Ozil becomes highest-paid Arsenal player

LONDON - German World Cup winner Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a big boost Wednesday by finally agreeing a new contract which will see him become the highest paid player in the club's history, according to BBC. The 29-year-old playmaker -- who has been with the Gunners since joining from Real Madrid for a then-record club fee of £42.4million in 2013 -- signed a three-and-a-half year contract and will earn around £350,000 a week. Speculations over both Ozil and Chilean Alexis Sanchez's futures have plagued the club for almost a year, as both their contracts were up at the end of the present campaign. However, whilst Sanchez left for Man United, where he has become the highest paid player in the Premier League at a pre-tax weekly wage of £500,000, Ozil has committed himself to Arsenal until 2021.–AFP




Chelsea snap up Emerson from Roma

LONDON - Chelsea have secured the signing of left-back Emerson Palmieri from Roma on a four-and-a-half year deal, the Premier League champions said Tuesday. Emerson played just twice for Roma this season after missing the first 3 months of the campaign with a serious knee injury. "I came here because it's a great team with a great history. Today, I am realising one of my dreams to pull on the shirt of such a great club," Emerson told Chelsea website. "English football is something I have been watching since I was 15 years old. It is a really beautiful game over here but it is going to be even more beautiful to play it." The Brazil-born defender, who joined Roma from Santos in 2015, obtained Italian citizenship last year and was called up to the Italy squad by then coach Gian Piero Ventura in May.–AFP




SJAL office-bearers elected unopposed

LAHORE – The Sports Journalists Association of Lahore (SJAL) general council meeting was held Wednesday in which all the office-bearers of the body were elected unopposed for the next one-year term. Aqeel Ahmad and Chaudhry M Ashraf were elected president and secretary while the body unanimously elected Ehtesham-ul-Haq as treasurer. SJAL election commissioners Sarfraz Ahmad and Farrukh Atta Butt uttered all the office-bearers names during the general council meeting, and the entire house approved the same body for the next tenure. Other elected office-bearers were Zahid Maqsood (chairman), Shahzad Malik (senior vice president, Afzaal Ch and Ijaz Sheikh (vice presidents), Hafiz Shahbaz (joint secretary), Sana Ullah Khan (associate secretary) and Azhar Masood (information secretary). Shahid Sheikh was retained as chairman advisory committee with M Yaqoob, Syed Ali Hashimi, Sohail Ali, Amir Raza, Sohail Imran, Yousaf Anjum, Asher Butt, Farrukh Butt, Mian Asghar and Aftab Tabi its members. The house also approved new council and associate memberships. The amendment in SJAL constitution was also approved by the house.–Staff Reporter





Descon crowned premier league champs

LAHORE - Descon team emerged as crowned champions of the 1st Premier Super League Corporate Cricket Tournament after thrashing Fatima Group by 106 in the final played at Ittefaq Cricket Ground. Descon won the toss and decided to bat first. The decision paid off well as they posted a mammoth total of 204 runs on the board losing just three wickets. Honda couldn’t resist the Descon bowlers and were restricted to partly 98 runs in just 16.5 overs. A great jubilation was witnessed soon after Descon won the final as they celebrated their title triumph in great style. In the colourful concluding ceremony, Descon’s vice chairmanTaimur Dawood and Rasheed Bhatti were chief guests, who, along with a huge numbers of cricket lovers, employees of both the contesting teams and others, witnessed the final match. The awards for the best performance were delivered as the best batsman’s award went to Hafiz Sajid of Honda while Waseem William of Descon won the best bowler award and Mazhar Hussain of Honda the best all-rounder award. Furthermore, the umpires of the tournament Khurram Siddique and Hassan Mahmood, match officials and referees Sohail Idrees and Kamran Chaudhry and PCB’s renowned scorer Masood Ahmad, along with media persons, were awarded on their tireless contribution.–Staff Reporter

The premier super league is a club jointly established without any external sponsorship and self-financed by eight teams of corporate sector including Honda, ICI, Akzonobal, Descon, Jazz, Fatima Group, 3d Modeling and Nespak. Chief organiser Faheem Mukhtar Butt said: “The tournament was played under great sportsman spirit and all the participants displayed quality cricketing skills throughout the tournament and in the end, the best one emerged as title triumphant. “I hope that this tournament will continue with such great zeal and fervor and all the members will play their due role to make it more prosper and successful.”