Shiffrin wins Lenzerheide slalom

LENZERHEIDE - American starlet Mikaela Shiffrin won the final slalom race of the World Cup season at Lenzerheide, Switzerland on Saturday, her fifth victory in the discipline this season. Two days after her 19th birthday, the Olympic and world champion, who had already won the slalom crystal globe for the second time, finished 1.44 seconds ahead of Sweden's Frida Hansdotter. Austria's Marlies Schild, the former slalom queen, came third on the day. Shiffrin was already out in front after the first leg, timing 1.57 seconds quicker than Hansdotter. That meant she only really needed to safely negotiate the second leg to claim the ninth World Cup win of her young career in an overall time of 2min 4.54sec. Austria's Anna Fenninger had already claimed the crystal globe for overall World Cup winner.–AFP

Nicklas gets medal despite positive test

SOCHI - Swedish ice hockey player Nicklas Backstrom will receive his Olympic silver medal despite testing positive for a banned substance that saw him suspended from the final. Sweden were well beaten 3-0 by Canada in the Olympic ice hockey final without the Washington Capitals centre as he had been provisionally suspended after testing positive on February 19. However, the IOC said they had looked into his case and found no wrong-doing on the part of the player, meaning he will now receive his medal. "The IOC took into account that the athlete had been cooperative, had disclosed the medication in question in the doping control form and had relied on the specific advice of his team doctor that the intake of the medication would not give rise to an adverse analytical finding.”–AFP

SBP Governor Cup Super Series Cricket

LAHORE – PPCBL Lahore will take on NBP Lahore tomorrow (Monday) at 10am at Aligarh ground in the first semi-final of the 10th SBP Governor Cup Super Series Cricket Tournament while SBP Lahore will face UBL Karachi in the second semi-final. In the first match of Group A played on Saturday, PPCBL Lahore thrashed SBP Islamabad by 10 wickets in 11.2 overs at Township Whites ground. In another match of Group A, UBL Karachi beat Bank Alfalah Rawalpindi by 15 runs while in the third match of Group A at the same venue, SBP Quetta beat Bank Alhabib Multan by three wickets. In the first match of Group B, SBP Karachi beat SBP Lahore by one wicket but SBP Lahore qualified for semifinal on better net run rate basis. In the last Group B match, NBP Lahore won against Meezan Bank Quetta. Staff Reporter

Islamabad Green win in Women Cricket

ISLAMABAD - Islamabad Green registered one-wicket victory against Gilgit/Baltistan in the Islamabad Regional Inter-District Women Cricket Tournament match here at Marghazar Cricket ground on Saturday. Batting first, Gilgit/Baltistan were all out for 105 runs. Fazila Ikhlaq slammed 66 runs with the help of seven fours. Saba Samuel ripped through Gilgit batting line up by grabbing 6-15. Islamabad started run-chase in the worst possible manner as they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. At one stage, Islamabad were in all trouble, needing 24 runs for win with only two wickets in hand but Saba (21) and Tahira (19) helped Islamabad reach home in 27 overs for the loss of nine wickets. Fazila Akhlaq was top bowler for Gilgit as she claimed 6-18.–Staff Reporter

Aqeel lifts National Ranking Tennis title

ISLAMABAD - Aqeel Khan defeated younger brother Yasir Khan 6-3, 6-2 to clinch the All-Pakistan Rahim Yar Khan National Ranking Tournament title here on Saturday. Talking to The Nation, Aqeel said: “I will put this title as a special one, as I have to go through a lot of pain during the entire event. I was carrying right shoulder injury for the past one week or so. At one stage, I made up my mind, if pain reached boiling point, I would quit, but thanks Almighty, I managed to lift the title.” “I won the first set 6-3. I was not in a mood to let Yasir off the hook in the second set and took it 6-2 to register victory. I will travel to Karachi to collect stuff and remain there for two or three days before returning back to Islamabad to start training for the Davis Cup.”–Staff Reporter