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Afghanistan Cricket COO terms Pakistan Safe for Sports

LAHORE - Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Chief Operating Officer (COO) Dr Noor M Murad pointed out that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has extended such a big support that they were not even expecting and hoped it would maintain the same help in future too. Talking to this scribe, Dr Noor said: “The PCB has be the only cricket board in the region that has given the ACB such a support by allowing to use it ...

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Roger Federer wants more drug testing in tennis

Roger Federer wants biological passports similar to those used in cycling to be introduced to detect doping in tennis.  The Wimbledon champion reiterated his recent claims that blood tests are less frequent than earlier in his career. "A blood passport will be necessary as some substances can't be discovered right now," said the 31-year-old. "But there also should be more blood tests and out of competition ...

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Celtic Captain Hails Pirlo as One of the Greats

Celtic captain Scott Brown has described Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo as “one of the greats,” ahead of their UEFA Champions League clash on Tuesday evening. The Italian maestro is coming off the back of a magnificent 2012, where he played an integral role in Juventus’ undefeated Serie A-winning campaign last season, and was instrumental in Italy’s Euro 2012 run. 2013 gives him the opportunity to once ag ...

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Pique: I Want Manchester United to Beat Real Madrid

The towering center back is cheering for his former team ahead of the Champions League tie, and has hailed Barca's strength in depth. Barcelona defender Gerard Pique hopes that Manchester United will reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League at the expense of Real Madrid. The Spain international wore the United jersey from 2004 until 2008, and he is hopeful that his former team can beat Barca's arch r ...

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Ronaldo is Better Than Zidane, Says Sir Alex Ferguson

The Portugal star is facing the Red Devils for the first time since his £80m move, and his former Old Trafford boss thinks the 28-year-old is more talented than the French legend Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is more talented than Los Blancos legend Zinedine Zidane as the sides prepare to face each other in the last 16 of the Champions League. The Portu ...

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PSG boss ready to make move for Ronaldo after missing out on Baggio

Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Aneclotti says he is eager to avoid repeating errors he has made in the past by snapping up Cristiano Ronaldo if the chance arises. Ronaldo could leave Real Madrid in the summer as speculation regarding his future at the Bernabeu grows while Madrid's poor season continues. Reports in Span suggest he won't sign a contract extension this summer, while the Portuguese winger has r ...

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Jackson moving up, but Messi is still No1

Lionel Messi is now a full 26 points clear at the top of the ESM Golden Shoe rankings, with Cristiano Ronaldo emerging as his main rival for the title of Europe's top domestic goalscorer, and FC Porto's Jackson Martínez joining  a clutch of top strikers in third place. Four goals against CA Osasuna and a weekend penalty against Valencia CF, taking his Liga scoring streak to 12 games, mean Messi remains on t ...

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Mourinho: Granada deserved win

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho offered no excuses after his team slumped to a 1-0 La Liga loss at relegation-threatened Granada last night. Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half own goal ensured new Granada boss Lucas Alcaraz enjoyed a dream first game in charge with a stunning win against the champions at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes. And Mourinho, whose side remained 15 points behind leaders Barcelona, was gr ...

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Force India quiet on second driver

Force India have yet to name its second driver for 2013 despite taking the covers off the VJM06. Paul di Resta and deputy team principal Robert Fernley were on hand at Silverstone on Friday morning to unveil their 2013 challenge but the identity of the second driver remains a mystery. Nico Hulkenberg raced alongside Di Resta in 2012 but he has signed for the Sauber team for the upcoming season, leaving Forc ...

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La Liga star shuns Southampton interest

Joan Verdu of Espanyol has been a target for a number of teams, with links to clubs as diverse as Atletico Madrid, Southampton and MLS outfit, Seattle Sounders FC. The 29-year-old midfielder, who started his career at Barcelona, was subject to a lot of rumours Stateside prior to the Sounders' signing of Christian Tiffert last year, and is now believed to be one of the players Southampton's new coach Maurici ...

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Muller:ayern Must Learn to e Patient

Thomas Muller has told his Bayern Munich team-mates that they will have to learn to be patient as they cannot expect to decide every match before the break. The Bavarians have been in sublime form this season, but struggled to get going in Sunday's Bundesliga game against Stuttgart. Nevertheless, they eventually recorded a 2-0 victory after Muller and Mario Mandzukic found the net in the second half. "We ha ...

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Afghan club beat Rawalpindi in DPL mach

KABUL (PAN)): An Afghan cricket club called 'Kunduz-Kabul Eagles' on Friday beat Rawalpindi cricket team in the Desert Premier League (DPL) in the UAE, officials said. The twenty-20 event started on Friday among 32 teams from Pakistan, Sari Lanka, India, Bangladesh, the hosts, and Kuwait in the Sharja city of UAE. The 20-over game reduced to 12 overs due to the rain in the city. The Rawalpindi team won the ...

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Sportsmen and Society!

Mahmood Hassan Quraishi It was just like any other morning show that we watch on television channels. In such shows, usually a topic is chosen about which hosts discuss with each other, and after some time, a song is played to keep the interests of viewers alive and intact. In every program, one or more guests are also invited who are asked different questions and in the same way, the program proceeds and i ...

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Federer blows away Tomic

Roger Federer extinguished the Australian Open hopes of home favourite Bernard Tomic for the second year running with a ruthless straight-sets win. Tomic declared in the build-up that "it was a good time to play him" but that optimism appeared horribly misplaced as the brash 20-year-old was swatted aside 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 by the Swiss master. Federer, 11 years his senior, was superior in every element as he ...

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Dorna moves to cap price of World Superbike machinery

Dorna’s crusade to drive down costs in MotoGP will be mirrored in World Superbikes, with a price cap on machinery certain to be introduced for 2014. Now that Dorna controls both MotoGP and World Superbikes, CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta is spearheading a cost-cutting drive in both to counter the on-going impact of the global financial crisis. The Spaniard is also keen to return World Superbikes to its production-bas ...

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de la Rosa snapped up by Ferrari

Pedro de la Rosa was not out of work for long following the demise of the HRT team for which he raced in 2012, but the Spaniard will be taking his renowned development abilities to Italy rather than the UK, as had been suggested. While many expected de la Rosa to return to McLaren for a third stint as its test and development driver, one of the Woking squad's biggest rivals, Ferrari, announced that it had p ...

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Replacing Valentino Rossi not an issue, says Andrea Dovizioso

Andrea Dovizioso insists he is not fazed by the prospect of following in the footsteps of Valentino Rossi at Ducati, especially because his predecessor left after the most difficult spell of his career. Dovizioso is aware of the pressures that come with replacing a rider of Rossi's calibre, but believes that the situation is easier than if Rossi had succeeded at Ducati. "To take the place of Valentino is so ...

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Ronaldo: Playing for Real Madrid tougher than Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo says there is more pressure playing for Real Madrid than Manchester United and has refused to rule out a move away from the Bernabeu when his contract expires in 2015. The Portuguese superstar has began 2013 with a bang, scoring five goals in two games, including a hat-trick against Celta Viga which was, remarkably, the 18th treble of his Madrid career. He managed just one during six years ...

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Cricket: Philander out of second test

Good news has been in small supply for New Zealand on their South African tour, but they got a dose of it today. Ace seamer Vernon Philander has been ruled out of the second test, starting at St Georges Park on Friday. The world's second-ranked bowler, and first test man of the match, has a strained hamstring in his left leg and the diagnosis has a seven to 10-day recovery period. Philander, who took five w ...

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Sergio Aguero: I want to be best in world

Sergio Aguero is dreaming that he will one day emulate his close friend Lionel Messi and be named the best footballer on the planet. Messi  was yesterday awarded the Fifa Ballon d'Or for the fourth year in succession, and Aguero – currently undergoing treatment in Italy for his injured hamstring – was among the first to offer congratulations to his Argentina team-mate. And Aguero (below) revealed that he ai ...

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