Kvitova to lead Czechs in Fed Cup final

PRAGUE - World No 5 Petra Kvitova will spearhead defending champions the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup final against Russia in Prague on November 14-15, the Czech team said on Thursday. On the hardcourt of Prague's O2 Arena, the Czechs will also rely on ninth-ranked Lucie Safarova, Karolina Pliskova (15) and Barbora Strycova (42). Kvitova and Safarova have led the Czech Republic to three trophies from the last four Fed Cup editions. "It wasn't an easy nomination -- it almost never is -- but I have decided for this team which gives us the best chances of success against Russia," team captain Petr Pala said. "Petra and Lucie were a clear pick, they have won a lot of games," he added. Russia have called up world No 3 Maria Sharapova, Ekaterina Makarova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (31) and Elena Vesnina (111).–AFP

Ferrer keeps London year-end dream alive

VIENNA – David Ferrer spent a mere 62 minutes in delivering a crushing 6-1, 6-1 defeat to fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Thursday to stay in the chase for a spot in the ATP World Tour Finals. The top seed who lost the final here a year ago at the Stadthalle to Andy Murray, strengthened his claim on provisional eighth in the race for the last two positions in the eight-man London tournament. But standing ninth and up for the challenge is burly Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, with the weekend Shanghai finalist ready to keep pace as he faces Lukas Rosol in the second round. According to ATP calculations, Tsong can edge closer to Ferrer, who holds a margin of 945 points on the former Australian Open finalist with this week plus two more remaining in the ATP regular season.–AFP

World No 1 Day wins top Aussie gong

SYDNEY – World No1 golfer Jason Day has won Australian sport's The Don Award, two months after claiming his first major title. The accolade came in the same week that the Australian, who won his first major at the PGA Championship in August, took golf's top spot for the second time in his career. Day was honoured at the annual Sport Australia Hall Of Fame awards on Wednesday night, winning the top award, which honours the Australian sportsperson who most inspired the nation in the past 12 months. "Such a great year as this, to be able to cap it off with The Don Award, it goes down in my memory as one of the best years that I've ever had," Day said. "I'm looking forward to hopefully replicating or improving on years like this and really trying to represent not only myself but represent golf.”–AFP

Arsal helps Islamabad draw U-19 match

ISLAMABAD – M Arsal Shaikh grabbed five wickets to help Islamabad Region hold FATA Region in the PCB Inter-Region U-19 Championship 2015-16 match played here at Marghzar cricket ground. Islamabad Region made 204-5 in their second innings in 48 overs with Muzamil Shah hitting 109 and Khizar Shah unbeaten 59. Ahmed Asfandyar took 2-62. Earlier put into bat first, Islamabad were all out for 246 in 77.3 overs. Naseer Ullah hammered unbeaten 122, hitting 15 fours, while skipper Sajawal Riaz made 38. Ilyas Ahmed took 5-62, while Ahmed Asfnadyar got 3-61. Fata took 20-run first innings lead, as they were all out for 266 in 66.3 overs. Ibrar Ahmed made 100, Samiullah Afridi 60 and Azam Khan 32 runs. Arsal then restricted Fata to only 20-run lead, as he claimed 5-48, while Najam Khan took 4-55.–Staff Reporter

Aman FC win I’Day Football Tournament

KHYBER AGENCY - Aman Football Club clinched the Independence Day Football Tournament title after defeating Afghan Club in the final played here at the Government Boys High School, Landi Kotal ground on Wednesday evening. The event was organised under the banner of Khyber Sports Club in collaboration with Agency Sports Manager. Senator Taj Mohammad, flanked by Sport Manager Khyber Rahad Gul Afridi, was the chief guest on this occasion. Before the start of the final combat, the players of both teams were introduced to the chief guest. At the end, the chief guest gave away trophies and cash prizes to the winning teams and players. Afghan Club player Siraj was declared best player of the tournament and Mab Ali of Aman football team was awarded the best player of the match.–Ahmad Nabi