Silva signs for Leicester City

LONDON - Portugal midfielder Adrien Silva says he tried to remain positive during a long saga which came to a happy end on Monday as he completed his move to Premier League side Leicester City. The 28-year-old has had to wait four months to complete the £22 million transfer from Sporting Lisbon. The France-born midfielder has been in a state of limbo since his original transfer was not accepted because the paperwork was 14 seconds past the deadline in August -- an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) failed. "When you have a period like this, it's very up and down," Silva told Leicester's in-house television station. "You have to keep a positive mentality and that's what I've tried to do. I've kept my mind focused on my job and what I love to do."–AFP Shifa Int’l win One-Day series 2-0

ISLAMABAD - Shifa International Hospital Islamabad cricket team outclassed Islamabad Stallions by 8 wickets to win the best of three-match One-Day series 2-0 here at the F-9 Park Cricket Ground on Monday. Islamabad Stallions won the toss and decided to bat first. They were bundled out for meager 120 in 23rd over. Asim scored 25, Atif 21 and Asif 16. Tarik Shahzad ripped through Stallions batting by grabbing 3-13 while Azhar Uddin Qureshi grabbed 3-16 and Syed Mudassar Bukhari 3-21. Shifa International achieved the target in the 14th over for the loss of only two wickets. Al-rounder Tarik Shahzad slammed 50 off 40 balls with 9 fours while Nasir Mahmood hit 47. Atif took 2-35. Tarik Shahzad was named player of the match for his brilliant al-round performance.–Staff Reporter

 Shah Rafi Alam Memorial Polo Cup

LAHORE - The Outfitter–sponsored Lt Gen Shah Rafi Alam Memorial Polo Cup 2018 will commence today (Tuesday) here the Lahore Polo Club ground. Top nine teams are featuring in the event, which are divided into two pools. Pool A consists of Army, Jubilee Insurance/Master Paints, Master Paints Black, Artema Medical and Diamond Paints while Pool B has Outfitters, Barry’s, Guard Group and Rijas/Green Orchard. The inaugural match will be contested between Army and Jubilee Insurance/Master Paints today (Tuesday) at 2pm while Master Paints Black, Artema Medical and Diamond Paints will vie against each other under American system. LPC executive committee member Umer Sadik said the tournament is named after former polo player Lt Gen Shah Rafi Alam, which is a regular event of the club calendar.–Staff Reporter Nestle clinch Twenty20 Cricket Cup

LAHORE – Nestle Industry team has lifted the HYF-endorsed Sim Sim Lahore Corporate Twenty20 Cricket Cup after beating Meezan Bank by 3 runs in the final played here at the Ali Garh cricket ground. Nestle won the toss and opted to batting first. They posted 198-6 on the board in the allotted overs. Hamid Hayat played the captain’s innings by thwarting 78 runs while Faisal slammed significant 42 runs. From Meezen Bank, Hassan Mansoor took two wickets and Yaseem Cheema got one. Meezan Bank replied strongly but when they were close to achieve the target, they fell short of 3 runs and lost the final. Rizwan Wakeel batted brilliantly and scored 50 runs while Zeeshan Ahmad hit 36 and Yaseen Cheema 31. From Nestle, Hamid Hayat and Ghulam Murtaza grabbed three wickets each. Galaxy of guests including Corporate Sports Pakistan (CSP) founder Abdul Saboor Khawaja, Arslan Khan, Khurram Shahzad of Finca Bank, GM Ramzan of Blue EX, corporate head Faisal Iqbal and Ahsan Loan of Bulldozer team graced the concluding ceremony and gave away prizes to the winners and top performers of the event.–Staff Reporter