Messi to be tried on tax fraud charges

BARCELONA - Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father Jorge are to stand trial on three counts of tax fraud that could carry prison sentences, a Spanish court confirmed on Thursday. In a court filing, the judge in charge of the case rejected a request by the public prosecutor to try only the footballer's father. The pair were accused in 2013 of defrauding the taxman out of 4.16 million euros in taxes related to Messi's image rights between 2007 and 2009 through the creation of fake companies in Belize and Uruguay. No date has been set for the trial. Prosecutors had asked for the case against the four-time World Player of the Year to be dropped as the alleged fraud was in their estimation carried out by his father, who has managed his son's affairs since he was a child.–AFP

Pennetta can delay retirement for Olympics

BEIJING - Flavia Pennetta on Thursday admitted she could go back on her very public retirement announcement at the US Open final by making a bid for next year's Olympics. The Italian, who declared she would quit this year, moments after winning the biggest title of her career, said she now reserved the right to change her mind. Responding to a question about whether she might play at the Olympics, Pennetta said she didn't have any immediate plans to back out of retirement, but she added: "I cannot tell you how I'm going to feel in February, January. "If I feel I want to play, I play. I don't have to keep just one decision because I said something. I mean, nothing is going to change. Of course, it's a good moment of my life. I mean, I have everything that I always would like to have."–AFP

Federal Cup Tennis from 12th

ISLAMABAD – The 30th edition of Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis Championship 2015 will start from 12th to 18th October. A total of six categories would be held including men's singles, men's doubles, ladies singles, boy's U-18, boy's U-14 singles and senior doubles 60 plus. Top players Aqeel Khan, Yasir Khan, Ahmed Ch, M Abid, Shahzad Khan, ladies players Sarah Mahboob, Sara Mansoor had already confirmed their participation. Entries will be closed on 11th at 3:00pm. President Islamabad Tennis Association Tariq Mehmood Murtaza hold a meeting at Islamabad Club to finalise the arrangement for the event and formed an organising committee. A total amount of Rs300,000 would be the prize money in addition to the daily allowance to be paid to all outstation players.–Staff Reporter

LRCA to hold One-day Super League

LAHORE - The general body meeting of Lahore Regional Cricket Association (LRCA) held Thursday under its president Khawaja Nadeem Ahmed. The body decided to hold LRCA One-Day Super League in which five teams from each zone will be selected and each team will play at least 14 league matches. The members who attended the meeting were M Shoaib Dar (LRCA secretary), Mian M Mubeen (treasurer), Ahmed Ayaz Khan, Ghulam Abbas, Masood Anwer, M Naseer Shahzad, Sardar Naushad Ahmed, Nawab Mansoor Hayat, and Mian M Aslam. Nadeem and the entire members lauded Lahore Blues cricket team for its outstanding performance in the Inter Region Qualifying Round and for qualifying to Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2015-2016 by beating Sialkot Region in final contest at Karachi by 10 wickets and announced cash prize it.–Staff Reporter