Simpson wins women's high-diving gold

KAZAN - The USA claimed gold and silver in the women's high diving event at the World Aquatic Championships Tuesday as Rachelle Simpson took the title. The 27-year-old won gold after three rounds from 20m, where the divers enter the water feet first, with 258.70 points to take the first world title of her career. Silver went to her US team-mate Cesilie Carlton, the defending champion, who scored 237.35pts, and hugged Simpson when her victory was confirmed. Bronze was won by Yana Nestsiarava, the youngest of the nine divers taking part, with 233.10pts."Rachelle was amazing, you always want to win, but I'm happy to take silver home," said Carlton. "It's pretty scary to dive from 20m, you look down and you don't want to mess up. You have to trust in the training you have had and in your body."–AFP

Nishikori seeks return to US Open final

WASHINGTON - Japan's fifth-ranked Kei Nishikori made history by reaching last year's US Open final and he feels stronger, smarter and more confident as he begins the quest to repeat the feat. Nishikori opens his run to this year's Flushing Meadows fortnight with a first-round match against Australian James Duckworth at the ATP Washington Open. "My tennis is going a good way. I'm feeling stronger and more confident," Nishikori said. "Looking forward to playing this week." Nishikori beat top-six rivals Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka in five sets and then ousted top-ranked Novak Djokovic to reach US Open final where he fell to Croatia's Marin Cilic. "The biggest thing was experience -- first time in a Grand Slam final, I played five sets twice -- I learned a lot of things," Nishikori said.–AFP

Torres scores with first touch for Atletico

SHANGHAI - Fernando Torres scored with his first touch as Atletico Madrid cruised to a 3-0 exhibition match victory over Sven-Goran Eriksson's Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) Tuesday. The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker came on at half-time and scored just seconds after the restart with a neat header from Yannick Carrasco's looping cross. In an open and attacking game played in very humid conditions at Shanghai Stadium, Atletico had opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Antoine Griezmann latched onto a long forward pass to slot the ball past SIPG keeper Sun Le. The Frenchman scored his second of the night in the 24th minute when his tame shot evaded SIPG keeper Sun to make it 2-0 to the Spanish giants. Torres scored the final goal of the match just after half-time.–AFP

Nayyer appointed in AFC committee

LAHORE - The Asian football body has appointed Pakistan’s Nayyer Hasnain Haider in its disciplinary committee for four years. Haider, who was formerly a member of Former Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) congress, would serve in Asian Football Confederation (AFC) committee from 2015 to 2019, a PFF spokesperson said on Tuesday. PFF president Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat has congratulated Nayyer and hoped that he would play an active role active not only in the AFC disciplinary committee but also for the promotion of Pakistan football. Nayyer thanked the AFC president and the AFC executive committee for posing faith in him. “It will be a great opportunity for me to play productive role at Asian level and I will also try my level best for the development of game in Pakistan.”–Staff Reporter

Vice Air Chief Saeed new SFP president

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Saeed M Khan was unanimously elected as new president of Ski Federation of Pakistan (SFP) during its general council meeting held here at Air Headquarters on Tuesday. PAF Chief Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, who is also SFP patron, presided over the meeting which was attended by all the members of ski associations and clubs. In his address, Sohail highlighted the contributions of the office-bearers of the SFP and assured that PAF would continue to support the sport. “We always lent a helping hand to the SFP in sending players abroad for training and competing and will continue our sports to the sport.” He also talked about the efforts being made by the PAF for social uplift of Naltar area.–Staff Reporter