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Fashion and sport brands clash in luxury sneakers race

MILAN: What do you get when luxury fashion meets sport? $10,000 sneakers. High-end brands such as Kering’s Gucci, Prada and Balenciaga are increasingly looking to sneakers for growth, putting them in direct competition with sportswear giants like Nike, Puma and Adidas, and giving rise to ever-more striking and expensive designs. Luxury groups say they are now increasing investments and marketing budgets to face down their new opponents. “When I saw sneakers were going to be a thing, I fought it for a bit,”…

Bridge is not a sport, EU court rules

LUXEMBOURG: The game of bridge may flex the intellectual muscles but the EU's top court ruled on Thursday that it is not a sport because it involves "negligible" physical activity. Beloved by seniors and requiring a sharp memory, a keen analytical brain and near telepathic understanding with one's playing partner, bridge is one of the world's most popular card games. But the European Court of Justice ruled that these mental gymnastics were not enough to classify the game as a sport, rejecting a claim by the English…

Traditional ‘goat pulling’ sport outlasts Afghan wars, politics

KABUL: A crash of horses and men deep in a mountain pass signals the start of another game of buzkashi, Afghanistan's national sport. Buzkashi, which translates roughly as "goat pulling," has been played for centuries across Central Asia and is one of the most enduring and iconic symbols of Afghanistan. It is a sport which is often violent, but designed to showcase the riders' horsemanship and warrior spirit. Amid foreign invasions, civil wars, and insurgent attacks, Afghans have gathered to cheer on their…

Shaharyar not in favor of World T20 in 2018

LAHORE: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan said on Tuesday he was not in favour of the next World T20 tournament to take place in 2018 and asserted that cricket bodies should pay more attention towards Test format calling it ‘real face of the sport’.