Federer second in ATP world rankings

PARIS - Roger Federer’s triumph in the Shanghai Masters tournament on Sunday has seen him back up to second in the ATP world rankings, the first time he has been that high since May, 2013. The 33-year-old Swiss star is more than 3,000 points behind top-ranked Novak Djokovic, but he did have the satisfaction of defeating the Serb in straight sets in the Shanghai semi-finals. Rafael Nadal moves down to third in the rankings with Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka staying at fourth despite an early exit in China to Gilles Simon. The Frenchman went on to reach the final where he lost to Federer and that was enough to hoist him up 11 places to 18th. Croatian Marin Cilic also moved up one place to eighth while Canada’s Milos Raonis dropped one place to ninth. Andy Murray is on 11th spot.–AFP

Serena tops WTA world rankings

PARIS - Serena Williams continued to dominate the WTA rankings despite being sidelined with a knee injury. The 33-year-old American was forced to abandon her defence of the China Open earlier this month due to the injury, with second-ranking Maria Sharapova going on to win the tournament. But she is still nearly 2,000 points clear of the Russian atop the rankings. Injury has also blighted Canada’s Eugenie Bourchard as she had to pull out of her second round tie in Linz last week. That meant she dropped down one spot in the rankings from sixth to seventh with Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland moving ahead of her. Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova dropped two places to sit on 14the as Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) and Jelena Jankovic (SRB) go one place upward on 12th and 13th places respectively.–AFP

Nishter FC hammer USGC FC

ISLAMABAD - Nishter Football Club (FC) hammered USGC FC 3-1 in the DFA A League match here Monday at Municipal Stadium. Nishter started the match on positive note taking early lead through midfielder Farooq in the fourth minute of the first half. Their lead was soon doubled by Nasir on free kick in the 12th minute. The first half was ended 2-0 in favour of Nishtar FC. USGC started the second half well and put pressure on Nishter goal. Their efforts bore fruit in the 55th minute when Bilal reduced the deficit by scoring a wonderful goal. Nishter FC manager immediately made two changes, and the result was imminent as Sufain enhanced the lead in the 65th minute, make it 3-1. Despite putting pressure on USGC goal, Nishter FC failed to add more goals and had to settle for 3-1 victory.–Staff Reporter

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Gold

ISLAMABAD - ZTBL scored 12-0 in five overs against Islamabad in their second innings in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (Gold) 2014-15 first round match here at Diamond ground on Monday. Earlier, Islamabad team resumed their first innings at the overnight score of 65-3 in 11 overs and was bowled out for 209 in 52.2 overs. Ali Sarfraz made solid 69 runs, which gave Islamabad 16-run first innings lead. Usman Shinwari ripped through Islamabad batting by grabbing 6-66, while M Khalil took 3-72. At Pindi Cricket Stadium, UBL was in strong position against Rawalpindi as they finished day two at 252-3 in 91 overs, thus took 122-run first innings lead with seven wickets still intact. Al Asad was the star of the day as he hammered 101 runs, while Hasan also remained unbeaten at 63.–Staff Reporter

Punjab jr table tennis team fake: Amber

KHANEWAL – Pakistan Table Tennis Federation (PTTF) senior vice president Haji Amber Bashir has alleged that fake junior team of Punjab has been sent to appear in the National Junior Table Tennis Championship which has been started in Abbottabad. He said no trials for the selection of Punjab junior team were held, and fake team and officials were nominated for the event. He added junior players of Punjab had protested and demanded PTTF president SM Subtain to take serious notice of this illegal and unconstitutional action. “The junior players, who prepared them well for the mega event by attending the coaching camps and participating in the district championships, were very disappointed with this illegal act. I hope the PTTF will take some pragmatic steps in this regard.–Anjum Bashir