26 probables named for Jr World Cup camp

LAHORE - Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Thursday announced 26 probables for the national u-21 training camp commencing from tomorrow (Saturday) here at the Johar Town Hockey Stadium. This is the final preparatory phase for the Junior World Cup being held in Lucknow, India from December 8-18. The shortlisted 26 probables are Ali Raza, Muneeb-ur-Rehman and Hafiz Ali Umair (goalkeepers), Atif Mushtaq, Hassan Anwar, Mubashar Ali and Zahidullah (fullbacks), Abu Bakr Mahmood, Faizan, Junaid Kamal, M Usman, Tazeemul Hassan, M Adnan and Ammad Shakeel (halfbacks), Shan Irshad, Azfar Yaqoob, M Dilber, M Atiq, Bilal Qadir, Mohsin Sabir, Rana Sohail, Samiullah, M Rizwan, M Naveed, Fahadullah and Umar Hamdi (forwards). Former Pakistan captain Tahir Zaman will act as head coach.–Staff Reporter

Asad lifts Seniors Tennis 60 plus title

LAHORE - Asad Niaz routed Gul Hameed Khan to lift the 60 plus singles title in the ongoing 1st Long beach ITF Seniors World Ranking Tournament here at the PLTA tennis courts. Asad Niaz played well against Gul Hameed and overpowered him by 6-2, 4-0 to win the title. Gul Hameed could not complete the second set and retired hurt. In 35 plus doubles semifinals, Irfan Ullah and Shahzad Khan upset top seeds Israr Gul and Shehryar Salamat 6-4, 6-4 to qualify for the final. In the second semifinal, Asher Ali and Fayyaz Khan beat Naeem Sid and M Arif 6-4, 6-4 to qualify for the final. In 35 plus singles semifinals, Shahzad Khan beat Talha Waheed 6-1, 6-2 while Fayyaz Khan beat Syed Haddi 6-0, 6-1 to qualify for the final. In 45 plus doubles semifinal, Israr Gul and Irfanullah beat Fayyaz Khan and M Arif 6-3, 6-4 to qualify for the final. In 50 plus group doubles semifinal, Asad Niaz and Imran Siddique beat Waqar Nisar and M Saeed 6-1, 6-0 while in the second semifinal, Rashid Malik and Rai Zahid got walk over against Iftikhar Rao and Pervaiz Bajwa. In 65 plus round robin matches, Shahid Mehmood and Naveed Najam beat Khalid Ikram and Khurram Khawaja 6-2, 6-2. In the second match, Ch Muhstaq Ahmed and Laiq Pirzada beat Pervaiz Bajwa and Imtiaz Hussain Malik 6-3, 6-4. In 65 plus singles semifinals, Laiq Ahmed Pirzada beat Ch Musthaq 7-5, 7-5 while Shahid Mehmood beat Khurram Khawaja 6-4, 6-3 in the second semifinal.–Staff Reporter

Brock Lesnar to face Bill Goldberg

LAHORE - The battle of ages will take place once again. After 13 years, Bill Goldberg has returned to WWE to accept the challenge issued by none other than the beast incarnate Brock Lesnar. This match will take place at the Survivor Series pay-per-view. Lesnar and Goldberg both fought their last match against each other at Wrestle Mania. At that time, they were considered the most physical athletes of their respective brands. With Stone Cold Steve Austin as the special guest referee for the match, Goldberg reigned supreme over Lesnar. Brock Lesnar has conquered every single thing in the WWE except for Bill Goldberg. So, he issued a challenge to even things up. During an interview on the ESPN Sports Centre, Goldberg told that it would take an immense amount of time to train against that beast and on the other hand, ring rust will play its part for Goldberg. With just one month away, these two are loading up their arsenals. Will the beast settle the score or will the legendary spear of Goldberg take down Lesnar once again. We will find out.–Nabeed Hashmi