Returning Ennis-Hill ready for hard slog

LONDON - Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill said she was prepared to "work back up" as she prepared for her first competitive race in nearly two years. Britain's Ennis-Hill delighted home fans by winning heptathlon gold at the 2012 London Olympics. But she has taken time out from the sport for the birth of her son, Reggie. Now Ennis-Hill is set to be in athletics action for the first time since the 2013 Anniversary Games when she faces a high-class field, including world champion Brianna Rollins and British record holder Tiffany Porter in the 100 metres hurdles at the Great City Games in Manchester on Saturday. "I've got to face these sorts of athletes at some point anyway, so why not now," Ennis-Hill said.–AFP

Brazilian great Pele stable after surgery

SAO PAULO - Pele was in stable condition in a hospital after undergoing surgery for an enlarged prostate, doctors said, just the latest health scare for the Brazilian football legend. The 74 year old had the surgery Tuesday and is to have tests to see when he can be released from the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, the same facility that treated him for two weeks last year for a urinary infection. It said he was resting in his room after a "transurethral resection of the prostate," or TURP. The Urology Care Foundation says the surgery "has excellent outcomes and is the gold standard" in caring for benign prostatic hyperplasia, a common condition in aging men. That health scare, which included five days in intensive care, came after he underwent surgery for kidney stones.–AFP

Murray calls for deadlines after 3am farce

MADRID - Andy Murray believes there should be a cut-off point beyond which ATP matches shouldn't be allowed to start after finishing his second round match at the Madrid Open at 3am. The world number three overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber in the early hours and returned to court 18 hours later to secure his passage into the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Marcel Granollers. "I love watching boxing and they fight late, but never at 1:00 in the morning," said the two-time Grand Slam champion. "That's where I do think you can get the right people involved and speak to doctors and people that understand the body and how it works for athletes and say, it's actually not possible to compete at your peak condition past whatever time it is, and then make a decision based on that."–AFP

KC rout LC to win Inter District Cricket

LAHORE - Kinnaird College routed Lahore College Cricket Club by eight wickets in the 9th Regional Inter District Women Cricket Tournament Seniors 2015 final played here at the Lahore Gymkhana cricket ground Friday. Lahore College won the toss and opted to bat first. The decision didn’t pay dividend as the entire team was bowled out at the paltry total of 71 runs in 25.1 overs. Only Fazeela Ikhlaq (43 runs) and Marina Iqbal (12 runs) reached the double figures for Lahore College. Ghulam Fatima was wrecker of LC innings as she clinched three wickets while Anum Amin and Hina Azam bagged two wickets each. Kinnaird College replied in a great style and achieved the target for the loss of just two wickets. Iram Javed hammered unbeaten 39 while Sidra Amin gathered 13 and Aliya Riaz unbeaten 11.–Staff Reporter

OCA administration course in full swing

LAHORE – The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) administration course for men and women is in full swing here at a local hotel. Course Director M Rafiq said: “We have some very good sessions and everyone was very happy. On fifth day, the first lecture was given by Painda A Malik on ‘problem solving and decision making’. After that Dr M Imran gave lecture on ‘doping and drug control’ and described about the importance of dope free players and use of drugs for sportsmen. Then Prof Dr Khalid Jameel gave a useful lecture on ‘sports injuries’ and told the ways how to overcome the injuries. Punjab Olympic Association (PbOA) secretary Idrees Haider said: “This is a great experience for Punjab Olympic Association.” POA treasurer, in his lecture, briefed the participants about ‘facts and fables of Olympic Games’.–Staff Reporter