Pak juniors start European tour with win

LAHORE - Pakistan under-21 hockey team opened its second leg of European tour on an impressive note routing the Voordaan Club 6-3 on Wednesday at Groenekan, Netherlands. According to information made available here by the PHF, six different players got on the scoring sheet for the visitors. Three goals were scored in the open play with similar number coming through penalty corner conversions. Sohail Riaz, Shan Irshad and Dilber scored the field goals in lively attacking moves engineered by both the flanks and the midfield. Mubashar Ali, Abubakr and Hasan Anwar found the target through astute planning and accurate shooting in penalty corners drills. After playing two more matches against top teams of Spain, Pakistan boys will proceed to Netherlands to play matches against them.–Staff Reporter



Day aims to defend Barclays' crown

LOS ANGELES - World No 1 Jason Day headlines the marquee trio at this week's The Barclays tournament which kicks off the first round of the PGA Tour playoffs. Day is joined by Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott at the event which will cut the FedEx Cup playoff field to 100 and give others a chance to bid for spots in the Ryder Cup. Also in the field of 121 is Justin Rose who is fresh off winning the gold medal in the Rio Olympics. Rose will tee it up on Thursday at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York in a group with Zach Johnson and Kyle Reifers. Australia's Day, Johnson, of the US, and Scott have combined for seven wins this season and are the top three players in the playoff standings. All three are coming off a break, having not played since last month's PGA Championship in New Jersey.–AFP



Ghani to represent Pakistan in Asian Karate

KHYBER AGENCY - Ghani Khan from Khyber Agency is among Pakistan players who would represent Pakistan in 16th Asian Karate Tournament to be held in Bosaan, Korea on September 1. Chairman Full Contact Karate Association, Fata Farhad Shinwari said the player from tribal area had attended special training sessions. Officials from the tribal belt, Hayat Nazir and Noor Aslam would also participate in training courses and seminar to be held on Martial Arts in Korea, Shinwari added. The tournament would be played on knockout system and players from host Korea, Pakistan, Japan, Sri Lanka, China, Thailand, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Afghanistan would participate in the combats. The Martial Arts players from tribal areas have already won medals in Malaysia, Japan and Thailand events.–Ahmed Nabi



Lodhi elected Ski Federation president

ISLAMABAD – Air Marshal Asad Lodhi-HI (M) has been elected unopposed president Ski Federation of Pakistan (SFP) in the annual general council meeting held on Wednesday. Obaid Ur Rehman Abbasi, media in charge Ski Federation of Pakistan said more than 30 ski associations including Army, PAF, Civil Aviation Authority, Navy, Gilgit/Baltistan Scouts were among others present in the meeting. Ski Federation secretary Air Commodore Qaswar Naqvi briefed the participants about the ongoing projects and arrangements for the International Winter Games including participation in Winter Olympics and coming Asian Ski Championship. The participants pose full confidence in newly-elected president and hoped he would take Pakistan ski to new heights. Air Marshal Lodhi thanked the affiliated associations.–Staff Reporter



Tennis training camp concludes

PESHAWAR – The one-month tennis training under Khyber Lawn Tennis Association for young and talented lawn tennis players concluded Wednesday. Islamabad-based coaches imparted the training on players between 7 ½ years to 35 years of age. Provincial Secretary Information and Public Relations Tahir Hassan was the chief guest during the closing ceremony. He appreciated the quality of training given to the players and hoped the players would win the National Championships in future. He said the young, talented players of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would be fully encouraged by the provincial government and their best to keep winning streak as KP Lawn Tennis Association has been winning the National Lawn Tennis Championships for the last three years.–Staff Reporter