WCup-leader Hosszu dominates in Berlin

BERLIN - Hungary's 'Iron Lady' Katinka Hosszu earned four more victories on the World Cup circuit, to give her a total of seven wins over the two-day meet in Berlin. Having already won the 200m freestyle, 200m backstroke and 200m individual medley finals, the 27-year-old hammered out further short-course wins in the 400m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m and 400m individual medley. Her points haul means she is the clear leader in the overall World Cup rankings after two of the nine legs on the circuit, with Moscow the next destination this weekend. Having broken his own 100m IM short-course world record on Tuesday, Russia's Vladimir Morozov, the men's overall leader, won Wednesday's 50m freestyle final and finished third in the 100m breaststroke, won by South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh.–AFP


Neuer named as Germany's new captain

BERLIN - Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was on Thursday named as the new captain of world champions Germany following Bastian Schweinsteiger's international retirement. The German FA (DFB) announced the news on their official Twitter account. The 30-year-old Neuer will wear the captain's armband for Germany's opening 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Norway in Oslo on Sunday. Although head coach Joachim Loew has named Neuer as Schweinsteiger's permanent replacement, it will not be the first time Germany's world-class goalkeeper will captain his country. Neuer already has experience on the big stage. He was captain in five of Germany's six matches at June's Euro 2016 which Schweinsteiger had started on the bench after recovering from a knee injury before the European championships.–AFP


AFP to hold National Athletics C’ships

ISLAMABAD - Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) secretary M Zafar has announced that the AFP is holding the National Youth and Junior Athletics Championships (men & women) here at the Jinnah Stadium Pakistan Sports Complex from September 4. He said: “We are expecting more than 400 athletes both males and females from Army, PAF, Wapda, Railways, HEC, Punjab, Sindh, KP, Balochistan, Islamabad, AJK, Fata and Gilgit-Baltistan. The two-day mega event is an annual event, in which champion athletes display their prowess in the arena.” Athletics Federation of Pakistan President Major General (R) M Akram Sahi, HI (M), SI (M), will address a press briefing tomorrow (Saturday) at 3pm here at Media Centre, Jinnah Stadium, Pakistan Sports Complex and informed about further details.–Staff Reporter


Pak women to produce good results in WC

LAHORE - Pakistan Federation Baseball (PFBB) chairman Shoukat Javed has hoped that Pakistan women baseball will produce good results in the VII WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup being played from September 3 in Gijang City, South Korea. Speaking at the concluding ceremony of the national women baseball training camp for the buildup of the team for World Cup here on Thursday, Shoukat said it was a big honour for Pakistan women team to qualify for the mega event and hoped it would show consistency in the world cup by putting up impressive show. "We provided the best possible training to our Korea bound team during the camp under the able guidance of foreign coach,” he said. He advised the player to do their best and be good ambassadors of their country during their stay in Korea.–Staff Reporter


PRU announces to hold 15-aside league

LAHORE – The Pakistan Rugby Union (PRU) has announced to hold the Servis Tyres 15-aside Rugby League. The great extravaganza will start from September 4 and continue till February 2017. A six-month long league, in which 31 matches will be played at various venues, will be featured by top 15 teams of the country. Manager Training and Education Syed Mozzam Ali Shah said that the league was recognised by Asia rugby and world rugby and would be very popular feature in Pakistan. “We provide a great opportunity to all major teams to play 15-aside matches. In division-I, Pakistan Army, Islamabad, Lahore Rugby Club, Lahore Hawks Rugby Club and DHA will vie for top honour while Punjab Police, Multan, Muzzaffargarh and Lodhran will play against each other in Div-II.–Staff Reporter