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Weirather wins Lake Louise super-G

LAKE LOUISE – Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather won the women’s World Cup super-G at Lake Louise on Sunday as US speed queen Lindsey Vonn failed to finish. Weirather, winner of the World Cup super-G crown last season, bagged her eighth World Cup victory with a time of 1min 18.52sec. She finished 11 hundredths of a second in front of Switzerland’s Lara Gut, with Austria’s Nicole Schmidhofer third, 0.27sec back. Weirather said: “I was pretty mad yesterday, I lost a lot of time because of the change of light,” she said. “I tried to carry all the anger from the downhill at the start of the super-G today. It worked. When I am aggressive and angry, it is always pretty good for me.” American Mikaela Shiffrin finished fifth, 0.84sec off the pace a day after winning the second downhill of the weekend.–AFP Hirscher on top with giant slalom win

BEAVER CREEK – Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who broke his ankle in August, won the men’s World Cup giant slalom at Beaver Creek on Sunday. Hirscher, the six-time defending overall World Cup champion, finished with a combined time of 2min 37.30secs with Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen second in 2:38.18 and German Stefan Luitz third. Hirscher earned his 46th World Cup win and his first since he broke his ankle in training. “I did not expect to win here. I knew that I was skiing well, but I still thought I was far from the best times,” said the four-time world champion who in February will try to fill the only void on his resume when he goes for gold at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. With the Games on the horizon, Hirscher has pushed himself to return to form. “It was a hard time for sure,” he said.–AFP Japan’s Hataoka earns medalist honors

MIAMI – Japan’s Nasa Hataoka earned medalist honors Sunday as 20 players from 12 countries earned their 2018 LPGA tour cards in the final round of qualifying school. “I’m really happy to be at the top of the leaderboard and winning the tournament,” Hataoka said after playing five rounds of Q-school in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 12-under par. “It’s really hard to be a professional golfer. LPGA is one of the best leagues, so I’m going to try to prepare as soon as possible,” added 18-year-old Hataoka, who won the 2016 Japan Women’s Open as an amateur. Just behind Hataoka was Tiffany Chan at 11-under. Chan is the first player from Hong Kong to qualify for the LPGA Tour. “I’m feeling really excited,” said Chan, who played three months on the developmental Symetra tour this year.–AFP Wapda beat Navy to win Volleyball Cup

LAHORE – Wapda beat Navy 3-1 to win the All-Pakistan Gold Cup Volleyball Tournament which concluded at the Municipal Sports Complex on Monday. Wapda beat Navy 25-15, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23 in a hard fought final which was witnessed by a large number of volleyball fans. Wapda faced little resistance from Navy in the first game but they lost the second game amid superb performance of Asif Nadeem and Mubasshar Raza. Brilliant boosting by Mubasshar enabled Asif to smash hard in the right corners of the court. Navy fought hard in next two games as well but strong smashes by international Naseer enabled Wapda to lift the trophy. Earlier, Navy beat Pakistan U-20 in the first semifinal 3-1. Inexperienced boys of Pakistan Juniors demonstrated outstanding stamina but Navy was too good for them, who lost the match 25-13, 25-20, 25-18. Wapda beat Police in the second semifinal 3-0, with the score 25-15, 25-13, 25-22. Police beat Pakistan U-20 3-1 to get third position. The score remained 25-27, 25-13, 25-22, 25-19. In the end, Pakistan Volleyball Federation (PVF) chairman Chaudhry M Yaqoob gave away winning trophy and a cash prize of Rs 150,000 to Wapda captain while handed over Rs 75,000 to Navy captain, Rs 50, 000 to Police and Rs 25, 000to Pakistan U-20. Naseer (Wapda) was declared the best player of the tournament, Mubasshar Raz (Navy) best smasher, Asif Nadeem (Navy) best booster and Nasir Ali (Wapda) best libro of the tournament. They all received a cash prize of Rs 10,000 each from Municipal Committee chairman Malik Sharif.–Staff Reporter December Polo Cup commences today

LAHORE – The six-goal December Polo Cup 2017 will get underway today (Tuesday) here at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC) ground. Total seven teams have been participating in the tournament, which are divided into two pools. The Pool A has Honda Chenab, Diamond Paints, Black Horse Paints/Artema Medical and Porsche in it while Pool B includes Guard Group, United Snacks Polo and Newage. Honda Chenab will take on Diamond Paints in the opening match of the tournament to be played today (Tuesday) at 1pm while Black Horse Paints/Artema Medical will vie against Porsche at 2pm and Guard Group will play against United Snacks Polo at 3pm. The subsidiary and main finals will be played on Sunday.–Staff Reporter

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