China’s Feng claims eighth LPGA title

TOKYO - China's Feng Shanshan carded a final-round four-under par 68 to defend her Japan Classic crown and take her eighth LPGA title with a two-stroke win over Ai Suzuki on Sunday. Feng became the first player on the LPGA Tour to defend a title this season with a total of 19-under par 197 at the Taiheyo Club's Minori Course in Ibaraki. "That was my goal, before I started the week, to defend my title," said Feng. "My caddie told me: 'This week, you're going to be first. Two weeks ago, you finished third. Last week, you finished second, so you know what comes after that'." Feng held a two-shot lead over Japan's Suzuki going into the final round but had a rollercoaster start, with two bogeys and two birdies in the first four holes. She tucked away her first par at the fifth.–AFP

Dele Alli limps out of England squad

LONDON - Tottenham Hotspur's in-form midfielder Dele Alli has had to pull out of the England squad for the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil. Alli's two goals fired Spurs to a famous 3-1 UEFA Champions League success over titleholders Real Madrid at Wembley on last Wednesday. But the 21-year-old was ruled out of his club's Premier League encounter against Crystal Palace on Sunday with a hamstring injury, and the English Football Association confirmed the setback would also keep him out of this month's World Cup warm-ups. The FA announced on Twitter: "Squad update: the #ThreeLions will be without @dele_official for this month's games. Get well soon, Dele!". Alli's absence means manager Gareth Southgate now has 24 players for the Wembley double-header.–AFP

Mahin loses ITF World Jrs doubles final

ISLAMABAD - Mahin Aftab lost the 3rd Fujairah ITF World Juniors West Asia Tennis Cup 2017 doubles event after losing the final against top seed sisters’ duo of Daria Semenistaja and Maria Semenistaja. Mahin, who broke her hand only last month and being handicapped, played out her heart partnering Indian Malikaa Marathe. Being a left hander, Mahin was playing with one hand, as she was not fully recovered from the broken right hand. Mahin and pair started well but the top seed pair utilized their experience and skills very well to beat the Pak-India pair by 6-2, 6-2. Mahin told The Nation that she would bounce back in the next event. “I will enter the Grade-4 16th UAE Dubai ITF Junior Championship 2017 with new hope, for which I have been preparing very hard.–Staff Reporter

Asad annexes National Jr Tennis title

ISLAMABAD - Asad Ullah annexed the McDonalds National Junior Tennis Championships 2017 boys U-18 singles title after ousting top seed Saqib Umer in straight sets in the final here at Pakistan Sports Complex on Sunday. Asad Ullah built up 5-2 lead in the first set by breaking 4th game of Saqib, as he hit powerful serves and volleys from the net. Saqib reduced the gap but Asad won the set 6-4. He continued is powerful game and won the second set 6-3 by breaking 4th game of Saqib. Hamid Israr won the boys U-14 title after brushing aside Hamza Roman 6-3, 6-0. Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) president Salim Saifullah Khan was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony, while PTF patron Senator Syed Dilawar Abbas, PSB DG Akhtar Genjera and others were also present on the occasion.–Staff Reporter

Three more matches decided in Martyrs T20

ISLAMABAD – Three more matches were decided in the 1st All-Pakistan Law Enforcement Agencies Martyrs T20 Cricket Tournament 2017 as Islamabad, AJK and Balochistan carved out contrasting victories against their respective opponents at Bhutto and Margalla grounds on Sunday. In the first match of the day at Margalla ground, Islamabad Police hammered Railways by 7 wickets. Railways batting first could score 137-8. Niaz top scored with 44 while Usama hit 22. Nauman took 3-17 and Aamir 2-25. Skipper M Ayub struck 54 to help Islamabad achieve the target in 18 overs losing 3 wickets. In the second match at Bhutto Ground, Balochistan beat Sindh Police by 3 wickets. Sindh scored 147-7 and in reply, Balochistan reached home in 19.4 overs losing 7 wickets. Asmat Ullah made unbeaten 68. In the third and last match of the day, AJK thrashed FIA by 88 runs.–Staff Reporter