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Catalan crisis leaves Barcelona between rock and a hard place

(AFP) – Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu faces the club’s members at an annual general meeting on Saturday fighting an increasingly difficult battle to balance the conflicting interests of fans in favour of Catalan independence and millions of supporters in the rest of Spain and around the world. A powerful symbol of Catalonia, Barca have been caught in the political …

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Tennis: Venus at number one? Could happen at WTA Finals

SINGAPORE (AFP) – A supremely unpredictable women’s tennis season will culminate in fitting style at the elite WTA Finals, where seven out of eight players can win the trophy and also be crowned year-end world number one. Simona Halep, who became 2017’s fifth number one earlier this month, leads a field which also throws up the beguiling possibility of Venus …

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India defeat Pakistan by 4-0 to reach Asia Cup final

LAHORE (– India defeated Pakistan in the all-important semi-final match of Asia Cup on Saturday. The arch-rival scored four goals against struggling green shirts who couldn’t score even a single goal. The green shirts had reached super four round along with India. The two neighbouring states met one on one for the second time in the tournament. Pakistan lost both …

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Bale back in training, eyes Tottenham reunion

MADRID (AFP) – Gareth Bale returned to training at Real Madrid after a month sidelined by a calf injury on Friday with the Welsh superstar primed to make his comeback against former club Tottenham in the Champions League on November 1. The 28-year-old suffered a recurrence of his long-standing calf problem in the 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund on September …

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Atif Aslam, Asrar grace glamorous ceremony for Qalandars Rising Stars

KARACHI: PSL franchise Lahore Qalandars gave a befitting send-off to the Rising Stars squad as the team left for Australia to play a quadrangular tournament in Sydney. A colourful ceremony was organised at Lahore’s Al Hamra Complex to make it a memorable occasion for the young cricketers who would now represent Lahore Qalandars against Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunders and Hobart …

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Football: 10-man Barca cruise as club plead for Catalonia dialogue

BARCELONA (AFP) – Barcelona shrugged off an early Gerard Pique red card and the distractions of a first match at the Camp Nou since a violent crackdown of an independence referendum in Catalonia to beat Olympiakos 3-1 on Wednesday. A Dimitrios Nikolaou own goal and second-half strikes from Lionel Messi and Lucas Digne ensured a comfortable evening for the hosts …

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Football: 10-man Barca cruise as club plead for Catalonia dialogue

BARCELONA (AFP) – Barcelona shrugged off an early Gerard Pique red card and the distractions of a first match at the Camp Nou since a violent crackdown of an independence referendum in Catalonia to beat Olympiakos 3-1 on Wednesday. A Dimitrios Nikolaou own goal and second-half strikes from Lionel Messi and Lucas Digne ensured a comfortable evening for the hosts …

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Spirited Malaysia defeat Pakistan 3-2 in Asia Hockey cup

LAHORE (APP) – Malaysia started their Super 4s stage of the Asia Cup 2017 campaign with a narrow 3-2 victory over Pakistan on Wednesday at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium in Dhaka. Goals by Razie Rahim (10′), Shahril Saabah (25′) and Fitri Saari (34′) while Muhammad Umar Bhutta (1′) and Muhammad Yaqoob (19′) ensured Malaysia notched up their first ever …

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Pakistan, South Korea play 1-1 draw in Asia Hockey

LAHORE, Oct 19 (APP):Pakistan and South Korea played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in their second match of the Super 4s stage in the Hero Asia Cup on Thursday at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium in Dhaka. Pakistan were given an early lead by Ajaz Ahmad (15′) but Korea’s Namyong Lee (48′) ensured they equalised. The draw for both the …

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Football: Rooney rides to Everton’s rescue, Gabbiadini saves Saints

LONDON (AFP) – Wayne Rooney came to Ronald Koeman s rescue as the Everton striker s last-gasp penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw at Brighton, while Manolo Gabbiadini s brace gave Southampton a 2-2 draw against Newcastle on Sunday. Everton boss Koeman was on the brink of another damaging defeat after Anthony Knockaert put Brighton ahead eight minutes from full-time at …

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