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Imran leads green Pakistan contingent at dazzling Asian Games opening INCHEON: Olympian Hockey Captain Muhammad Imran led the Pakistan Contingent at the XVII Asian Games which opened with a glittering, colorful and dazzling opening ceremony at Incheon Main Stadium here on Friday evening.Smartly attired in national dress Shalwar Kameez and green waist-coat Pakistan athletes were cheered and greeted as they entered the stadium by the crowd. A Korean lady was carrying Pakistan’s National flower Jasmeen was in front of Muhammad Imran, reports Ehsan Qureshi.Popular Gangnam concert was also part of the ceremony which was watched and enjoy by jam-packed 62,000 strong crowd amid fanfare and pageantry in 45-nation competition.Top Korean Singer thrilled the audience with songs as local present era, past history and ancient culture was displayed in an imposing fashion.South Korean President Park Geun-hye, President Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, Chairman Organizing Committee and heads of all National Olympic Committees including POA President Lt. Gen. ...

Wenger wary of foreign crackdown LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned that proposals by the Football Association to cut the number of players from outside the European Union could dilute the quality of the English game.England haven't won a major tournament since lifting the World Cup on home soil in 1966 and bowed out of this year's edition in Brazil without winning a match.FA chairman Greg Dyke's England Commission has made proposals to reduce the number of overseas players ...
Kerber, Wozniacki reach Pan Pacific semis TOKYO: Top two seeds Angelique Kerber of Germany and Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki roared into the semi-finals of the WTA Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Friday.Top-seeded Kerber outplayed sixth-seeded Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-0 and Wozniacki, a former world number one, overcame Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-3 in the quarter-finals.Kerber, 26, ranked eighth in the world, needed just 61 minutes to stop the 13th-ranked Slovakian.Wozniacki, seeded second and reeling from her loss to top-ranked ...
Lahiri maintains Selangor Masters lead KUALA LUMPUR: Anirban Lahiri maintained a two-stroke overnight lead by shooting a 3-under-par 68 on Friday at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters in Malaysia.Australia's Cameron Smith was in pursuit with a 66 on the day to take sole second place at 8-under, with Lahiri's fellow Indian S.S.P. Chowrasia a further two strokes back at the close of second-round play.Lahiri, who is currently second on the Asian Tour's Order of Merit, was only at even-par for ...
Hingis, Wozniacki hail retiring Li as a game changer TOKYO: Swiss tennis legend Martina Hingis said Friday Li Na's retirement was a loss to world tennis, crediting the Chinese star with raising the game's profile in her home country and across Asia. "It's a sad day for Chinese tennis and for the global sport in general," Hingis, who has won five singles and nine doubles Grand Slam titles, said in Tokyo after hearing about Li's decision during the WTA Pan Pacific Open."I have good ...
Lepchenko ousts Radwanska in Korea SEOUL: Varvaro Lepchenko upset world number five Agnieszka Radwanska for the second time in two meetings as she ended the Pole's title defence in the WTA Korea Open quarter-finals on Friday.Lepchenko lost an opening-set tiebreaker but she came back with a vengeance to win 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 6-2 and set up a semi-final against fellow American Christina McHale.The result means former Wimbledon champion Radwanska, who also lost to Lepchenko in July, is still yet to ...
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 ...


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