Radcliffe to retire at London Marathon

LONDON - British world record-holder Paula Radcliffe will race her final marathon in London on April 26. The 41-year-old has won the London Marathon three times, but last took part in the race nine years ago and has not completed a marathon since the Berlin race in September 2011. "We are absolutely thrilled that Paula has chosen London for her final marathon and we know the British crowds will be out in force on 26 April to celebrate her extraordinary career," said race director Hugh Brasher. Radcliffe set her world record of two hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds in the 2003 London Marathon. She has not been named among the elite runners for the race, which include defending champion Edna Kiplagat and fellow Kenyans Florence Kiplagat, Priscah Jeptoo and Mary Keitany.–AFP

Berdych to skip Davis Cup tie with Australia

PRAGUE - Tomas Berdych will skip the Czech Republic's Davis Cup first-round tie with Australia on March 6-8 to focus on his individual career. "Tomas will skip the first round but he will play the quarter-finals or the relegation tie," manager Miroslav Cernosek said. "He has swapped his coaching team to boost his individual career and his hopes are pretty high." Berdych, the 29-year-old world number seven, hired Andy Murray's former coach Dani Vallverdu in a bid to lift his first Grand Slam trophy. Berdych, who lost to David Ferrer in the Qatar Open final on Sunday, has only missed three Davis Cup ties since he joined the Czech team in 2003. The Czechs, who won the trophy in 2012 and 2013, will rely on 30th-ranked Lukas Rosol and 73rd-ranked Radek Stepanek for the first-round tie. –AFP

Razi nominated tennis federation SVP

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) president Salim Saifullah Khan has nominated Air Vice Marshal (r) Syed Razi Nawab as member of the PTF management committee and also handed him the role of senior vice president. Razi accepted the important role in the new setup. PTF spokesman elaborated Razi, who is also Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) senior vice president and Asian Squash Federation (ASF) vice president, is major force behind growing squash activities in Pakistan. “Razi is a well-known and highly respected figure in the world of sports and his coming aboard on federation is a matter of delight and we are looking forward to benefit a great deal from his vast experience in sports administration at the national and international stage,” he said.–Staff Reporter

PAF beat K-Electric in PPFL match

LAHORE – Pakistan Air Force (PAF) defeated K-Electric by 1-0 in the Pakistan Premier Football League (PPFL) match played at the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) Football Stadium, Karachi on Wednesday. According to the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) spokesman, both the teams contested well against each other but both failed to score a single goal to finish the first half goalless. The second half proved tougher for K-Electric as first, their player M Mosa was shown yellow card in the 58th minute and after a few minutes, PAF players attack on their goal proved costly for them as the first and decisive goal of the match was scored by PAF’s M Mujahid in 64th minute. When the final whistle was blown, PAF was leading the match 1-0. Ali Nawaz Baloch was match commissioner.–Staff Reporter

PKF holds coaches’ course tomorrow

LAHORE – Pakistan Karate Federation (PKF) is organising the ‘national karate coaches’ course here from tomorrow (Friday). This course is being conducted as per latest rules and regulations of World Karate Federation (WKF) to update the coaches about the latest WKF rules. In this course, practical sessions and lectures will be conducted. The examination will be conducted at the end of the course and those coaches, who will qualify, will be accredited as qualified coach of the PKF and only qualified coaches will be allowed to act as coach in any national/provincial karate events as coach. Coaches from all the PKF affiliated units i.e. Wapda, Army, Police, Railways, Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, KP, Islamabad, FATA and Women Karate Association will participate in the course.–Staff Reporter