Moon lands halfway lead in Open

SEOUL - Defending champion Moon Kyong-Jun from South Korea on Friday secured the halfway lead in the GS Caltex Maekyung Open in Seoul. Moon, whose victory last year was the first of his career, shot a four-under-par 68 at Namseoul Country Club to lead by two at the OneAsia event after the second round, with a nine-under-par 135. His countryman Park Sang-Hyun fired a 70 for 137. Australian Michael Sim is in sole possession of third place after coming in with a 69, while South Korea's Lee Soo-Min carded 69 and is in fourth place with 139. Five off the lead were South Koreans Kim Bio and Kim Hyung-Sung along with compatriot Kim Kyung-Tae, who last weekend beat Japan's Daisuke Kataoka in a playoff at The Crowns for his sixth title since winning the Singha Corporation Thailand Open last June.–AFP


Saga Cup 2016 final today

LAHORE - The Saga Cup 2016 final will be played between Cricket Center and Model Town Club today (Sunday) here at the EME Society. The tournament final will be live-telecast on national broadcaster PTV Sports. Test discarded wicketkeeper batsman Kamran Akmal is captaining the Cricket Center team while Pakistan ODI captain is leading the Model Town Club. During the final, a lot of local, national and international players will be seen in action during the final, which will make it more interesting and enthralling one. The Saga cup 2016 is an initiative taken by Saga Sports to promote one-day cricket in the city. Top eight clubs of the city participated in this mega event. After the league matches conducted at the various venues of the city, two top teams of the tournament qualified for the final.–Staff Reporter


Zain, Abdullah in National Tennis semis

KARACHI - Zain Ehtisham and Abdullah Khan qualified for the U-10 and U-12 singles semifinals of the 4th Essa Lab Open National Tennis Championship here at the Karachi Gymkhana hard courts on Friday. Zain defeated Kirtan Mukesh 8-2 in U-10 singles and Abdullah Khan outplayed Hammad Khan in U-12 singles to enter the semifinals. In U-16 singles, Abdul Samad Areejo thumped Asad Bachini 6-0, 6-4 while in men singles, Farhan Rehman crushed Waqas 6-0, 6-0 and Abdul Rehman routed Abdullah Khan 6-1, 6-0 to enter the quarterfinals. Aqeel Shabbir and Ibrahim Ilatfat won their men’s singles matches against Wasel Raza and Murad Khan 6-3, 6-3 and 6-3, 6-2 respectively to make their way to quarterfinals. Dr Essa Laboratory & Diagnostic Center Karachi-sponsored championship carries Rs 100,000 as prize money.–APP


Cycle race in memory of Rashid Siddiqui

KARACHI - In memory of late sports journalist Rashid Ali Siddiqui, a cycle race is being organised here today (Sunday). National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) CSR head Owais Asad Khan would inaugurate 50km cycle race on Sunday morning at Railway Stadium. Chief organiser of the race and sports consultant of NBP Ghulam M Khan Friday said: “The Karachi Cycling Association (KCA) in collaboration with Pakistan Sports Welfare Association (PSWA) holding the 50 kilometer race that starts and ends at Railway Stadium. The race carries cash prize of Rs 26,000. The cyclists, who are interested in participating in the event, can contact Nazir Baloch.” A committee comprising M Arshad, M Naseem, Azmatullah Khan and Abdul Razzak and led by Haji Abdulul Jaleel has been formed to make the event successful.–APP