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London to host Euro 2020 final GENEVA: London will host the final and semi-finals of the 2020 European football championship, which will exceptionally be held in 13 different countries, UEFA boss Michel Platini announced Friday.The quarter-finals will meanwhile be hosted by Munich (Germany), Baku (Azerbaijan), Saint Petersburg (Russia) and Rome (Italy), the president of European football's governing body revealed at a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland. London beat its sole rival Munich for the top bid, as observers expected. Ahead of the vote, top German football officials had hinted they might leave the path free to England if in return London supports its bid to host the tournament in 2024, when it returns to the single-host format. For the 60th anniversary of the European Championship, first held in 1960, UEFA decided to organise the tournament across the whole continent.In all 19 countries bid for a chance to host Euro 2020 games.On top of one quarter-final, Rome, Munich, ...

Watson out to smash Europe Ryder Cup stranglehold EDINBURGH: Paul McGinley's Europe will start as hot favourites to retain the Ryder Cup against Tom Watson's United States at Gleneagles, Scotland next week.The Europeans have dominated the biennial team showdown for the past 20 years, defeating the Americans seven out of nine times and five out of the last six.The last occasion came two years ago in Medinah outside of Chicago when Jose Maria Olazabal's men staged the greatest final day comeback in Ryder ...

PCB has no option but to appoint Misbah as captain till 2015 World Cup: Ijaz INCHEON: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had no options but to appoint Misbah-ul-Haq as captain till 2015 World Cup, former board Chairman Ijaz Butt said."Misbah was only available choice for PCB and it was okay in current circumstances," he told a group of reporters at Bangkok Airport during his stopover on Thursday, reports Ehsan Qureshi.He expressed the hope Misbah would now be fully focused for the series against Australia and New Zealand in United Arab Emirates ...

Li Na, China's tennis revolutionary BEIJING: Li Na single-handedly sparked a tennis revolution in Asia and became one of the world's most successful athletes thanks to her fierce determination to overcome the odds.The straight-talking, wise-cracking Li earned an army of fans when she became the first Asian national to win a Grand Slam singles title at the French Open in 2011. When she added a second Slam title at the Australian Open in January, her legacy was complete and the ...

Pakistan faces Sri Lanka in Asian Games Hockey opener on Saturday INCHEON: Reigning Champion Pakistan will launch their campaign in the XVII Asian Games Hockey competition when they face minnows Sri Lanka in their opening group "A" match here at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium on Saturday.This will be a rare appearance between 2010 Asian Games Champion Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, it will be big test of Sri Lanka players as they are facing a giant team after long period, reports Ehsan Qureshi."We know Sri Lankans ...

Pakistan, BD directly placed in QF of Asian Games women cricket INCHEON: Defending Champion Pakistan and runners-up Bangladesh are directly placed in the quarter-finals of XVII Asian Games Women Twenty20 Cricket Championship, according to schedule provided in the official media guide of the games.Sana Mir's team had won the gold medal at Guangzhou in China in 2010 by beating Bangladesh in the final by 10 wickets thanks to a brilliant all-round show by Nida Dar.27-year-old from Gujranwala, Nida, who is here with the team won the ...

Ganguly wants revival of Indo-Pak matches ISLAMABAD: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly believes Indo- Pak matches are bigger than the Ashes hoping that peace prevails and the bilateral matches between both countries can be played again creating more wonderful memories.Ganguly said both Pakistan and India have produced some great players in the past and continue to do so but we are friends who are fighting on the field to win cricket matches."The absence of Indo-Pak games at international level is hurting ...


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