Doping slurs ‘hell’, says cleared Radcliffe

LONDON - Britain’s marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe says that she went through “12 months of hell” after her name was dragged into doping scandal. Radcliffe, who retired after this year’s London Marathon, denied cheating after a British parliamentary committee member made comments that implicate her in doping practices. IAAF this week declared her “entirely innocent” and said the manner in which she had come to face accusations was “truly shocking”. “I have had to endure 12 months of hell,” Radcliffe, 41, said. “The children have been affected by it ... All the phone calls and the worry, all the ruined holidays because mum and dad are busy talking to lawyers. I’ve never been in that position before where you haven’t done anything wrong, but people think you’re guilty.”–AFP

Briton DeGale beats Bute to defend title

LOS ANGELES - Former olympic gold medalist James DeGale successfully defended his IBF super middleweight title for the first time Saturday with a unanimous decision over Canada’s Lucian Bute. DeGale’s defense came just hours after Tyson Fury became the 11th Briton to hold a current world title by upsetting long-standing WBA, IBF and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko in a 12-round heavyweight fight. DeGale, who is the only British boxer to have won an Olympic gold medal and a world title, said British fighters are on a roll. “Great Britain we are flying. We got 11 world champions so we are definitely flying,” said DeGale, who beat Andre Dirrell to win the title in May. DeGale, 29, warned before fight that he would come out swinging and that is exactly what he did at the opening bell.–AFP

Hero’s welcome for KP soccer team

ISLAMABAD - Malik Saad Trust KP soccer team return home amid warm welcome at Qayyum Stadium, Peshawar, as they won historic matches in Bahrain against three top clubs. Hundreds of thousands of fans thronged Qayyum Stadium and players were given memorable welcome. Among others Pakistan Olympic Association vice president Aqil Shah, who was also former KP sports minister, divisional and district football association representatives and other dignitaries was also present on the occasion, players also danced on drum beats. Aqil termed it a historic day for soccer as first time a Pakistani provincial football team won the series in Bahrain. He also appreciated Malik Saad Trust for supporting players. Head of the delegation Engineer Syed Mehmood praised the sportsmanship of players who showed tremendous discipline I and outside the field and said the main reason behind team’s excellent performance was that selection of players was made purely on merit and added that if merit prevails Pakistanis can win at any stage. He also paid rich tributes to Bahrain Football Association, Bahrain Sports Media Committee, Pakistani ambassador in Bahrain, Pakistani community and business man Khan Muhammad Tanoli.–Staff Reporter

Subh-e-Nau Tennis Championship starts

ISLAMABAD - Subh-e-Nau Tennis Championship kicks off today with number 1 player Aqeel, M Abid, Yasir Khan among more than 120 players that would be seen in action during the mega event to be played at Senator Dilawar Abbas, PTF Tennis Complex. In this 6 days tennis gala, players would vie in 5 different categories including men’s singles, men’s doubles, ladies singles, boys juniors U-18 and boys juniors U-14, Davis Cupper and seasoned tennis star Aqeel Khan is top seed in the men’s singles, while other noted players Shahzad Khan, Heera Ashiq, Ahmed Chaudhry will also be seen in action.–Staff Reporter

MMA coach felicitates Pakistan team

LAHORE - Famous Mixed Martial Arts coach Ali Imran Haider, who trains the young enthusiasts in this daring sports in Sheikhupura has extended his felicitations to Pakistan’s MMA tam for their victory in Malaysia. He said the victory proved that a new power has risen in MMA as the longest running Malaysian MMA promotion, usually dominated by Team India witnessed the rise of Team Pakistan who defeated their arch rivals 2-0 in their Ultimate Beatdown debut. Pakistan’s Faizan Khan knocked out India’s Susovan Ghosh in the first round with a right hook. Faizan will now face Fouzein Fozi who is 3-0 in ultimate Beatdown for the inaugural straweight title. In the light weight main event, Pakistan’s Ahmed Mujtab defeated Indian Sanjivan Padwal by hooking his right leg over his opponent’s neck and had a tight triangle choke as Ahmed transisted to the armbar to capture a win for his country. With the win, Ahmed have earned his spot to fight for the Ultimate Beatdown Lightweight title in March 2016.–Staff Reporter