win the WYSC twice," he said.He said the team is selected ...

Phelps can swim faster after comeback: coach GOLD COAST: US superstar Michael Phelps came out of retirement because he believes he can swim faster than ever before, his coach Bob Bowman said on Wednesday.Phelps, 29, admitted he was feeling "rusty" after some elementary errors at this month's US Championships, where he finished winless.But Bowman said Phelps was driven by the conviction that he can exceed the performances that brought him 18 Olympic titles, the most achieved by any athlete."That's the reason he ...

West Indies part ways with coach Gibson ST. JOHN'S: The West Indies parted ways with coach Ottis Gibson on Tuesday, just a day ahead of a home one-day series against Bangladesh.The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said the two sides "mutually agreed to terminate their association" with team manager Richie Richardson stepping in as interim coach.No reason was given for the departure of Gibson, who had been in charge since 2010 and led the West Indies to the World Twenty20 title in ...

Top seed Halep ousted at New Haven tennis NEW HAVEN: Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova sent top-seeded Simona Halep crashing out of the WTA Tour's Connecticut Open in one of two second round upsets on Tuesday at the final US Open tune-up.Halep, the reigning champ, had her serve broken six times and Rybarikova saved 10 of 14 break opportunities en route to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory at the Connecticut Tennis Center facility.Second-seeded Petra Kvitova, last year's runner-up to Halep, cruised past Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, ...

Franklin hit by back spasms ahead of Pan Pacs GOLD COAST: Multiple Olympic and world champion Missy Franklin's preparations for this week's Pan Pacific Championships on Australia's Gold Coast have been hit by back trouble, US team officials said Wednesday.The 19-year-old American star suffered back spasms in training and was undergoing treatment ahead of her opening scheduled swims at the meet on Thursday. The quadruple London Olympic gold medallist and nine-time world champion had to be assisted from the training pool late Tuesday and ...

Suarez adds bite but Barca hopes hinge on defence BARCELONA: Barcelona have added Luis Suarez to their star-studded forward line but it could be their defensive reinforcements that make the difference as they look to win back the La Liga title.The club's first trophyless season in six years has sparked an overhaul with new coach Luis Enrique bringing in fresh faces for many positions ahead of the La Liga campaign that kicks off on Saturday. All eyes will be on Suarez, signed from Liverpool ...


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