Beef, sushi on menu as Ikee scoops MVP

JAKARTA - Teenage swimming sensation Rikako Ikee said she would celebrate with barbecued beef and sushi as she was named the best athlete at the Asian Games on Sunday. Ikee, 18, who grabbed a record six gold medals in Jakarta, said she hoped she had put Japanese swimming on the map ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. "I'm looking forward to eating some barbecued beef and sushi," said Ikee, the first woman to win the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. "To become the first Japanese to win six golds... it has put Japanese swimming on the map," she added. Ikee is the first woman to win six golds at a single Games, and she finished with eight medals in total -- equalling the record set by North Korean shooter So Gin Man in 1982. Next up for Ikee is an attempt at her first world title next year in South Korea.–AFP

 Azadi Football reach quarters stage

ISLAMABAD – Pak Sporting, Kiran and Islamabad Academy Football Clubs qualified for quarterfinals of the Jashan-i-Azadi Football Tournament 2018 after defeating their respective opponents in the pre-quarterfinals here at different venues. In the first match at T&T Football Ground, Pak Sporting FC beat BK United FC 3-2 on penalty shootout. Both teams failed to score in normal time and the referee awarded five penalty kicks to both sides. Pak Sporting converted three while BK United could score on two. At Rovers ground, Kiran FC beat Rovers FC 1-0. Kiran FC scored their match-winning goal through Tanveer. In another played at the same venue, Islamabad Academy beat PEL FC 1-0. The match-winner was scored by Ashfaq in the 46th minute. The quarterfinals will be played at Jinnah Stadium.–Staff Reporter

 Britain's Hall leads Aussie Lee at LPGA

LOS ANGELES - Britain's Georgia Hall birdied two of the last three holes to seize a two-stroke lead over Australia's Minjee Lee after Saturday's third round of the LPGA Portland Classic. The 22-year-old from England recovered from an opening bogey to fire a three-under par 69 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. That put LPGA rookie Hall on 18-under 198 after 54 holes with Lee, who stumbled with a bogey at the par-4 17th, on 200 and American Marina Alex a distant third on 204. No other rival was within eight shots of Hall, who began the day with a three-stroke lead and played a stalwart round as rivals faded. "I didn't start amazing, but the pin positions were probably the toughest the week so far, and the wind got up a bit, so yeah, I'm happy," Hall said. Hall had back-to-back birdies at the par-5 fifth and par-4 sixth and again at the par-3 16th and 17, then sank a testy four-footer for par at 18 after a lip-out for birdie. Lee sandwiched two birdies around a bogey in the first three holes, then torched three par-5 holes -- the fifth, seventh and 10th -- for birdies and added another at 11 before falling two off the pace with her late stumble. After a poor drive left her behind a tree root at 19, Lee admitted share was scared she would hit the root on her second shot. She pitched out and saved a bogey.–AFP

 Ex-Olympians demand PHF post-mortem

ISLAMABAD - Former Olympians Sunday demanded for a post-mortem of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and team management after green shirts below par performance in the Asian Games. Pakistan team lost to India on Saturday in the third-fourth position match and former Olympians seem very disappointed on the matter. Shahnaz Sheikh said the PHF officials took hold in 2015 and since then no improvement has come to the game. "In World Hockey League (WHL), Pakistan came 7th out of 10 teams, in Commonwealth Games Pakistan was 7th out of eight teams, in Champions Trophy Pakistan was six out of six teams," he claimed. He said the team management and PHF has no plans for improving the game, therefore, he appealed Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, who is also PHF patron-in-chief, to take notice of the fading national game. Former Olympian Salim Nazim appealed the hockey patron-in-chief and IPC Minister to hold an inquiry on the team's disastrous performance in the Asian Games and held those responsible accountable. "This defeat lies on the PHF president and secretary, whose policies have resulted in the game's downfall," he said. He also appealed to the Prime Minister and IPC Minister to bring in a professional sportsperson to head the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB), who can work on the betterment of sports in the country.–APP