Sports Briefs

Australia to face Germany in Davis Cup

BRISBANE – Australia will play Germany in the opening round of the Davis Cup World Group on hard court in Brisbane in February, the organisers said on Monday. The tie is expected to pit two of the world’s leading young players against each other — Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Germany’s Alexander Zverev, the current world number four. Nick Kyrgios led Australia to the Davis Cup semi-finals this year, while Alexander Zverev had his best year on tour, winning 55 matches and five titles, including two ATP Masters 1000 trophies. “Our tie against Germany will be no mean feat and the boys will need to be in their very best form,” Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt said here on Monday. The clash between the two teams will take place from February 2 to 4 at the Pat Rafter Arena.–AFP



Neymar back to Brazil for ‘personal matters’

RIO DE JANEIRO – Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is urgently travelling to Brazil due to “personal matters”, the Brazilian company that manages the footballer’s career said on Sunday. Neymar is “coming to Brazil for personal matters”, a source from NN Consultaria told AFP, without specifying whether the player had already arrived in South America or the specific reasons for the trip. French radio station RMC Sport reported that Neymar flew to his native country on Saturday night after receiving “bad news involving his family”. The former FC Barcelona player, who frequently posts on social media, has not done so since Friday. Neymar was suspended for the 3-1 victory over Lille on Saturday, but he looks likely to miss Wednesday’s match against Strasbourg before returning next Saturday against Rennes.–AFP



Aqeel lauded for ITF Futures title win

ISLAMABAD – Subh-e-Nau chairperson Shahida Kausar Farooq congratulated Pakistan’s longest serving No 1 Aqeel Khan and Davis Cupper Shahzad Khan for winning the maiden ITF Futures doubles title. Shahida said: “It was great achievement by the duo as they have become first Pakistani pair to win an ITF Futures doubles title. Aqeel has always earned pride for the country and once again. He has proved that age is not a matter when you are fit enough to perform on such a stage.” Mrs Farooq also greeted Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) management for hosting ITF Futures in Pakistan and providing this opportunity to Pakistani players to compete with international stars at their own backyard. “SN is going to revive Governor’s Cup and Mayor’s Cup Tennis in February 2018 at Karachi,” she concluded.–Staff Reporter



LAHORE: Players of Queen Marry College in a group photo with chief guest Mrs Sofia Raza Ali Gillani, wife of Education Minister, and QMC principal Prof Dr Irfana Mariyam during the QMC’s 109th annual sports day. Teachers Saima Iqbal, Zunera Mir and Briera Afzal were among others who made the day a success.


LAHORE: Pakistan baseball team pose at Allama Iqbal International Airport upon their return from Dubai, where they won the Pakistan-India Dubai Cup series by routing India 11-2.



KARACHI: Celebrities (AJ Janbaz) pose for a photo. Legends’ Cup by AJ Sports was held between Celebrities and Pak Cricketers at Moin Khan Academy and won by the latter.–PR


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