Horton nears Hackett time in 1500m win

ADELAIDE - Mack Horton swam the second-fastest 1500-metre time by an Australian on the final night of the Australian Championships Thursday, while Cate Campbell set a new national 50m freestyle record. Horton, 19, who won the 400m freestyle on the opening night of the Australian trials for the Rio Olympics, claimed the gruelling 30-lap event in 14:39.54. Only dual Olympic and four-time world champion Grant Hackett has swum faster than Horton's time, making 14:34.56 at the 2001 Fukuoka world championships. Horton passed Kieren Perkins (14:41.66) as the second-fastest Australian, beating Jack McLoughlin who also qualified for a swim at Rio in 14:48.60. "Yesterday I had a fast heat so I was trying to replicate what it was going to be like by swimming 14:48 in the heats," Horton said.–AFP

Drogba to sue UK paper over charity claims

LONDON - Footballer Didier Drogba said Thursday he would take legal action against Britain's Daily Mail after it published allegations that most of money raised by his charity in Britain was not going to good causes. The newspaper reported that less than one percent of over £1.7 million raised by Drogba's charity in the past five years had gone to help children in Ivory Coast. It claimed that most of the donations to the had been spent on glitzy events for celebrity supporters But Drogba hit back, saying the report had caused an "untold amount of damage". "Despite sending legal letters and 67 pages worth of documents advising the Daily Mail that their information was factually incorrect and libellous, they have decided to ignore the facts so I am issuing legal proceedings against them today."–AFP

4 more matches decided in Nasir Cricket

LAHORE - Four more matches were decided in the Nasir Butt Memorial T20 Cricket Tournament here at various grounds of the city. In the first match at the Race Course ground, Universal Club trounced Mughalpura Institute by nine wickets. Batting first, Mughalpura Institute scored 117 which in reply, Universal Club achieved for the loss of just one wicket in 17.3 overs. Zain Naqvi hammered unbeaten 79 and Irfan Haider contributed unbeaten 18. In the second match also played at the Race Course ground, Young Crescent Club outclassed Khizar Club by 131 runs. In the third encounter at the Township Greens ground, Zaman Memorial Club registered a narrow one-wicket win over Township Greens Club. In the fourth match at the Jallo Stadium, Manawan Gymkhana outpaced Nadeem Ghauri Club by seven wickets.–Staff Reporter

Murad FC beat LUMS FC in Fame Football

LAHORE – Murad Football Club (FC) beat LUMS FC 1-0 in the super round of 2nd Fame Football League Cup 2015-16 here at the Fame Sports Football ground Model Town on Thursday. A large number of people came to witness the match despite warm temperature, but night provided a bit of comfort to families, who watched the tensed match. The match started in an aggressive manner, but strikes and counter attacks from both sides were blunted and so many goal scoring opportunities were missed. The sole goal came in the 16th minute when midfielder Faisal gave a pass to Anjum Suhail Shera who produced a match-winning goal.–Staff Reporter

Model Town CC enter Saga Cup final

LAHORE - Model Town Cricket Club thrashed Stag Cricket Club in the second semifinal to qualify for the final of the Saga Cup 2016 at Stag Cricket Club ground on Thursday. Model Town Club captain Azhar Ali won the toss and decided to bat first and posted 256 runs on the board. Mohsin Ali slammed a classic century while Inamul Haq and Azhar Ali contributed 24 runs each. For Stag Cricket Club, Test cricketers M Asif, Husnain and Haider Ali took two wickets each. In reply, Stag Club were bundled out for 134 runs. Only Hussain Talat (42) and Ahmad Butt (34) played well. Azhar Ali grabbed 4-38 while Ihsan Adil and Ali Tipu took wickets each. Mohsin Ali was named man of the match.–Staff Reporter