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Dimitrov topples Murray in Acapulco
ACAPULCO - Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov edged second-seeded Andy Murray in three sets on Friday to reach the final of the ATP Mexico Open, where he'll face South African Kevin Anderson. The fourth-seeded Dimitrov, who had never beaten Murray in three prior encounters, triumphed 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/3). Dimitrov needed two hours and 54 minutes on the Acapulco hard court to seal the victory, giving a leap of triumph as Murray's forehand found the net on match point to bring things to a close at 2:30 am. The fifth-seeded Anderson secured his second ATP Tour finals berth in as many weeks with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov. In the women's final, Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova will take on American Christina McHale.–AFP


Guay takes second downhill of season
KVITFJELL - Canada's 2011 downhill world champion Erik Guay won his second World Cup downhil of this season on Saturday as he swept to victory in the Norwegian resort of Kvitfjell. The 32-year-old -- whose other success this season came in Val Gardena in December -- recorded his fifth career victory as he edged out Frenchman Johan Clarey, while Austria's recently-crowned Olympic champion Matthias Mayer was third. For Mayer it was his first ever podium finish in a World Cup event, his best previous finish being sixth. While home favourite Aksel Lund Svindal could not reward the crowd with victory, his sixth place was good enough for him to leapfrog Austrian slalom specialist Marcel Hirscher in the race for the overall World Cup title. The 31-year-old Norwegian leads Hirscher by 27 points.–AFP


Indian delegation arrives for Punjab Games
LAHORE - Bophinder Singh-led 81-member Indian delegation arrived here Saturday for the Pakistan-India Punjab Games to start from March 3 under the auspices of the Punjab Youth Festival (PYF). MPA Madiha Rana along with officials of Sports Board Punjab (SBP) and others received the guests at Wahga Border. The Indian contingent includes 66 athletes and 15 officials. Speaking at the occasion, Bophinder thanked the Punjab people for their warm welcome and confessed that Punjabis were really great hosts. He said that his players prepared well for the mega event. “We will try out best to win maximum events of Punjab Games and if we do not win, we will win the hearts of the Pakistani people.” He said there must be a maximum number of events between the two neighbouring countries.–Staff Reporter


Shabbir leads JA Zaman Memorial Golf
LAHORE - M Shabbir of Islamabad Golf Club dominated the second round of three-round JA Zaman Memorial Open Golf Championship here at the Lahore Gymkhana golf course on Saturday. Shahid Javed Khan of Royal Palm played an outstanding round of 65, seven under par while M Asif (Defence Raya) played 66, Matloob Ahmed 68 and M Safdar 69. These champions paid homage to the memory of a very noble and much revered golfer JA Zaman. In amateur section, Zohaib Asif is ahead with scores of 75 and 76 and an aggregate of 151. Another one at 151 is Salman Jehangir with scores of 78 on the first day and 73 on the second day. Others in line are Robin Bagh at 152, Mohsen Zafar at 153, Nasir Irshad at 153 and Ayaz Saleem at 154. The final session will be contested today (Sunday).–Staff Reporter


Trophies for best media coverage
LAHORE - President of Golden Star Cricket Club and tournament committee of 2nd Rahber Cup Club Cricket Tournament Wasif Zaman announced awards for best media coverage and gave away trophies to sports reporters. Aamir Raza Khan, Rana Azar Noor and Hafiz Shahbaz Ali received Shahid Sheikh trophy, Furukh Ata Butt and Akhlaq Aslam got Zahid Maqsood trophy, Mian Asgher Salimi and Abbas Raza claimed Qayyum Zahid trophy and Ashfaq Mughal received Raza Hameed trophy. Wasif Zaman said: “Purpose of naming trophies to senior sports journalists was to pay tribute to great them for their major role they have played for the development of sports in the country and motivate the media for coverage of local tournaments.” He said they had planned a one-day club cricket tournament which would be announced shortly.–Staff Reporter

 
 
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