Thai teen close to first Asian win

TOKYO - Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai retained a one-stroke lead at the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup as he stayed on course for his first Asian Tour victory on Saturday. The 17-year-old shot one-under-par 69 at Osaka's Ibaraki Country Club for a three-round total of 202. Japan's Ippei Koike parred the first 17 holes before rolling in his only birdie of the day as he finished the third round in second place. Despite maintaining his first ever Asian Tour lead for the second day in a row, Phachara said he could have played better after shooting three birdies against two bogeys. "I am just disappointed with my iron-play. The rest was good, especially my short game," he said. "I wasn't thinking much. I just played my own game. I told myself that I am playing against myself, not other players.”–AFP


Lee to face Jorgensen in Japan final

TOKYO - Malaysian badminton king Lee Chong Wei on Saturday beat 15th ranked Marc Zwiebler of Germany in the semifinal at the Yonex Open Japan, moving a step closer to his sixth title of the Japanese tournament. Lee clinched a comfortable 21-14, 21-15 triumph to Zwiebler in the men's singles. The 33-year-old world number one set up a Japan title clash with third-seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark, who beat sixth-seed Son Wan Ho of South Korea 21-14, 21-19. In women's singles, home fans were silenced following two crushing defeats of their domestic hopefuls, including 12th ranked Akane Yamaguchi, in the semifinals. Sun Yu of China secured a 21-17, 21-18 win to Yamaguchi. Sun is to vie for the women's title with He Bingjiao also of China, who knocked out Aya Ohori of Japan 21-17, 22-20.–AFP


AITC win basketball, football matches

LAHORE - Double delight for Beaconhouse Allama Iqbal Town Campus (AITC), which registered convincing victories in the 4th BCR Sports League Boys & Girls 2016-17 basketball and football events, hosted by SGO-II here at the BSS Sports Complex on Saturday. As many as 11 campuses of Beaconhouse School System have been featuring in the event. School Group of Head II Mrs Mubashra Raza Bano graced the occasion as chief guest while assistant director Ian Darlington, coordinators Sehrish Nawaz, Arshad Javed, Faraz Chishti and Zia Barki were also present there. In the basketball girls’ match, AITC played superbly and routed Bahria Town Campus 18-4. In the football girls’ match, it were once again AITC students, who displayed quality skills to win the encounter 1-0 against the same opponents. Speaking on the occasion, SGH-II Mrs Mubashra Raza Bano said: “The well-organised sports activities play vital role in strengthening the healthy and prosperous society, further strengthening and encouragement of healthy sports activities can produce desired results. Keeping this view, the BSS has been taking effective steps for the promotion of sports.” AITC principal Mrs Rabia Najam lauded both the winning AITC teams and sports teachers Farhan Masood and Irum Rathore. She said: “I hope the AITC students will continue performing well and earn more laurels.”–Staff Reporter


Pak deaf cricket team leaves for Greece

LAHORE - Pakistan deaf cricket team has left for Greece tour where they will feature in the Hellenic Premier League Greece 2016. According to head coach Nadeem Zafar, Pakistan deaf team will take on India deaf cricket team in the first while they will also play against the teams of Greece and England. Pakistan deaf team comprises Zaka Ahmed (capt), Nabeel Anjum, Naveed Qamar, Waqas Hassan, Naeem Baig, Nadeem Ahmed, Naeem Arshad, M Shakil, Manzoor, Mudasar Nazir, Asad Jutt, Gohar Usman and Shahzad Khan. Nadeem Zafar Gondal is head coach while Zaheer Babar is manager, Umer Fayyaz assistant coach, Tanveer Ahmad team physio. PDCA president Abdul Salaam and Kashif Zahid of PCB are also accompanying the team.–Staff Reporter