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PM Imran invites FIFA President Infantino to visit Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday invited the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) President Gianni Infantino to visit Pakistan. According to the details, PM Imran extended invitation to FIFA president in an effort to revive football and sports activities in the country. Earlier in the day, Malik Amir Dogar, member Punjab Football Council, called on PM Imran Khan and discussed Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) elections and current situation of the games in the country. He said that…

PSL 4 draft ceremony to be held in Islamabad today

ISLAMABAD: Players’ draft for the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) draft is set to be held at a local hotel in Islamabad on Tuesday (today), ARY News reported. A total of 663 foreign and local players are part of the Diamond, Gold, Silver and Emerging rosters of the Pakistan Super League player draft. Each squad of 16 players comprises three Platinum, three Diamond, three Gold, five Silver and two Emerging players. All six PSL teams have alreayd finalized their retentions for the upcoming season today.…

Sports industry gears up for virtual reality revolution

From training with Major League Baseball pitchers to bone-jangling racing on board an F1 car, technology's potential to revolutionize sport was the hot topic as industry leaders met in London this week. "It's going to disrupt all aspects of sport that you can imagine," virtual reality expert Michael Ludden told the two-day Leaders Sport Business Summit at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium. Ludden said that virtual and augmented reality -- together known as mixed reality (MR) -- would transform sport for professionals,…

Batting for ballots: Imran Khan and other sports stars turned politicians

Imran Khan's anointment as Pakistan's new prime minister caps a more than two decade transformation from a World Cup winning cricket captain to a world leader, placing him in charge of a nuclear armed state. But he is not the only one to have swapped playing fields for the hustings. Here are five other sport stars who have made a similar switch: - George Weah - Khan's elevation to premier is only matched by George Weah, who was inaugurated as Liberia's president in January. Weah first learned to kick a ball in…

From teen poverty to NBA stardom, LeBron lives Hollywood tale

LeBron James has already beaten the odds just by rising from the poor son of a single teenage mother to become one of the world´s highest-paid sports superstars. Now the three-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, ranked by Forbes magazine as the sixth-richest athlete in the world with an annual income of $85.5 million, is taking his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers. Agents for the 33-year-old playmaker said Sunday that James has agreed to a four-year contract worth $154 million with the Lakers,…

Saudi Arabia to host Formula E race

RIYADH: Oil-rich Saudi Arabia will host a round of the Formula E world championship for the first time next season on a street circuit in the capital of Riyadh, it was announced Thursday. The race, to be held in December, will also be the first appearance of the electric car racing series in the Middle East and the latest in a line of recent international events debuting in the kingdom following widespread reforms of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. "Bringing racing to Riyadh for the first round of the new season is…

India hands massive hike in player fees with new retainer structure

DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has introduced a new A+ category in the retainer fee structure for it’s top players, who will receive a huge pay increase under the new Annual Contracts for the 2017-18 season. The retainer structure now features four categories - Grade A+, Grade A, Grade B and Grade C - compared to three in previous years. The uppermost category features five players - skipper Virat Kohli, opening batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit…

Google raises price of YouTube TV, adds sports, Turner

SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet's Google is raising the price of its YouTube TV online service for new customers as it adds channels from Time Warner’s Turner, National Basketball League and Major League Baseball, the company said Wednesday. Less than one year after launching YouTube TV, the company is increasing its pricing to $40 per month from $35 per month as it adds Turner’s channels, which include TNT, CNN and TBS, and soon will be adding MLB Network and NBA TV, the company said. Google is expanding its offering at a…

Saudi women to enter stadiums for the first time on Friday

RIYADH: Sports stadiums in Saudi Arabia will open their doors to women to attend football matches for the first time ever on Friday, the government has announced. "The first match that women will be allowed to watch will be Al-Ahli versus Al-Batin on Friday January 12," the ministry of information said in a statement on Monday. It said women would also be able to attend a second match on the following day and a third one on January 18. Women from across the vast Gulf kingdom may be able to take advantage of this new…