Mickelson sidelined by hernia

LOS ANGELES - Phil Mickelson faces an indefinite period on the sidelines after undergoing a second hernia operation in the space of two months, his management company has confirmed. A statement from Lagadere Sports late Monday said the 46-year-old five-time Major winner was expected to make a full recovery from the surgery. The operation will not prevent him from serving as a tournament ambassador at the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California from January 19-22. Mickelson underwent a hernia operation in October, three days after his eighth place finish in the Safeway Open. Currently 19th in the World Golf Rankings, Mickelson is a five-time major tournament champion and 42-time winner on the PGA Tour. The famed left-hander's last win came at the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield.–AFP

 Woods to play at Riviera in February

LOS ANGELES - Tiger Woods has confirmed plans to play in February's Genesis Open in Los Angeles, returning to the tournament where he made his PGA Tour debut for the first time in 10 years. Woods, who returned to golf earlier this month at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas after a 15-month injury layoff, said he was looking forward to the February 16-19 event at the Riviera Country Club in the affluent suburb of Pacific Palisades. "I'm very excited to come back to Riviera and compete in the Genesis Open. This is where it all started for me," Woods said. "It was my first PGA Tour event, I was 16 years old, I weighed about 105 pounds, and it was a life-changing moment for me." Woods' charity arm, TGR Live, is the host of the Genesis Open, which benefits Tiger Woods Foundation.–AFP

 Diamond Paints Lahore Open Polo

LAHORE – Barry’s will take on Guard Group/Newage at 2pm while Diamond Paints will vie against BBJ Polo Team at 3pm in the two important matches of the Diamond Paints Lahore Open Polo Championship 2016 today (Thursday) here at the Lahore Polo Club ground. In pool A, Barry’s team consists of Nafees Barry, Jameel Barry, Hamza Mawaz and Raja Samiullah while Guard Group/Newage team comprises Alman Jalil, Adnan Jalil, Taimur Malik and Hissam Hyder. In Pool B, Diamond Paints team has Sufi M Amir, Sufi Haris, Mir Shoaib and Crispo while BBJ Team includes Ahmed Zubair, Abdul Rehman, Bilal Haye and Shah Qubilai. Sufi Amir of Diamond Paints said: “Our team is well-balanced and we are hopeful of starting our campaign against BBJ Polo team in great style and try to finish the tournament as winners.”–Staff Reporter

 POA urged to conduct fair FOA elections

PESHAWAR - Rejecting the Fata Olympic Association (FOA) elections, various sports associations of Fata demanded of Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) to ensure fair and transparent elections of the FOA. “If POA fails in holding the Fata Olympic Association’s elections, we will move to the court for our rights and raise our voice at every forum,” said Fata Ju-jitsu Association Fata (FJA) president Hussain Afridi, while addressing a news conference, here at press club on Wednesday. He alleged that the recently-elected cabinet of the FOA was illegal and unconstitutional because the current office bearers of the association belonged to settled areas of KP and Afghanistan. He added they did not accept the current FOA members and would go to every extent for conducting free and elections.–Staff Reporter