Murray plays down rematch with Rosol

NEW YORK - Andy Murray played down fears that his US Open clash against Lukas Rosol will be a repeat of their last stormy meeting when he described the Czech as being the sport's most hated player. World No 2 Murray faces the controversial 31-year-old for the first time since Munich in 2015 when Rosol bumped into him at a changeover during their quarter-final. "No one likes you on the tour," Murray told him. "Everyone hates you." But Murray insists that the bad blood is a thing of the past and will not impact their opening round meeting at Flushing Meadows next week. "I spoke to him after the match and it was fine. A few things happened when we were on the court," said Murray on Friday. Rosol rose to prominence in 2012 when he dumped Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon.–AFP



Dagg helps Blacks whip Wallabies

WELLINGTON - A rampant New Zealand inflicted further pain on a fired-up Australia with a 29-9 victory to claim the Bledisloe Cup in Wellington on Saturday. The Wallabies stayed in touch in the first half, with the All Blacks only 15-9, but were kept scoreless in the second half as the All Blacks added a further 14 points in the second-round Rugby Championship clash. After thrashing the Wallabies 42-8 in Sydney a week ago, this win enabled the All Blacks to lock the Bledisloe Cup away for another year, making the third Test in October a dead rubber. In two Tests this month the world champion All Blacks have scored 10 tries and conceded one. But, unlike the first Test, when the All Blacks were in command from the start, they did not have it all their own way for the first 46 minutes of the niggly rematch.–AFP



PBC to hold Challenge Belt bouts today

LAHORE - The Pakistan Boxing Council (PBC) is holding its 4th Challenge Belt bouts and first ever professional boxing in Quetta today (Sunday). PBC president Ifraz Khan, now in America, said: “The challenge carries Rs 20,000 prize money with the winner getting 70 percent while the losing boxer gets 30 percent purse. Ifraz also informed that all the expanses of the event are being borne by the council itself.” PBC new secretary Rasheed Baloch, based in New Zealand, said that the entire activity was dedicated to Pakistan’s Olympian boxer late boxer Syed Ibrar Hussain Shah. “The main challenge bout has been scheduled between M Ali of Peshawar and Mohib Ali of Quetta in cruiser weight and M Aslam of Pasin will take on Asad Ullah of Quetta in light welter weight,” he added.–Staff Reporter



Pakistan’s Najam downs Afghani fighter

LAHORE – Pakistan’s Najam Saturday knocked out Afghani fighter Adris in light weight category of the 4th Fighting Alliance Mixed Martial Arts event being organised by the Impact Sports Productions here at the Wapda Sports Complex. The Saturday’s ecstatic energy consisted of 10 fights, four of which being at the professional level. In the light weight 54kg weight category, Shahnawaz played well against Wahab and downed him to win his bout. In the heavy weight category, Zeeshan emerged as victorious after beating Qasim in a well-contested bout. The Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has been recognised as Pakistan’s fastest growing sport and Fighting Alliance its premiere MMA organisation. It was an action packed cage fighting event showcasing some of Pakistan’s most talented competitors as well as competitors from Afghanistan. The fighters and MMA enthusiasts alike, came together from across the country to experience the vibrant energy radiating from the Octagon. It is quite evident this country has talent. The rigorous training and preparation leading up to the fights of The Genesis Event made for a fantastic show, yet again raising the bar for professional MMA throughout the country leaving open invitation to fighters from abroad to compete against Pakistan’s talent. Event organiser Syed Zubair Jameel said: “Our goals are to improve Pakistan’s image to ourselves and throughout the world, using sports, by giving much needed support to our hard working and much talented fighters. “The Impact sports production is quite optimistic in having fighters from Europe, Iran and even America participate in the next event scheduled for December 2016,” he added.–Staff Reporter