Platini 'has done nothing wrong'

LONDON - European football chief Michel Platini has nothing to hide over a $2 million (1.8 million euros) payment he received from world governing body FIFA, his spokesman said on Wednesday. UEFA president Platini has been interviewed by Swiss authorities investigating the 2011 payment, which he says was for consulting work that he carried out while working for FIFA president Sepp Blatter between 1998 and 2002. "The president feels that he has given satisfactory explanations to the authorities that are dealing with this case," Platini's spokesman, Pedro Pinto, told reporters. Switzerland's Attorney General Michael Lauber has said there is evidence that the payment was "disloyal" to FIFA's interests. Platini has told AFP the payment was only delayed because of financial constraints at FIFA HQ.–AFP

F1 to be sold before year's end: Ecclestone

KITZBUEHEL - The Formula One circus could be under new ownership by the end of the year, supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Tuesday. Speaking by video at a sports summit in Kitzbuehel, Austria, organised by German football legend Franz Beckenbauer, Ecclestone was adamant a new owner would be found this year. "Our shareholders are in a position at the moment where they have to lose some, or all, of their shares shortly," he said. "That's the way things are set up for them. There has been a lot of interest, and I would say there are three parties at the moment. I'd be surprised if one of them doesn't buy very shortly." The 84-year-old, who runs Formula One Management, the company that generates and manages F1's revenue, did not reveal the names of the interested parties.–AFP

Wayne Rooney doubtful for Estonia

LONDON - England captain Wayne Rooney is a major doubt for Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Estonia after he missed training for a second straight day due to an ankle injury. The Manchester United striker sat out Tuesday's training session at St George's Park and was again absent on Wednesday morning. Rooney picked up the knock to his ankle in United's 3-0 defeat at Arsenal. Despite his status for Friday's match at Wembley being in question, Rooney will remain with the England squad this week but it remains to be seen whether he will travel to Lithuania for the Three Lions' final qualifier next Monday. Rooney is expected to attend against Estonia, even if he is not fit to be included in the squad, in order to collect his commemorative golden boot for breaking Bobby Charlton's scoring record.–AFP

Tour de Galiyat Cycling Race on 13th

PESHAWAR - The Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cycling Association are jointly organizing the Tour de Galiyat National Cycling Race on 13th to attract tourists to the scenic Galiyat region. Around 100 cyclists are participating in the race. The race will kick off from Sports Complex Islamabad at 10am on October 13 and reach Nathiagali in Galiyat via Havelian and Abbottabad on October 14. The concluding ceremony will be held at Nathiagali and Advisor to KP Chief Minister Amjad Afridi, Inter-Provincial Coordination Minister Riaz Hussain Pirzada and KP Secretary Sports & Tourism Azam Khan will attend the event. The official said that the TCKP was working on various programs to lure more tourists to the province.–Staff Reporter

National Kabaddi C’ship from 11th

ISLAMABAD - National Asian style Kabaddi Championship 2015 would be held at Hamidi Hall, Pakistan Sports Complex from 11th. Pakistan Kabaddi Federation secretary Rana Muhammad Sarwar said that 12 teams including Army, Navy, Police, Railways, Wapda, Pakistan Air Force, High Education Commission, Punjab, KPK, Sindh, Balochistan and Islamabad will take part in the event. He said that these teams would be divided into two groups and the two top teams would qualify for the semifinals. The managers meeting of the participant teams would be held on 10th at 3.00pm and the final of the championship would be played on 14th. He also thanked PSB DG Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera for providing facilities and accommodation to visiting teams and officials and hoped that event would be a mega success.–Staff Reporter