Vonn wins super-G to close on Stenmark

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO - American Lindsey Vonn continued her seemingly unstoppable pursuit of Ingemar Stenmark's World Cup victory record by winning the women's super-G to take the overall lead of the competition Sunday. A day after claiming a record 37th World Cup downhill win, Vonn was one of several skiers to benefit from a late start in the spectacular Dolomites mountains. Starting with bib 19, the former Olympic downhill champion clocked a winning time of 1min 26.55sec to push Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather off the top step of the podium. Weirather, with bib 18, finished second at 0.69sec behind Vonn with Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg claiming third place at 1.15sec with bib 21. Vonn now has 75 World Cup victories, just 11 short of Swedish legend Stenmark's tally of 86.–AFP

Halep to have nose surgery

MELBOURNE - World number two Simona Halep is to have an operation on her nose after an illness-plagued start to the year which ended with a first-round exit from the Australian Open. The Romanian will skip next week's Fed Cup match against the Czech Republic and tournaments in Dubai and Doha. "The last six weeks have been extremely difficult for me, as I've been dealing with infections in my stomach, nose and ear," she said in a post on her Facebook page. "This has been one of my most frustrating periods. I gave it my best shot in Australia but, with the infections still in my body, unfortunately I made things worse, as I pushed myself to compete in a grand slam. I will undergo surgery to fix the on-going problem with my nose - and I've been advised that this is my best option."–Reuters

15th Women Netball C’ship 2016 delayed

ISLAMABAD – The 15th National Women Netball Championship 2016 has been rescheduled and the vent would be played from March 3 instead of January 28. President Pakistan Netball Federation (PNF), Mudassar Arian on Sunday said the training camps for the preparation of South Asian Games at Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad have led to the clash of dates and overcrowding at Hamidi Hall has forced the federation to reschedule the event. He said sixteen including Army, Wapda, Police, PAF, Navy, Railway, HEC, Punjab, KPK, Balochistan, Sindh, Islamabad, FATA, AJK, Lahore Grammars School, LUMS University and Gilgit/Baltistan would take part in the event. He said that the managers meeting of teams would be held 2nd March at Hamidi Hall. The concluding ceremony of would be held on March 7.–Staff Reporter

HEC show form in Sadia Khan Ski Cup

ISLAMABAD – The Higher Education Commission (HEC) girls are currently dominating the Sadia Khan Ski Cup at Naltar Ski resort, Gilgit-Baltistan, in which more than players from two dozen ski associations and departments are participating. International skier from HEC Fatima Sohail got first position with time of 1 minute and 27 seconds with her sister PAF’s Zainab Sohail finishing second and South Asian Winter Games champion Ifra Walli grabbing third spot. In children Ski Championship for boys slalom category, Waqas Azam of Civil Aviation Authority won gold, M Imtiaz of PAF and Saifullaha Khan also of PAF stood second and third, respectively. In girls category, Fatima Ali of Army got first position, Khushim and Noshin both of PAF finishing second and third.–Staff Reporter

Lahore Polo Club Riding Gala

LAHORE - The Lahore Polo Club (LPC) organised a Riding Gala for club members’ kids and families on Sunday. Dr Abdul Qadeer Khokhar and Dr Faisal Qadeer Khokhar were chief guests while LPC president Irfan Ali Hyder, Sec Col (R) Shoaib Aftab, IOC member in Pakistan, Syed Shahid, Umar Saeed Niazi, Ali Malik and others were also present. Ecstatic kids took part in horse-riding march that amused spectators. Abdul Waris won the ball and bucket event while Ahsan Ali and Bazil Khokhar were runner’s up. Bazil won the barrel race, Wasif musical chair and Abdul Adil handkerchief competition. In low jumping, Husnain Ali secured 1st position, Ali Haider and Jawad Kamal followed. In high jumping, 1st position went to Bazil while Zainul Abidin and Haider stood as runners up.–Staff Reporter