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Nike unveils next-generation self-lacing basketball shoes


January 16, 2019

In the 1980s, the “Back to the Future” film franchise suggested we would all eventually wear self-lacing sneakers. Then a few years ago, Nike made the movie magic a reality, introducing its first shoe to the public with so-called “power lacing.” And on Tuesday, the global sportswear giant took it a step farther — now your shoes will automatically loosen …

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FIFA suspends funding to cash-starved PFF


January 16, 2019

KARACHI: The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) of Ashfaq Hussain Shah has been left high and dry. After the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed last week that it had suspended funding to the PFF in the wake of a newly-elected body led by Ashfaq taking over its Pakistan affiliate on the orders of the Supreme Court at the turn of the …

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Centurion Kohli inspires India to series-levelling win


January 16, 2019

ADELAIDE: Virat Kohli smashed his 39th One-day International century as India claimed a dramatic six-wicket victory over Australia at a sweltering Adelaide Oval on Tuesday to level up the three-match series at 1-1. Skipper Kohli contributed of 104 of his side’s runs as they successfully chased down their victory target of 299 for the loss of four wickets to send …

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Serena, Djokovic make ominous statements


January 16, 2019

MELBOURNE: A focused Serena Williams sent an ominous Australian Open warning with a 49-minute first-round demolition on Tuesday as world number one Novak Djokovic destroyed his opponent as he targets a record seventh title. US Open champion Naomi Osaka also stormed through, but world number one Simona Halep was lucky to stay alive, needing to dig deep and claw back …

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PCB to continue endeavours for tax relief in PSL


January 15, 2019

LAHORE: Despite getting no response from the government on its strenuous efforts to get relief in taxes on the Pakistan Super League accounts, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and all six franchises of the league have decided to continue their endeavours in this regard. The decision was taken during the sixth PSL governing council meeting, which was held here at …

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‘Difficult pitches no excuse for Pakistan batsmen’


January 15, 2019

LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam has strongly criticised the national side for using bowling-friendly pitches as an excuse for their failure with the bat in their Test series whitewash against South Africa. The former coach said the Pakistan batsman lacked the required technique and preparation to perform on the fast-paced pitches during the course of the three Tests. “Actually, …

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Arthur seeks cure for Pakistan’s batting struggles


January 15, 2019

JOHANNESBURG: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said on Monday he was determined to find a solution to his team’s problems against fast, short-pitched bowling. Speaking after South Africa completed a 3-0 series clean sweep by winning the third Test by 107 runs at the Wanderers, Arthur said he wanted to build a team able to play in all conditions by the …

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Comment: Whitewash — an eye opener for Pakistan


January 15, 2019

FROM the outset it was predictable the way this series for Pakistan would end — a clean sweep for hosts South Africa. For this no excuse should be acceptable for the mere fact that our batsmen failed to come to terms with the pitches that had lift and bounce and the conditions were exploited to the full by the home …

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Pakistan drop to seventh spot in ICC Test rankings after SA debacle


January 14, 2019

South Africa have overtaken New Zealand and England to take second position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings after sweeping their home series against Pakistan 3-0. South Africa have gained four points to reach 110 points, two points above England in the list led by India (116 points) after their 2-1 victory over Australia in a four-match series …

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Australia bow out of Pakistan tour over safety concerns; PCB insists talks ongoing


January 14, 2019

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been informed that Australia will not be coming to Pakistan for a one-day series scheduled to be held in March-April this year, The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Sunday. Pakistan is scheduled to host Australia for a five-match ODI series in the United Arab Emirates in March, and the PCB had last month decided to renew talks with CA …

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