Bryce Molder takes Colonial lead

WASHINGTON - Bryce Molder, seeking his first US PGA title in five years, fired a bogey-free six-under par 64 to grab a one-shot lead after Thursday’s opening round of the Dean and Deluca Invitational. The 37-year-old American, whose only tour triumph came at the 2011 Open, birdied his last four holes at Colonial to grab a one-stroke lead over compatriots Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson and India’s Anirban Lahiri at Fort Worth, Texas. “I got some good looks late,” said Molder. “I may have just been still asleep. it was dark and cloudy. We were laughing they were about to blow the horn for darkness.” Molder blasted out of a greenside bunker at the par-5 first hole to two feet and then put his approach at the second hole to three feet to begin his last nine holes with back-to-back birdies.–AFP



Pacquiao rules out boxing in Rio

MANILA - Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said Friday he would skip the Rio Olympics even if professionals were allowed to compete, knocking out the Philippines’ best chance of winning its first gold medal. Pacquiao, who was elected to his nation’s Senate and harbours dreams of becoming president, said he wanted to instead focus on his political career. “I have decided to prioritise my legislative duty as I owe it to the people who voted for me.” Pacquiao had previously said his victory over American Timothy Bradley last month would be the final fight of his career so he could pursue his political ambitions. But Pacquiao never fully closed the door on his boxing career, saying he could be tempted out of retirement for a chance at Olympic glory in August or another mega-bucks fight against Floyd Mayweather.–AFP




PU win Women Karate Championship

LAHORE - Punjab University (PU) Lahore clinched the title of the All Pakistan Intervarsity Women Karate Championship, which was organised by the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan here at the city campus on Friday. According to the results, Punjab University players displayed quality karate skills and grabbed the first position. UVAS also played well and finished second while Karachi University, Karachi earned the third position. UVAS Sports Board chairman Prof Dr Aftab Anjum was the chief guest at the concluding ceremony. Later, he distributed trophies among the winning teams while Director Sports Rana Amjad Iqbal, faculty members, students and players were also present on the occasion.–Staff Reporter




ICA T20 Championship enters semis stage

ISLAMABAD - Essco, National, Islamabad Greeners and Islamabad Hawks made their ways to the semifinals of the 1st ICA/North Zone/Preston University T20 Championship after registering victories against their respective opponents here on Friday. In the first match of the day, Essco thrashed Tigers Club by 8 wickets. Batting first, Tigers were bundled out for meager 82 in 18 overs with M Naveed scoring 28. Rizwan Ali bowled well and grabbed 4-5 while Shahbahat Rizvi claimed 3-14. Chasing a modest total, Essco reached home in only 11 overs losing just two wickets. Shahbahat slammed unbeaten 46 and Syed Zeeshan Ali added 19. In the second match, National Club thumped Evans by 5 wickets. Evans, batting first, were all out for 112 in 20 overs with M Saleem scoring 25. Ali Salman took 2-11 and Bilal Ahmed 2-19. In reply, National Club needed to achieve the target in 10 overs to improve their net run rate, which they duly did and reached home in 9.3 overs losing 5 wickets. Ali Salman slammed 31 and Arsalan Malik 27. Zeeshan Akram picked up 2-42. In the third match at Shalimar Cricket Ground, Islamabad Greeners outclassed Shaheen Club by 7 wickets. Shaheen were all out for 120 with Sajjad Ahmed contributing 39. Azam Inam grabbed 5-17. In reply, Greeners achieved the target in 14.1 overs for the loss of 3 wickets. Syed Faraz was top scorer with 49 while Ghazanfar Farooq added 27. In the fourth and last match of the day, Islamabad Hawks routed Islamabad Ghymkhana by 96 runs. Thanks to superb 50 by Wahid Ijaz and 31 by Farman Ullah, Islamabad Hawks, batting first, posted 153-7 on the board in 20 overs. Shoaib Nasir took 2-20. In reply, Islamabad Ghymkhana were bowled out for only 57 runs in 14.4 overs. Muneeb Ormaz bowled well and grabbed 4-5 while M Humayun picked up 3-15. The first semifinal will be played between Essco and National at 9:30am, while Islamabad Hawks will take on Islamabad Greeners in the second semifinal at 1:30pm.–Staff Reporter