Last-gasp birdie keeps Park on top

SINGAPORE - A last-gasp birdie kept Park In-Bee on top at the HSBC Women's Champions on Friday as world number one Lydia Ko fought through one of the "craziest" rounds of her life. Park, demoted to second in the world by Ko, 17, was trailing Spain's Carlota Ciganda by a stroke heading into the 18th but she holed her third birdie to retain the joint lead. The pair were tied on 135 over two rounds at par-72 Sentosa Golf Club after Ciganda's sizzling six-under-par 66 and 69 for Park, who also led the first day alongside Tseng Ya-ni. Ko fought back from a double-bogey on the par-four 13th to score 70 for 138 and a share of fourth. In a rollercoaster round, Ko's double erased her two earlier birdies and she finished birdie, bogey, birdie, birdie to lie three shots off the pace.–AFP

Inter-Faculty Girls Badminton

RAWALPINDI – The Inter-Faculty Girls Badminton Championship ended at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) Friday. PMAS-AAUR vice chancellor Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad was the chief guest and M Shahid Chaudhry, member Implementation and Monitoring, Ministry for Planning, Development and Reform, was guest of honor. In women's singles final, Nazra, student of Faculty of Basic Sciences, beat Irum, student of University Institute of Information Technology by 21-16, 21-14. In women's doubles, Nafeesa/Nazra beat Nayyer/Irum by 21-18, 21-13. More than 30 teams participated in the event and 104 matches were played in the event held under the supervision of PMAS-AAUR Sports Instructor Shehrish Gillani. A large number of students and faculty members witnessed the matches.–Israr Ahmed

Pakistan thrash Lebanon in Jr Davis Cup

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan thrashed Lebanon 3-0 in the last round robin league match of the Junior Davis Cup to finish top in Group-4 in the Pre-qualifying round played at Kuching, Malaysia on Friday and qualified for the quarterfinals. M Raza Sawani crushed Salibi Karim 6-0, 6-0 while Muzammil Murtaza outclassed Samaha Codric 6-3, 6-0 in the second match. In the dead rubber doubles, Aman Atiq/ Raza beat Boustaney/Samaha in three hard-fought sets, as they won the first 6-2, lost the second 4-6, and clinched the third 6-2. In the Junior Fed Cup, Pakistan lost 3-0 against Iran. Sadaf Sodegh Vaziri beat Hania Naveed 6-2, 6-1, Yasmin Mansuri beat Mahin Aftab 5-7, 7-6, 7-5, while Sadaf/Hella beat Alina Aftab/Hania Naveed 6-3, 6-0. Pakistan will play against Turkmenistan today (Saturday).–Staff Reporter

KP lift National Junior Basketball title

ISLAMABAD - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) routed Islamabad 55-32 to clinch the National Junior Basketball Championship title at POF Sports Complex, Wah Cantt Friday. Fata grabbed third position after defeating Punjab 32-22. POF Board member M Asif Hussain was the chief guest as POF Board chairman Lt General M Ahsan Mehmood HI (M) could not attend the ceremony due to domestic engagements. POF Sports Control Board vice president Col (r) Inamullah Khan informed that the board, under the guidance of its chairman, arranged nine national championships before this event. “Soon, National Basketball Championship and National Kabaddi Championship will also be conducted at POF Sports Complex.”–Staff Reporter

PSB to hold volleyball camp from 10th

ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) has decided to start different training camps at the board premises. The first camp will be of volleyball from March 10 (Tuesday) at Pakistan Sports Complex. In all, 33 athletes are invited in the first phase while official letters have already been sent to the respective educational boards to spare the volleyball players for the youth camp. The PSB conducted inter-board sports competitions which they would conduct every year. The PSB recently organised athletics, badminton, hockey, volleyball, taekwondo and table tennis competitions and the PSB DG made promise to groom talented male athletes, who performed well in sports gala, and they will be trained by qualified coaches. After short-listing, 12 top boys will be sent abroad for training.–Staff Reporter