High-flying Raonic splits with Moya

PARIS - Canada's Milos Raonic parted ways with coach Carlos Moya on Wednesday despite a season which saw him reach his first Grand Slam final and finish at three in the world. He only teamed up with ex- French Open champ Moya in January before adding John McEnroe briefly to his coaching set-up in the summer. The Canadian was runner-up to Andy Murray at Wimbledon in July. He also made the semifinals of the World Tour finals in London before ending 2016 at a career-high three in the world behind top-ranked Murray and Djokovic. "Thank you to Moya for helping me tremendously this year, alongside my team, to get the best out of me," tweeted Raonic. "Under Carlos' direction and tutelage, I have played my best yet to date. We will no longer be continuing our coaching relationship but remain close friends.”–AFP

Rosberg's 'well-deserved' title lauded

PARIS - Lewis Hamilton offered an olive branch to teammate Nico Rosberg, telling the German that his maiden Formula One world title was "well deserved". Rosberg wrapped up the 2016 championship last weekend when he finished second behind fellow Mercedes driver Hamilton at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hamilton, however, was widely-criticised for his attempts to 'back-up' Rosberg into the clutches of the chasing pack as he tried to engineer his own last-gasp title lifeline. But the three-time world champ took to Twitter on Wednesday to ease any lingering tension between the two men. "We said we'd be champions back then, now we both are! Congratulations Nico, you did everything a champion needed to do. Well deserved," tweeted Hamilton beside a photo of the pair in their junior racing days.–AFP

Shah Rafi Alam Memorial Polo Cup

LAHORE - Two important matches of the Lt Gen Shah Rafi Alam Memorial Polo Cup 2016 will be played today (Friday) here at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC) ground to decide the finalists. The first match of the day of Pool B will be played between Guard Group/Newage and Allied Bank at 2:10pm today (Friday) while the second match of Pool A will be conducted between Barry’s and Habib Metro Lions. LPC executive committee member Azam Hayat Noon said: “All the matches played during this season were very enthralling and challenging, while the upcoming matches will be tougher. “Lahore Polo Club is one of the best polo clubs of the world and its polo seasons has been followed by not only locals and nationals but also by international polo fraternity. I am expecting very exciting polo competitions ahead,” he added.–Staff Reporter

Dr Atif completes hockey course

LAHORE – Former Olympian Dr Atif Bashir has returned home after successfully completing his IOC-organised five-day course held in South Africa recently. Talking to the reporters, Dr Atif said: “A great number of doctors and physios from various countries of the world were part of this course, which was conducted to improve the skills and knowledge of the officials about various fitness and injury issues and how to overcome them. The course proved very beneficial for all the participants, as it helped them in learning maximum latest and modern skills and ways which will help the players train well in latest ways. “I will present a detailed report to the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) about my visit, and what I have learnt there, so that the hockey players may get benefit from it,” he added.–Staff Reporter

B.Sc team win Islamia College Cricket Gala

LAHORE – B.Sc cricket team has outplayed F.Sc cricket team in the final of Cricket Gala which concluded here to celebrate the 125 years of Govt. Islmia College Lahore. Total eight teams of the college took part in the event, and after beating their respective opponents, B.Sc and F.Sc cricket teams qualified for the final. B.Sc team displayed quality cricket skills and managed to outclass F.Sc team to win the title. Govt. Islamia College Civil Lines Principal Prof Talat Dar graced the final as chief guest, while Govt. Islamia College Lahore Principal Tahir Javed was guest of honour. In the end, the chief guests distributed prizes among the winners. Principal Tahir lauded the passion and sportsman spirit of all the participating teams and felicitated the winning team.–Staff Reporter