Ariya finishes strong for Alabama lead

LOS ANGELES - Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn fired a career-best nine-under 63 Saturday to take a three-shot lead after the third round of the LPGA Yokohama Tire Classic. Ariya caught fire on the back nine Saturday, making birdie on eight of nine holes to reach 14-under 202 on the Robert Trent Golf Trail course. "A little bit excited," Ariya said. "Tomorrow is going to be so much fun. I just want to enjoy it and have fun." The Thai had a three-shot lead over Australia's Minjee Lee and American Ryann O'Toole, who both carded 68 for 205. Overnight leader Ryu So-Yeon of South Korea carded a 71 and was alone in fourth on 206, one shot in front of Americans Stacy Lewis (68) and Morgan Pressel (70). Ariya is hoping to finally break through and pick up her first US Tour victory.–AFP



Crolla retains WBA lightweight title

LONDON - Britain's Anthony Crolla retained his World Boxing Association lightweight title with a seventh-round knockout of Ismael Barroso Saturday. The big-hitting Venezuelan made an encouraging start to what was Crolla's first defence of his world belt, with Crolla showing the signs of some heavy blows come the end of the fourth round. But Crolla rallied in the next and he ended the contest in the seventh round when Barroso failed to beat the count after a powerful body shot dropped him onto his knees. "This is my house and no one comes into it and takes what I've got," Crolla said. "He thought he was going to get me out of there in three rounds... but I'm improving and I've shown that tonight. He caught me with a few, I wasn't hurt but I felt a few, he hit me as hard as I've been hit.”–AFP




Asean Red lift Polo Cup

ISLAMABAD - Thanks to 4 goals hero, Major Haseeb, Asean Red beat Varoline 6-4 in the final to become the crowned champions of 3rd Serena Hotels Polo Cup 2016, which was held here at Islamabad Club Polo Ground Sunday. CEO Serena Hotels Aziz Bolani was the chief guest on the occasion. Six teams participated in the championship, which were divided into two pools. Before the finals an exhibition match was held involving kids aged 10 to 14 and crowd highly appreciated kids’ polo skills. In the final, it was Asean Red who took the lead in the first chukker through Major Haseeb. Their lead was soon doubled by Bilal Humyun. Varoline took one back through Raza Akram just as the second chukker started. But Asean Red bounced back and Haseeb scored third goal. Varoline again reduced the lead through Omer. But Haseeb once again struck to take back 2-goal lead. In third chukker, Varoline completely outclassed Asean Red by scoring two goals to square things though Nausher and Omer. But Varoline ran out of gas in the fourth chukker and Asean Red hit two goals through Arsalan and Haseeb to complete the victory.–Staff Reporter



LAHORE: Lahore Zalmi team sponsor and president UC-200 recives a shield from Kh Ahmed Hassan after the conclusion of the Canal Park Floodlight tournament. Chairman Rabia Farooqi and Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhatti are also present.