Day closing in on top spot

LONDON – Jason Day’s win in the Barclays on Sunday has allowed him to narrow the gap on Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth atop the world golf rankings. The Australian now has 10.99 points, just 1.36 points adrift of top-ranked McIlroy. The Northern Irishman regained the top spot from Spieth after the Masters and US Open winner missed the cut at the Barclays. All three will be involved in the closing stages of the PGA season with chances to end the year ranked number one in the world. WORLD RANKINGS: 1. Rory McIlroy (NIR) 12.35pts, 2. Jordan Spieth (USA) 12.22, 3. Jason Day (AUS) 10.99, 4. Bubba Watson (USA) 8.83, 5. Justin Rose (Eng) 7.22, 6. Jim Furyk (USA) 7.05, 7. Dustin Johnson (USA) 6.84, 8. Henrik Stenson (SWE) 6.72, 9. Rickie Fowler (USA) 6.57, 10. Sergio Garcia (ESP) 5.47.–AFP

Borini seals Sunderland switch

LONDON – Sunderland have completed the signing of Italian striker Fabio Borini from Liverpool, the Premier League club announced on Monday. Borini, who spent the 2013-14 season on loan at Sunderland, signed a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee understood to be around £7million, with a further £2 million in potential add-ons. “Sunderland are delighted to announce the signing of Fabio Borini from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee,” a statement on the club’s website confirmed. “The 24-year-old has signed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light and returns to the club following a successful loan spell during the 2013-14 season, during which he became a fan favourite with 10 goals including strikes against Newcastle United, Chelsea and at Wembley during the League Cup final.”–AFP

FATA disabled team win cricket match

KHYBER AGENCY - FATA disabled cricket team defeated Landikotal XI to win an exhibition match by eight wickets played here at Hamza Baba cricket ground on Monday. The event was organized under the auspices of Shabab Milli and Naibameer Jammat-e-Islam (JI), Zernoor Afridi was the chief guest at the occasion. Before the start of the game, players of both the teams were introduced to the chief guest. A large number of tribal youth and sports lovers witnessed the thrilling match. Batting first, Landikotal scored 127 runs in the limited 10 overs. In reply, Fata team chased the target in the last over for the loss of just two wickets. Disabled Adil scored 67 runs and was declared man of the match. The chief guest gave away prizes and trophies to the winning teams and players.–Staff Reporter

Brazilian Ju Jitsu training workshop held

LAHORE – National Brazilian Ju Jitsu Training workshop was held under the aegis of Pakistan Martial Arts Association (PMAA). As many as 320 players from all four provinces, FATA, Navy, Police and HEC participated in it. In his opening remarks, PMAA president Anwar Mohiuddin, who is also former world No 3, said: “In Brazilian Ju Jitsu, a player can perform well, if he is well equipped with latest techniques and introduced with basic rules of refereeing and judging. In workshop, the youngsters were trained in grappling, chokes, locks and ground techniques. “Navy and police performed well and got first and second positions respectively while the Punjab earned third position.” The PMAA chief congratulated Star Academy principal for holding such an excellent workshop. Two promising stars of karate, Hadiqa Tul Islam of Punjab College Shalimar Campus and Sumaiyya Chuadhry of the Trust School, added pleasure through their excellent performance by breaking bricks and marble tiles on their heads and the spectators highly lauded their performance. At the end, PMAA president Anwar Mohiuddin and organiser Bahadur Ali distributed certificates, shields and souvenirs among the players.–Staff Reporter