'Monster' Inoue defends WBO title

TOKYO – ‘Monster’ Naoya Inoue of Japan on Tuesday successfully defended his World Boxing Organization junior bantamweight title, flooring Philippine challenger Warlito Parrenas with a quick knockout. The bout marked a return to the ring for Inoue (9-0, 8 knockouts), who missed most of this year after injuring his right hand in beating Omar Narvaez of Argentina a year ago for the title. The boxing wonder-boy released fast and heavy punches, which put 32-year-old Parrenas (24-7-1, 21 knockouts) on the canvas quickly in the second round. Inoue then followed up with killer left-hand blows that had the Philippine fighter on his knees. Inoue grabbed the WBO crown last year. Akira Yaegashi grabbed IBF world light flyweight title by beating Mexican Javier Mendoza.–AFP

Theaux wins Santa Caterina downhill

SANTA CATERINA DI VALFURVA – France's Adrien Theaux dominated a testing downhill course in Santa Caterina to claim victory in Tuesday's World Cup race. Theaux timed 1min 47.29sec down the 3.2km-long Deborah Compagnoni course in brilliant sunshine. Austria's world super-G champion Hannes Reichelt finished second, at 1.04sec, with another Frenchman, David Poisson, in third, a further 0.11sec adrift. Theaux's victory was his third on the circuit, having already won downhills at Lenzerheide and Kvitfjell. "It's a very tough piste, in the shade, with a moving terrain you don't always see," Theaux said. Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, who has won the season's opening three downhills, finished seventh, at 1.61sec, allowing him to leapfrog Austrian Marcel Hirscher into first place in the overall standings.–AFP

Army, Wapda, PAF in basketball semis

ISLAMABAD - Army, Wapda, PAF and HEC booked berths in the National Basketball Championship 2015 semifinals. On Tuesday at the Hamidi Hall, Pakistan Sports Complex, HEC, Lahore, Wapda and Army registered victories. Army will take on PAF in the first semifinal while Wapda will face HEC in the second. The thrilling match between Wapda and PAF was decided in the final minute, as both the teams were tied at 66-66, when Muzammil scored three-pointer outside the box to hand Wapda victory. In the second match, HEC outclassed Faisalabad 98-58. Naseeb Raza scored 22 and Zahid 14 baskets for HEC, while Raheel managed 15 and Abdul Rehman 13 baskets for the losers. In the third match of the day, Lahore beat Hazara 85-74 while in the fourth and last match of the day, Army thrashed POF 92-29.–Staff Reporter

MMS, Newage win Polo Cup openers

LAHORE - MMS thrashed Diamond Paints by eight goals to one and half in the Master Paints Polo Cup 2015 opening match played here at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC) on Tuesday. Hamza Mawaz Khan was star of the day as he struck fantastic four goals – three field goals and one through 30-yard penalty hit. He was ably assisted by Bilal Hayat Noon who scored a brace while Ch Hayat Mehmood and Irfan Sheikh contributed one goal each in their team’s triumph. Mir Huzaifa scored lone goal for Diamond Paints, who despite having half goal handicap advantage, couldn’t play well and lost the opener with a big margin. Omer Asjad Malhi and Hissam Ali Hyder performed the duties of field umpires. In the second match of the day, a thrilling clash was witnessed between two teams of the tournament as Newage registered a hard-fought 5-4 ½ victory against Hataff. For Newage, Shah Shamyl Alam was hero of the day as he pumped in four goals while Adnan Jalil Azam hit one while for Hataff, who had one and half goal handicap advantage, could add three more goals – one each by Hassan Ali Farrukh, Naveed M Sheikh and Azam Hayat Noon. Raja Temur Nadeem and Kamran Nooruddin officiated the match as umpires.–Staff Reporter