Aussie Lee vaults into Lotte lead

LOS ANGELES - Australian Min-Jee Lee vaulted into sole possession of the lead at the LPGA Tour’s Lotte Championship after a bogey free round on Thursday. Lee shot a sizzling six-under 66 for a 10-under 134 total. She finished with six birdies including one stretch of five in six holes, beginning on the par-three eighth. “I have just been having fun and hitting my shots one shot at time,” Lee said. Lee got off to a good start with a birdie on the first and then made six straight pars before her birdie run, which straddled the turn. Her five birdies in six holes moved her to 10-under. Lee closed with five pars to hold the 36-hole lead for the second time in her young career. Katie Burnett is two shots back at eight-under after a second round 66, while Jang Su-Yeon is in third place at seven-under.–AFP

Platini to appear at sport tribunal on 29th

LAUSANNE - Michel Platini will appear before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on April 29 to mount an appeal against his six-year FIFA ban for ethics violations, multiple sources told AFP on Friday. Platini, the suspended head of European football confederation UEFA, filed an appeal with the Lausanne-based tribunal on March 2, seeking to overturn his conviction by FIFA’s ethics judges. He has been sanctioned over an infamous 2.0 million Swiss franc payment he received in 2011 from then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter. FIFA’s ethics committee in December banned both men from all football activities for eight years. The suspensions were cut to six years in February. Both men insist they did nothing wrong and that the payment was part of a legitimate oral contract.–AFP

Zidane says Benzema disappointed by snub

MADRID - Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said Friday that compatriot and star striker Karim Benzema has been hurt by his omission from the France squad for the European Championships due to a sex-tape scandal. Benzema was indefinitely suspended from the France team in December after he was placed under criminal investigation over an attempt to blackmail France teammate Valbuena in relation to a sex-tape. Both the player and the French Football Federation announced on Wednesday he will not be selected by Didier Deschamps for the tournament on home soil starting on June 10. “I am not going to comment on the decision, that is not my place, but I can speak about the player because I spoke with him after,” said Zidane, who won a World Cup and European Championships with France as a player.–AFP

Fame FC beat Nadeem FC in FFLC

LAHORE – Fame Sports FC beat Nadeem FC in the super round of 2nd Fame Football League Cup 2015-16 here at the Fame Sports Football Ground, Model Town on Friday. A large number of people came to see the match despite warm temperature, but night provided a bit of comfort to families that witnessed the one-sided match in which Fame FC dominated entire time. The match started in an aggressive manner, but strikes and counter attacks from both sides were blunted, so many goal scoring opportunities were missed. The sole goal came in the 80th minute when midfielder Idrees gave a pass that ended with striker Ahmad that produced the only goal scored through head in the match. The match was officiated by commissioner Shabbir Ahmad, referee M Amjad and assistant referees Adeel Anwar and Zubair Shahzad.–Staff Reporter

SBP to hold memorial hockey series

LAHORE – The Sports Board Punjab (SBP), in collaboration with Dar Hockey Academy, will organise a series of three hockey matches to commemorate late Assistant Director SBP Imdad Hussain Bhatti. The matches will be played here at the National Hockey Stadium on Saturday where Director General Sports Punjab Usman Anwar will be the chief guest. The matches will start at 2:30pm. The players of four schools including Model Town High School, Divisional Public School (DPS) Model Town, Crescent Model School Shadman and Government FD Model High School Garden Town will participate in the three-match hockey series. The SBP spokesman said that the purpose of holding the series was to not only commemorate late SBP official Imdad Bhatti but also to hunt fresh talent of hockey through this event.–Staff Reporter