Bouchard to make comeback in Hobart

SYDNEY - Glamour girl Eugenie Bouchard will attempt to get her career back on track at the Hobart International, she said Wednesday, after a head injury scuppered the end of her 2015 season. The 21-year-old, named one of the most marketable athletes in the world this year, showed her huge potential by making her first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open in 2014. She followed up that year by reaching the French Open semi-final and Wimbledon final, reaching a career-high world ranking of five in October 2014. But she suffered a big setback at the US Open in September when she sustained a head injury after slipping in the locker room. She was forced to pull out of her fourth-round match at Flushing Meadows with concussion and remained troubled as she later withdrew from China events.–AFP

Gary Neville named Valencia coach

MADRID - England assistant coach and Manchester United legend Gary Neville has been named Valencia boss for the rest of the season, the Spanish side announced. "Valencia have reached an agreement with English coach Gary Neville for him to be coach of the first team until June 30, 2016," the club said in a statement. "Neville will officially begin his work on Sunday, December 6 ahead of the Champions League match against Lyon which will take place at Mestalla on Wednesday, December 9." Neville's brother Phil has been at the club since the start of the season, working as an assistant to Nuno Espirito Santo before he left the club after a poor run of results on Sunday. "I am very excited and feel very proud to have received this great opportunity with Valencia," Neville said.–AFP

Al-Faisal Club beat Kiran Club 5-3

ISLAMABAD - Al-Faisal Club defeated Kiran Club 5-3 on penalty kicks in the Staff Welfare Organisation Football Tournament played here Wednesday. Chaudhry Iftikhar Ahmed Barsa was the chief guest. Chief Welfare Officer, Chaudhry Hafeez Ullah, Welfare Office Malik Javed, President Islamabad Football Association Saleem Chaudhry, Vice President M Zaman, Secretary Syed Sharafat Hussain Bukhari, PFF former information secretary, Rana Tanveer Ahmed along with other dignitaries and sizable crowd were also present on the occasion. Kiran Club must blame themselves for the defeat as they were enjoying comfortable 2-0 lead in the first half thrugh goals from Kashif and Umair. Faisal Club changed the gears in second half and goals from Ehtesham and Asad took the match to on plenty kicks.–Staff Reporter

Sambanthan praises Pakistan talent

ISLAMABAD - Asian Badminton Development Director Sambanthan termed Pakistan possesses immense amount of talent in badminton like cricket, hockey and squash and Pakistan could easily produced badminton champions as well. Sambanthan expressed these views during certificate distribution ceremony held at Pakistan Sports Complex Wednesday. He said he was ready to train Pakistani coaches and players to play his part in promoting badminton in Pakistan. He said many people and his family advised him against travelling to Pakistan, but after arriving here he received too much love and respect and would bring his wife along next time. “We had trained Pakistani coaches in Malaysia and these coaches must work on kids between the age of 5 and above not on 10 to 12 years as they are future of Pakistan. Raja Azhar and Zafar Tasleem attended 10-day level-II course at Malaysia and just returned to Pakistan.–Staff Reporter