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Naval chief says anti-Pakistan elements want to disturb peace in country

KARACHI: Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on Saturday said certain anti-Pakistan players sought to disturb peace in the country. "Today Pakistan is facing myriad of security challenges on internal and external fronts. On internal front, certain anti Pakistan players seek to disturb peace and harmony in our country. "Armed Forces of Pakistan are at the forefront of the national resolve of eradicating such elements from the country. Pakistan Navy is also playing its due role as part of 'Operation…

France coach, players and President Macron react to World Cup victory

PARIS/MOSCOW: France beat Croatia 4-2 to win the football World Cup on Sunday, handing them their second victory in the competition after a successful campaign on home soil in 1998. Following are comments, quotes and reactions from the French coach, players and President Emmanuel Macron. NATIONAL COACH DIDIER DESCHAMPS “It is really beautiful. It is marvelous. We did not play a great match but we showed a strong mental quality. “We also scored four goals. We merit it. I am very happy for this team. We are coming…

Portable music players tied to hearing loss in kids

AMSTERDAM: Children who listen to music through headphones may be at greater risk of noise-related hearing loss, a Dutch study suggests. Researchers examined hearing test results for 3,316 children ages 9 to 11. They also asked parents about hearing complaints from their children, how often kids used portable music players and how high they typically set the volume. Overall, 443 children, or 14 percent, had at least some difficulty hearing at high frequencies. High frequency hearing loss, especially in younger people,…

NFL orders players to stand for anthem or stay in locker room

LOS ANGELES: National Football League owners agreed a new policy on Wednesday that players must stand during the national anthem or incur fines for their clubs, unless they stay in the locker room. The issue of how to handle player protests of kneeling during the pre-game playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" has loomed over the NFL club owners meeting in Atlanta, with the sport anxious to avoid a repeat of the controversy that divided the league last season. America's most popular sport found itself at the center of a…

Pakistan’s centrally contracted players to play two T20 leagues a season

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has come up with a new NOC (No-Objection Certificate) policy that has limited centrally contracted players to play only two T20 leagues, including their own Pakistan Super League, in a season. Apart from that, non-contracted players will have to appear in at least three First Class games in order to get an NOC from the board to play three leagues a season. This was announced in a meeting attended by Chief Selector Pakistan Team Inzamam Ul Haq, Chief Operating Officer Subhan…

Pakistan pick five uncapped players for Ireland, England Tests

LAHORE: Pakistan included five uncapped players in the 16-man squad announced Sunday for their Tests against Ireland and England starting next month, with an eye on the World Cup next year. The five include openers Fakhar Zaman, 28, and Imam-ul-Haq, 22. Batsmen Usman Salahuddin and Saad Ali, and allrounder Faheem Ashraf are the other three uncapped members of the squad. "The World Cup next year is in England. So we've decided to call up several young players to give them exposure to those conditions," chief selector…

Australia complain over fans’ ‘disgraceful’ abuse of players

CAPE TOWN: The Australian cricket team on Friday laid an official complaint over what coach Darren Lehmann labelled "disgraceful" behaviour by spectators during the third Test against South Africa at Newlands. "You are talking about abuse of various players and their families and personal abuse," said Lehmann (Australia). "It's not on at a cricket game -- not just here, it shouldn't happen. You can have banter, that's good fun, but it's gone too far here." The principal target was Australian batsmen David Warner, who…

Gen Bajwa meets World XI hockey players

RAWALPINDI: International hockey players from the visiting World X1 team and several Pakistan hockey legends on Tuesday met with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. According to a statement from the Inter Services Public Relations, the army chief appreciated the initiative by the Pakistan Hockey Federation for bringing the world players to Pakistan. He assured PHF of Pakistan Army’s support for provision of security for international hockey matches and revival of the national game. PHF president Brig…

Time for talks on players’ welfare: Djokovic

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic has called for more consideration of players' welfare amid growing demands from extra tournaments yet no sign of shorter seasons to help their recovery. Djokovic, a 12-time Grand Slam champion who is also president of the ATP players' council, spoke after reaching the third round at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Thursday. "Our sport has become an industry, like most of the other global sports. It's more business than a sport," he said. "Of course, we're all blessed to have a great…