Spieth says Rory still the best

LOS ANGELES - Masters champion Jordan Spieth says he would welcome a long-term rivalry with Rory McIlroy but insists that he has still got some way to go to match the world number one. The 21-year-old American, who captured his first major title at Augusta National, is seeded second behind McIlroy at this week's WGC-Matchplay Championship. And should the seedings hold firm that would mean he would go head-to-head with Rory for the first time in Sunday afternoon's final, an encounter he said he would relish. Asked if he considered himself as being in the same bracket as four-time major winner McIlroy, Spieth replied: "I think? I still think I have a long way to go to where I could be considered that. "I think I'm off to a good start, but I can't compare what I've done to what he's done.”–AFP

Army beat PSB Youth in second match

ISLAMABAD - Army Youth Volleyball Club overcame PSB Youth volleyball team 3-2 after a tough battle in the second match played here at Hamidi Hall, Pakistan Sports Complex Wednesday. It was expected Army would have an easy ride and inflict a routine victory, but they had to struggle very hard for win. PSB boys lost the first set 25-23 and the second 25-22. PSB Youth got back into the match by winning the third set 26-24 and then fourth 25-22 to take the match into fifth and deciding game. PSB Youth ran out of gas and lost the fifth game 10-15 to give Army hard-fought 3-2 win. IPC joint secretaryv Khalid Mirza was the chief guest, while national federations director M Azam Dar, director media Shazia, assistant director hostels Malik Imtiaz Hussain were also present there. Khush Malik was the referee.–Staff Reporter

AFC 'A' coaching course from tomorrow

LAHORE – For the first time in Pakistan, the Asian Federation Confederation (AFC) 'A' coaching certificate course will be held here at football house from May 1 to 27. Iran’s Ardeshir Pour Nemat will be AFC instructor while Najeeb Ullah Najmi will assist him and Arif Siddiqui will be the course coordinator. Most of the participants are from Pakistan while two from Bhutan and one each from Afghanistan and Maldives. The participants are Mehmood Khan, Sajjad Mehmood, Qazi Wajid Ali, Naseem Ahmed, Ch Nouman Ibrahim, Saleem Khan, M Amir Khan, M Asghar, Bashir Ahmed, Abdul Sattar, M Rasheed, Mohsin ul Hasnain, Tanveer Ahmed, Zahid Niaz, M Aslam Khan, Safi Ullah Khan and Kiran Ilyas are from Pakistan while Pema and Nawang Dendup from Bhutan, M Tahir Raufi from Afghanistan and M Shahid from Maldives.–Staff Reporter

UCP thump UET in RBC Cricket

LAHORE – University of Central Punjab (UCP) scored a thumping 62-run triumph over University of Engineering and Technology (UET) in the Red Bull Campus (RBC) Cricket 2015 match played here at Ali Garh cricket ground Wednesday. UCP, batting first, hammered 182-9 in their allotted 20 overs. Opener Junaid Ali slammed 60 runs. Ali Shah clinched four wickets and Qasim Riaz took three. UET were all out for 120 in 19.3 overs. Abdul Rehman made 29. Man of the match Ali Tipu took four wickets. In another match at Islamabad’s COMSATS ground, International Islamic University (IIU) registered 39-run win over M Ali Jinnah University (MAJU). IIU posted a huge total of 245-7 in 20 overs. Babar Khalid, Shayan Aijaz and Haroon Rasheed scored half centuries. In reply, MAJU could score 206-8.–Staff Reporter

Bahria University organises Sports Gala

ISLAMABAD - Bahria University (BU) Islamabad organised Sports Gala 2015 for its affiliated medical colleges and constituent units at its premises. Rector BU Vice Admiral Tanveer Faiz HI (M) inaugurated the opening ceremony and congratulated all the teams and their officials and has said that sports gala has played in the best of spirit which is indeed the essence of sports. Students from Bahria University Medical and Dental College Karachi, Yusra Medical and Dental College Islamabad, Frontier Medical College Abbottabad, Islamabad Medical and Dental College and Rawal Institute of Health Sciences Islamabad took part in the sports gala and participated in the table tennis, basketball, badminton and volleyball matches and tried their best to win laurels for their universities.–Staff Reporter