United captain Vidic joins Inter
MILAN - Italian giants Inter Milan on Wednesday confirmed that Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will join the club this summer. No details of the length of contract agreed with the 32-year-old Serbian defender were revealed. Vidic's move will end an eight-year connection with United, with whom he has won five Premier League titles and one Champions League. "Vidic is a world-class player. I'm extremely happy to have completed this deal to bring Nemanja to Milan," Inter president Erick Thohir told the club's website. "He's one of the world's best defenders and his qualities, international pedigree and charisma will be an asset to the team and help bring through our younger players. He will bring added value to the club and is another piece of the great Inter side we are building."–AFP

 

Sveshnikov suspended after positive test
MOSCOW - Medal-winning Russian track and road cyclist Kirill Sveshnikov has been suspended from competition and training after testing positive for a banned substance, the Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA said Wednesday. The ruling was based on Sveshnikov's 'A' sample from the Russian track championships in January, RUSADA said in a statement, without disclosing what the banned substance was. Russia for years had a poor reputation for doping violations but tried to clean up its act ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi held this February with a success as no Russian athlete found guilty of using banned performance enhancing drugs during the mega event. Sveshnikov, 22, won the bronze medal at the world cycling championships in Minsk last year and raced for the Lokosphinx team.–AFP

 

Injured Lasogga misses Germany friendly
BERLIN - Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga has missed his chance to win his first cap for Germany after a thigh injury ruled him out of friendly against Chile. The 22-year-old was injured in Tuesday's final training session, leaving Miroslav Klose as the only striker available to coach Joachim Loew. "Lasogga is injured and misses out, we'll have to see if he is fit for the weekend," said Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff, with Hamburg hosting Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Lasogga's injury means 35-year-old Klose should make his first international appearance since September, when he equalled Gerd Mueller's record of 68 goals for Germany. Lazio's Klose has been hampered by foot and shoulder injuries and sat out the Italian team's league match with an abdominal muscle injury.–AFP

 

Patron's Trophy Grade-II second round
ISLAMABAD - Capital Development Authority (CDA) finished day one of the Patron's Trophy Grade-II 2013-2014 second round match for 295-9 against Army in 76 overs here at Army Cricket Ground on Wednesday. Army skipper won the toss and opted to bowl first. M Irfan was still unbeaten at the crease at 56 while Azam Khan added 44 and Muzammil Nizam 37 runs. Shahid Khan grabbed four wickets for 73 while Numan Najeeb clinched three for 59. In another Group-B match played at Diamond ground, Nadra finished day one for 26-1 in 10 overs against Dollar East. Earlier, Nadra skipper won the toss and invited Dollar East to bat first. Dolalr East were bowled out for 249 runs in 77.1 overs. Imran Nzair Junior was top scorer with 63 runs while Lal Kumar added 60 and Fayyaz Butt 40. M Nadeem took 4-52.–Staff Reporter

 

SNGPL Sports Day concludes
LAHORE – The three-day colorful Annual Sports of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) concluded here at Wapda Sports Complex on Wednesday. President Sports Cell Abdul Haseeb (SGM Projects) was the chief guest whereas Raja Mukhtar (President CBA), Waseem Ahmad (VP Sports Cell), Azam Wazeer (GM LS), Ashraf Nadeem (Secretary Sports Cell), M Arshad (Organiser Sports Cell), Rana Adrees (Secretary CBA), Asif Qureshi (Organiser Sports Cell) distributed shields and prizes among the winners. Region Team secured the first position with 44 points, Multan (D) Region team bagged second with 39 points while Faisalabad (D) Region Team stood third with 32 points. The chief guest congratulated the members of the organising committee and players for holding the event successfully.–Staff Reporter