Moin leads recovery
Pakistan wicketkeeper Moin Khan played the innings of his life yesterday to lead his side to safety in the first test against New Zealand. Moin hit a glorious 137 and figured in a seventh wicket partnership with fast bowler Mohammad Sami of 152 on the fourth day. His last test hundred was in 1996 against England at Headingley. Yesterday's century scotched New Zealand's plans of forcing the follow-on and probably saved the match for the tourists. ?was out of the game for so long I was really looking forward to a big innings and it was important today,?oin said. New Zealand were four without loss at close of play in their second innings on the fourth day, holding a lead of 104.
Ullrich wins award
Jan Ullrich, who staged a remarkable comeback with his performance in this year's Tour de France, was named German Sportsman of the Year on Sunday. The 30-year-old rider, who won the Tour in 1997, bounced back from a frustrating spell featuring a career-threatening knee injury and a doping ban to finish a close second to American Lance Armstrong in this year's race. Ullrich, who was also crowned in 1997 when he became the only German to have captured the world's greatest cycle race, won the traditional vote by around 3,000 sports journalists, recording a clear victory over Michael Schumacher. The former Tour winner collected 3,388 points. Schumacher, who won a record sixth Formula One title this year, was second on 2,862, with Nordic combined World Cup champion Ronny Ackermann third on 1,897. Last year's winner was ski jumper Sven Hannawald.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there