Low-scoring Burnley upset Crystal Palace with 3-0 away win

LONDON (Agencies): Burnley pulled further clear of the Premier League relegation zone with a 3-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday moving them up to 15th place in the table. Sean Dyche’s side headed to Selhurst Park as the lowest scorers in the league but struck twice within the opening 10 minutes. Johann Berg Gudmundsson fired the Clarets in front after the Palace defence failed to deal with an Erik Pieters cross and the Icelandic winger created space for himself before drilling a left-foot shot into the far corner. Burnley doubled their advantage from a Dwight McNeil corner into a packed box, with Palace keeper Vicente Guaita unable to come out and claim the ball, allowing Jay Rodriguez to head home his first Premier League goal of the season. Matt Lowton’s first ever Burnley goal at this level made it 3-0 after the break, the full-back powering forward from the half-way line, finding Rodriguez inside and then volleying home the return pass. There was a sour end to a fine performance from the visitors, though, when central defender Ben Mee was stretchered off with a serious concussion head injury. Burnley are now on 26 points, 11 above 18th-placed Fulham who occupy the highest of the relegation spots. Palace are in 13th place on 29 points.


Burnley 3-0 Palace

Leicester 3-1 Liverpool

Ahmed holds on to his lead in Chairman Wapda Golf 

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): Ahmed Zafar Hayat of Gymkhana continued to excel in the 3rd Chairman Wapda Amateur Golf Championship, that moved into the final stage here at the par 72 Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course on Saturday. Ahmed compiled an aggregate score of 110, and though the aggregate is not too spirited, his standing on the leaderboard is noteworthy and significant and the likelihood is that through immaculate play in the final day today (Sunday), he could end up the championship in glory. Umer Khokher, Nasir Irshad and Damil are bracketed at an aggregate score of 111, just one stroke behind leader Ahmed. Qasim Ali Khan lies at a score of gross 112. In the amateur net category, the assertive one is M Nasir of Lahore Gymkhana with a score of net 67. 

Old Ravians beat VC XI in festival hockey match

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): The Old Ravians XI beat Vice Chancellor XI 4-1 to win the festival hockey match here at historic Oval Ground of Government College University on Saturday. Eminent international hockey players including PHF former President Akhtar Rasool Ch, AHF Chief Executive Tayyab Akram, former Olympians Manzoor Senior, Manzoor Junior and Tahir Zaman took part in the match at their alma mater and also shared their life experiences with the university’s sportsmen. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi, Chairman Sports Board Ammad Uppal and Director Sports M Waseem were also present on the occasion. 

Addressing the ceremony, VC Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi pledged to make GCU one of the finest sports nurseries in Pakistan and producing and grooming sportsmen for national teams in all sports. He appreciated the participation of a large number of Old Ravian Olympians in the festival hockey match, saying that they are the pride of GCU. He announced establishing Hockey Complex at the new campus of GCU to revive hockey. 

PHF Former President Akhtar Rasool said Pakistan had lacked behind in sports because the government and premier educational institutions of the country had completely neglected it. He said that without the support of universities like GCU, Pakistan hockey could not regain its lost glory. He also remembered that he had graduated from the Government College, Lahore and during his college days, he remained the captain of the College Hockey team. He was also awarded “Roll of Honor” and “College Color” for his excellent performance in hockey.