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Pakistan Hockey team coach resigns

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ISLAMABAD: Coach of Pakistan Hockey Team Qamar Ibrahim on Tuesday has resigned from his Post.

 

Pakistan Hockey Federation has appointed Qamar Ibrahim few days back and today he resigned from his post but also he said that he will remain on the post of Tournament Director of National Hockey Championship.

 

Federation had appointed Former Olympian Hanif Khan as manager and Coach of Pakistan Hockey team as well.

 

Earlier on Saturday The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), led by president Brig (retd) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar and secretary Shahbaz Senior, appointed Olympian Qamar Ibrahim as the new head coach of the national side on Sunday.

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Japan Olympic chief facing corruption probe to step down in June

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TOKYO: The head of Japan’s Olympic Committee said Tuesday he would step down in June, as French authorities probe his involvement in payments made before Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Games.

Tsunekazu Takeda cited the age limit on the job, which the committee had previously been expected to revise to allow him to stay on until the Games.

 

 

 

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UEFA probe Ronaldo for ‘improper conduct’ over ‘cojones’ goal celebration

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UEFA probe Ronaldo for 'improper conduct' over 'cojones' goal celebration

MILAN: UEFA on Monday opened an investigation into Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal celebration after scoring a hat-trick in Juventus’ Champions League comeback win against Atletico Madrid last week.

European football’s governing body said Ronaldo was facing charges of “improper conduct” after he mimicked Diego Simeone’s crotch-grabbing ‘cojones’ gesture in last Tuesday’s 3-0 win that sent Juventus through 3-2 on aggregate.

After scoring the decisive penalty four minutes from time, Ronaldo turned towards the Atletico fans and replicated Simeone’s gesture after the Spaniards’ 2-0 first leg win by grasping his genitals and thrusting out his groin.

A decision will be taken by UEFA on March 21.

Juventus take on Dutch club Ajax in the Champions League quarter-finals over two legs, on April 10 in Amsterdam and April 16 in Turin.

Coach Massimiliano Allegri has said he is confident Ronaldo will not be fined or suspended.

“I think everyone celebrated their own way on the field and in the stands. I saw nothing strange, just a celebration. There won’t be a ban,” said Allegri.

Simeone was fined 20,000 euros ($22,000) by UEFA for his gesture.

“He will have seen how I did it at the Wanda Metropolitano and, like me, was trying to show his character,” said the Argentinian coach.

Five-time Champions League winner Ronaldo is the record goal scorer in the European competition with 124 goals in 160 matches.

 

 

 

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Shane Watson named Player of PSL 2019

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Shane Watson named

LAHORE: Shane Watson of Quetta Gladiators was named as the Player of HBL PSL 2019 after the 2007 World Cup winner with Australia finished as the leading run-getter in the 32-day tournament, which culminated at the National Stadium on late Sunday.

Watson finished the series with 430 runs from 12 matches at an average of 43 and a strike-rate of 143.8. He clubbed most number of fours and sixes in the tournament, 43 and 22, respectively, said the information made available here.

Watson won player of the match awards against Islamabad United, when he scored 81 not out, Peshawar Zalmi, when he scored 91 not out, and again versus Peshawar Zalmi in the Qualifier, when he top-scored with 71 and then bowled the crucial last-over of the match to help his side win by 10 runs.

Watson, for his consistency with the bat and proving to be one of the decisive factors in Gladiators’ title-winning campaign, was also declared Brighto Best Batsman of HBL PSL 2019.

Hasan Ali of Peshawar Zalmi was adjudged the Go Lootlo Best Bowler of HBL PSL 2019. The fast bowler picked up crucial wickets and finished the series with 25 wickets at an average of 13 with an economy-rate of just under seven.

Hasan took four wickets in a match three times.

Luke Ronchi won the Jubilee Safe Hands of HBL PSL 2019 award when he dismissed 11 batsmen behind the stumps, while Peshawar Zalmi’s Kieron Pollard was declared the ARIAL and J. Best Player on the Field, when he finished the series with 284 runs, five wickets and 10 catches.

Karachi Kings’ left-arm spinner Umer Khan was named as the newly introduced Emerging Player of HBL PSL 2019 award. The 18-year-old mesmerised the top-order of all the sides and claimed 15 prized scalps at an economy-rate of just over 7.

Islamabad United was declared the winner of Cool & Cool Spirit of Cricket award, which they dedicated to their middle-order batsman Asif Ali in recognition to this commitment to the team despite the ailment of his young daughter.

The individual winners were chosen by an independent panel, which included Mudassar Nazar (Chairman, Event Technical Committee), and also comprised respected commentators Ramiz Raja and Danny Morrison.

Winners are, Cool & Cool Spirit of Cricket;Islamabad United, Emerging Player of HBL PSL 2019; Umer Khan (Karachi Kings), ARIAL and J. Best player on the field; Kieron Pollard (Peshawar Zalmi), Jubilee Safe Hands of HBL PSL 2019; Luke Ronchi (Islamabad United), Go Lootlo Best Bowler of HBL PSL 2019; Hasan Ali (Peshawar Zalmi),Brighto Best Batsman of HBL PSL 2019; Shane Watson (Quetta Gladiators), HBL Player of PSL 2019; Shane Watson (Quetta Gladiators).

 

 

 

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