Van outsprints Sagan to take Tirreno lead

MILAN - BMC rider Greg Van Avermaet outsprinted world champion Peter Sagan on his way to stage six triumph and the overall lead of Tirreno-Adriatico on the penultimate day of racing Monday. A day after the cancellation of stage five due to the threat of snow at the summit finish of Monte San Vicino, the race resumed in earnest for 210km of racing from Castelraimondo. Van began the day nine seconds behind Zdenek Stybar alongside teammates Damiano Caruso of Italy and American Van Garderen. The Belgian was among a small group of leaders being pursued by a frantic peloton in the closing kilometres. And after seeing Sagan make his move in the final few hundred metres of a slightly uphill drag, Van followed his rival's wheel before coming around him in the final metres to win by half a bike length at the line.–AFP

Schwartzel, Oosthuizen move up rankings

PARIS - South Africa's Charl Schwartzel, winner of the US PGA Valspar Championship, has moved up 11 spots in the latest world golf rankings released on Monday. Schwartzel remains just outside the top 20 in 21st position with countryman Louis Oosthuizen, seventh in the Miami tournament, advancing two places to 16th. 1. Jordan Spieth (USA) 11.2543 pts, 2. Rory McIlroy (NIR) 9.6502, 3. Jason Day (AUS) 9.4833, 4. Bubba Watson (USA) 8.8795, 5. Rickie Fowler (USA) 8.0611, 6. Adam Scott (AUS) 7.3884, 7. Henrik Stenson (SWE) 7.0220, 8. Justin Rose (ENG) 6.0996, 9. Dustin Johnson (USA) 5.9030, 10. Patrick Reed (USA) 4.9738, 11. Danny Willett (ENG) 4.7145, 12. Branden Grace (RSA) 4.6792, 13. Sergio Garcia (ESP) 4.5830, 14. Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 4.4530, 15. Jim Furyk (USA) 4.2473, 16. Louis Osthuizen (RSA).–AFP

Seven matches decided in ATF Tennis

ISLAMABAD – Seven matches were decided on the opening day of the ATF Pakistan 14 & under Super Series Tennis Championships 2016 second leg here at PTF Tennis Complex on Monday. Samad Areejo, Yanishkhe Cooray of Sri Lanka, Nalain Abbas, Sameer Ahmed, Sami Zeb Khan, Rayan Jawad and M Said moved into the quarterfinals by beating their respective opponents in straight sets. Samad Areejo beat Ghufran Faiz 6-2,6-0, Yanishkhe Cooray (SL) beat Syed M Ahmed 6-0, 6-1, Nalain Abbas beat Zalan Khan 6-0, 6-0, Sameer Ahmed beat Yi Shen Wee (MAS) 6-3, 6-2, Sami Zeb Khan beat Subhan Bin Salik 6-3, 6-1, Rayan Jawad beat Ibrahim Khan 6-2, 7-6(4) and M Said beat Abdullah Khan 6-1, 6-2. The second leg was being organised by Islamabad Tennis Association (ITA) and it chief Tariq Murtaza inaugurated it. –Staff Reporter

PHF shortlists players for Azlan Shah Cup

LAHORE - Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Friday announced the names of 15 players for the final phase of training camp for the buildup of the team to take part in Azlan Shah Cup being played next month in Malaysia. “The national selection committee has shortlisted the players from the ongoing camp based on the performance of the players,” said PHF spokesman Monday. He said the camp would continue functioning here at National Hockey Stadium till the departure of the team. The players are (goalkeepers) Imran Butt, Amjad Ali and Mazhar Abbas, (full backs) Syed Kashif Shah, M Aleem Bilal, Asad Aziz, M Irfan and Niwaz Ishfaq, (halves) M Rizwan Jr, M Toseeq, Fareed Ahmed, Rashid Mahmood, Tasawar Abbas, Faisal Qadir, Ali Hussain, Saleem Nazim, Kashif Javed and Ammad Butt, (forwards) M Umar Bhutta, M Irfan Jr, Arslan Qadir, Ali Shan, Rizwan Sr, Ijaz Ahmad, Rizwan Ali, Abdul Haseem Khan, Karim Khan, Awais-ur-Rehman, Fiaz Yaqoob, Jamil Bostan, Hamid Ullah Khan, Awais Khan and Taimoor Malik.–Staff Reporter

Inter-District Women Cricket this month

LAHORE – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) women wing Lahore Region representative Nooshin Haneef has announced that the 10th Regional Inter-District Women Cricket Tournament 2015-2016 (Seniors) will be held in this month. In her statement on Monday, she said that any female cricket club, school or college interested in taking part in the tournament was advised to register their team along with players name to her at Kinnaird College for Women by Friday March 18 before 2pm. Nooshin said the PCB and its women wing believed in providing equal opportunities to all, therefore, it was openly announced for all the clubs, schools and colleges to get their names registered well in time for participation in the tournament.–Staff Reporter