Begu advances to Korea Open 2nd round

SEOUL – Romanian top seed Irina-Camelia Begu scored a comfortable victory over Ukrainian qualifier Kateryna Kozlova in the first round of the WTA Korea Open on Tuesday. Begu beat Kozlova in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 to set up a second-round meeting with Polona Hercog of Slovenia. American third seed Sloane Stephens had little trouble against South Korean wildcard Han Na-Lae 6-1, 6-1. Two other Americans also advanced to the second round, with fourth seed Varvara Lepchenko pushing aside Spain's Paula Badosa 6-2, 6-3. Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia needed three sets against Heather Watson of England to book her place in the second round 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic edged Irina Falconi of the US 6-3, 2-6, 6-0, while Johanna Larsson defeated Nicole Melichar 6-4, 6-2.–AFP

It's my way or the highway, warns Noah

PARIS – Newly-appointed France Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah has warned his players that they will have to toe the line if they want to be picked in future. The 55-year-old former tennis player turned singer has been appointed France captain for a third time by the French Tennis Federation (FTF) in place of Arnaud Clement, who was sacked last week. He told a press conference on Tuesday that he intended to use a firm hand to steer France to a tenth Davis Cup title and first since 2001. "Yes, you have to show leadership," Noah told journalists. "We need a well-defined structure. From the moment the structure is set, anyone who steps outside, is out," he warned. "There will be not one, not two, not three warnings. When we say things, we do things. "I have a clear plan. The players adhere."–AFP

Briton charged for intruding into track

SINGAPORE – A British man who walked across the track during the Singapore grand prix was charged in court Tuesday for committing a "rash act" that endangered the lives of drivers. A charge sheet said Yogvitam Pravin Dhokia, 27, endangered the "personal safety of the drivers" when he crossed the track while the Singapore grand prix was in full swing on Sunday night on the street circuit in the central business district of the city-state. It said he was accused of committing an offence under the penal code punishable with imprisonment of up to six months or a maximum fine of Sg$2,500 ($1,769), or both. "We can confirm the arrest of a British national in Singapore and we stand ready to provide consular assistance," a spokesperson for the British High Commission told AFP in an email.–AFP

First Blind Cricket Asia Cup from Jan 17

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) Tuesday said that the first ever Blind Cricket Asia Cup would be staged in India from January 17 to 24 next year. PBCC chairman Syed Sultan Shah said that a total of four teams would be competing for the top honor in the event. "The teams include Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal," he added. He said they would be deciding about the issues related to the Asia Cup in the PBCC's board of director's meeting to be held here on October 4. Sultan said total precautions would be taken as earlier in the T20 World Cup in India that time, national blind cricket team captain Zeeshan Abbasi suffered from critical condition after mistakenly drinking acid in Bangalore. "We won't take any risks this time and go there fully prepared," he said.–Staff Reporter

BISE issues annual sports session schedule

FAISALABAD – The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Faisalabad Tuesday issued schedule for the annual sports session 2015-16. BISE's Superintendent Physical Branch Rana Sajid Hussain Khan said here Tuesday that annual sports session would start from September 28, 2015 and remained continue up to January 20, 2016. He said: “Various sports events including swimming, bodybuilding, weightlifting, tennis, wrestling, tug-of-war, gymnastic, hockey, basketball, football, badminton, squash, handball, table tennis, cycling, cross country, volleyball, cricket, kabaddi and athletics have been included in the annual sports session.” He said that for more information and getting registered, the interested participant can contact through mobile phone number 0300-6606061.–APP