Sainz moves to brink of Dakar triumph

CORDOBA - Veteran Spaniard Carlos Sainz closed in on a second Dakar Rally title on Friday, as the Peugeot driver finished sixth behind penultimate stage winner Nasser Al-Attiyah. Qatari Al-Attiyah cruised to his fourth win of the race in the 13th stage by 11 minutes and 16 seconds from Argentinian Lucio Alvarez, as Sainz consolidated his overall lead. The 55-year-old, the father of Renault Formula One driver Carlos Sainz Jr, just needs a safe drive on the final day around Cordoba in Argentina to secure a second Dakar title and first since 2010, having failed to finish for the last five years in a row. His task was made easier by problems for team-mate Stephane Peterhansel on Friday, as the French reigning champion hit a tree near the start and was stranded for 40 minutes. –AFP

Coleman breaks 60m indoor world record

LOS ANGELES - World 100 metre silver medalist Christian Coleman opened his 2018 campaign by breaking the 60 metre indoor world record with a time of 6.37sec on Friday. The 21-year-old American set the new mark at the low-level Clemson Invitational track meet to surpass the previous record of 6.39sec held by fellow American Maurice Greene. Greene ran the time twice, in 1998 in Madrid, Spain, and 2001 in Atlanta, Georgia. Coleman's previous best was 6.45sec at last year's US collegiate indoor championships. "Great start to my career," tweeted Coleman, who is in his first year as a professional athlete. The time still needs to be ratified by athletics' world governing body, the IAAF. The meet at Clemson University in South Carolina was the first event of the season for Coleman.–AFP

 National Boxing Championships commences

Lahore – The 36th National Men and the 1st National Women Boxing Championships has started at Wapda Sports Complex Saturday under the auspice of Wapda Sports Board in association with the Pakistan Boxing Federation. Wapda chairman and Wapda Sports Board Patron-in-Chief Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (retd) and Pakistan Olympic Association President Lt Gen (retd) Arif Hassan were the Chief Guests of the opening ceremony of the Championship. Speaking to the participants of the opening ceremony, Wapda chairman said sports persons are pride of the nation who brings laurels to the country. He said that sports alone can be the catalyst and the tool to overcome our national issues ranging from terrorism, illiteracy to fragile economy and can be a source of national harmony. In five-day long Championship, as many as 15 teams are participating in the Men events including Wapda, Army, Navy, Air Force, Railways, KPT, K-Electric, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Islamabad, AJ&K, Fata and Gilgit Baltistan. Men’s competitions will be held in 10 weight categories which are 46, 52, 56, 60, 64, 69, 75, 81, 91 and 91+ kilogramme. With a view to popularise boxing amongst women folk, Women Championship is also being organised for the first time, wherein as many as 24 women players from the provinces and associations will compete in three weight categories of 51, 60 and 75kg.–Staff Reporter

 PMRC, Guard Group to promote motor sports

LAHORE – Pakistan Motor Racing Club (PMRC) and Guard Group of companies have joined hands to promote motor sports in the country. Guard Agricultural Research & Services CEO Shahzad Ali Malik who is also patron in chief of PMRC said the Gaurd Group wanted to promote Pakistan’s soft image worldwide through this game. The Group also organised here a ceremony to award prizes to its sponsored motorists who secured top positions in recently held ‘Indus River Water Cross Challenge 2017.’ The KP Tourism Department in collaboration with the PMRC organised the game in Swabi at 11 kilometre track. As many as 107 motorists participated in four categories including one category each for women and bikers. Nosherwan Tiwana secured 1st position in Category A while Sajjad Qureshi secured 1st position in Category B and Sardar Hassan Sadiq won the race in Category C. Rida Naveed stood first in women category while Asma secured second position. Besides the trophy, Guard also recognized their outstanding performance by distributing cash prizes at the ceremony. Shahzad said that the group had been patronizing sports such as Polo, Golf and Cricket.–Staff Reporter