Ko leads champ Feng in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - New Zealand's Lydia Ko posted a seven-under-par 64 Thursday to take the lead in the first round of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, with defending champion Feng Shanshan trailing by two shots. Debutant Australia's Su Oh was one shot behind Ko, while Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom and Norway's Suzann Pettersen fired 66 to join Feng in tied third place at the TPC Kuala Lumpur. Ko, who is chasing her first LPGA victory in 15 months, got a head start with one her best rounds of the years that included seven birdies. "I was making putts today," she said. "To me, it's really about confidence and momentum." China's Feng also fired an impressive round in tropical conditions that included five birdies, putting her in contention for her a third victory in the $1.8 million tournament.”–AFP

Golf with Trump? No idea either: Hideki

SHANGHAI - Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama says he will steer clear of politics when he plays golf with Donald Trump and admits he has no idea how the chance came about. The US president and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will bond on the golf course when Trump visits on November 5-7 as part of a five-nation Asia tour. World number four Matsuyama will also tee up with the two leaders and told AFP he was a little mystified as to how the opportunity arose. "I wish I knew too," he said, speaking in Shanghai. "But it's an honour to play with the prime minister from Japan and the president of the United States and I am looking forward to it. "We will have a fun day." Asked if he intends to talk politics with golf fan Trump, Matsuyama replied: "I am a professional golfer, not a politician.–AFP

Leisure Leagues matches held

ISLAMABD - Spearheaded by the Trunkwala Family, Leisure Leagues is now in its second season in Pakistan, with Islamabad also a huge beneficiary of an initiative that is bound to give football its rightful place as a popular sport in the country. The matches were played at Total Football Chak Shahzad, Total Football Ayub Park and the Stadium E-11. At Total Football Ayub Park, SMD, Kamra, Minhas and Spartans were literally matching one another blow by blow. Total Chak Shahzad saw another round of competitive actions with MIFA, Shooterz and Ravens showcasing their credentials once again. MIFA routed Ravens 6-3. At Stadium E11, helped by Ghayoor, Roots Ivy Campus hammered Arbaco 7-1 while FC Toru downed 4-2. Azi Champ played FC Falcon in a cagey affair but FC Falcon emerged as winners.–Staff Reporter


Muzmmil faces Aqeel in SN Tennis final

ISLAMABAD - Young Muzmmil Murtaza continued his brilliant show in the men’s singles of the Subh-e-Nau National Clay Court Tennis Championship 2017, as he eliminated second seed M Abid Mushtaq in the semifinals here at Senator Dilawar Abbas PTF Tennis Complex on Thursday. Fifth seed Muzammil defeated his senior opponent 7-6 (6), 7-5 after a tough battle. He will now play against top seed Aqeel Khan in the final. Aqeel’s journey in this tournament has been smooth so far, however, he had to play exceptionally to beat Ahmed Ch in the other semifinal. Ahmed played good serves before bowing down to Aqeel, who won 7-6 (6), 6-2. The final will be played today (Friday) instead of Saturday due to Aqeel’s departure to Turkey to represent Pakistan in exhibition matches while other categories’ finals will be played on Saturday. In ladies singles quarterfinals, all top seeds sailed through to the semifinals. Sara Mansoor, Sarah Mahboob, Alina Aftab and Ushna Suhail won their restive matches. Aqeel Khan pairing with Heera Ashiq defeated Muzammil Murtaza and Mudassar Murtaza to reach men’s doubles final, where they will play against M Abid and Usman Rafiq, who won against Ahmed Ch and Abdal Haider. M Shoaib defeated Yousuf Khan in the first semifinal of boys U-18. Shoaib will play Saqib Umar for title, who defeated Huzaifa Abdul Rehman in another well-contested match, with the scores of 6-3, 7-6 (1). Sami Zeb, Zalan Khan and Hameed Israr confirmed their places for semifinals of boys U-14, which will be played today (Friday).–Staff Reporter