Kuznetsova breezes into Tianjin round two

BEIJING - Russian two-time Grand Slam champion and second-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova breezed through her opening match at the WTA Tianjin Open on Monday, beating France's Pauline Parmentier 6-1, 6-3. Meanwhile, China's Wang Yafan clinched a surprise upset, eliminating sixth-seed Yulia Putintseva 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, despite the Kazakh ranking 91 places above her. The other Chinese players fared less well. Zhang Kai-Lin lost 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 to Croatia's Donna Vekic, while Tianjin native Duan Ying-Ying was defeated 6-4, 6-3 by Montenegrin Danka Kovinic. Vania King was knocked out by Chang Kai-Chen. Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova, who were partnered up in doubles to win the 2011 French Open, faced off against each other, with Hradecka beating her compatriot 7-5, 6-4.–AFP


Ex-­junior welterweight champ Pryor dies

LOS ANGELES - Boxing Hall of Famer Aaron Pryor, remembered for scintillating duels with Nicaraguan Alexis Arguello, died Sunday at the age of 60 after a long battle with heart disease. "We are heartbroken and sad to announce that our beloved Aaron passed away at home surrounded by his family at 5:57am." Frankie Pryor, his widow, said in a statement from Cincinnati, Ohio. "He was known around the world as 'The Hawk' but to our family he was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend." Pryor built a 39-1 record with 35 knockouts during a career that was interrupted by drug addiction. His biggest moments in the ring were his two junior welterweight victories over Arguello. Pryor's first bout against Arguello is still considered one of the greatest fights in boxing history.–AFP


Pak cycling team to feature in world c’hip

LAHORE - Pakistan cycling team will feature in the UCI World Road Cycling Championship, being held from October 12 in Doha. “The team comprises two riders, Mushin Khan (SSGC) and Hafiz Tahir Mahmood (Wapda) while Nisar Ahmad is manager,” said Pakistan Cycling Federation (PCF) spokesman here Monday. "Both the cyclists will participate in individual time trial. The best cyclists have been selected through open trials and it is hoped they would perform well in the premier cycling event," he added. “PCF national coach Sardar Nazakat Ali and National cyclist Fiza Riaz will be returning home on October 16 after completing 40 days training of level coaching at World Cycling Training Camp at Seoul, South Korea, organised by Korean Cycling Federation and Union Cyclists International,” he added.–Staff Reporter


Ushna beats Nigerian in Lagos challenger

LAHORE - Pakistan's WTA world ranked player Ushna Suhail defeated Nigeria international player Osariemen Sirhunmwude 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the US$25,000 Governor's Cup International Tennis Federation Tournament match in Lagos, Nigeria. Taking slow start, down 0-2 in the first set, Ushna levelled the score 2-2 and used backhand winners, volley and baseline game to take first set 6-3. The second set saw the Nigerian player steady, focused and slowing pace with long rallies and ace serves and taking the set 6-3. In third and decisive set, both the players were level at 3-3 but Ushna then sued aggressive game tactics and completely dominated her opponent, wining to win the set 6-3, thus won the match. Ushna will now meet French player Cascimo Eslette in the next round.–Staff Reporter



Pakistan Academy into 5-Nation T20 final

ISLAMABAD - Test cricketer Imran Nazir Academy stormed into the final of the 1st Ali Tour and Travels 5-Nation T20 Cricket Tournament, after thrashing Bangladesh Academy by nine wickets in Ajman, UAE. In the fourth and last match, Imran Nazir Academy won the toss and opted to field first. Bangladesh Academy were bowled out for 103 with Kamran scoring 57, Gayle 18 and Ahmed 10. Ahsan, Ali Imran and Naeem took two wickets each. Pakistan Academy achieved the target in 13 overs losing just one wicket. Shahid Siddique made 35, while Irfan and Naeem Bhatti hit unbeaten 36 and 34 respectively. Naeem was named player of the match. Imran Nazir attributed victory to the superb performances of all the players. “Our academy has won all the four matches didn’t face any difficulty in making into the final.”–Staff Reporter